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The Story of B [Format Kindle]

Daniel Quinn
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The Story of B combines Daniel Quinn's provocative and visionary ideas with a masterfully plotted story of adventure and suspense in this stunning, resonant novel that is sure to stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. Father Jared Osborne--bound by a centuries-old mandate held by his order to know before all others that the Antichrist is among us--is sent to Europe on a mission to find a peripatetic preacher whose radical message is attracting a growing circle of followers. The target of Osborne's investigation is an American known only as B. He isn't teaching New Age platitudes or building a fanatical following; instead, he is quietly uncovering the hidden history of our planet, redefining the fall of man, and retracing a path of human spirituality that extends millions of years into the past. From the beginning, Fr. Osborne is stunned, outraged, and awed by the simplicity and profundity of B's teachings. Is B merely a heretic--or is he the Antichrist sent to seduce humanity not with wickedness, but with ideas more alluring than those of traditional religion? With surprising twists and fascinating characters, The Story of B answers this question as it sends readers on an intellectual journey that will forever change the way they view spirituality, human history, and, indeed, the state of our present world.

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Daniel Quinn's first book, Ishmael, won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, a prize for fiction presenting creative and positive solutions to global problems.  He is also the author of Providence, The Story of B, and My Ishmael.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Story of how we got where we are... 24 janvier 2013
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I found this book very entertaining and insightful, i ll read it again.. makes a lot of sense..
Daniel Quinn is a visionary!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An important book 26 avril 2000
Par J. Buxton - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is, at the very least, an interesting book to read whether you end up loving or hating it, agreeing or disagreeing with the arguments. After reading some of the other reviews, I have a few comments. First, it is a work of fiction and not a historical narrative. Quinn doesn't use too much data to support his assertions, but as a work of fiction the story is just as effective in my opinion. I thought the two most interesting ideas the book offered were (1) the realities of the population explosion and how our culture is prepared (or not prepared) to deal with it and (2) the notion that the "fall" depicted in the Bible corresponds directly in time with the use of totalitarian agriculture. Some have interpreted the book as very anti-Christian, but I think his point is that "dogmatic" or "doctrinal" Christianity has contributed to our cultural problems. Quinn is not really criticizing the Spirit of Jesus' message (or the message of any other founder of the world's major religions), but rather the institutions that have been formed that don't permit a vision of any other way of life. Also, I don't think the book paints a picture of doomed planet as some have suggested, but rather a doomed CULTURE. There is still hope for humanity through changed minds (not, as Quinn points out, through more programs perpetuated by the same culture already in place).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thousand piece jigsaw puzzle before your eyes 20 février 2001
Par Thomas Lapins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Quinn put a thousand scattered pieces I had in my head and put them into one incredible horrific jigsaw puzzle. The story is ok. It's the "public teachings" that are at the core of both this story and his purpose. We can't face the truth about ourselves. We have to believe that we are God's chosen, that which is removed and above nature. We wrote the history books, the bibles, the science books, the culture of human beings. It's all slanted in our favor and honor. Of course it is. How can we speak the truth without self-destructing as individuals and a culture? Too bad we can't face our place in the universe and upon the Earth. We're not so bad. Just full of ourselves. This book will shake you to your foundation. It will leave you a bit lost and empty. But what is lost and empty can be found and filled again. Intuitively I knew the truth before I read the book. A great thank you for putting it together so profoundly and so clearly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you read Ishmael you must read this! 29 novembre 1999
Par Bill MacDonald - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the followup to Ishmael and if you've read Ishmael, you must continue with this. This is the story of a Laurentain priest who is assigned to investigate a man known only as B, who is spreading the word. The Laurentains have a special mandate: to identify and suppress the Antichrist. The story is fine but is secondary to the message of saving the world. What was revealed in Ishmael is brought into blinding clarity here. We're in big trouble folks. We may not realize it but I can guarantee after reading this you too will realize things must change regarding population growth or we will extinct ourselves. The increasing rates of population doubling over the past 10,000 years stunned me. Please please read this and pass it on to others. This is the most important novel you will read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 What is Quinn trying to get at? 20 avril 2001
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Story of B is probably Quinn's best book to date (I haven't read After Dachau yet). He is struggling with the conundrum of how we've managed to turn our feelings and senses off to the point where we think it makes sense to convert the diverse biomass of the planet into human biomass. Every ecologist knows that if you destroy what you rely on to live, you destroy yourself. It's a direct connection, though the consequences may take some time to filter back to you. In Story of B, he grapples with how monotheistic religions have gotten so buddy-buddy with the mindset that allows us to think that it's right and proper that humans should live at the expense of all other life on Earth. He does a particularly good job in pointing the root of human overpopulation of the earth. It's simple, he says: every ecologist knows that if you increase food production in a population, be it mice, cougars, ferns, or humans, you will be rewarded with a population increase. Intellectually, we know this. So why is it that we continue increasing our food, while at the same time bemoaning overpopulation and hoping that distributing condoms will do the job?
As I say, ecologists know all of these things. So would anybody else who is really paying attention to life--not life as in that interval of time between your birth and your death which is generally occupied by distractions like school, marriage, career, and retirement--but LIFE, the whole grand panoply of flora and fauna, earth and elements, who share this planet with us.
Quinn doesn't really know how we got so alienated from this knowledge, any more than I do. That's what he seems to be saying in Story of B. That's why at the end of the story, he informs the reader that having read the book, it is now your responsibility to continue struggling with this problem.
If you're interested in putting some more pieces of the puzzle together, I reccomend The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry and A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen, both of which are undoubtedly available from this fine, fine website.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 From believing cultural myths to understanding natural laws 9 août 2000
Par Xavier de la Foret - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the second of Quinn's books. It is thus a deepening of the issues discussed in Ishmael. In my opinion, this is the book that is the most fun to read, as it was written as a thriller. However, I think Quinn went too fast in writing it, and his arguments are not as strong and as developed as they should be. It nevertheless remains a must-read if you liked the first book. The main point of this novel is to make us focus on the issue of population growth. Indeed, it might be surprising to most of us that the human population is now doubling every thirty five years. It undeniably represents a very big problem because, as the Earth's resources are limited, we might not be able to support many more mouths to feed and accomodate. Our present understanding of population growth is that we need to generate more food in order to keep up with this incredible population growth. However, nobody really asks the most important question: Why is this poluation growing so fast suddenly, when it used to grow only very very slowly just a few thousand years ago? Quinn, who works in collaboration with Dr. Alan Thornhill in the Natural Sciences Department at Rice University, proposed an interesting point: We have been confusing the cause for the consequence the whole time! Indeed, making the comparison with the arm race during the Cold War, Quinn makes us aware that people are made of food, and that there would not be more people if there was not more food. Therefore, we are the ones fueling this incredible population growth by creating more food than we really need! This is very logical in terms of natural negative feedback loops that we find in the wild; that is, generally animals eat their food, which by consequence decreases, which leads to a decrease in population, leading to an increase in food, an increase in population, a decrease in food...etc... However, humans have extracted themselves from this negative feedback loop, which promotes balance, and have created a positive feedback loop, which is drawing us toward the collapse of the fragile equilibrium of the web of life. Quinn then moves on to make the distinction between salvationist religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Islam), whose followers are passively waiting for a miraculous Savior to come fix all our problems, and anismists, who are people who are aware of the laws of nature and lead their life in accordance to them. Thus, Quinn explains that when humans decided to "take their life in their own hands" they tried to design laws from scratch, which proved to be a disaster. Indeed, if natural laws evolved over many million years so that they reflect what "works," humans have been focusing on what is "forbidden" to do. In consequence, humans have faced great difficulties in trying to prevent people from doing what is forbidden, leading to the incredible mess of our present judicial system, as well as rebellious acts from the youngs who feel pressured to conform, so that we are now facing a cultural collapse of values. Quinn nevertheless ends the book on a note of optimism, as he says that instead of trying to implement new programs that never work to fight our social problems, we should instead adopt a new vision of human life within the entire community of life, so that people get more of what they really want (a sense of belongingness and fulfillment, for example) and stop acting crazy.
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