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Too much unnecessary descriptive writing,
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This review is from: Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives (Scientific Search for Proof of Past Lives) (Kindle Edition)
I have found this book a little tedious. I bought the book as I have an interest in reincarnation and the afterlife, but found that I had to wade through pages of boring descriptions of the author's travels in between the encounters with people who remembered past lives. My feeling is that the author, a journalist, has written the book like this so as to make it his own observations, not just a report about professor Ian Stevenson's work.
But it's Mr. Stevenson's findings that I am interested in. I also found the author's comments about Dr. Brian Weiss's work slightly offensive. Dr. Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist who discovered an ability to regress his patients to past lives. He seems to believe that Dr. Weiss does not have enough proof in order to substantiate his belief that many of his clients (one in particular, Catherine) have truly remembered past lives whilst under hypnosis. He cites one example where Catherine has her dates muddled, yet later, while considering one of Mr. Stevenson's cases he is ready to excuse a similar memory slip. He also remarks that Mr. Stevenson's subjects were probably not fantasising, as their remembered lives were so mundane, yet fails to note that this is also one of the strengths on the side of Dr. Weiss's subject, Catherine, and indeed most of his subjects.
In short, I find Mr. Shroder is over opinionated about a subject he knows little about, and I would much rather have heard more from the person actually conducting the search (Mr. Stevenson). I have skipped great chunks of detailed description about each person's clothing, the scenery, the author's feelings as he was going along the road etc. and will not be finishing the book.
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Initial post: 20 May 2014 16:54:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2014 18:26:58 BDT
I agree. I finished 'Old Souls' a good while ago and find I can't remember anything other than an impression of war-torn, dusty, and bomb-cratered places such as Beirut, and how-Brian-Weiss-is-lacking-in-credibility
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