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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books ever written.
Gurdjieff's "Beelzebub Tales to His Grandson" is not your everyday type book. Its intentions are not to entertain, but to shock the reader into conscious awareness of the many mechanisms that control his/her own life. Ions after his fall from heaven we find Beelzebub completely transformed through experience into the wisest of beings. In a interplanetary...
Published on 15 Aug. 1999

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1.0 out of 5 stars The jury's out
Gurdjieff's 'Way' may be a genuine path of self-development, similar to Sri Aurobindo's 'Integral Yoga', but I'm not sure his vision was as complete. This may be reflected by his Enneagram symbol - an incomplete star with no zero point.

On the other hand, he may be the charlatan & nutcase many have claimed.

I read this triology to try to get the...
Published on 2 Jun. 2012 by Squeaker


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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinker, 30 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All and Everything: AND All and Everything (Arkana) (Paperback)
This book really makes you think about life and how you live it. Reading it fast seems to work for me, because if you read it slow you think too much.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gurdjieff's Gift to Humanity, 29 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All and Everything: AND All and Everything (Arkana) (Paperback)
Once "Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson" is discovered and its importance understood, the reader will be compelled to read it many more times than the three suggested by its author.
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22 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst book ever?, 10 Jun. 2004
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This review is from: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson: All and Everything: AND All and Everything (Arkana) (Paperback)
Excrutiating masturbatory theosophy of the most boring kind. Way too long, horribly verbose and full of irritating 'clever' 'neologisms' in 'quotes' (and he wants you to read it 3 times!). Ok, there are some entertaining anecdotes here and there but they are buried in a world of unreadable pap. Oh right, it's supposed to be deliberately hard to read. But if you look at anything for long enough you should derive some value from it. In my opinion you'd be better off reading James Joyce for the many-level style insights into the human condition he seems to be aiming at here.
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