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  • By r a shaw
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Numina by Anne Anderson" This has all the mythological realism of "The King and the Corpse" by Heinrich Zimmer. The symbolism doesn't need to be explained because it is imbued with life. I am glad that Anne didn't take the easy way out, the overplayed one you could see coming where the woman is the weak victim and the man the strong and evil persecutor. She somehow pulls a rabbit out of the hat by making it a personal story, at the same time we know there are mythic truths being revealed about ourselves, each other, and how we relate to the inner and outer worlds. The dialogue is astoundingly realistic for any writer that I have recently read and the story unfolds in a way where time is not absolute and narratives need not be linear. This author did not take the road that waylays so many, the road of the novelist or the writer with an evident aspiration for fame. Instead she had a story that needed to be told and she told it without holding back. In the beginning... More > it is a bit difficult to keep track of the characters. The character development comes later, but it would have helped to flesh them out in the beginning, maybe simply a dramatis personae at the beginning, with a brief description and short history of the connection to the main character. There is a happy ending, not the one we thought we wanted, but a better one, because Anne knows we are all better than we think we are. The brief explanation of the Garden of Eden myth is completely misinterpreted here as has historically been done by the priestcraft of all ages. It is originally a beautiful story and hints at the divinity of each one of us as we walk with the Creator in the cool of the evening. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is maya, duality, le grande illusion. Both Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden. In Pythagorean mathematics, One is Adam (The Principal of Unity), Two is Eve created from Adam and she then becomes (The Principal of Duality). (3 is considered the first number, 1 and 2 being principles, and this holds true for all of life, manifestation being the combination of these two principles.) Gender is based in the illusion of duality and anyone identifying with one gender or the other is trapped. We have all been both, it is the identification with one or the other which traps us. Anne is an apparent master of taking the mundane, including the tired old misunderstood Creation myth, and making it profound through the injection of reality, in people and situations. Read this book and you'll have a chance of getting to know yourself better. Maybe even change your life,< Less
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GreenEden Publishing
April 25, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.8 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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