on 25 August 2011
Brown presents a well written thought provoking text which is one of those books that can either be dipped into periodically or devoured in a day, depending how much time you have available.
The style of writing asks the reader to question their stance more often than offering answers to the questions presented.
Citing examples from different myths, for instance he explores the story of Gilgamesh as an analogy for the creation of the Soul or Self.
Unexpected Places will appeal to those with a grounding in psychology and the function of myth and archetypes.
The Author delves into facets of consciousness and attempts to explain how the various afterlife states can be used as reference points, or markers in waking life.
Briefly dipping into the Qabalah and the Tao, Brown offers a well referenced and nicely balanced text offering his insight into sensitive subject matter.
Through the lens of "building up a picture" the book is comparable to a literary initiation, or awakening experience via objective comparison. Rather than clinging to one ideology and professing it the only way, the author encourages the reader to open up and consider the deeper meaning behind inherent fears and anxieties on the subject of death and dying.
on 17 May 2011
I liked the way the similar message is found in all the major religions. Also in the belief systems of an African group and even hidden in the Epic of Gilgamesh. The book contains a lot of stimulating perspectives. I especially enjoyed the chapter on the three mystics, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila and Jalal-Udin-Rumi. But the material in the book is so rich that everyone will find things that they can respond to and which can help them become more able to come to terms with the idea of death. I miss an index.