Strange Life Of Ivan Osokin

Strange Life Of Ivan Osokin

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by P.D. Ouspensky, P. D. Uspenskii
     
 

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Here is the story of Ivan Osokin, a young man who has squandered every chance life has given him.  A fail­ure at school, ruined financially, and rejected by the woman he loves, he finds himself at a dead end. He wishes to live his life over again so he can avoid all his mistakes. Then he meets a magician who gives him that chance.

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Here is the story of Ivan Osokin, a young man who has squandered every chance life has given him.  A fail­ure at school, ruined financially, and rejected by the woman he loves, he finds himself at a dead end. He wishes to live his life over again so he can avoid all his mistakes. Then he meets a magician who gives him that chance.

"Strange Life of Ivan Osokin, while not the original inspiration for our film Groundhog Day, was one of those confirming cos­mic affirmations that we had indeed tapped into one of the great universal problems of being. In a novel that itself reads like a very entertaining high-concept film, Ouspensky suggests the anti­dote to the existential dilemma at the core of Groundhog Day: that trapped as we are on the karmic wheel of cause and effect, our only means of escape is to assume responsibility for our own destiny and find the personal meaning that imparts a purposeful vitality to life and frees us from the limitations of our contempt."-Harold Ramis, filmmaker

Editorial Reviews

John Shirley
Some books are little-known, yet have a vast influence. Ouspensky's seminal work has set off shivers of recognition that have res�onated for a century—even to the point of inspiring the Hollywood film �Ground Hog Day'. It's unsettling, and mysterious, as literature probing the secrets of reality itself should be. (John Shirley, author of Demons and Darkness Divided)
Jacob Needleman
Through confronting the deepest mysteries of time, Ouspensky's novel offers a profoundly contemporary and inspired vision of our common alienation from ourselves and of the one possibility of returning to what we are meant to be. (Jacob Needleman, author of The American Soul)
Manchester Guardian
A brilliant fantasy ... written to illustrate the theme that we do not live life but that life lives us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584200055
Publisher:
SteinerBooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After a long a dreary day of school (having 1 older bro, 2 younger, and a puppy, my school days are usually long) I headed outside to all the neighborhood kids who are mostly 9 years old, except for one who's the same age as me, Shane. Shane's basicly the neighborhood bully. There's also another kid, Andrew, who seems to think he's $€xy. Everyone has their own problems. On this paticullar day we all had bikes out. That's when the bully decided to, well, bully. "I feel sorry for you that your homeschooled." He told me. "What! Wh- y-you feel sorry for me? When I avoid a lot of bullies?" I sputtered. I mean, I was shocked. "There's no bullies at Oakridge." (the nearby school everyone goes to) He replied. I left then. I wasn't gonna be ANYWHERE near him. *** A few days later, we were gathered again. I asked, "What time do you get out of school?" I asked absently. "3:45." Shane said. "Oh, your so unlucky." I said. Shane obviosly must not know how to be nice. "Well, at least we learn more than you!" He shot. We argued for a while, when I left. I'm still not friends with him.