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Coral Castle: The Mystery of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge Hardcover – September 9, 2009
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Most of Edward Leedskalnin's life is a mystery. It is incredible that the authors (Mr. McClure and Mr. Heffron) found out so much about this recluse of a man.
I can see how difficult and daunting a task it must have been to write such a book, given all the references and interviews noted.
I would reccomend Coral Castle to anyone, not just history and supernatural buffs. I rate this a 5-star production.
The fact that the man worked mostly at nighttime proves he was hiding something, yet how a peasant from Latvia with no education had learned to successfully use levitation and knowledge of the laws of anti-gravity?
I have read this book and find it interesting yet as most of the writings about Leedskalnin and his mysterious castle, the mystery is anybody's guess. The fact is that Ed continues to be, unless somebody either travel in time to in depth interview him, or astral connect with his mind: a profound mystery. He said he was motivated to build that thing after a heartbreaking rejection, and to ad insult to injury right at the altar, by a ten year his junior 16 year old girl.
The point is that he was logging in the cold forests of Oregon and Washington caught consumption then quit and moved to South Florida where he got better, purchased a cheap lot of land and started building Coral Castle. His theme for his park was "lost love", not much different a theme than any other fun park in the USA and I am almost convinced the rejection thing was fabricated by him to attract more tourists to his park.
We learn here about Eds beginnings in Latvia, how he and others suffered political persecution by Russian Czars and class distinction between poor peasants and their castle dwelling lords. Obviously Edward was repulsed by the idea of a hopeless peasant on one hand and rich castle dweller "lords" on the other, so to balance the stakes he built himself a castle in America.
Was Ed Leedskalnin familiar with and able to put into practice laws of anti-gravity? In spite of the secrecy I am optimistic imagining we will be able to unravel the dilemma of Coral Castle.
McClure’s account thankfully sticks to the known facts about Leedskalnin. The resulting story is amazing enough without resorting to crutches about aliens from other planets, mysticism or unknown and unexplainable technologies.
Leedskalnin was trained in the crafts of stone masonry and lumberjacking. He knew how to work stone, how to move heavy objects made of stone and lumber and how to rig timber into cranes and winches. These things can be done by one man who knows what he is doing, but this should take nothing away from Leedskalnin’s accomplishments, which were impressive. What I found so impressive from my own efforts with heavy labor is how easily one can injure oneself so very, very quickly and very badly doing this kind of work. And Ed performed these feats….at NIGHT!
McClure doesn’t neglect telling the parts of the story that have inspired fanciful conjecture. Leedskalnin was a resourceful, inquisitive and obviously hard working man who harbored idiosyncratic theories about electricity and magnetism and even published some of his ideas in pamphlet form. It is these character traits that have served to fuel some of the more zany ideas that have been put forth about his life’s work.
At the end of the day, Leedskalnin’s story is a simple one that isn’t lengthy in the telling. The book moves along quickly and makes for an enjoyable and easy read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting, mind blowing and you can visit this strange Stonehenge place and you try to figure it out.Published 1 month ago by Lilia
Coral Castle: The Mystery of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge is part biography, part history lesson, and part guide to the present day tourist attraction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. LaPlante
Purchased this and decided to visit the site. Was not disappointed!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of great pictures of Coral Castle and interesting information.Published 10 months ago by gho40
After reading this book, I was so amazed about this little man's ability to create and build a Coral Castle with Coral that weighed many tons. Read morePublished 12 months ago by marion mcmahon
My son showed me this story on the History Channel, and it was
very interesting. So when I found this on Amazon Kindle, I was
very excited! Read more
The only book that's really been written about Ed Leedskalin or the Coral Castle the Author has done a lot of research and investigating on this little man's life and his rock... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen Ryder
I have always been fascinated by The Coral Castle .Thought this book was excellent in telling about the life of Ed Leedskalnin.Published 13 months ago by Charles Newman