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Posted August 8, 2002
And now for something completely different!
I remember when Monty Python movies came out.They were something completely different with a certain brand of humour underlying some very serious questions about life, the universe and everything. They were also not everyone's cup of tea. 'Time Trials is of this nature. Either you will love it, or you will hate it. But you certainly will not feel ambivalent about it. <BR> <BR> The author takes us on a journey through Miriam's eyes as she travels through South Africa in the months leading up to that country's realization of a fully fledged democracy. The book functions on many levels. Firstly through our own evolution from hunter-gatherers, to herders, an agrarian society to an industrial society and finally reaching the space age. What is of importance here, is that these societies still all exist simultaneously in real life within the country itself and these groups are working towards a harmonious existence without negating each others right to exist. <BR> <BR> Secondly, the book explores the political scene where the underlying message is that South Africa, and the world at large has, is and will continue to move away from tribal and nationalistic models based on race, place and religion towards more diverse societies. The author goes so far as to quote Oliver Tambo's famous statement that we should work towards unity in diversity. But in order to get to this point, South Africans have gone through an incredible amount of violence. There are many who might find the authors blunt descriptions quite shocking in places. <BR> <BR> Lastly, 'Time Trials' explores our evolution towards what is commonly known as New Age philosophies. Synchronicity, intuition, telepathic communication and the ability to use the sixth sense, or rather, go beyond the five senses of the body. The author also makes Biblical analogies, which might be offensive to some. 'Time Trials' is quick, concise and prosaic in many places and ..........something completely different.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.