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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - once you have read Ishmael
The Story of B really hammered home the ideas first presented in Quinn's Ishmael. Quinn himself comments on how religion is "taught" on a weekly basis, the ideas constantly being thrown at the worshipper. Along the same lines, this book takes Ishmael's concepts and reinforces them through an interesting plot. Not as good as the first, but still worth it.
Published on 20 Feb 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars a promising book that does not deliver
I am new to this author's work. The concerns he raises and the anthropological examples he uses were new to me three decades ago. The story he uses as a gimmick to present his arguments is so flat as to be a distraction. The main character is infuriating in his thickness--especially since he is supposed to have a doctorate! Of course he is using the main character as...
Published on 27 July 1998


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - once you have read Ishmael, 20 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Story of B (Paperback)
The Story of B really hammered home the ideas first presented in Quinn's Ishmael. Quinn himself comments on how religion is "taught" on a weekly basis, the ideas constantly being thrown at the worshipper. Along the same lines, this book takes Ishmael's concepts and reinforces them through an interesting plot. Not as good as the first, but still worth it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read, period., 29 July 1999
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I enjoyed THE STORY OF B even more than ISHMAEL, Quinn's previous work. To me the message was obviously almost identical, but I preferred the format Quinn used in THE STORY OF B. I would urge followers of organized religion be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc, to read this book, and read it with an open mind.
I fail to see how anyone can disagree with Quinn on a logical basis. The fact is that our history began millions of years ago, yet our history books focus solely on the last 10,000 years ( a mere blip in our true history.) Quinn also skillfully points out how the agricultural revolution marked the beginning of the "wonderful" civilization we have today. This revolution has led to an population explosion that continues today, suicide, alcoholism, war, famine, and so on. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed the way I think., 28 April 1999
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If you are an individual who is concerned with the way the world is today, this is the book for you. Like Ishmael this book answers some of the most Difficult questions about why people are the way they are. It answers these hard questions in a way more truthful than do modern politicians and religious leaders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELEGANT AND AWE INSPIRING, 12 Nov 1998
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What can I say about a book that single handedly renders every major world religion impotent, then explains the root of every major societal ill all in three hundred pages. Quinn maps out incredibly simple and credible hypotheses about the origins of human intelligence, language and religion that hinge on some simple assumptions and evolutionary theory. The author also outlines how, when and where western culture developed its catastrophic method of "subduing" the earth and its inhabitants. I am the last person to fatuously subscribe to far flung theories that might prove impossible to verify. But Quinn's vast general knowledge coupled with his mastery of scientific reasoning and inductive logic are a nearly incorruptible combination. This book can change your worldview if you leave your mind open and put some thought into it.
The only problem I have with "B" is Quinn's lack of facility with narrative and developing characters. The main chracter is infuriatingly obtuse and by implication, the reader too is supposed to be equally comfounded by Quinn's message. At times the tone of condescension is almost unbearable. Quinn should abandon the use of the novel as a teaching method and present his ideas in a nonfictional context.
Overall, though, I would implore the reader to plow through some of the plot points and absorb the information contained therein. It is revolutionary in its implications and overwhelmingly enjoyable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a promising book that does not deliver, 27 July 1998
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I am new to this author's work. The concerns he raises and the anthropological examples he uses were new to me three decades ago. The story he uses as a gimmick to present his arguments is so flat as to be a distraction. The main character is infuriating in his thickness--especially since he is supposed to have a doctorate! Of course he is using the main character as a strawman for his ecological argument but he is so dumb that he is a destraction. He also makes assumptions about Catholic theology that are shallow, further reducing the credibility of the main character.
He offers animism as a healthier worldview than our present agricultural based worldview. Now I have a great respect for the animistic worldview, as I have seen aspects of it up close among non-Western people. He hinted at some of the beauty of this worldview but really didn't do it much justice--for a book that is supposed to be proposing it as the alternative to the existing Western vision. N! either does he explain why so many non-western people turn away from that vision today in the face of Western technology and goodies.
The frustration is that I agree with many of the points he is trying to make but he just doesn't follow through on his thoughts with any depth. He seems to be "angelizing" animism as a world vision. Yet, he doesn't seen to grasp that vision at a level that is lived. He doesn't convey well the vision he is promoting.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favorite!, 4 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Story of B (Paperback)
Of all of Daniel Quinn's books, The Story of B, is my personal favorite. It brings the message out clearly and forcefully and really helps fill in the mosaic begun in Ishmael. Please put this book on your reading list and when you're finished you'll have no doubt in your mind why I am calling this and the rest of Daniel Quinn's books the most important books in the world. Please do the world a favor and read one of Quinn's books as soon as possible.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very dangerous book, 9 Dec 2000
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This book is very dangerous. After reading it, I was reeling from the shock for about two weeks. Once you let it seep in, the message is so obvious. The message in this book is applicable to every single person on this planet, and any argument you could ever have can be traced back to principles laid down in this book. It's nice and easy to read, but the message in intense. YOU must read this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking, must read, 10 Nov 1998
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A philosophical journey that every person should take. Those who would criticize his methods are missing the fundamental point of Quinn's teachings. The story of a catholic priest, who by his own admission has somewhat nominal beliefs, is sent to investigate a potential "Antichrist". This candidate is not preaching what one would expect of the Antichrist. B, as he is known, attempts to show his listeners that our culture is destroying the world in which we live. The story provides a fascinating vehicle for Quinn . The basis of his arguments is compelling. I would put it to anyone to read this book and not have their beliefs affected.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to save the world? Read The Story of B, 28 Mar 1998
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The Story of B, along with Ishmael and My Ishmael are wake up calls for us to reach both inward and outward. The book is well paced,
not too long and drives the point in well. It
leaves the reader with a sence of urgency but
also a clear direction. If you sometimes read
to learn, these three books put the ball in your
court.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The world needs this book to survive, 30 Nov 1998
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If the world is to be saved, it will be saved by new minds. It will not be saved by old minds with new programs.
Remember those words, friends, because they are humanity's only hope. No, they are the world's only hope. Our culture has reached the boiling point, and the time to act is now. Read this book.
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