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The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary
4.60
it was amazing
Have you ever had that experience where you meet someone, and within a few minutes of talking to them you know your going to be friends for the rest o ...more
Jan 24, 2016
Jan 24, 2016
 
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
4.39
it was ok
Harari attempts to leap through hominid history in a few great bounds, organized into a few arbitrarily-chosen watersheds such as the scientific revol ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
 
Primitive Mythology (The Masks of God, #1)
4.26
it was amazing
I wish I could like Campbell's Masks of God series more than I do. I keep having the same experience -- I pick one up and read 15 pages that are magni ...more
not set
Jul 19, 2009
 
The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
4.33
it was amazing
In my opinion, Nagarjuna is the greatest philosopher who has ever lived, and this is his magnum opus. In a series of reductio ad absurdum-like analyse ...more
not set
Jan 22, 2009
 
The Jargon of Authenticity
3.97
it was amazing
I have a special affection for this book, which cogently diagnoses a phenomenon with which I am all-too-familiar, living as I do in Northern Californi ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2010
 
Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy
4.12
it was ok
"The will to a system lacks integrity." - Nietzsche

I would think that a person such as myself would be an ideal audience for Mr. Wilber's ruminations
...more
not set
Apr 30, 2010
 
The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension
4.25
it was amazing
Along with "The Mythic Image" this is the Campbell book I'd recommend to newbies, more than "Hero with a Thousand Faces" and much more than "The Masks ...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion
4.24
it was amazing
If I had to recommend just one book on Mesopotamian religious culture, there's no question that I'd advocate on behalf of this masterpiece. Jacobsen's ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Jul 30, 2009
 
The Saga of the Volsungs
4.02
it was amazing
Medieval Icelandic literature is highly variable in quality and comprehensibility, but the Volsung Saga is a masterpiece of the genre, and here it is ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2010
 
The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
3.82
it was ok
I can't help but think the main reason this book remains in currency is because it is widely regarded as the locus classicus for a definition and anal ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2011
 
Mozart
4.06
it was ok
Solomon attempts to do the impossible in this book -- to get inside the unconscious minds of the Mozarts on the basis of historical documents and lett ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life & Work (Works)
4.46
it was amazing
Having listened to dozens of hours of Campbell lectures in addition to reading several of his books, it's clear to me that Campbell is a much more eff ...more
not set
Jul 10, 2009
 
Invisible Man
3.83
it was amazing
Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" is an uneven book that is generally solid and occasionally searingly brilliant, though it is hampered by a narrowness ...more
Jan 25, 2017
Jan 21, 2017
 
The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt
4.19
it was amazing
"The Sixth Grandfather" offers an annotated presentation of the raw transcripts of the testimony of the Lakota medicine man Black Elk to the poet and ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
 
The Varieties of Religious Experience
4.05
it was amazing
It's impressive how well this book has withstood the passage of time. More than a century after its publication, it continues, on the whole, to feel e ...more
Sep 02, 2015
Aug 12, 2015
 
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
3.79
it was ok
When I read a book, I like to do the author the courtesy of taking it seriously in the terms in which it's presented. So when Grant Morrison offers a ...more
Feb 09, 2012
Nov 15, 2011
 
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
3.75
it was ok
I wish I could recommend this book, as the topic is an interesting and important one, but I can't. It's simply not well written or organized.

Brafman
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Sep 24, 2010
 
Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
4.13
it was ok
John Heihardt's classic is a problematic read to be sure. On the one hand, Neihardt was a sympathetic interlocutor who elicited a fascinating account ...more
not set
Dec 13, 2012
 
At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity
3.98
it was amazing
How is it possible in an entropic universe, in which natural systems progress inexorably toward disorder, that life should continually move in the opp ...more
not set
Jan 22, 2009
 
Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt
4.00
it was amazing
It's hard for me to imagine a better introduction to the world of Egyptian mythology and religion. Rundle Clark is an author of prodigious intellectua ...more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
 
Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake
4.25
it was amazing
This book is everything I would want in an introduction to Blake's life and work for the general reader. Eternity's Sunrise interleaves biographical a ...more
May 17, 2017
Sep 11, 2016
 
Neonomicon
3.40
did not like it
Although I am not a big Alan Moore fan, I was beguiled into giving Neonomicon a try by its fabulous premise - a modern-day, Lovecraftian tale of myste ...more
not set
Oct 05, 2012
 
Among the Believers : An Islamic Journey
3.86
it was ok
Naipaul's dour critique of four Islamic nations describes a world that is largely without history. One would never know to read it that the formation ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2012
 
The Gnostic Gospels
3.93
it was amazing
This brief introduction to the Gnostic scriptures discovered at Nag Hammadi is instantly recognizable as a classic. It is beautifully written, deeply ...more
not set
Jan 15, 2010
 
The Road
3.95
it was amazing
I read The Road in three days -- it's that kind of book. It's bleak, but somehow not depressing. The world it describes is lifeless and gray, and even ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
The Forge and the Crucible: The Origins and Structure of Alchemy
4.15
liked it
Is it too much to ask for a book to be properly named? Gah.

Sure, this book treats alchemy, for around 40% of its length, but in its totality it's con
...more
not set
Nov 08, 2009
 
The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day
4.13
it was amazing
This is a beautiful book - a large-format facsimile reproduction of the Papyrus of Ani in large color images with translation of the hieroglyphs benea ...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
 
Decreation
4.15
it was ok
Carson is like a centaur without the horse. She has such a prodigious command of style and form that one is tempted to overlook the lack of passion. A ...more
Aug 13, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
 
The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
3.95
it was amazing
This rather technical overview of recent archaeological and linguistic scholarship sheds important light on the mysterious Proto-Indo-European-speakin ...more
not set
Oct 08, 2010
 
A History of the Jews
4.09
liked it
I'm not really reviewing this book, I'm explaining why I abandoned it pretty early on. This book is not for me, and personally I feel it shouldn't be ...more
not set
Nov 03, 2015
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