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Karma by Annie Besant: who’s running this show?

Karma by Annie Besant My rating: 4 of 5 stars A thought-provoking and brief overview of a very important topic, packaged in a slapdash print-on-demand format. Annie Besant, one of the leading lights of the Theosophical Society of the early … Continue reading

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The Astral Body by A. E. Powell: more things in heaven and earth

The Astral Body: And Other Astral Phenomena by Arthur E. Powell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This follow-on volume, published in 1927, to the author’s The Etheric Double: The Health Aura of Man, extends the survey of the unseen … Continue reading

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The Etheric Double by A. E. Powell: pointing the way out of the cave

The Etheric Double: The Health Aura of Man by Arthur E. Powell My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first in what would come to be a series of primers on the nature of man and the universe according to … Continue reading

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Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry: still good after all these years

Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry My rating: 5 of 5 stars This one-of-a-kind landmark of 20th-century literature stands up to multiple readings. I have a somewhat more intimate relationship with Under the Volcano than most readers, due to the … Continue reading

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Heaven and Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg: what gives?

Heaven and Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg My rating: 4 of 5 stars A one-of-a-kind work setting out the discoveries of an 18th-century Swedish scientist’s extended forays into the spirit realm. Swedenborg gives detailed descriptions of what happens to us after … Continue reading

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novel vs. novel 4: journeys local and galactic

The two recently read novels I look at today, Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, are, in many ways, like night and day. The two works do have some similarities: they … Continue reading

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Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese: the painful path to forgiveness

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese My rating: 4 of 5 stars A powerful and unflinching tale of healing and forgiveness. This novel had special interest for this reader for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it is set in … Continue reading

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novel vs. novel 3: souls in chains

The last two novels I read were The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West and Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Again, I do my best to read the novels on my reading list in the order in … Continue reading

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: telling it like it was

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was in high school when I learned the word didactic: “intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment.” I’m not sure that … Continue reading

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novel vs. novel 2: men with attitude

Back in August I wrote a post in which I compared two random novels that I happened to have read back to back. Well, that was so much fun I’m going to do it again. How do I happen to … Continue reading

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