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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2003
This is a very interesting novel, but I gave it one star because I am rating the edition instead. Lindisfarne Books should be razed by fire and the editors suspended over a slow barbecue. They went to great lengths to provide the book with an arresting cover, interesting typeface for the chapter title, and lively (if uninformed) review notices on the back cover, but were so slipshod in their copy editing that they omitted words from the author's text in the first sentence of the first chapter! I kid you not, this book starts with a phrase, not a sentence! Fortunately it is about living your life over again, so the complete sentence reappears correctly on page 162 at the beginning of chapter 26. But such errors are unacceptable and unforgiveable in an editor, and can lead in time to a loss of the complete text itself, as any classical scholar can tell you, if you can find any these days. Don't buy this edition!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2005
If you like Kundera, have a fondness for Nietzsche, enjoyed the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog's Day," or sit there mulling over the towering pronouncement from Rilke's "Archaic Torso of Apollo," : 'You must change your life!' then this is the book for you. Even if none of the above apply to you, just take a chance on this slim novel. While I wouldn't recommend the entire mystical theosophist movement that propelled Ouspensky, this work will never quite leave you -- my criterion for a work of great art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2008
As soon as I read the first page of this book I loved it. I heard it's the book that the movie "Goundhog Day" was inspired by.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2005
Cannot vouch for this particular version of the book, but get a good copy somewhere, as it is worth it. If you like Kundera, have a fondness for Nietzsche, enjoyed the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog's Day," or sit there mulling over the towering pronouncement from Rilke's "Archaic Torso of Apollo," : 'You must change your life!' then this is the book for you. Even if none of the above apply to you, just take a chance on this slim novel. While I wouldn't recommend the entire mystical theosophist movement that propelled Ouspensky, this work will never quite leave you -- my criterion for a work of great art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book was referred to me a bit over 30 years ago. I found the applicability to me and have occassionaly bought copies for friends and relatives that have had unnecessary turmoil and have been challenged by self-inflicted disappointment. This copy has larger pages but the print appears to be copied from a smaller book. The writing is great, the reproduction is so-so. Perhaps it I was re-adding to my own collection, I might look for a different printing. This book is a quick read and it's meaning is meant to be internalized. I believe the recipient will enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2014
Ouspensky painstakingly illustrates the phenomenon of mechanicalness that pervades almost every adult life. The climax leaves a tantalizing hint that there may be a remedy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2005
I was expecting something great from this book - it came up far short. Consistent with the other reviews, there were quite a few editing errors that I found in this book (which does not say much because I am not very big on grammar). While the last few pages were rewarding, overall the book was quite drab. Do yourself a favor however, read the back cover of the book where the guy who directed Groundhog Day comments on the book - it is an amazing commentary and will sum the entire book up in a paragraph.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2014
An unusual and thought provoking novel based on many of this author's non-fiction theories. You don't have to go back to get it right. You simply have to do the right things now.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
This is a fantastic book, and you'll find that used copies are all very expensive, so I recommend it. But in my case, on my Kindle DX, there is only a sentence or a few sentences per page. This gets annoying as you have to hit next page almost every sentence. It was worth it though because of the profound nature of the work.

Note: the estimated 1096 is grossly off because of the pagination problem. This is really only about 150 page book maybe.
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on March 19, 2014
I had misplaced my copy of "Strange Life" and re-ordered it.
The ideas of this book influenced Harold Ramis, screen play
writer and director of the movie "Groundhog Day." with Bill
Murray.
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