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Product Details

  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Rogue Press; 1st edition (September 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966036719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966036718
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Icarus is a treasure, an epic tale, beautifully written, of the expansion and conquest of one's own mind told with humor and humility that is impossible to put down. As Alper skillfully guides the reader through this universal, yet deeply personal quest for ultimate meaning, he meets his biggest fears, simultaneously forcing us to meet ours. Icarus is an inspiring and highly entertaining story, not just a book really but an experience, with astonishing transformative power. Any teenager, adult, atheist or spiritual seeker who opens this book will not be the same person at closing it--guaranteed. --J. Perch, MD, Princeton University Medical Center

Bold, Innovative, Triumphant! A must read for anyone who s questioned the meaning of existence. --A. Sadwin, MD, Chief of Neuropsychiatry, Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania

A philosophical rollercoaster ride that will make you think, laugh out loud and cry all in one sitting. In a word, Brilliant! --S. Harney, Ph.D. Baruch College

About the Author

Matthew Alper is the author of the highly acclaimed and influential book The God Part of the Brain: A Scientific Interpretation of Human Spirituality [Sourcebooks]. Praised by prominent scientists, academics and Pulitzer prize winners and lauded as a cult classic by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Salon.Com, The God Part of the Brain is considered a pioneering work, if not the first of its kind, in the burgeoning field of neurotheology. Matthew Alper attended Vassar and graduated from SUNY Stonybrook with a B.A. in Philosophy. He has worked as a history teacher in the Brooklyn projects, a tutor in the Philippines, an electrician in England, a truck smuggler in Central Africa and a produced screenwriter in Germany.

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This is a unique work, masterfully conceived.
jwtrk
This is a great read for young seekers, fans of "The `God' Part of the Brain" and anyone else hungry for a book that is both highly entertaining and though-provoking.
elwood
This book points to so many questions and some answers to the life hereafter.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jwtrk on September 30, 2012
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First off, this book cost me a night's sleep as once I got started I couldn't put it down. It's a superbly written chronicle of questioning, experiencing and experimenting from which an innocent child is transformed into a conscious being. Each chapter lays out some fundamental aspect of personal, spiritual and philosophical development like stepping stones on a path to self-awareness. And though the book is filled with existential inquiry, it is so utterly playful and entertaining that, even at its darkest moments, it never failed to make me laugh throughout. This is a unique work, masterfully conceived.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elwood on September 22, 2012
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I heard this author on the radio recently and was immediately intrigued as I had read his first book, "The `God' Part of the Brain." "Icarus of Brooklyn" is the story of Alper's near-obsession in early life with finding out if God really exists. The story unfolds through a series of very humorous vignettes as young Matthew sets out to discover the nature of the world, physical and otherworldly, and along the way confronts his own powers and limitations. As the story progresses from childhood to adolescence, the themes become deeper and provide an opportunity for the reader to reflect again on his or her own philosophical and spiritual choices. Much of the book is laugh-out-loud funny, but as the subtitle suggests, the story takes a dark twist. (Fortunately for the author and the reader, the book does have an uplifting ending.) Although this story is thoroughly unique, anyone who has pondered life's big questions will find much to relate to. This is a great read for young seekers, fans of "The `God' Part of the Brain" and anyone else hungry for a book that is both highly entertaining and though-provoking. I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EAG on September 9, 2012
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Icarus is a gem. A modern day Alice in Wonderland in that it takes the reader on a wonderful journey of innocence and self-exploration through a vista of surreal and lavish landscapes full of fantastical characters, altered states of consciousness and then a dark descent from which the protagonist emerges triumphant. Hands down, one of the most engaging and entertaining books I've read in years.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Saully on February 3, 2013
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This is writing at its best especially for people interested in real life experience. The author's vulnerability is obvious in the intimate details of an early life struggle typical of many bright, sensitive, and introspective children who would otherwise feel isolated and alone. Many parents will be able to relate to the challenges created with the choices confronted in trying to do the best in raising a brilliant but pained son or daughter. At the same time, it provides hope for those individuals, and their families, who think and feel the pain will never end. It demonstrates that there is a path for transforming intra-psychic adversity into strengths, advantages, social integration, and meaningfully successful life adjustment. There is more than light at the end of a long tunnel.
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