OK so you want to better understand the thinking of the other side of the world. Not so long ago America welcomed these divergent ideas in a spirit of naive discovery and wonder. The Chattauqua lectures were happening on the east coast and Big Sur was a colony of artistic thinkers and lifestyle experiments. And P. Yogananda , having discovered the discipline/ritual/extacy of an enlightened life brought it to America and we loved it. This is the story of how one person developed to become a spiritual leader for millions. It makes sense to see his life unfold.
I found this to be a wonderful story of his experience. Not preachy, not pushy. just where he came from what he saw and how it affected him. How it changed his thinking. If you are a devout Christian or Catholic this will not sway your faith but it may expand your idea of what a saint is.
OK this fella thought out the whole thing... for years... with angst... and pain... and sorrow... and tons of time and thought.... He built a garage in the woods to write in???? ... I can not for any money ignore the ignorance of the author of the physical world... but if you have money and time and can make reasonable people take that money to humor you... gee that's the book... and he sells the entire place in a few years... Duh... no DUH.. .what an arrogant poofter... He makes a room the way Jacques Pepin makes a puff pastry... too much thinking...
OK it isn't Shakespeare... but a good yarn will get me across an angry sea anyday.
But it was a good newspaper story about the benefits of mindfulness....
I'd say it was the MOST illuminating book re: this topic... all the others are a bit
Mumbo Jumbo.... salesmanship and outright lies... . But Dan tells it like it is... Hey dummy... clean up... expect less and be happy with that... but if you can become "aware" or "mindful " you just might be a bit more engaged in what your daily life is and if it sucks well then you might just decide to have the balls to change it... golly that wasn't Buddha like
But it was truly Dime Novel stuff... and very NOIR.. ok so it's supposed to me noir... but it was not entertaining, titillating, interesting... sorry
Yes we need to be eco responsible. But don't convince me with a baseball bat
This was a bully pulpit not a novel
Classic period piece of adventure, intrigue and a love story too. The writing and performance is tight and gripping and doesn't dawdle so you are on the edge of your seat all the way through. I've known this title for ages and now I know what it means. A good read.
Gripping Crime Drama
The crimes were never really solved till everything comes together. Then it all made perfect sense
Mr. Lee is my favorite narrator. He reads with restrained passion. He also speaks Austrailian superbly
I'd just finished "In a Sunburnt Country" by Bill Bryson. His travels thru the land down under. The Bat takes place in Austrailia so I got to stay in character for this book or in country you might say
OK so we're on Mars, the planet. Once you believe this here's your likeable flawed charming babe chasing guy trying to do right for his clients. The writing is classic light noir, so prepare to chuckle a bit. Easy reading
The narration was clear and entertaining. Very good character voice and emotion.
It ain't Tolstoy but it isn't trashy either. A good romp on Mars in a good guys (gum) shoes.
This is the second book in a huge trilogy. I read it withought reading the other book first. If you really want to invest a massive allotment of time I'd read them in order. Wiki the author and you might even start with a smaller monograph prior to this writing.
I like this style characters sketches and stories of real people living life up hill. He captures, like the faded sepia photos of the dust bowl farmers , the character and times his actors are living in. The action is believable and the emotions true.
His narrative is punctuated with real news flashes and song and a variety of period headlines which complement the naratives of the protagnists. At a later date I'll explore the other writings of this lesser known contemporary of Hemmingway, and Fitsgerald.
Seriously entertaining, enchanting.
OK first John Lee can read a phone book and it would be worth listeng to. This tale is about a person who spends time at THE SEASHORE, not at sea. He has a troubled tragic life and time and remembers it all with you as he writes this. He does not however remember it in any logical form but rather changes time and characters extensively. This left me as the reader lost to figure out what was what and when it all happened. This detracted from whatever story he was trying to tell. In movie form you might have visual cues as to where the pieces of his life fit together but I didn't like it here. Now you may say that I have no appreciation for his artfull stream of consciousness and rich descriptive language. The former no the latter yes.
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