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3.0 out of 5 stars I anticipated a good read, but was let down., 29 Dec 1997
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This review is from: Way of the Peaceful Warrior (Paperback)
I was encouraged by the reviews, as well as a college-athlete-roommate, to pick up this book. But my expectations were not met at all, probably because I'm just not in tune with all this new-age stuff going around these days. I certainly won't pick up 'The Celestine Prophecy' now! I read the amazon.com interview w/Dan Millman, and noted that a favorite of his is Hesse's 'Siddhartha', which strikes a cord, because that's a favorite of mine as well. -That was a book that brought about much reflection and insight- but for some reason, 'The Way of the Peaceful Warrior' fails to evoke these responses. Maybe I let the excessive melodrama of Dan's character get to me. Or maybe it was the writing style in general. I mean, what do you think of this??: "But Joy, you know I want you to be with me always. I want to have children with you and keep you warm at night. Our life could be so fine together." "Danny," she said, "there's something else I should have told you before. I know I look and act-well, the age you might expect me to be. But I'm only 15 years old." I stared at her, my jaw slack. "That means that for months I've had an awful lot of illegal fantasies." All three of us laughed, but my laughter was hollow. A piece of my life had fallen and broken. "Joy, I'll wait. There's still a chance." (p.177) ---I mean, this kind of writing wears on ya after a while. But I finished the book, and feel humbled in the respect that I ask, "Can some-one explain to me what that was all about??" There are principles in the book that I agree with and practice myself, but the thought of this book being an eye-opener, or dispensing wisdom beyond the basics of Buddhism, does not pan out. I'll stick with 'Siddhartha' or 'Zen & The Art Of Motorcycle Maintainence'.
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Initial post: 7 Mar 2011 10:40:28 GMT
I can understand perfectly what you mean, having read over 30 books in a similar vein in the last 9 months. I am yet to read this book, but! the Celestine prophecy is a VERY deep book and well worth the time reading it, I could not put it down. The follow up books were not a patch on the original. so do not discount the Celestine from your list.
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