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The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield More popular than The Bridges of Madison County more philosophical than Socrates and it rivals onlu RL Steins Fear Street series in bad writing Its a novel of ideas says Kenneth Moyle in his very critical essay Why I Hate the Celestine Prophecy A novel of ideas thats a good phrase for this novel I read it twice during this assignment the first time I thought he had great ideas and themes to live by the second time I still thought he had great ideas but a terrible way of presenting them Moyle says for all intents and purposes this is not a novel but rather a New-Age manifesto That just about sums it up This is a great book for someone looking for direction and conflict resolution However if youre looking for a book with depth and literary merit youd be better off with Danielle Steele First of all Redfields characters are more two-dimentional and unbelieveable than Barbie paper dolls The charactersare featureless mouthpiecesfor the monotone authorial voice says Moyle A major problem I had with reading The Celestine Prophecy was keeping track of who was who the characters have little or no distinction between them and it was a bit confusing because he keeps encountering the same people in different situations Another thig is Redfield repeats himself and the insights and Im assuming he does it on purpose but it gets monotonous Moyle calls it considerate but I think its just plain repetative The only way I got complete understanding was to make notes and think about it a LONG TIME This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly It should be thrown aside with great force says Dorothy Parker I dont feel that strongly about The Celestine Prophecy I think there is indeed something to this book as says Moyle I think the insights may actually have something to them I know that our
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