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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Book Studio (1 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957248113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957248113
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Crockett on 12 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
When I first moved to London in the late 1970s I worked in Soho. My nearest library was Charing Cross Road near Watkins in Cecil Court. They had a huge esoteric/mysticism section. You don't see that in libraries nowadays. Over a number of months I slowly made my way through all sorts of weird and wonderful books until one day attracted to the calligraphy on a book called "Views From The Real World", by G.I. Gurdjieff. Quite what I found so attractive, calligraphy...... or later the contents I still wonder.

This book is a much fuller version of "Views From The Real World". Many of Gurdjieff's writings were edited and sometimes simplified for the first-time reader and this book looks like the result of massive trawlings through collections both private and public; a huge work; full unexpurgated notes from various people at the same talk most full and detailed, but sometimes sparse jottings; the sort of thing you or I might have written down. Yet it brings it all to life somehow. You can imagine yourself there.

In `Views From The Real World' there are 40 talks or chapters, in `Early Talks' (this book) there are over 100.

And if you like collecting (and putting into practice) Gurdjieff exercises go to the end of the book (starting page 409):

The "Compromise" Exercise. New York, 1930
"The totality of man's attention received from . . ."

New York, Friday, 6 February 1931
"There are two parts to air, evolving and involving . . ."

Exercise, 1939
"Fifteen minutes relax . . ."

The Four Ideals Exercise. Friday, 1 October 1948
"On earth all people have an ideal . . ."

The Book Studio have done it again. Another excellent piece of scholarly research and a must for anyone interested in G.I. Gurdjieff and the ideas he introduced to the west. Buy this book! Now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grey Ant on 3 Jun 2014
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'In Search Of The Miraculous' is in itself a remarkable work which can be read many times, yet it is most refreshing after many years to be able to 'hear' some of the teaching presented, as it reached the ears of others present at the same as Mr Ouspensky.

To any 'follower' of Mr Gurdjieff there will possibly be no new revelations contained within, yet it is valuable anyway to have concepts redefined and different examples of these presented in differing formats. It is always better I feel to hear from close to the horse's mouth than directly from the donkey's tail - I rather suspect that in the future many donkies will be attracted to Mr G's particular well of wisdom and all of them will probably feel duty-bound to educate the rest of us, thus making the efforts of Joseph Azize particularly appreciated.

The book itself is beautifully bound with a soft satin-touch cover and well laid out. It must have been a major task deciding which material should be included, yet the end result deserves full commendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reijo Oksanen on 12 Jun 2014
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This book, after my study of Gurdjieff in theory and practice for more than 50 years, has managed to open my eyes to many of the beauties Mr. Gurdjieff brought to us. I hope it can take place for many others too.

I am thankful for the publishers from bringing this version out; it lacks the editing that was incorporated into "Views from the Real World", and says many things in the raw Gurdjieff-language, and speaks directly to the reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lass on 10 May 2014
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Although this book contains some of the material previously released under the title, "Views from the Real World - The Early Talks of Gurdjieff," it contains much, much more, as well as more complete and unedited versions of some of this previous material. This makes this book an invaluable reference for those still testing the waters, so to speak, as well as excellent ancillary material to participation in the living Work.
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Long awaited and much more complete version of Views From the Real World, primarily talks from sessions at the Priory and later in Paris, often with notes by different students at the same meeting. The end part with the exercises for meditation and self-remembering are very powerful. This is a seminal work for all students. Highly recommended.
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