Stranger in A Strange Land

Stranger in A Strange Land

Audiobook CD - 2006
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After his arrival on Earth from his home on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith becomes the founder and pastor of a new religious sect.
Publisher: Ashland, OR : Blackstone Audiobooks, [2006], p1996.
Edition: Unabridged ed.
ISBN: 9780786174300
0786174307
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (ca. 12 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hurt, Christopher 1959-

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This book seemed to speak for a generation during the 60s. It seemed everyone was familiar with it. One example: the concept of "Grokking". "To Grok," in other words. What does that mean? The ultimate outsider, brought that into the conversation of the day. OM MANE PADME HUM was the first mantra and intimation of Eastern Religion, for many. When you live in a box of your mind as influenced overwhelmingly by your culture, it can be very useful to encounter a 'thinking- outside- of -the- box-novel, such as this one. This continues on a theme of Plato, and Eric Berne, as well, with his concept of MARTIAN THINKING. Remember the allegory of the Cave, by Plato???/ "Delta Dawn/ What's that flower/ You have on/ Could it be a faded rose/ From Days Gone By?/ And did I hear you say/ That he was meeting you here today/......" Non Sequitur? Red Herring? Turn off your mind and float downstream This is not dying......

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daveboileau
Dec 27, 2011

This book had some interesting content, but to me the author ruined a good initial concept. Starts out OK, then gets dopey. The writing style was not to my liking either. I soldiered through the entire book, but I found it to be increasingly difficult to read. Wish I hadn't wasted my time. Can't recommend this book.

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DarinMcDonald
Jul 04, 2011

For those of you not agnostic, or atheist, but have a firm well held conviction and a supreme judgmental viewpoint with Christ in your heart, probably want to steer clear of this book, it has heretical viewpoint that opposes Mainstream Christianity. I doubt you will enjoy this book, you will be to busy asking for forgiveness from your creator to actually use this philosophy to open your heart and your mind. As a recovering Pentecostal Charismatic (born and raised) and now feel I posses a spirituality rather than a religion, I felt in tune with the character Jubal Harshaw, his no-nonsense approach really touched me, Also give me a way of explaining my change of belief to my family, who remain fervent believers of the good ol King James Bible. I'm going to let this book settle in a bit and continue to think on it. Then read it again. I wish I had a more eloquent way of fully expressing the impact this book had on me.

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