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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
New Light on the Ancient Mystery of Glastonbury :
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on 2 September 2000
A clear, well researched and sincere investigation into the mystical 'Ancient Isle of Avalon'. From the sacred geometry of the Abbey and the 'Old Church' which Jesus instructed Joseph to build, to the Ley lines of the Tor - the book makes one really feel there is a real possibility of sacredness in Glastonbury, beyond the hype and commercialist charlatans that have arrived there recently. Michell concludes the book well; the ending is indirectly very personal and points to a esoteric, universal message from the area of Glastonbury, UK, the 'New Jerusalem'. Well balanced.
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on 2 January 2015
A thoughtful analysis. Well written and thoroughly engaging read.
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on 31 July 2009
The recently deceased John Michell was an extraordinarily prolific writer and an extraordinary prolific character all round - it was reported that even as he was passing his final days in the West Country he was seen (bilocating obviously, and ever the bibliophile) in the Charing Cross Road, but it is almost as if he had been doing this all his life, such is the ubiquity of the man and his acquaintance and geography (Only a few days ago, a Medium friend of mine told me of a year long Gypsy Caravan trip he took around Ireland with a close acquaintance - when did this occur in his chronology?)

He was a `seminal' figure of the 1960s, knew everyone from the Stones to the Incredible String Band and was the founding spirit of the Glastonbury Festival; no surprise that he is often described in terms of being a proto New Age/Hippie type (he somehow was able to keep up the phenomenal quantity AND quality of written and visual work over the decades whilst smoking copious amounts of weed)

But Michell was a living contradiction, a cosmological mathematician and a true philosopher of the most knowledgeable and scholarly cast, fitting with ease into the Classical Ancient systems of thought as exemplified by his beloved Plato.

To Michell there is no Pagan/Christian schism and this book, though centred primarily on Glastonbury, ranges from the depths of prehistory to the 20th century and all points of the globe. This impressively compact 168 pages therefore constitutes an ideal introduction to Michell's vast output and one sentence near the end seems, if anything can, to perhaps best sum up the central theme of his life's work:

`Behind all the legends, prophecies and revelations at Glastonbury can be discerned one single theme: that the will of God will finally prevail, and humanity will rediscover its natural condition within an earthly paradise.'
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on 3 December 2010
I learnt quite a few new things from John Mitchell's book, and from that point of view it was definitely worth reading. Some of the information and discussion contained within the book, however, is sometimes less than clear and Mr Mitchell often writes about myth and legend as if it is fact. He also does not cite sources of information in several places, and again presents ideas as 'fact' and then does not substantiate them with references to evidence and sources. As a book then, it is something of a mixed bag, but on the whole if you are a fan of Glastonbury, it is something that one should read.
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on 13 March 2015
This is a brilliantly enjoyable read. I do not what one reviewer means when they say that Mitchell talks of myth as if it were fact. He does in a way, but this creates a truly mesmerizing pace, and hypnotic imaginative reading. If he were to stop and emphasis that he is still talking about myth, then the flow would be lost.

What he does do is blend myth, history and magic, and lays it out spectacularly over the Glastonbury landscape for all to see. No laborious debates about what is right, wrong, true, or false. Just an interwoven pattern of storytelling, archetypal occurrences, zodiacal revelations, relics, secret passages, energy lines, geometry, religion, and a recognition of the ages past and present.

For anyone who wants to know more about Glastonbury, this is brilliant.
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on 3 March 2016
very happy with the service you provide. solid.
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on 21 March 2016
Loving it!
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