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Of Mind or Matter [Kindle Edition]

Sreejit Poole
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Book Description

A modern tale, an ancient mysticism, a universal love.  Overcome by the weight of his own failure to live up to the world's standard of success, to the point where he no longer cares about his own life, Ballard Davies decides that there is only one solution. He gets in his car and drives. He drives away from everything and everyone that he knows, in an effort to just start over. He doesn't care where he's headed; he just wants another chance to get it right. What he finds is beyond his imagination, as he befriends an exciting and eccentric cast of characters. From the divinely inspired to the rationalistic blowhards, everything is suddenly new for him. But there is one problem. He still cannot escape himself. What will it take for Ballard to overcome his own self-imposed limitations and live the adventure he feels he deserves? This is the journey he now travels, down a path where truth, love, desperation, honor, the forgiving and the righteous, the mystics and the scientists all battle for the chance to be given the foremost spot in the realm of his mind. Will the pain of loneliness and separation prevail, or will Ballard find something to live for?

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"Where to start with this one. Hmm. Of Mind Or Matter is a, how to say it, a heavy book. It is a technically correct and sound character driven story. I found no typos or errors of any kind. Pacing was a little slow to begin with, once you get into the flow of the book it picks up and have a hard time putting it down. I finished it in two sittings, sleep forced me to stop.

"Dialogue heavy with each conversation moving the story forward. I did not find any of it tedious or unnecessary. Highly developed characters with the right amount of background for you to learn and become invested with them. Poetically written, there is a definite rhythm to the story that will keep you involved and thinking.

"I was able to put on several characters shoes and stroll along the countryside, feel the wind and smell the flowers. By the end of the story I felt like I had traveled the journey with the characters, not an easy feat to accomplish." - The Literary Syndicate, Papi Z 

From the Inside Flap

Often, it seems the most beautiful and potent experiences come after first rising up and freeing ourselves from the grips of the most terrible despair.  So begins my own endurance of this path of resurrection. Not wanting to rehash my early years in all their glory, I will just tell you that I had reached a point in my life where the thought of the utter futility and worthlessness of my existence was completely consuming my every action.  Unwilling to continue like this, I committed myself to drastic measures.

My uncertainty about the hereafter kept me from ever seriously considering suicide.  I instead satisfied my depression with mere fatalistic fantasies, lacking the will to carry them out.  I knew, however, that I had to make certain changes in my life to bring about a death to the person I had become, in order to create a more worthy individual in its place.  You see, my life was completely lacking - lacking commitment, lacking goals, lacking purpose, lacking the passion to do anything - and I was tired of walking that same path of nothingness for no reason other than not knowing what else to do with myself.  Even if I were motivated purely towards seeking pleasure, it would have been better than the complete and total inertia that overcame my life.  I wanted passion.  I couldn't tell you what I wanted passion for, as that was exactly my problem, but I wanted a strong passion for something - for knowledge, or ice cream sundaes or the smiles of a beautiful face.  Something... Anything...  With this in mind, I decided to do something different.  I decided to begin again.

On this Monday morning, I packed one suitcase of clothes, a backpack with some odds and ends, and a flask of coffee and left my downtown San Diego, California apartment for the last time.  I loaded up my Oldsmobile and headed north on Interstate 5.  I wasn't thinking about anything except saving myself through destroying myself.  I had to sever my identity with a life I hated, in order to find out if I had anything inherent within me that was worth living for.

While driving, I made a solemn vow never to return to the place from where I left.  I was hurtling myself at seventy miles per hour towards an uncertain future.  Although nothing awaited me, I knew it couldn't be any worse than what I was giving up.  Even if I were to die of starvation, I would at least know I was dying with the intention of doing something great, which was better than living with no intention at all.  I felt both liberated and scared, but my fear only served to motivate me.

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  • File Size: 356 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478203439
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081IJ48W
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mind is What's the Matter June 13, 2012
By Ann
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Great job of illustrating how the mind yanks us around, distorting our view of ourselves and others, using up our precious time and taking us away from what we really want. The plight of us all. My favorite line: "I just expected the universe to realize I was its center and eventually remember it needed to take care of me." Seems to me that weaving this story via dialogue alone was a skillful accomplishment. I was fully engrossed, hated to come to the end, but felt satisfied with the conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Cover is Deceptive December 22, 2012
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I have had this in my kindle for quite some time and I'd stop after a few pages, then start again then stop. Last night I decided to finish it. It held my interest. Really, if we just follow our gut we might be surprised at what we find. This man, obviously knew a little about the deaf, the rez and small town. I'm glad he decided to stick with it and things do have a way of working out in the end. I truly am looking forward to his next adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Faulkner Meets Camus Meets Kerouac Meets Ellison July 9, 2012
By Donovan
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Haunted by his failures as a human being, the protagonist sets off on an existentialist fugue journey, wandering along the dusty roads of Self-examination. Calls to mind the journeys of Faulkner's Joe Christmas, that of Ralph Ellison's unnamed protagonist in Invisible Man, as well as the wanderings of Kerouac and the reflective despair of Camus.
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More About the Author

Okay, okay... So, My name is Sreejit Poole and I wholeheartedly admit that, other than Stephen King and song lyrics, reading and writing had no sway over me until after I'd graduated from college. I got my degree in philosophy precisely because it was the only subject that I could live on notes from class alone. I was working full time and volunteering in my free time - well, those are my excuses - really though, I just wasn't interested in school. But, after graduation, I went back to visit my parents, and, with nothing to do, cracked open one of those leather bound books on my mother's "classics" shelf. That was the beginning of a new relationship for me.

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