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Sitting in Medici's: Book Against Fear [Paperback]

David Lisle Crane
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  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: New Century Press (Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948545062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948545061
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,386,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Crane's first book, 'Lord Byron's Jackal' was published to great acclaim in 1998, and his second, 'The Kindness of Sisters' published in 2002, is a groundbreaking work of romantic biography. In 2005 the highly acclaimed 'Scott of the Antarctic' was published, followed by 'Men of War', a collection of 19th Century naval biographies, in 2009.
Crane lives in north-west Scotland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a dangerous work 15 Dec 2000
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I am a professor of Durham University, and I am dismayed to find this heretical book commonly available. Sure, it's well-written and has some good points, but it incites my students to un-subservient behaviour, and has even been linked to the emergence of free thought. Students must respect the hierarchy of power. That hierarchy is run on fear, and this book is manifestly opposed to both hierarchies and the use of fear. Why, one of my students claimed to no longer care if I threw him out for handing an essay late, saying he had "given fear up". How can a modern university be run without fear? Another student dared to ask what a long Latin quotation meant, rather than cowering before my infinite wisdom and Classical education. This book is a naughty book! It also talks sometimes about...sex, and other bad things. Ohhhhh, it is an EVIL book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating exploration of human existence 15 Dec 2000
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From a rather odd opening, this book quickly becomes a fascinating look at humanity. David Crane's belief in his past lives convinced even me, and they certainly appear to be a good working hypothesis to explain some of the more complicated aspects of the human psyche.
In a word, fascinating. However, it is better read than commented on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful book 12 Dec 2000
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A work begun as the author sits in Medici's restaurant after being sacked from the English Department of Durham University for not wearing any shoes. Freed from the constraints of academia, the author dissects the ontology of fear, skipping barefoot from a metaphysical to a physically concrete account of human evil. The author's three past lives are considered as animating presences within this present, offering their commentary upon the fears and stupidities of the late Twentieth Century, and expanding to contemplate the nature of fear as the generating dynamo of all suffering. The work is poised oddly within the 1990s: arising from a consciousness native to the central desire of human life, but anchored within a distant, pre-Christian culture, the author reflects upon how that desire may be accommodated within a society alien and familiar. The prose is both shapely and concrete, borne up by the music of fine writing, yet always correlating directly to precise mental concepts. The book hovers somewhere between familiarity and strangeness, located within a recognizable human culture, while also subtly, powerfully different.
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