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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Gonzo Multimedia (16 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908728361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908728364
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CJ Stone comes into things from a different angle. These articles shine like tiny slivers of light illuminating the subtle power of humanity writ personal. He's writing about people who are living in a manner different to the current mainstream of society and these human encounters are not concerned with the diktats of society and custom, they seem beyond that. He seems enamored with people whose quest to devise or live a new mode of community and this approach is what seems to drive his writing. He is not interested in changing the state of the world around him, but to experience it as it is, free from the influence of any preoccupation. A true observer of the alternative life we could all benefit from studying.
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This is a wonderfully interesting book. It's a collection of C J Stone's writings, both published and unpublished over the past few years. Although it covers a wide range of topics and moods, from righteous anger to melancholic nostalgia and from personal reminiscence to political critique what ties it all together is a suspicion of a culture in which possessions and objects are worshipped and the human beings who bring them to life are often ignored or dehumanised. As you'd expect Stone writes with a great sense of empathy for the people that he encounters, keen to uncover the hidden frailties and strengths of real people's lives that get buried under waves of consumerism and celebrity obsession. If you're looking for a quirky and varied take on life and a very human social history of British society over the past few decades then this book would be a great choice.
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I'm not yet quite sure what to make of this book. I suppose it could be said that all of life is here - except, curiously enough, for sex. Most states of mind are presented in this collection, in CJ Stone's curiously attractive style that manages to combine cynicism with enthusiasm for his subject, all in one short paragraph.

I like the last part best; from when he gets involved in the `Amanae' treatment - an extraordinary thing to do considering that "I've had extensive dealings with a variety of alternative remedies in the past ... in fact, you name me some practice, and I'll see if I haven't engaged with it yet," but "I can't say that I've ever been cured of anything." This one, however, has somehow hit the spot for him.

And then he goes travelling off round the world, becoming particularly taken up with watching wild bears in the deepest forests of Transylvania, before coming back home skint and spending a lot of time - which he hadn't done for forty years or so - with his Mum and Dad. It's not clear whether all this really happened in that order, probably not, but it all fits together well and finally brings the book to a meaningful close.

Other parts of the book are horrible; not badly written, not at all, but the subject matter is sometimes grim. Do we really need to be unexpectedly presented with graphic details of what happened to Vlad the Impaler's victims? I would advise anyone with a particularly sensitive nature to just skip this section entirely.

There are other horror stories too; details of modern political conflicts, but at least there is some point to these - we probably do need to know.
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HASH(0x91cd048c) out of 5 stars Can't put this one down.. 7 Jan. 2014
By Chandira - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book ruined my social life this weekend. I couldn't put it down. It's been quite a while since I read a book that grabbed me like that, and wouldn't let go.
I have a short attention span, so the nice thing is that this book allows for that. It's a collection all kinds of things, some of his earlier writing. It's a lovely, heartfelt collection of personal stories, and social commentary, mixed in with some good and well-researched, sensible political standpoints.
He has such a keen mind for human observation, and pointing out the obvious that I sometimes miss about a situation. I love how he thinks. His compassion and humour is there on every page.
This book will make you laugh, and cry, and hopefully laugh more, but it won't leave you unmoved, or without more questions about life.
He covers everything from Stonehenge and it's builders and their culture, to his own neighbours, rock festivals, and a whole lot more in between. I can't really say what it's a book about, it's about a lot of things. But I can totally recommend that you buy it and read it.
HASH(0x9187406c) out of 5 stars An interesting and varied read 3 Jan. 2014
By Baldwinsville, New York - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was a very enjoyable compilation of stories that draw you in, it was difficult to put down. CJ Stone is a true master of the written word
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