The Return of Merlin

The Return of Merlin

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by Deepak Chopra
     
 

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The author of the million-copy best-seller Ageless Body, Timeless Mind emerges as a powerful new force in fiction with a luminously written novel about the final act of the Arthurian legend playing out in modern England. The Return of Merlin is a brilliantly realized narrative that begins in Arthurian times and jumps boldly to our own 20th-century

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The author of the million-copy best-seller Ageless Body, Timeless Mind emerges as a powerful new force in fiction with a luminously written novel about the final act of the Arthurian legend playing out in modern England. The Return of Merlin is a brilliantly realized narrative that begins in Arthurian times and jumps boldly to our own 20th-century dark age of war, pollution, predation, and hatred—with a message of hope.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The bestselling holistic health guru and popularizer of Indian Ayurvedic medicine plunges into fiction with this oddly engaging, complex tale that grafts Arthurian legend onto a police procedural set in modern England. The story begins in Camelot, as the evil wizard Mordred, King Arthur's banished bastard son, blasts the kingdom to rubble. We then leap into a grimy 20th-century British country town, where police detective Arthur Callum is investigating a case of arson and possible murder. Chopra's conceit, only partly effective, is that Arthurian figures-Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Mordred, arch rival Merlin and others-live on through the centuries, secretly assuming the identities or occupying the souls of ordinary people. In addition to these royals, knights and mystics, the plot is replete with dragons, magic, Tarot cards, sacred stone circles, the Holy Grail, Arthur's sword, Excalibur, dreams and spells. As the forces of good and evil do battle, Chopra, with sparkling wit, spiritual insight and a light touch, weaves an inspirational parable imbued with the hope that trust, love, empathy and awareness will one day supplant fear, hatred and ignorance. This is a bold, occasionally brilliant retelling of Arthurian lore, at once livelier and less pedantic than the comparable The Celestine Prophecy but still inflected with Eastern wisdom and with Chopra's New Age perception of the temporally interconnected universe posited by quantum physics. Major ad/promo; simultaneous Random House Audio; author tour. (July)
Library Journal
The author of numerous New Age best sellers updates the story of Camelot in his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449910740
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
235,586
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. Several years ago a friend recommended this book to me and years later I recommend it to my friends. It is refreshing, exciting, adventurous and you simply cannot put this book down. You absolutely hate for it to end!!! It is a book for everybody of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best novel I have ever read. I did not want it to end. I was not impressed by Chopra's non-fiction, but The Return of Merlin is truly the #1 tale in print about the old sorcerer. The book drew me into the story...I was there. Astounding!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! Not at all what you would expect from Deepak. When I first learned that he had written a novel, and even more so.... a Fantasy, I couldn't help but be sceptical. I am so glad I put my scepticism aside and got the book. I was hooked into the story instantly. Chapter by chapter you didn't know where this story was going to take you, and it never failed to take you somewhere great. This is one of those books that is hard to put down and walk away from. You sit there watching TV and hear the book calling you. It's a wonderful, and fun read. And by the end of the book you are attached to the characters, and when it's finally over you have a hard time closing the book and saying goodbye. Highly recommended!!! Excellent job Chopra. Can't wait for your next novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished this book yet but from where I am this book is very fun to read. I think that lots of kids and adults should read this book if you like fantasy books or stuff about wizards. I really enjoy this book and hope you will read it too.