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The Yoga Sutras: A Tale of Sex, Lies and Spiritual Enlightenment (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jackson Radcliffe

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Dave has problems, and yoga is just the latest. His wife communicates with him via Post-it notes, his six-year-old daughter torments him and tells him he’s a loser, and his yoga teacher appears to be a physical incarnation of the Hindu Goddess of Creation and Destruction. Dave’s blood thickens with cold whenever she comes close, and that’s doing his cholesterol level no good at all.
Dave seeks knowledge in a book, and not just any book. The two-thousand year old ‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ is the Bible of yoga, but the more Dave reads Patanjali's book, the less he understands.
As he tries to escape his earthly bondage, a new and terrifying world of gods, goddesses, angels, demons and witches opens up before him. Is this the liberation from karma that was promised in the Yoga Sutras, or are things taking a major turn for the worse?
Can Dave find wisdom, save his marriage, learn to do yoga without falling over, and discover the secret of happiness before everything goes too far?

Warning: this black comedy contains bad language, inappropriate behaviour, sexual references and philosophy.

"Jackson Radcliffe has a sharp eye for the absurdities of modern life. From yoga, to Star Wars, to grocery shopping at Waitrose via black holes and roundabouts, this novel had me laughing out loud." - Margarita Morris

Biographie de l'auteur

Jackson Radcliffe is the pen name of Steve Morris. He was born in a seaside town in Wales and moved to Oxford, England to study Physics. He has worked at a government research laboratory and as an entrepreneur, starting two successful internet companies. He is interested in many things - science & technology, the environment, travel, visual arts, music (mainly choral music, from Bach to Vaughan Williams to Tavener) and gardening. He is dangerously obsessive about health and fitness and practises Astanga yoga. He thinks that lists of interests and hobbies don't really tell you much about a person's true passions. In his case he is most passionate about ideas, belief systems and abstract concepts like love, beauty, truth and immortality. He still lives in Oxford with his wife, the novelist Margarita Morris, and their two children. His debut novel, The Yoga Sutras, is a philosophical comedy - dark on comedy but light on philosophy! He likes to read both fiction and non-fiction, often reading several books at once. He loves to read stories that dazzle him and show him things that he thought were impossible, and that is the kind of book he aspires to write. Steve suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and some days doesn't manage to do very much. When he can, he works obsessively and takes on too much. He and his wife are currently creating a 1920s-style garden with formal lawns, topiary and a secret garden. This is an unwise project and is not to be recommended. More at - www.blogbloggerbloggest.com

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 311 pages
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  • Editeur : Landmark Internet Ltd (13 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JORDJ94
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Amazon.com: 3.1 étoiles sur 5  12 commentaires
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic debut novel from an author who manages to handle humour brilliantly within a contemporary setting. 11 juin 2014
Par Arran - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Why did I choose this book?

A number of things including the fact that the author is British and based in Oxford, which is not far from me. The synopsis and description was what really sold it for me, it definitely sounded like it would be good to read, and full of lighter moments (which I really needed at the time).

What’s it about?

The story centers around the lead character, Dave. He’s a hard working professional, in his 40s, who starts to question many things about his life. His life is controlled by women, namely Marlene (his ever demanding wife), Charlotte (his young and equally demanding daughter), and Kali (his tough and almost sadistic yoga teacher). Dave’s two best friends, Chris and Mike, also feature throughout the book.

The story alternates primarily between three places:

Yoga classes – where Dave tries his best to match the ‘Yoga Babes’ around him in postures and positions, and of course fails miserably. He comically at times questions the wisdom of yoga and the statements of his teacher. Initially, he doesn’t want to be there, as he was forced to go by his wife, Marlene.
The pub – where Dave meets with Chris and Mike. Together they discuss many topics in typical ‘bloke’ fashion, from sex to the meaning of life (and marriage).
Home – where Dave has to contend with Marlene’s accusations and Charlotte’s scheming and demands for up to date gadgets and dolls.

How was it written?

Very well. You can follow the story easily, as Dave is a character that struggles between doing what is right for others, and what is right for him. Although the story starts off describing Dave’s troubled life, it soon moves towards (and ends) in an almost surreal manner where Dave starts to make questionable decisions and statements. During all phases of the book, Jackson handles the narrative very well. He really brings out the emotions in Dave, so much that you feel sorry for him, laugh at him, and even cringe at times (especially with the underwear chapter!)

Use of dialogue

Excellent. At times, the author describes in detail, technical aspects relating to yoga, including Sanskrit references. They are all done soundly and his views seem plausible. Moving from the technical to more ‘coarse’ dialogue, especially in the pub, the author shows deftness in executing his skills.

Interaction between characters

Very good. Of all the interactions between characters I felt the chapters relating to Dave meeting with his friends were strongest. I found I could really relate to some of the conversations that Dave had with Mike and Chris. They really made me laugh on occasions, and I truly believe that everyone has a friend who is just like Mike. He may be annoying, but he’s still a friend.

Bits I liked the most

Three stand out for me. The car parking incident where Dave stands up to the parking attendant; the chapter where three friends end up going on a disastrous boat trip; and the final scene (handled brilliantly, and I loved the four different possible endings). All three stuck in my mind because they involved humour and the author handled them really well. I also liked Jackson’s description of Bracknell, a town that is a few miles away from me. I have the same feelings of despair when I pass through it, and uplift in my mood when I see it slowly disappear in my rear view mirror.


Fantastic debut novel from an author who manages to handle humour brilliantly within a contemporary setting. Jackson effectively engages the reader while maintaining the lighter touches. Well done.

If all other self published books are this good, the traditional publishing industry doesn’t know what it’s missing.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Karma Makes Strange Bedfellows 21 mai 2014
Par Joel Bresler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Dave is the sort of guy you'd probably want to slap. Repeatedly. His wife and six year old daughter seem to have the same idea, and though there's very little actual slapping, Dave's psyche isn't getting much respect. He has settled into a mid-life rut that he'd like to get out of, if he could only overcome the inertia. When his mind finally forces its way out, however, it quickly makes up for lost time.
Dave has been encouraged by his wife to try yoga as a way to deal with his "issues", and through yoga he attains a certain amount of enlightenment. Not the according-to-Hoyle variety, but in his own fashion.
Jackson Radcliffe's novel reminded me a bit of 'Crime and Punishment', which I once described as the longest short-story in literature. This book has a long short-story quality to it which is kept from becoming tedious by Radcliffe's excellent prose. I suspect that if I knew anything about yoga there would be a relationship between the yoga terms used as chapter headings and what takes place within them. It felt that way to this uninformed reader, at least.
'The Yoga Sutras' is a very well-written and enjoyably readable novel, humorous but not exclusively so.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great fun with many laugh-out-loud moments! 10 juillet 2014
Par John P. Logsdon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I tend to be more of a sci-fi/fantasy reader, but seeing that I've spent the last 10 years failing horribly at the Yoga game I couldn't resist checking out a comedic angle on the subject. Moreover, being that I'm also a 40-something fellow, like the main character, Dave, it really hit home with me there too.

While I would not want to live Dave's life, I found reading about it to be hilarious at times and eerily familiar at others. Dave's friends alone (especially Mike, who is damn near *exactly* like a hockey buddy of mine) came across as so similar to the guys I hang out with that it was creepy! Mike's answer to his own question, "HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO DIE?" made me laugh out loud, as did many things Mike said.

The pacing in "The Yoga Sutras" is great and the character interactions are top-notch and believable.

One of the great aspects of this story is how Radcliffe set-up a triangle of influences around Dave. The combination of "Kali" as the Yoga instructor, Dave's daughter Charlotte showing wisdom beyond her years while leading Dave to ask himself all sorts of interesting questions, and Marlene's, well, bitchiness...made for entertaining interactions across the board.

If you're into Yoga, or you happen to be entering mid-life and the world is starting to pile up its seemingly endless "joys" on you, you'll find "The Yoga Sutras" to be a great read that will let you know that (compared to Dave) your life's really not that bad.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A refreshing alternative. 6 mai 2014
Par A Cheshire Lad - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The Yoga Sutras is a rich story. Driven by faultless, tightly packed dialogue the central character Dave, a forty something man embarks on a necessary voyage of discovery.

Dave is positioned at the centre of a triangle of three differently powerful women comprising his six year old daughter, his yoga teacher and his wife. Dave also has a trio of more ineffectual ( but no less amusing) men around him of whom he can't rely.

As Dave attempts to balance domesticity with his journey to spiritual enlightenment, Radcliffe uses sarcasm and irony throughout even the most kitchen-sink moments of Dave's journey:
"It was Dave's turn to feed the goldfish. It was his turn every day. Marlene couldn't be [bothered synonym] and Charlotte didn't care whether they lived or died....'If we don't feed them how long will they take to die?'asked Charlotte....Dave didn't know. 'If they get hungry will the big ones eat the little ones?' ..'When they die will they float or will they sink?' Dave didn't know the answers to any of Charlotte's questions. Or any of his own. He knew as much as the goldfish."

The Yoga Sutras is a polished intelligent book that could easily have come from one of the few big publishing houses and deserves to be an alternate choice for those who would normally choose to read from the same old names.
I like original books. That is why I read it. If there had been any paranormal vampires in this , it would have been in the recycling within five minutes. Instead I joined in Dave's entertainingly different journey.

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny all the way through 19 septembre 2014
Par Gary Gautier - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Once I picked up The Yoga Sutras, the clean, easy sentence structure and entertaining style hooked me and I just kept reading. Dave’s inner life, and eventually his outer life, spin out of control under the pressure of a female trinity: his yoga teacher, his wife, and his 6-year-old daughter. The gender relations of power were hilarious and totally believable from Dave’s point of view, but should be controversial enough in implication to generate some give-and-take in readerly circles.

The outer frame of yoga-based symbols and the rhetoric of eternal truth keeps crowding the interior of Dave’s factual world. And the pop culture anchors of that factual world really are funny – the satire on sales and marketing language, the list of good and bad things about the 1970s, the “vegetarian post-feminist women’s collective in Bethnal Green.” To plot against some larger pop culture reference points, Dave’s life is like an updated iteration of James Thurber’s “Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” but with a larger cast of characters and different arc to the plot. And the pub meetings of Mike and Chris and Dave call to mind the hilarious bowling alley meetings of Walter, Donnie, and the Dude, respectively, from the Coen Brothers’ film, The Big Lebowski.

After all the bon mots of the prose, after the rollicking ride in the second half, when Dave starts making “decisions,” I’m not sure if the parallel Jungian universe that comes to infuse the characters of Dave’s world has led him finally to enlightenment or insanity, but I guess that’s always the question, isn’t it?
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