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Posted November 27, 2002
Here lies a book. Within it, a story breathes life. More importantly, we laugh while exploring "I" from a specific perspective; one that could use a good laugh at its self.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2002
I Can't Wait for the Movie!
Ken Wilber seems to have succeeded in what he set out to do here--write the great postmodern novel. Some three-hundred-plus pages into the book, Lesa Powell, one of the lecturers at Integral Center, tells us how difficult the task would be because capturing the mess that is postmodernism would require at least seven postmodern tenets--a high degree of narcissism (even naming a main character after the author); mixing real and fictional events, characters and references (even having a real character write a blurb for the book jacket); a questionable background for any white male character; a focus on theory rather than real people or places; a cut-and-paste, fleeting, episodic structure; two dimensional characters; stolen ideas, lines, images-- from any source that serves the novel; a reference in the novel that you have done all this. Wilber gives us this along with an overview of Don Beck's and Chris Cowan's Spiral Dynamics (part of the theory), which serves well to summarize the author's own early spectrum of consciousness, an all-level approach to human development. Boomeritis is the label placed on the unhealthy side of Beck and Cowan's green meme, or the worldview held by many of the baby boom generation. Unfortunately for many boomers, their postmodern worldview impedes them from developing further into the truly integral or 'second tier' of development. Through an ongoing series of lectures at Integral Center, Ken Wilber's (the character) regular and evolving sexual fantasies, and the predictable, ironic banter among Ken and his friends, the novel takes the reader through the egocentric, narcissistic contradictions that are Boomeritis, and then to prospects and tools for growing out of it. Part of the author's brilliance is his abilty to synthesize and make accessible large amounts of complex material. In Boomeritis, Ken Wilber has taken a risk. He's laid himself open to be completely misunderstood (once again) and done it in a way that is quite funny.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2002
A terrible mess
I think that Wilber is unique in the New Age corpus for being the only critic within that camp. His books have interesting ideas, no doubt, but he is no storyteller! To excuse the poor quality of this novel on the idea that is is SUPPOSED to be terrible is ironic, and if this is truly what a "postmodern" book is like then I do not fear a wave of such literature any time soon. The quality is poor because all that is said is better stated in his previous books. There is no real plot. I guess postmodern books have no plot...fine, but a great deal of pages were wasted in making such a point. Just read his nonfiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.