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on 27 November 2010
... I guess. Personally having a hard time with Gurdjieff's work from the get go this book was a tuff one to get through. Actually very easy to read if you let yourself go and not think too much along the way, yet somehow dissapointing... Loads and loads of text that is a-kind-of-written-down-automatic-thinking, in the end saying very little. And, a very good friend of mine loves this book for excatly that same reason. Maybe I haven't understood zip from it... I heard that Gurdjieff spent lots and lots of time revising the writings of this book. If that is so, respect!
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on 17 September 2008
I have reached the realization, pertaining to the oft-repeated decision-making process of the universal constant and constabulary, that humanity shan't be made approachable by any meaningful and straightforward means, making it pertinent, indeed inevitable, to communicate mentally what truths may be deemed appropriate by a process known as Honkatonkabuffagrabba, and thereby increase the mentational potential, perchance giving rise to something akin to a less conditioned existence in the foreseeable time-sequence known as "future perfect" of this race of thinking meat beings.

My dear Saddam Hussein, I have visisted this world seven times, and the first time I encountered a wise being named Kundaleenee Lantoo, who was sent to this system by a renegade named Pasha Ashta Astichka, and also his servant, Mr. Bon-Bon. They invented the process known as Honkatonkabuffagrabba, and clearing it with His Universal Eminency, got a blank cheque to investigate its manifold possibilities in the system Meherbabababushkakatebushka, under the influence of a certain organ, the name of which is impossible to pronounce for thinking meat beings.

I also visited Paris in France, my dear Adso. There I made the stunning and perforce highly awkward discovery, related to the mentational processes as previously described by Kundaleenee Lanto and Pasha, that most Frenchmen are more interested in their girlfriends and cheap sleezy erotic arousal through Rococo interiors, than the higher truths preached by His Universal Eminency. This is due to a fourth-wayed, whirling process known as Hamasjihadajumhuryiababa, and in consequence thereof, the thinking meat beings have forgot their true processual thinking, forcing me to come the most unpalatable conclusion, that the great commission of the good lord Amatoconda Cantahiria must thereby be relocated to the planet Willywonka, thereby easing the transition for the great plurality, indeed majority, of these conditioned thinking meat beings, under the sway of the Honkatonkabuffagrabba.

Got it?

:P
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on 15 June 2012
Oh dear, made up words for made up ideas. I don't have a problem with the ideas so much as everyone is entitled to their own philosophy, but making up funny words for the 'hour'etc. Simply trying to make something look clever when it really isn't and a long book does not a clever book make.
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on 2 May 2016
I have not rear this long book yet but will take it slowly. It contains great wisdom and is a challenge to western thought.
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on 22 May 2013
For anyone who is not already familiar with Gurdjieff, it is a total waste of time. For anyone who is familiar, it is essential study materials. For those unfamiliar with Gurdjieff, more basic Gurdjieff books are recommended. Click the following link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_9?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=gurdjieff+books&sprefix=Gurdjieff%2Cstripbooks%2C267
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on 13 October 2013
Amazing book!. Took a lot longer to complete than I expected but it's been worth every second and every penny.
A good helping of some mind boggling tongue twisters and a very humorous approach to the topics under discussion.
Thank you very much Mr Gurdjieff. Please see attached my resume and application for enrollment to, The Institute for The Harmonious Development Of Man.
Thank you.
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on 18 June 2011
This is a text that requires the highest level of concentration. It is designed to train your mind as you read it, and not simply spoon-feed you the answers.

I would recommend borrowing a copy before purchasing as it really is a tour de force; you have to push yourself hard to gain the benefit intended and few people have that kind of tenacity.
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on 12 March 2013
I saw J.G. Bennett speak many years ago and he recommended Beelzebub's Tales - that was good enough for me. He stated that the book wasn't an easy read and was, of itself, 'intentional suffering'. I can agree with that but must say that the effort was worth it. :)
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on 10 December 2013
I ordered this book as a gift for someone else. He seems very pleased with it and the condition was good.
It also arrived in no-time!
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on 21 March 2015
The greatest book on this subject of the inner life of man...
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