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A Gripping Spiritual Thriller ¿¿ Psychiatrist-author John Nelson¿s primary intention in The Remembering is to tell a compelling story, one that entertains as it explores humanity¿s most pressing issues, including overpopulation, religious fanaticism, genetic engineering, climate change, and the eternal dance of shadow and light in the human soul. The novel¿s protagonist has experienced six lifetimes, three as a male, three as a female during epochal times of history from humanity¿s Paleolithic roots in Africa, through classical Greece, Renaissance Venice, San Francisco¿s summer of love, paradisiacal Bali, and finally to an apocalyptic future high in the Tibetan Himalayas. Having neared the end of her final lifetime, Shyloh tells us what she has come to remember of the rise and fall of humanity¿s fortunes and her epic quest to master the arts of a gentle warrior.
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The Remembering: A Novel of Karma and Global Peril based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is an audaciously imaginative novel, cleverly crafted by a writer schooled in Eastern philosophies and religions. Six of the reincarnations of the seven perpetual characters are described starting in the human-Neanderthal shared world of 40,000 BCE and ending in Tibet 600 years in the future. The four other chapters are set, respectively, in Delphi, Greece, in an Oracle-dominated time (336 BCE) Venice, Italy, in the time of the Inquisition (1596) San Francisco during the summer of love (1967) and in Bali by the time global warming had proved Al Gore¿s warnings cautious (2107). Between the chapters, there is a Dante-like mediation on the nether world between death and the forgetting that precedes a rebirth. The novel is a combination of spiritual-historical fiction with spiritual and science fiction. I found it well researched historically, particularly in the Venice and San Francisco chapters, and scientifically, particularly in the Bali chapter. And the metaphysical musings, particularly those of the Buddhist and Hindu variety, were fascinating. Nelson cleverly plays with recombining ideas from a broad spectrum, as in this blend of Russian biology, genetics, New Testament theology, cosmology, and Gaia consciousness ¿ ¿Here a vast universe secreted a mote of cosmic dust into the earth¿s primordial soup, folding it over and over into myriad forms of life. Life, a thin green veneer spread over a minor planet, the mysterious means by which the universe becomes aware of itself.¿ Or, at least that is what I think Nelson is referring to. As with Foucault¿s Pendulum (by Umberto Eco) part of the fun in reading The Remembering is solving the author¿s puzzles of esoteric references. The book is stimulating fun, and I enthusiastically recommend it.
This ambitious journey through the evolution of consciousness lives up to its promise to explore six epochal historical epochs in a compelling way. From the distant past to a disturbing future, we follow the protagonist as he/she lives six lifetimes that trace the genesis of overpopulation, global warming, and human spiritual growth. I especially appreciate that each of the book's six chapters unfolds another of the world's great spiritual traditions, leading to a suspenseful, life-affirming conclusion. The author was at his best capturing the spirit of San Francisco's Summer of Love. This is destined to become a spiritual classic.