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Hind Swaraj; Or, Indian Home Rule (Dodo Press) by Mahatma Gandhi
Hind Swaraj; Or, Indian Home Rule (Dodo Press)

WisdomSeeker, July 16, 2013

I always like to read the earliest possible Edition of a Book, later Editions are always Modified, and changed. So it is, with this one. This book, written in the same style as Plato's "The Republic" with Gandhi being the "Editor," and the Disciple (Adeimantous), being the "Reader," allows Gandhi to Express many of his Views on a Variety of National, International, and Personal Matters;. Gandhi Exhibits an Extraordinarily Keen Level of Awareness in a variety of Areas, from Personal to Political, to Sociological, to Dietary. In this very short Volume, one gets to know WHO Mohandas K. Gandhi truly Was; What he Stood For, and Why, and then some. One may also get a glimpse of why the Man eventually came to be known both as the Conscience of India, and given the title "Mahatma" (Great Soul). Though Written in the same Style, as Plato's famous book, "Hind Swaraj," or "Indian Home Rule," is a much easier read than Plato's "Republic" ;), and an Essential Read for anyone hoping to understand Gandhi. Highly Recommended.
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Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal about the Current Threat--And How to Counter It by Wallace S. Broecker and Robert Kunzig
Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal about the Current Threat--And How to Counter It

WisdomSeeker, January 1, 2012

This book is a tortuous exercise in reading what a sycophantic Admirer of Broecker and his Climate Change Science Findings are about. While reading it, I had to look at the book's Title cover repeatedly, to ensure I was actually reading the Book I thought I was reading.

Anyone who has watched and sat through the ABC TV Series "Lost," will have some Idea of HOW THIS Book goes on and On, Forwards and Backwards, into Broecker as a Boy, his family life; his Young Adulthood; meandering through his Romance, Marriage. and College Life; eventually, halfway through the book, beginning to reveal his Work.

Indeed, While attempting to read this plodding, multi-faceted, piece of poorly-Writen part-Biography, part-"This man (Broaecker) can walk on water..." book, one really gets a Sense the Writer is like an Adoring Fan to a Rock Star, and this unfortunately, reflects in the Writing.

This book lacks Objectivity, Clarity, and--rather than convey the Message (to this decidedly "Green"-conscious Person)--sent me running, looking for other, less "Flowery;" more Razor-Sharp onto the Subject matter, Sources of Info.

At length, a 2-Star Rating is actually too good! But it's a New Year!

Conclusion: If you want a Clear, and Concise Source of Vital Climate Change Information, w/o tons of asides, look elsewhere

I certainly have.
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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Virgin Suicides

WisdomSeeker, October 3, 2011

(NOTE: These are my OWN Comments, and thus I have my own Permission to write the following): This is Eugenides’ (Debut), and the second Novel, I'm Reading. It was with shock, I was initially confronted with the following Impressions, and “WARNING to myself” I Wrote on the Book’s blank page. This could apply to anyone: 09/2/11-WARNING 2 READER: About this Novel--unlike Eugenides' second Novel "Middlesex," which was unbelievably great, and difficult to put down--This is an EXTREMELY DARK NOVEL, containing numerous iterations on Suicide, in all its Raw Vividness, Highly descriptive, and Explicit style. THIS ONE SHOULD NOT be READ, IF ONE SUFFERS from “MAJOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION;” is under A GREAT DEAL of STRESS; IS on a “DEPRESSIVE” CYCLE, of "MANIC DEPRESSIVE SYNDROME;” OR is in the THROES of a “NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.” If the Reader Suffers from other forms of Brain Disorders, that may lead to SUICIDAL IDEATIONS, this Book is NOT RECOMMENDED, (unless, and until the Patient's Health has been Stabilized). In spite of all the Praise this, Eugenides' Debut Novel has received--even I, who do NOT Believe in Suicide--finding myself in a highly Stressful time, could NOT go past pg. 22, and had to temporarily put the book away. (Once my own Circumstances did Stabilize, I returned to the Novel, and am now but a couple of Chapters from its conclusion).Nonetheless, this is NOT a Novel to be “feeble-hearted!” You've been warned!
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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex

WisdomSeeker, October 3, 2011

After over twenty years, reading only Non-Fiction; a book's Bibliography led me to Eugenides' masterfully-written Novel. And what a Novel it is! A well-researched, intricately-Woven; Multi-Layered set of Stories--Interlaced in so many ways, it is difficult to describe it, without giving it away. On a par with the "Nobel Laureates in Literature," I'd read in my Youth, I’ve quickly realized Eugenides rightly deserves Highest Regards, from every corner; and this Second Novel, “Middlesex” (even in its most poignant aspects), captured the Essence of what it portrays, and then some. An additional “side-effect” from finding Eugenides’ novels (I’m now reading his Debut Novel), has been that I’ve been watching even less TV than before :) My recommendation: Skip the Synopsis, and Dive right into the Story. It's worth it!
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The Yoga of Love by M. P. Pandit
The Yoga of Love

WisdomSeeker, October 3, 2011

Excellent Introduction to the Fundamentals of what Aldous Huxley has famously called "Perennial Philosophy." "The Yoga of Love" Engages the Reader into Pondering on Universal Truths, regardless of Religion, Creed, Gender, Nationality, or even whether one believes or not in a Deity, or Deities.
Highly Recommended!
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