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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449910740
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 425,139
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Deepak Chopra
Bestselling author Deepak Chopra is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of holistic medicine. His belief that the mind, body, and spirit are closely interknit has won him legions of followers.

Biography

The practice of holistic and mind-body medicine has long been a controversial subject among medical professionals. Some view it as a healthy and natural alternative to chemical pharmaceuticals. Others see it as a system of placebos and new-age chicanery. No matter where one stands on this issue, there is no denying the influence that mind, body, and spirit practitioner Deepak Chopra has had on the world of medicine.

Chopra's bestselling books on a variety of topics have been translated into 35 languages. His lectures, seminars, and learning materials are immensely popular, as are his television specials for PBS. In addition, he has founded his own medical center called the Chopra Center for Well Being and has won fans amongst celebrities ranging from Prince Charles to Mikhail Gorbachev to Demi Moore to David Lynch. When financier/philanthropist Michael Milken was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he claimed that Chopra's holistic methods shrunk his lymph nodes by 90%.

Chopra's interest in alternative medicine initially grew out of concern for his own health. After moving from India to set up a practice medicine in Boston some 25 years ago, Chopra succumbed to many of the stresses that plague medical professionals. As a result, he guzzled coffee, chain-smoked, and drank heavily. Once he began studying eastern philosophies by way of Krishnamurti and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he became aware of medical practices outside of the sometimes limited western perspective. This awakening changed his life.

While Chopra is viewed as a major proponent of the role of Eastern philosophies in healing, he does not reject western medicine. In fact, what makes his approach so unique is the way he incorporates the best aspects of western medical research into his theories. This amalgamation of medical philosophies is at the root of self-help volumes like Restful Sleep, Perfect Weight, and Boundless Energy. Elsewhere, Chopra has addressed such diverse issues as reversing the aging process (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind), perfecting personal relationships (The Path to Love), and achieving capitalist goals via Eastern philosophies (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success).

Chopra has also become concerned with the causes of war and violence and the principles of Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, and his books on these subjects have garnered praise from such major international figures as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali. Consequently, Chopra continues to play a significant role in world health and world politics in spite of detractors and skeptics. With an immense body of work behind him and more volumes of wisdom sure to follow, he continues to preach the simple philosophy he is certain is the key to understanding ourselves, mentally and physically: "We're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, it's the other way around: we're spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences."

Good To Know

In 1999, Time magazine named Chopra one of the Top 100 Icons and Heroes of the Century.

Chopra's father was a prominent cardiologist and an anglophile who distrusted Indian philosophies and alternative medical practices.

Despite his reputation as a serious-minded intellectual, Chopra describes himself as "playful" and "carefree."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Deepak Chopra M.D.
    2. Hometown:
      La Jolla, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Delhi, India
    1. Education:
      All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    AN ABSOLUTELY MUST READ

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Best ever book about Merlin

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2001

    Hated for this one to end!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    The Return of Merlin is an outstanding book for children and adults

    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.

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