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1.0 out of 5 stars Pop Spirituality - airport reading for the easily distracted, 24 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Manual of The Warrior of Light (Paperback)
This book has apparently had a 'life-enchanicing impact on millions of people' (THE TIMES). If this is truly so, then that's great.

I considered giving up on this book half way through. I am quite surprised at the success of such a book. Having read The Prophet by Kahil Gibran, and been moved by his beautiful verses on family, friendship, work etc, I just found this book to be totally inferior and superfluous exercise in catchphrasing. Paulo Coelho obviously likes this metaphor of a 'Warrior of light', with his 'sword', his 'tent' and his 'opponents', sitting around the fire boasting of his adventures,but there seems very little to inspire behind this exhausting metaphor. For example, scratch below the surface, and you might be suddenly left a bit confused by the jarring contradictions in Coelhos's 'thinking'. On page 213, Our Warrior of light 'shares wtih others what he knows of the path', which simply means that he 'needs to teach what he learnt...sits by the fire and recounts his day in the battlefield'. However, this same 'warrior' 'knows that the fool who gives advice about someone else's garden is not tending his own plants' (p. 259). So what we have is an image of a fool sitting around the fire thrusting his 'wisdom' onto people who are warriors of light in thier own right, and have their own 'gardens' to tend to (p.41, for instance, where he says that 'no one is stupid and that life teaches everyone') Paulo - what are you TALKING about, mate?

I much preferred Chogyam Trugpa Rinpoches admirable 'Sacred Path of the Warrior' to Coelho's soulless 'Warrior of Light'.

Trust me - there are philosophical/spritual books out there that make this one look like airport reading for the easily distracted.

I realy wanted to like this book, but it just seemed so banal and pointless.
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