For us, the answer was a house in the suburbs and a secure future. For them, the answer was fun and dope and music and sex and love. For them, the answer was to live now instead of waiting till your pension kicked in. A refreshingly well-written having providing no previous evidence of ability vignette into the mind that penned Ishmael.
Quinn vaguely covers his philosophical journey, from a childhood of isolation to a fall out with the church to. It's a shame it took him 40 years to do so, but we can all be glad, because overall I think Quinn is a net-gain for humanity, and I encourage everyone to read Ishmael, preferably in those volatile high school years. Apr 30, Dwiasty rated it it was amazing. This book is basically Quinn's journey of thoughts which leads him to write Ishmael.
For many people it is a religion-shattering-kind-of-book, no wonder since he explained very clearly about his experience of being a religious person, taking us back to our own history and pre-history and world's system we are living and change our way of thinking. It got me thinking and questioning many things I've known about my own belief as I read half through the book but in the end I got the answers I nee This book is basically Quinn's journey of thoughts which leads him to write Ishmael.
It got me thinking and questioning many things I've known about my own belief as I read half through the book but in the end I got the answers I need without making me doubt my belief. But this book is more than that, as I had a little conversation with a friend of mine who is a psychology student; I realize that the psychoanalysis plays an important part of Quinn's life that got him to the idea of Ishmael. It is a very good book for those people who believe that everything happens for a reason I am one of them and there's always explanation for it. That is why this book deserves five stars.
Mar 25, Keith rated it really liked it Recommends it for: people who've read Ishmael. The same trouble that I had with If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways is present in this book, and that's that when Quinn writes 'as himself' he comes accross as very full of himself, and rather cocky.
I don't deny his ideas are excellent and many of them unique, but it's still just not an attractive tone. An imagined?
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Quinn takes the read The same trouble that I had with If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways is present in this book, and that's that when Quinn writes 'as himself' he comes accross as very full of himself, and rather cocky. Quinn takes the reader back into his past to describe the process by which he came to write Ishmael , both the actually decade plus process of writing and re-writing what would eventually become his classic, and the long process by which he came to many of his ideas that found expression in that book.
It makes a good supplement to Ishmael Dec 12, Mckinley rated it it was ok Shelves: spititual , biography , non-fiction. Think his ideas come across better in his fiction. Best lines from p It didn't work, of course, but no one in the whole history of the world ever quit magic just because it didn't work. Nobody in the whole history of the world ever quit on anything just because it didn't work - magic, science, politics, love, religion.
But especially magic.
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To give up on magic because it doesn't work would be silly. If it doesn't work, that just means you didn't do it right. That's how you tell you didn't do i Think his ideas come across better in his fiction.
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That's how you tell you didn't do it right - when it doesn't work. May 03, Rob rated it it was ok. Glibly written, almost to the point of simple mindedness especially regarding his philosophy of education-I agree with the spirit of it but has he not read of any already existing alternative schools, like Waldorf or Montessori?
Aug 31, Sharon rated it liked it Recommended to Sharon by: found it. This explains some of the background of the author and reasons he wrote his previous books, "Ishmael", for one. From what I understand his earlier books have quite a following Author has a very interesting background and outlook on life. Sep 20, Booney McNiel rated it it was amazing. Insightful, inspiring and connecting read. I loved his book Ishmael and wanted to know more about him so I picked up this book. Has great detail and some really beautiful moments described that brought Daniel Quinn to be the author that wrote Ismael.
I devoured it quickly wanting to know more the whole way through. Nov 13, Taryn Fink rated it did not like it. I was hoping after having read Ishmael that this would help me understand it a little better. Plus it was incredibly slow going and at times confusing and boring. Not a fan, and I generally enjoy Daniel Quinn books.
Jun 27, De rated it did not like it. I read this after reading Ishmael. The sense I got that he thinks he is the world's savior is a little too much for me. View 1 comment. Jun 02, Sam Torode rated it it was amazing. I suppose you have to read Daniel Quinn's novel "Ishmael" in order to understand this memoir, but I prefer the memoir to the novel. May 18, Laleh rated it it was amazing.
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After reading Daniel Quinn's Ishmael, I was already pretty sure I'd love this book, but it still managed to surprise me. Again, this is a book about life, and the world around us, and how we choose to exist in it. Feb 06, Danny rated it really liked it. Good insight into Daniel Quinn's personal spiritual discovery, and what it all means.
Answers to the strange feelings we all had as children, and have smothered as we become adults, on our equality with other living things. Why should we not squish bugs? Chop down trees? Harm others? Aug 03, Cheryl Hebert rated it liked it Recommends it for: Anyone. So many good points are made in this book. Too bad he misses the whole message of Christainity - grace - not rules. And turns his back on the God of Christainity based on misconceptions and his erroneous beliefs about what the scriptures actually say. View all 3 comments.
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Jul 11, Kathryn rated it liked it Shelves: alphabet-challenge. Jun 23, Wendy rated it really liked it. Dec 26, Michael rated it did not like it Shelves: religion , gave-up. This intensely uninteresting book is by the author of Ishmael , which is about a telepathic gorilla.
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That's all I'll say. Jan 28, Gregg rated it liked it Shelves: biography. Good Biography of Quinn's life before becoming a succesfuly published author. Jul 14, Roger Mancastroppa added it. Explains how he came to realize the true nature of reality and how that helped him deconstruct the matrix of civilization.
Feb 07, abughat rated it it was amazing. Daniel Quinn's personal journey from studying in a franciscan monastery to becoming a humanist, anthropologist and likely pantheist. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Daniel Quinn.
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