This autobiographical novel offers a journey through music, theater, gibberish, meditation, Judaism, esotericism, and rare religious practices. It tells how the vibrations of words can influence body and mind.
As an old man tells his memoirs to his nephew, a university student, he expresses how his travels to India and Israel shaped his thinking.
The theme of vibrations starts with the rattling of windowpanes in the old man’s house when his truck was running. Later, the uncle hears how the strings of musical instruments can vibrate, even though untouched. In India, the uncle discovers that vibrations of music and mantras have healing powers. In Israel, he learns the core of the vibrations of words: Positive and negative vibrations depend on the quality of words. Good words produce favorable situations and a happy life; bad and harmful words cause bad situations.
The author’s previous books are Travels of the Mind, A Hidden Sicilian History, and The Vibrations of Words. This is the second edition of The Vibrations of Words. A Goodreads reviewer wrote of The Vibrations of Words: “The content of this book opened my mind to a new level. I don't quite remember how I stumbled upon this book, but I am forever grateful that I did, because it left me feeling differently in my heart, and with a different mindset. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys books on spirituality, religion, and self-development.”
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Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite Ettore Grillo, author of “The Vibrations of Words” loves words. He has been concerned about them since he was a student in Italy five decades ago. Today, he is a writer – the perfect person to be assigned the task of transcribing Salvatore, his 92-year-old uncle's, memoir. The biographical account, Uncle Salvatore explains, is necessary because he needed to prove the origins of the family-owned business, particularly the fact that it was he and not his brother who started the company of Grillo Haulage in 1930. So night after night, over herbal tea and a tomato and macaroni dinner, Uncle Salvatore spoke and Gore listened. Uncle Salvatore had been in the military and participated in a theater group. He had also learned about Christianity’s true origin, astrology and dualism. Readers will embrace the power of words and the importance of family. I thought this book was about philosophy. However, I was wrong and pleasantly surprised. This heart-warming memoir revealed Grillo’s mastery of words as he wove a story rich with historical and educational aspects that extended far beyond the parameters of his uncle’s life. His language transported me to Salvatore’s mansion in Italy with the sheet-covered furniture and white marble staircase. I was in the car with Dr. Giuseppe and his discourse about Egyptian mythology. Previously, Grillo wrote “Travels of the Mind,” an autobiography about his life coping with paranoid schizophrenia. “The Vibrations of Words” is highly recommended.