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The Door Marked Summer Hardcover – 1 Jun 1981

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; First edition edition (1 Jun. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246114053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246114051
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Door Marked Summer


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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book a long time ago, not because of its content so much as because i was a Goons fan. Whether you like the Goon or even know who Michael Bentine is, it stands tall in its own right as a very good book. It is one I find myself recommending to people over and over again, which is the proof of worth if worth needs to be measurable. Plain and true, funny and beautiful. The life and times of Bentine and his mother really should be made into a film. The content of the book deserves to be shared more widely.
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l first read this book years ago but to be honest bits of it scared me & l didn't finish it. Now a bit older and wiser and not so easily fazed, l thought l'd give it another go. l'm glad l did. lt's a very candid and interesting book, a nice amalgam of life story and spiritual stuff. Michael Bentine's public persona is only the tip of the iceberg. His family, his father in particular, make for fascinating reading. lf you have any interest in the man himself, or in the paranormal, l'd highly recommend this book.
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This is an interesting book I recommend because of who wrote it and its unusual slant on the paranormal. It's by Michael Bentine (1922-1996) the Peruvian-British comedian, actor and Goon ... who was an original and thoughtful thinker. He gives what I'm sure was an honest account of his experiences of the paranormal. The book's mostly chronological, and includes e.g., Bentine's childhood and his experiences in WW2 (including as an Intelligence Officer).

As a slant on the paranormal, it's unusual. There are various I'm sure legitimate accounts of remarkable experiences, but there are no or few mentions of (what I think of as) the usual suspects (maybe Frederic Myers, Edgar Cayce, Jane Sherwood, Eileen Garrett etc.) and usual themes (e.g., reincarnation, planes in the afterlife, Akashic records, karma) and - and this is what surprised me - there are many references to black magic, to rituals that give access to "altered states of experience" (my term), to the demonstrated dangers of meddling with dark forces, to ancient groups (e.g., the Knights Templar and the Freemasons) that held secret knowledge. Bentine says that Stephen Ward (of Profumo infamy), but also e.g., Rasputin, Hitler, Hess, and Nietzsche dabbled in the "dark arts" and paid the price in one way or another.

I wasn't quite persuaded. Though Bentine was very critical of crass materialism, he seems too deeply rooted in matter, and didn't distance himself sufficiently from material interpretations of what's is/was going on. He both warns against dabbling which he says has great dangers and seems to be coming at things from a black magic or occult point of view. For example, he says Stephen Ward was into Satanism and that Wards house was so badly affected it had to be exorcised after his death.
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This is a great read, anyone with or even without an interest in the paranormal will be absorbed by the experiences of Bentine through his childhood to adult life.
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I read this book many years ago and it made a big impression on me at the time. I wanted to re-read it and still enjoyed the book, though perhaps not quite as much as before. I like the spiritual side of Michael Bentine's nature and that's what I wanted to re-visit. There was a little too much emphasis on mediums and psychic exercies etc., but of course there would be as Michael's family were fully involved and held mediumship sessions in their front room!

It certainly gives you another side to a "zany comedian" and remains a very interesting read.
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Format: Paperback
I had read this book years ago when borrowed from a friend. It's a wonderful account of paranormal phenomena as well as interesting facts from Michael Bentine's wartime experiences.
I can highly recommend it.
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I read this book many years ago and decided to get a copy for myself as it was so memorable and controversial. Although the content deals with the paranormal the author is obviously so down to earth and sensible that you accept that his is an honest account of a life full of amazing experiences and insights into matters lying beyond the boundaries of everyday life - but matters which occasionally intrude into our existence and need to be explained. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the paranormal.
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Format: Hardcover
Apart from the superb story telling aspect to this book, it is a golden find for anyone interested in spiritual development or paranormal investigation because it discusses forms of mediumship that are very much out of vogue in our modern times and does so candidly. Where else can you go to learn about the topics covered? Most people keep knowledge of physical mediumship firmly under wraps these days, if it is being practiced out there. It's helpful to learn how people went about it from the accounts in this book. Thoroughly interesting and entertaining.
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