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Great content - terrible end...,
This review is from: 2012: The year of the Mayan prophecy (Paperback)
First of all, I must just say that this book is worth every penny. It's a fantastic read - well written, well researched, entertainingly balanced and very relevant to anyone interested in the whole '2012' thing.
Fantastic as a source of referenced materials from visionary geniuses such as Amit Goswarmi, etc. And for the first 300 pages or so Pinchbeck does a convincing job of staying impartial enough to weave the strands of theories together into a convincingly lucid ontology.
However... (please don't read on if you don't want to get a taste of the latter part of the book)... it really starts to fall apart at the end. Throughout there seems to be a willingness to quote ill-calculated geometric theorems / calendar arrangements, which points to Pinchbeck's yearning to actually carve a meaningful ontology from the various theories out there (ranging from credible and well researched, to the down-right crackpot and contradictory). The first real taste of it spiralling out of control is Pinchbeck's acid-fuelled bender in the desert which seems to tip him into a world of lustful delusion. From there on in it all starts to lose cohesion - peaking with borderline schizophrenic illusions of god-like grandeur.
If only he'd had the sense to take a leaf out of McKenna's book (quite literally) and keep it all in perspective. Instead it gets all preachy/god-fearing/schizoid towards the end and rather undermines his earlier solid research and conjecture. It feels a little like watching a brilliant musician/artist thrive under the influence of psychedelics, then spiral out of control into drug-addled obscurity.
Still, it's an incredible read for the first 300'ish pages. I hope he has a good spell in rehab and gets back on track soon. But then maybe it'll all be too late...