The good: This book was beautifully written. I love the way that the author describes the way that people analyze, think and the way that institutions like Christianity and philosophy evolved throughout the ages. The book provides an excellent challenge for anyone who wants to improve their knowledge while reading some very deep writing. You'll probably learn plenty of new words also. Richard Tarnas is darn smart.
The bad: This book is very technically written, very hard to follow in some areas! I could probably read it five times before really feeling like I had a good grasp on the author's points. The book kind of drags for the latter 15% or so. It has a strange last chapter where the author offers up his prediction on the way that the future will go, kind of comes at you out of nowhere, suddenly he gets a little new-agey on you, but this is probably the final 15 pages or so.
If you want a book that elucidates it's points very skillfully and might give you a better idea of how Western Thought has evolved through the ages through the Greeks, Christianity and philosophy, this is the book for you! Just get your running shoes on and get ready for a very heavy read!
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: PIMLICO - TRADE; 1 edition (1 November 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184595162X
- ISBN-13: 978-1845951627
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 721 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)