Find out for yourself why virtually everyone you know has this book, described as an "adventure in pursuit
of a spiritual mystery", on their coffee table. In the tradition of Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan (
From Publishers Weekly
Redfield's debut is a fast-paced adventure in New Age territory that plays like a cross between Raiders of
the Lost Ark and Moses's trek up Mt. Sinai. Originally self-published, the book sold phenomenally, sparked by word of
mouth, and may be this year's The Bridges of Madison County --with which it shares some regrettable stylistic
similarities. The saga begins when the unnamed middle-aged male narrator whimsically quits his nondescript life to track
down an ancient Peruvian manuscript (pretentiously called the Manuscript) containing nine Insights that supposedly
prophesy the modern emergence of New Age spirituality. South of the border, he encounters resistance from the Peruvian
government and church authorities, who believe the document will undermine traditional family values. While dodging evil
soldiers, paranoid priests and pseudoscientific researchers, our hero sequentially discovers all nine Insights during a
series of chance encounters. Redfield has a real talent for page-turning action, and his lightweight quest employs
auras, energy transfers and other psychic phenomena. But several of the Insights are incredibly vacuous and politically
correct, and long stretches of dialogue are banal and cliched. The book ends with the protagonist poised to discover the
10th Insight in a promised sequel. 250,000 first printing; BOMC selection; author tour.
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