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Reincarnation of Peter Proud Hardcover – June, 1974

ISBN-13: 978-9997406699 ISBN-10: 9997406699

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Co (June 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9997406699
  • ISBN-13: 978-9997406699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Max Ehrlich, born in 1909, was a self-made writer whose work encompassed television scripts (Twilight Zone, Star Trek) and numerous novels, including The Big Eye, The Cult, and Spin the Glass Web. He died in 1983. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone who may have doubts about reincarnation.
Kathy Mccracken
I initially read this book when I was about 10 years old and recall that I found it highly disturbing.
Mercedes
As i started reading it, it really intrigued me, and i could not for the life of it put it down..
Brock Stone

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes on October 23, 2008
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The mark of a good book is that it is memorable and leads you to ask questions. I initially read this book when I was about 10 years old and recall that I found it highly disturbing. I decided to order it and read it again now as an adult to see if I felt the same, and I did. The writing is simple and straightforward, but the process of discovery during the book was anything but. If you're up for an exciting read, I'd recommend it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Perkosky on January 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a page-turner. I'm hard-pressed to classify what genre this book should fall into, which (to my mind) is a quality of greatness. To say that this book 'transcends,' would not only be apt, it would be a-propos.

The only criticism I have of the book is that it doesn't explore the metaphysical aspect of reincarnation more deeply. And (it appeared to me) that the author tried to do this in several places, but each successive attempt was merely repetitive.

But the book's greatest quality was that it kept me enthralled. At times my eyes almost skimmed because I wanted to get to the next story or for the plot to unravel further. At times, I had to keep my eyes from inadvertantly glancing down one paragraph to find out what the dramatic ending would be. Stephen King does this to us all the time, by the way -- makes us wait, makes us wait, and then dares us not to look at the answer 'accidentally.'

And when I saw the ending coming, I saw it pretty much as Peter Proud did. Just as he did, just as he did. Okay, maybe I saw it coming a few pages before. But I still read to the end, and re-read the last paragraphs.

I wanted more.

Great work.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Kelley on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book more than once, and will read it again and again. The book is a modern story about reincarnation and is a thoroughly believable account of one man's search for his 'past identity'. A must-read for anyone interested in reincarnation and murder mysteries.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alison K. Recasens on March 31, 2004
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This novel, beyond a doubt, is the best I have ever read! It incorporates elements of the supernatural, justice, romance, suspense and mystery tightly, while providing provacative food for thought.
I had the good fortune to meet the author, Max Ehrlich while I was still in high school. He was lecturing at UCLA. He was quite gracious and generous with his time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Whenever I visit my friends' home on a lake, I am drawn to underwater scenes from the book that have haunted me since I read it. The story is altogether gripping, puzzling, and frightening, leaving the reader with very unsettling visions and certainly with questions about reincarnation and love--or lust--whichever the reader chooses. Do we leave this world only to come back and relive our lives a bit differently, or do we go on to other things in other worlds?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Halliday on November 27, 2010
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as my title for my review suggests,i was thinking of a DIFFERENT conclusion
for this novel.
without me revealing much of the story(to the end),i will say this is a story about a man who was murdered (in 1946) and then reincarnated as another completely different man(peter proud) who, around the age of 28,knew something was wrong because of all these strange"dreams" he was having. or were these dreams at all? maybe these were recollections of a previous life??? peter starts out on a journey of vague memories,determined to find out,"who was i"? he travels to the northeastern states,searching...searching...for places,landmarks he remembers.
this is a great page turner. i kept wanting to know what will happen to peter
proud??? my only complaint is,i wish the author had written the end differently.
i WANTED the murdered man to have his revenge on the person who ended his life.
not evil revenge,but this person admitting to the murder so long ago and then
the dead man being at peace and peter proud going on with his life-not ending
up the way he did-the predictable. that is why i say,"ahhhh...the possibilities.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brock Stone on January 8, 2008
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Hmm... interesting about this book.. As i started reading it, it really intrigued me, and i could not for the life of it put it down.. I was engrossed in the story and the characters will to find out and defuse his current situation.. However, it dissapointed me to the fact that as i got later on into the book, in the last several chapters, it had started to get predictable, and finally the last 2 or 3 chapters were obvious in what was going to happen.. My rating for this book would be 3 1/2 stars for the first 3 quarters of the book and 1 star for the last quarter of it. On top of the ending being predictable, it wasnt entertaining... i could of really done without reading this novel.
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My theory on reincarnation is this: Just as the color of your eyes and hair is determined by genes passed down through the years by your ancestors, so is your memory. An experiment with worms: certain worms who were taught to find food through a maze by their reaction to light stimulus were then destroyed, powdered and fed to the next group of worms who were then able to find their way through the maze without any teaching or stimulus.

Maybe my theory is old, I don't know.

In The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, I'm glad that the author had the main character visit a psychologist to try to determine exactly what was happening in his life.

The romance, suspense, and final ending were well written with believable characters. I saw the move in 1975 and purchased the book recently to revisit the subject.

Good job, Mr. Ehrlich.
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