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Book of Pages - David Whiteland

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Genre: Graphic Novels / Comics / Author: David Whiteland

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      26.03.2002 17:20

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      Fuck this shite my fello sad pricks. this book has had its day and that was all it had. if i was u lot i would get a life and not even read on any further. If you are even sad enough to get to this part of this opinion then GET A LIFE..................LOSER!!! 14. Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables should be eaten to provide the body with the vitamins and minerals needed to keep healthy. 15. Suggested menu for match day. Foe breakfast, try fruit juice, cereal (with semi-skimmed milk), toast and low fat spread, jam or marmalade. For main meal, try lean meat, ideally chicken, or grilled fish, potatoes (not fried) and fresh vegetables. yoghurt or fresh fruit. For a light meal, try bread (sandwiches), salad, pasta, fresh fruit (especially bananas), yoghurt, tinned fruit or fruitcake. 16. Before and after a game, a warm up and warm down is essential. Failure to warm up before a game could result in muscle pulls and tendon strains, so stretching exercises is of the utmost importance

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      25.10.2000 05:23
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      This is a long review, but I feel that it needs to be. If you can't be bothered to read a long book review, then you probably wouldn't want to read this book- though perhaps that is exactly why you should. When reviewing books, I am not usually given to quoting swathes of text from the book, as I feel you would probably rather read it for yourself. However with this book, I know I am going to find not doing so immensely difficult. Where can I start? I don't actually know how to categorise this book- though I don't know if I should. I only came across it accidentally, in a small bookshop while I waited for time to catch up with my itinerary. I feel very fortunate that I had that spare time, as this is a book of uncommon beauty. If you have read many of my book reviews, particularly those of Jostein Gaarder's books, you will know I have a love of things that make you think; not just to stop and smell the roses, but to contemplate why they are there too. This book certainly does that, but it does so in a story so engaging that you wish everyone could read it. It tells the story of a young monk called Jiriki who is sent by his Abbot from his peaceful monastery to the busy Metropolis. It is set in an unspecified place, somewhere between here and there, and in an unspecified time, though it is certainly not yet- perhaps the (too-)near future. Jiriki has been sent to find a book- he is not told what it is, or where he will find it- just that he will know when he has found it. He journeys into the Metropolis, learning many interesting things about the different way of life he is beginning to encounter. Some of the people he meets have wisdom to impart to him, while others allow him to attain it without them even knowing. Read about the tragic story of the sprinting tree, or learn the secret to walking between raindrops (It is in here…even though it doesn't tell you). Others give cause for thought: in itse
      lf a crucial element in gaining knowledge and awareness. Learn of the fearsome Mind Dragons and beware the Angel of Blame: they are already among us today! You will experience fascination, confusion and sadness with Jiriki and slowly come to understand things, just as he does. I hope. The character himself is endearing in his innocence and the book is lovely to look at- the illustrations are compelling and contain much that is valuable beyond their aesthetic value. The text is set in a handwritten style, which you can contemplate on page 40 of the book, but which also lends a more involved and personal feel to the book as an experience; but then I believe that is one of the points made… As the story begins, ..." A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Jiriki is sweeping it and so, perhaps without him knowing, his journey begins. Sweeping a significant step is much the same as sweeping any other ... It can be more or less dusty than the rest but, whichever, your life is changed." (I told you I wouldn't be able to avoid quoting it!) As you can probably tell, the story sits comfortably with ideas on philosophy that take in varying ideas and beliefs, without advocating or specifying any one. The book's own website itself cites how it walks " an improbable line between Kung Fu and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." **************** By looking through Jiriki's eyes, we are perfectly placed to view the metropolis as outsiders, and if you glance quickly at some of the ways of life and attitudes without recourse to thought you may even be amused, until you realise that we are not really outsiders. Many of the ideas and concepts you come across in the book are actually practised by it- I don't want to spoil too much of the discovery for you, but the fact that the pictures encourage you to revisit themes in their own way is an inspired feature that re
      inforces many key ideas. The book is described in a cover quote as a 'technological fable', and that is very apt- it looks at people's blind devotion to things in the name of progress, and shows us the folly therein. Do not think that that sums up this book: I have spent a long time trying to do so and have failed on many occasions- but only for the purpose of reviewing it can I see any reason why I should sum it up. The best way to find anything out is to go and see, and that is why I encourage you to seek out this book of pages. Your journey will not be as long or as unspecific as Jiriki's until you actually start reading the book itself. This is a book which may not make you laugh out loud, or weep openly, but it will touch you more lastingly and deeply than most other books if you are the sort of person who believes we should just stop and think. If you are, or you just need more convincing, the book has its own website- bookofpages.com, which, if you are interested enough to visit, will certainly encourage you to buy the book. (Look at the linked pages too- 'beholder' is very interesting) This could be a damning indictment of modern society. It could be a "challenging and wholly original piece of fiction". It could be a deep consideration of philosophy. It could be a source of inspiration. It could be a lovely story about an endearing monk in the big city. It could be many things to many people. To me it is many things, but primarily it is a wonderful book, and one of the best I have ever read. Please read it and find out. Book Of Pages by David Whiteland (pub. Ringpull) (Amazon sell it, you can also link to buy it from www.bookofpages.com)

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      A wry look at modern day society through the eyes of an outsider.