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The Swami Deheftner
by Robert Steven Goldstein (Goodreads Author)
In this evocative novel, Solomon Deheftner achieves fame as a stage magician and escapologist in the tradition of the Great Houdini. But he abandons that career to search for something far more elusive: the profound magic inherent in mystical transcendence. Using his knowledge of conjuring and his Jewish upbringing as a foundation, Deheftner makes his way from New York to ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 18th 2013 by Robert Steven Goldstein
(first published January 29th 2013)
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I enjoyed the easy pace; the detailed descriptions of yoga practice and delicious food preparation. Interestingly much of the book brought me back to a time many years ago and had me reflect upon paths chosen, opportunities taken and some that were missed. Almost felt I knew some of the characters the author painted. Catch this rising star and his first novel.
I don't normally review books, but this book and author deserve recognition. A first novel, the book addresses topics ranging from personal growth, mystical experience, yoga philosophy and tradition, the inner-workings of magic, family of origin connection and conflict, the nature of love and attraction and the possibilities held in a consistent and diligent spiritual practice. I much prefer to learn information through stories and 'The Swami Deheftner' kept me engaged and intrigued. The novel ...more
Robert Steven Goldstein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1952. He has practiced Yoga, meditation, and vegetarianism for over forty years. Mr. Goldstein and his wife Sandy now live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have lovingly shared their home with parrots, dogs, cats, rabbits, and turtles. Their daughter is married and lives in Texas. Prior to becoming a novelist, Mr. Goldstein enjoyed a ...moreMore about Robert Steven Goldstein...