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All in the Mind: A Farewell to God
All in the Mind: A Farewell to God
by Ludovic Kennedy
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read Bible for Atheists!, 2 Nov 2009
A detailed analysis of the Christian Bible and its failings and inconsistences. Kennedy argues convincingly that the gospels are the flawed works of Man not God and that the idea of God repeated across many parts of the world is merely a reflection of our own hopes and fears. He dismisses the possibility of Resurrection and miracles and takes great pains to outline the great woes visited on mankind by a rampant Christianity (eg intolerance, wars, and the Inquisition). He ends with a chapter entitled 'Transcendance' in which he tries to express his faith in an emotional sense of the transcendant world, triggered and accessed by beauty and art. A fascinating read, and one I would recommend to anyone able to be open-minded about religion and Christianity in particular.

I found it well written and fascinating, and indeed having just finished it have started again from the beginning!

[Personally, as a spriritualist, Ludo has not sought out or recognised proofs of life after death, which are recorded in many cultures and which are provided by many mediums worldwide (notably Colin Fry in the UK). And this despite meeting and being healed by the celebrated spiritualist medium Harry Edwards. Indeed he does not even mention spiritualism. The book leaves me therefore slightly astonished that a man who is so clearly intelligent and learned and inquisitive should have not discovered this in his eighty years.]


The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Humbling and beautiful, 19 Sep 2009
It beggars belief that the poor author could produce such a book, and the book is a bitter sweet celebration of the ability to walk, talk, and do normal things. The message perhaps is to exult in what you have however minor. A classic book, and one which I will never forget.


The End Of Mr. Y
The End Of Mr. Y
by Scarlett Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, kooky, weird, unforgettable. But patchy., 23 Mar 2009
This review is from: The End Of Mr. Y (Paperback)
I really enjoyed the first half of the book, well written. But it became increasingly implausible (esp the CIA!) the second half really dragged for me and I scan-read a lot. To me, the author describes what would happen if we could enter the Jungian collective unconscious and be able to leap between brains both present and future, and goes on for an encore to explain God. Wittily, the author says at the end that it might be called a shaggy god story! Fascinating to read at times, with some nice ideas and a good plot. It even refreshed my knowledge of Schrodingers Cat and thread theory. However it seemed to me that the protagonist Ariel is barely human in her emotional responses (she gives little indication she enjoys anything at all), and found it difficult to like her much. Would I recommend it? Perhaps, but only to someone with a good education and some knowledge of psychology and quantum physics, and then guardedly. I would say something like 'interesting book, great in parts, but weird!'
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Secrets of an Art Dealer
Secrets of an Art Dealer
by James Henry Duveen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating short stories., 20 April 2008
This book is one of my favourites. It is a series of fascinating stories involving the antiques world, including dealings with obstinate or rude or arrogant clients, and some skullduggery! My favourite concerns a plate which has a bloody past and which comes to a sticky end...


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