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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishers; Updated edition (December 5, 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 0517590921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517590928
  • ASIN: B000C1ZX6S
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,940,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tabloid psychics come and go, but the name of the prophet Nostradamus stands like a pillar of granite, even after some 500 years. Henry C. Roberts's translations and interpretations of Nostradamus's Centuries are almost as enduring. First published in 1947 as an attempt to make a complete Centuries book available to the public, the Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus has reached its fourth edition with few revisions. This unabridged, definitive edition with verbatim translations printed side by side with the original Old French is one of the most accurate interpretations available in print. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English, French (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is useful in that it lists all of Nostradamus's prophecies and that's what I wanted. A cross-index by what Nostradamus actually SAID as opposed to what the interpreter THOUGHT would have been nice (i.e. how many prophecies referred to "the great one" (Jackie Gleason?)). However, I perceive no rhyme or reason as to how it is determined that this prophecy relates to WW II, that one relates to the 18th century, another one relates to the future, at that one over there relates to something in Nostradamus's own time. The words "clearly" and "obvious" are used with far too little justification. Single terms ("great one," "eagle", etc.) are identified as different parties in different prophecies. No pattern of literal or symbolic is evident. No hint as to why one prophecy talks about individuals while another one discusses nations. Quite honestly, the space that was used in printing the original French phrases (which were pretty much useless to me, anyway) could have been put to better discussion of the interpretations. If you're interested in Nostradamus in a casual way, like I am, this is a place to start, I guess, but it's certainly not of much use for any serious study.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on March 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Actually, for the text itself, I give it four stars, while I only give the commentary two.
First, Nostradamus-- I'll admit that I'm more or less uninterested in the prophecy side of the verses. I was interested in reading them for their historical value. As such, it's a great read. Through the verses, you get a look at the period's preoccupations-- who is named pope, the future of France, alchemy, and the desire to distinguish prophecy from astrology. Nostradamus has had an enduring impact on writing since he put his prophecies on paper, and you can trace that legacy here from the original verses.
The commentary-- Henry C. Robert's interpretation taught me more about World War II than anything else-- he seemed determined to prove that a disproportionate number of the verses referred to the second World War. Probably unsurprising, given that he first wrote his interpretations in 1947. However, he stretched so hard to fit the words to his ideas, that it unfortunately made me suspect his translation. I also could have done with more of an effort for establishing on what basis he was assigning some of the meanings (explanation of period symbolism, the alchemical references, etc.).
If I get a chance to buy another translation version and compare, I probably will.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RecordMan0@AOL.COM on May 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The author's interpretations of the quatrains are very poor.Some of his interpretations have absolutely nothing to do with the translations.I realize that the interpretations are open to much discussion but he is way off the mark on most of them.This is a very poor book on Nostradamus.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Despite the passage of time, Nostradamus continues
to capture and enslave our yearnings for spiritual knowledge with his insightful writings.
His perceptive visions, as they lay before us in this guidebook for the past and future, range from commonly worded, simple to understand verse to hidden parable like quantrains for the more philosophically inclined individual. It is evident that much time and effort went into every aspect of this books infrastructure and with great relish its readers will readily absorb its truths in an identical manner.
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By S. M. Stanford on March 30, 2014
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Sorry. I just found it tedious. While having heard many of the translations/comparisons to many current or recent historical events, unless you believe unfailingly in prophecy, it could still be just the ramblings of an old man in his cups. Every "prophecy" is all in how WE, as individuals, interpret them. While I can see some paralells to our times and our events, it's only because I could choose to do so. It's not written in stone. He wrote in this way to save his life, but he has doomed us to doubt and misunderstandings.
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