Will humanity find the way to fulfil our great evolutionary potential or will we blow ourselves up?
With this intensely moving story of growing up on the planet earth in crazy times, internationally bestselling author David Zindell returns to the great themes of his many novels. Part memoir, part philosophy, and very much an account of the 1960s generation, Splendor begins with Zindell's account of the Cuban Missile Crisis and his dread of being annihilated through nuclear war. That terrible experience moved him to set out on a lifelong journey to discover why a nearly godly race known as human beings seems doomed to destroy the world. To solve this great dilemma, he tried to find a new way of living that he calls splendor. He pursued this elusive quality, like many of his time, through knowledge, adventure, spirituality, success, and love. (And, of course, through sex, drugs and Rock 'n Roll). His quest would take him from the terror of death in the Grand Tetons to the wonder of life in the birth of his daughters to writing visionary fiction in celebration of both. Along the way, meetings with Robin Williams, Timothy Leary, Ken Wilber, and others famous, infamous and unknown, helped to shape him in different ways.
This is the story of how a writer seeks experience and how that is translated into literature - and how writing itself can be an expression of splendor. It also tells how Zindell's work has been a dialogue with all the hopes, conceits, frustrations, failures, and glories of the true Greatest Generation that some call the Baby Boomers. Whatever one thinks of the millions born beneath the shadow of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Zindell argues, the fate of the earth now lies in their hands - and in those who come after them. For their uncompleted task of overcoming the destructive forces of power, pride, wealth, and war holds a lesson for all of us: that only through returning to the great dream of our youth and reclaiming our essential splendor will we fulfil our destiny to lead the way into an almost unimaginably brilliant future.
If you enjoy exploring spirituality, history, culture, and evolution - all intertwined with a gripping personal story - you'll love Splendor. Buy it now.