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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Gurdjieff anatomy of a myth
James Moore writes in an almost cinematic style giving at times much poetic description to the complicated and mysterious narrative of George Gurdjieff 's life. Moore does not spare unnecessary details and gives an excellent chronological survey of the spiritual leader's path from obscurity, a rights of passage adventure through Central Asia, The Himalayas, Egypt, Siberia...
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Jim Moore's bio is a great intellectual work - none can quibble with his meticulous research of all available sources on G's life, both in print and having spoken to many people in person.

However, Moore's diabolically 'bon ton' literary style of writing is all personality and one can feel very little essence. His way of writing is like a piece of music that is...
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James Moore writes in an almost cinematic style giving at times much poetic description to the complicated and mysterious narrative of George Gurdjieff 's life. Moore does not spare unnecessary details and gives an excellent chronological survey of the spiritual leader's path from obscurity, a rights of passage adventure through Central Asia, The Himalayas, Egypt, Siberia and the Caucasus to the world capitals of Paris and New York. The outcome is up to you really as reader if you can understand the techniques taught by Gurdjieff to his pupils such as self observation, external and internal consideration, difficult grouped dance movements and a never ending commitment to the Work. Saint or sinner this biography will challenge you to examine the concept of a cult figure who dismisses his followers, a hypnotist who teaches you that you are still asleep after all, and a philosopher who has no philosophy. Well worth the journey if just to be shaken out of your complacency.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good information marred by mode of transmission, 29 July 2007
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Jim Moore's bio is a great intellectual work - none can quibble with his meticulous research of all available sources on G's life, both in print and having spoken to many people in person.

However, Moore's diabolically 'bon ton' literary style of writing is all personality and one can feel very little essence. His way of writing is like a piece of music that is far more occupied with fancy trills, grace notes and showing off technical ability than with conveying substance or true emotion.
If the material one is trying to convey is good, why detract from the essential by all this superficial parade of self-consciously long words, pointless phrases thrown in in various languages, etc etc. When I read Moore's text, I do try to take it in purely in terms of the content, but it is a struggle for me not to get constantly tripped up by some "Look what a clever writer I am!" tricks.
As G says, a dog will cut all kinds of capers before you, just trying to win your favour.
I hope for Mr Moore's next work he will be able to forget a little that "I am writing a book!" and just let the material speak for itself.
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