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The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  539 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Dr. Peter Proud’s ordinary life as a professor in California is threatened by recurrent dreams that all end the same: with his murder in a lake at night by a mysterious woman named Marcia. These dreams—which he comes to believe may be flashbacks from a previous life—become so disturbing that he seeks answers from a sleep researcher, a clairvoyant, and an expert in psychic ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 28th 1975 by Bantam Books (first published 1955)
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Monnie
May 23, 2012 Monnie rated it it was amazing
When we were visiting our son Scott not long ago, he handed me an old hardback copy of The Reincarnation of Peter Proud and asked if I remembered it. Yes, I said - but quite honestly, any familiarity was for the title alone. I knew I'd read it way back when it was published in 1974, when Scott was about 11 years old and I'd just returned to work after exactly that many years as a stay-at-home mom.

I also remembered that I really liked it, but the story - and why I liked it totally escaped me. Now
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Mark Pantoja
Jul 10, 2013 Mark Pantoja rated it liked it
Reincarnation of Peter ProudReincarnation of Peter Proud by Max Simon Ehrlich
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Some books are great because they capture a story, others a place, and others a time. Max Ehrlich's Reincarnation of Peter Proud is a great snapshot of the early 70's, with the "trippy" 60's still reverberating and morphing into burgeoning New Age movement. At least, that's how it feels. I wasn't there, so I really don't know. The closest I can get is the TV, movies, and book like the Reincarnation of Peter Proud, which f
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Don
Surprised myself with this one. Never saw the film (though I am old enough to had heard about it at the time of it's release in the early 70s). There was overt sex in the movie and bonking your possible own daughter was a bit too much for me, so I never did see the film.

Now, almost 50 years on. Picked up a better condition one then what's being used as the novel front cover pictured here. May do an update... Cover could had been less too risque so I imagine this was done to the belief that Sex S
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Megan
Aug 19, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
This book blew my sixteen year old mind when I originally read it at the recommendation of my dad. It was one of his favorite books. My dad died a few years ago, and I found the old hardcover in his bookshelf while cleaning it out. Needless to say, I had to read it again to see if it was as engaging as I had remembered.

This book is a quick read, not only because of its length but because the author does not waste words; he is not prone to detailed descriptions of anything. His writing is efficie
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Janith Pathirage
Mar 13, 2015 Janith Pathirage rated it it was ok
I was on the verge of giving at least 4 stars for this flick until that horrible ending. Really disappointing the way things turned around at last. It made everything Peter did throughout the story to reveal the mystery pointless. But this was a gripping story from the start to that point. For that, I give 2 stars to Max Ehrlich.
Lloyd Scott
Oct 30, 2009 Lloyd Scott rated it really liked it

A book that garnered rave reviews by the great Max Ehrlich back in the 70s; I got mine from my book club at the time as the choice of the month. This was another great read, easy to read, it kept my attention and it was fun to read. When the movie came out it was pretty much the same as the book but of course something was missing as always. Looking at the movie version of a book always misses something, it has something to do with being by one's self alone at home, sitting on a chair reading a
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Douglas Castagna
Mar 15, 2016 Douglas Castagna rated it it was amazing
I remember the movie. I was being babysat sometime in the late seventies and this was on television or home video, or dare I say betamax? In any rate, I remember the opening and the closing of the movie and some scenes of tennis. Hope the tennis wasn't a spoiler. Nevertheless, some thirty five or forty years later I decided hey, I recall this, somewhat, and picked up the book. Now, the book has same opening and plot points, well, hell, Max Ehrlich wrote the screenplay so of course one would thin ...more
Stacy
Jun 05, 2008 Stacy rated it really liked it
I read this book a few years ago. I found it on the 'lending shelves' of my dad's beach house bookcase. I remember really liking the story. The theory of reincarnation always fascinated me. I loved how Peter found out who he was and the mystery of his past life unfurling intertwined with his new life.

Amashi
Jan 16, 2015 Amashi rated it really liked it
This is one of my most favorite books. The story was thrilling and a must read.
Paul Barton
Jun 19, 2016 Paul Barton rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, paranormal
This work is a minor cult classic from the early 1970s. Reincarnation had begun to arouse the interest of Western society and Ehrlich tapped into that curiosity with this, his best known novel. I read it as a teenage schoolboy and have just re-read it 35 years later.

The premise is entirely gripping - Peter Proud's vivid dreams are actually memories of a former life 30 years ago. Proud sets out to track down the locations and players from his "dreams," urged on by a somewhat self-interested para-
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Lysergius
Apr 26, 2012 Lysergius rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dr. Peter Proud’s ordinary life as a professor in California is threatened by recurrent dreams that all end the same: with his murder in a lake at night by a mysterious woman named Marcia. These dreams—which he comes to believe may be flashbacks from a previous life—become so disturbing that he seeks answers from a sleep researcher, a clairvoyant, and an expert in psychic phenomena in order to recover his past. But he soon discovers a new dimension to his dilemma while watching a television show ...more
WendyMcP
As I go through my daily and weekly routine, something will trigger a memory of yet another book I read long ago that I can add to my "read" list. At work today, Suzanne Weyn's Reincarnation crossed my desk, and I flashed on The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. I read it when it came out in 1974* and was completely enthralled. From that point on I was sure reincarnation was THE ANSWER. As a teen, I read all the books my step mother read, and this was one of those that excited both of us. For weeks ...more
Tim Williams
Jun 01, 2014 Tim Williams rated it really liked it
I remember when the movie came out and the movie poster that always kind of stuck in my head, but I was too young to go see it. Somehow this title crossed back into my view recently and after all these years I tackled the story. The story is somewhat predictable but not any more than the majority of genre-ish works, although this book is not so genre standard. What I think really helps it is the essence of its time that is has. It is like someone found a way to bottle up the early 70's and injec ...more
Eric Long
Jun 25, 2016 Eric Long rated it it was ok
I remember seeing this book in the bookstore when I was a kid in the 70s and wanting to read it. I finally read it a couple of years ago and was disappointed. I was expecting something enlightening, but this reads more like a cheap pulp novel, with lots of gratuitous sex and violence. The protagonist is not likable at all. I kept hoping for bad things to happen to him. The book is slighty redeemed by the interesting plot twist and the ending.
Sarah
I read this when I was a teenager, around 1975. I can't remember the story, but I do remember liking it a lot and being fascinated by the concept of reincarnation. Maybe I should re-read it.
Heidi
Apr 15, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it
Read this book a long time ago as a teen. The topic was really scary and really fascinating at the same time. When I read it, I was riveted. Guess I should read it again sometime ...
Kathy
Aug 19, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I read this book many years ago when I was a teenager. I remember the ending more vividly than I remember some books I've read in the last three months!
Shirley Jackson
Jun 03, 2016 Shirley Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, horror
Great light seventies horror, right up there with Burnt Offerings and The Little Girl Who Lived Down The Lane. An easy read.
Kathy  Petersen
I sped through The Reincarnation of Peter Proud years ago. This time I also sped through it! It's that kind of book, one that does not pay to examine too closely but is a fabulous ride.
Robert Grant
Dec 21, 2015 Robert Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this one. Interesting plot and characters are well developed. Like it and I kind of remember the old movie too.
Mary
Oct 09, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another old book from my stash of booksale finds. This was an interesting, quick read.

Dr. Peter Proud has vivid dreams. They are the same 5 or 6 dreams all having to do with a man unknown to Peter and referred to as "X" and a woman named Marcia. In the most disturbing of the dreams, Marcia kills the man referred to as "X". Little by little these "dreams" start making their way more into Peter's consciousness and are starting to interfere with his life. His search for help to find the reason for
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Rose
Feb 01, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it
I read this back when it first came out and I remember liking it. then I saw the movie, not sure which one I enjoyed more. Going back and reading again was enjoyable,I remembered quite a bit. yes it was worth the 're-read
Bruce Hammond
Nov 22, 2014 Bruce Hammond rated it it was ok
Don't see what the attraction was in the mid 70's. Other than the mysticism.
Becky Wolsk
Jan 04, 2015 Becky Wolsk rated it really liked it
Shelves: un-puttdownable
Fun airplane read; great used bookstore find. I love stories like this.
Elaine
Nov 25, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it
I really liked the book. I recommend.
Victoria Frost
Apr 17, 2015 Victoria Frost rated it really liked it
very interesting book, easy to read
Anne
Oct 17, 2010 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, fantasy
Ah, I remember reading this book as a tween/early teen in the 1980s. I was so impressed then, as it was one of the first books for an adult audience that I'd read. Reading it now, I must say that the idea and the plot are compelling, but the storytelling is lacking. We only get to know the characters superficially, and even this is dependent on Harlequin-espye prose. I recently read that this was going to be re-made as a movie by David Fincher. If so, it has great promise as ling as there is a t ...more
Joeri
Aug 02, 2013 Joeri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
It's been a while since I've read this book, but at the time it sure made an impression. Peter Proud has bad dreams and discovers that he once lived before. When he investigates his former life he finds out more than he bargained for. Great ending. This book was once turned into a movie (with Superman's Margot Kidder in a prominent role) but the end result wasn't that good. So a new movie would be a great idea
Sheila
Aug 29, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this older book from the 1970s. I vaguely, and I mean very vaguely recall snippets from the movie based on this book. I'm not sure when I saw it but it was decades ago, and I didn't remember enough to know what was going to happen with the story. So it was enjoyable to read, and kept me engrossed till the final page. "No Marcia! NO!!!!
Samodh
Aug 16, 2009 Samodh rated it really liked it
How hard it is to hide our past? The murdered of the previous birth (Peter) begins to recollect his previous life in his this current birth, so that his assasin of the previous life (= his wife) had to plot and murder him for the second time. I like the novel's moral theme rather than its reincarnation references... Now,I am going to watch the movie.
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