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A dramatic and literate introduction to one of the twentieth century's most influential and intriguing spiritual teachers.

Born in the shifting border between Turkey and Russia in 1866, G. I. Gurdjieff is a man who would continually straddle borders-between East and West, between man and something higher than man, between the ancient teachings of esoteric schools and the mo
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by TarcherPerigee
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Smiley McGrouchpants
May 26, 2014 Smiley McGrouchpants rated it it was amazing
Shirley's exposition of Gurdjieff's ideas (an "Introduction" for me, personally; I happened across this title, at Powell's, looking for other Shirley books) comes as an eye-opener to the One Clueless Person You Never Heard Of (again: if you're like me ... ) Who Somehow Managed to Actually Live in the 20th Century. (Whew! That should be a sub-title ... )

ANYHOO: As a "walk-through," Clive Barker's famously-quoted take on Shirley's fiction seems to equally apply, here. The Man is qualified.

(I'll le
May 19, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Author John Shirley intended this book for absolute beginners to George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (c. 1866 - 1949), which I am. It is still far, far too early for me to tell whether Gurdjieff was merely a cult leader or actually the greatest mystic of modern times, especially as Gurdjieff himself made his work purposefully difficult to understand and laden with absurd words so as to confuse and disappoint his students and readers. I would have to (and just might) read another shelf of primary and seco ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Trilly rated it really liked it
A really accessible biographical account of a fascinatingly impenetrable character.
Feb 26, 2008 Nick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who think there might be more to life.
A solid introduction to Gurdjieff. Shirley babies you a bit a first but you appreciate this once your on to more complex Gurdjieffian ideas. If you're still interested (and I am) the book offers a number of different investigative leads-- people to explore and books to read.
Feb 11, 2010 Jason rated it liked it
This guy was an awesome spiritual teacher who found enlightenment through work. The key here is 'never rest and always get the job done' and you will gain more insight into your own being than anyone or anything else can teach you. A little drawn out, though.
Lucinda Winslow
Great modern biography, beautifully written, carefully researched and offered sincerely as one solution to the gathering challenges of our times. A must read for all who love Gurdjieff's Work.
Chris Estey
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Religious cults and small businesses -- music genres and corporate cultures?
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John Shirley is the author of more than a dozen books, including Demons; Crawlers; City Come A-Walkin’; Really, Really, Really, Really, Weird Stories; and the classic cyberpunk trilogy A Song Called Youth: Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. He is the recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award and won the International Horror Guild Award for his collection Black But ...more
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