I rather like the way the author himself suggests who should read these pages:
“This book is practical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories.
It is intended for men and woman whose most pressing need is money; who wish to get rich first and philosophize afterward. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which these conclusions were reached.”
If you a dreamer who believes their dreams are coming true at any moment.
If you have smelled the dew drenched open fields of corn and hay in the early morning.
If you enjoy lying on your back, looking up at a gazillion twinkling stars in the country sky at night.
If you desire to walk on water, or swim across a ploughed field.
Then you qualify to read this book.
The lives of two men meet in what almost seems like a very casual circumstance; yet if you believe in synchronicity and that nothing in our lives is an accident, you will agree that their meeting was divinely arranged.
Neither man has anything planned for his life bar the next meal, a field in which to land their vintage bi-planes and finally some curious people, wondering if they should take a $3 ten minute ride in these fragile craft.
After their initial meeting and because of their spiritual banter they are satisfied to spend their time together. Their days and nights are wiled away flying the countryside, finding suitable fields in which to land and earning their daily bread by taking people up on $3 flips. At night they have their meal of the day at a local diner in a nearby village, if the day’s earnings were good but if not, then they ate beans from a heated can. After which, snuggled up in their sleeping bags under the airplane wings, took their well earned rest.
When they weren’t flying there was ongoing instruction from the reluctant messiah to his new found, equally reluctant disciple. Their spiritual interactions are mostly very humorous, although underlying the humour the reader detects questions in the mind like, “Is this really possible, would I be able to do this? The chapters are full of philosophical sayings to help this thinking along.
After the reluctant messiah is interviewed on a radio broadcast in one of their stop-over towns, all the hell breaks loose and the townspeople vent their fury on the pair, who run for their lives.
From this point, the messiah and his companion disciple part their ways in a very unexpected and shocking manner.
The plot is uncomplicated and that is aided by the fact that there are only two characters on the stage.
Donald Shimoda, aka, the reluctant messiah and his equally reluctant disciple, who is nameless. One has however, the safety net of believing that although nameless, he is in fact the author, undercover.
The Stage Setting
Indiana, Midwest USA, and the author describes it best, “….out into the green-meadow seas of Midwest America…”
The book is bursting with wise sayings, all of which appear to originate from the author’s treasure chest. How about this: “You are never given a wish, without being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it though”. Or this, “Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you”.
‘Illusions’ is a short, simple, easy-to-read, humorous, sometime warm and deeply thought provoking story.
This read is a must for all Brits, and if you are naturally curious about the behavior, both past and present, of your global neighbors, then it’s a must for you too.
Harry Bingham is an accomplished author and writer of famed novels such as, Lieutenant’s Lover, Glory Boys and others.
Harry, in this, his first non-fiction write, demonstrates a truly unique skill in assembling historical facts about Great Britain over the last couple of centuries and making them read like a humorous novel, whilst never losing their stated significance in making Britain great.
A Book Review.
“At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that the world spoke – the language that everyone was capable of understanding in their heart.
It was love; something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs, here at the well. She smiled and that was certainly an omen – the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.
It was the pure language of the world. It required no explanation; just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time.
What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and his grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed.
Maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language; it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
Excerpt from ‘The Alchemist’, by Paulo Coelho.
Paulo Coelho must rank among the great contemporary writers of our day. The Alchemist must feature as his very best. As it has sold in excess of 30 million copies, translated into 63+ Languages; it would surely be a candidate for the title of a classic.
The author is South African and the story takes place in and around the southernmost point in Africa, the south eastern coast of South Africa.
Who should read this book?
• Those that are interested in the history and mystery of lighthouses, of the many stories these tall concrete edifices could tell if they had a voice.
• Those that have wondered what it was like to be a ‘Keeper’, to live the solitary and often dangerous life of these souls.
• The romantics, like me, that have fantasized what it would be like to spend a year or so, with my partner, living in a lighthouse. Perhaps buying one and converting it into a guesthouse with a restaurant.
• Those that would enjoy an easy and uncomplicated read that has a mixture of mystery, intrigue, romance, sorrow and humor that magnetizes you to the place of wanting to know how it all turns out in the end.