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This book opened my mind and showed me a new way of looking at the world. It's beautifully written - Alan Watts sure knew how to turn a phrase. Elegant language and complex thought, with no academic jargon sight. Although it's not always easy reading. This book deals with the meaning and substance of life, so the ideas may require a bit of time to digest. But Alan Watts talks to the reader like a friend and like an adult. The ideas are presented with humour, grace and artistry. It was written in the 1960's and has a 60's counterculture flavour. A few small sections are a bit dated. But that just makes it fun and interesting. If you're interested in philosophy, spiritually, self-reflection, self-improvement; if you've ever though about your place in the world, read this book.
This book confirms to me that I am not alone in my view of human life, human experiences and death. It represents a maturity in spiritual thinking, written by a genius who has examined spirituality with an intellectual thought process and learned wisdom. For me it speaks the truth and it's a delight to read. If you can grasp the message it will bring a new meaning to your life and your self. As Alan Watts said ' You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you '
An exceptional book from Alan Watts and highly recommended. "The Book" referred to in the title is The Book you, as a parent, might give your child to teach them of the world. As opposed to simply giving your child the Bible or other "Book" based on the region the child was born in. it's an exceptional read which covers many aspects of our society and addresses many religious and philosophical tendencies we humans are bound by in general. if you like Alan Watts you'll Love this book of his. I loved it and, as always, really appreciate the concise and elegant way in which he writes.
I read a few of Alan Watt's book and this is one of my favorites, an easy read but, not so easy to implement in your life as we've been conditioned to think and live our lives a certain way since we were kids.
I first bought this book in 1978 after coming across it on a bookstand when I was really strung out and wondering "what it was all about" It's a quick book to read - took me a day and it did change my life. It doesn't solve problems or even give solutions but just an expanded way of looking at the world and also the knowledge that some other people feel exactly the same as you. You are not alone. I bought this copy to give to my daughter and my son. The only thing I would say is that it does require a certain amount of education in order to properly understand what he is talking about.
I will always recommend Alan Watts. Strange fella, and bit sexist, but for a time where he lived it was normal. The philosophy he presents is view changing and always helped me as a stress relief. Very entertaining.