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The Secrets Of Nostradamus: A Radical New Interpretation of the Master's Prophecies Hardcover – January 9, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Thus edition (January 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060196718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060196714
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,359,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Little is known about his life, yet the 16th-century French mystic Michel Nostradamus easily remains the most famous prophet in Western history; his enigmatic prophecies, which baffled and frustrated his contemporary clients, have awed and intrigued generations of followers. But according to Ovason (The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital), who has studied Nostradamus for some 40 years, no one has yet successfully penetrated the secrets contained in the prophecies. Because of Nostradamus's deeply arcane approach (including obscure astrological methods and the use of an esoteric code known as the "Green Language"), Ovason argues, the oracles can be understood only through a laborious decryption process. Ovason's technique largely consists of attempting to crack the code at the syllabic levelAhunting down missing vowels, extra consonants, hidden acronyms; even a comma may have a secret agenda. Under this unbearable linguistic pressure, two lines of prophecy rapidly unfold into 20 pages of exegesis more byzantine and torturedAand even less believableAthan its subject. Painstakingly assembled, Ovason's interpretations can be credited only with being at least as farfetched and imaginative as his predecessors'. Furthermore, readers seeking to know what the Nostradamian future really holds will be disappointed, since Ovason firmly maintains that the prophecies are so deeply coded they can really only be accurately deciphered after they are fulfilled. Still, some readers truly committed to the Nostradamus cult will battle their way through Ovason's labored readings; for the rest, the secrets of the future will have to remain forever shrouded in the seer's memory. 25-city radio campaign. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

David Ovason has spent more than a decade researching the architecture and zodiacs of Washington, D.C. He teaches astrology and has studied the life and writings of Nostradamus for more than forty years. He is the author of several books, including The Secrets of Nostradamus and Nostradamus: Prophecies for America. Mr. Ovason lives and works in England.


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116 of 128 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
After reading so many books on the Master's visions and so many interpretations, this is the one I've been waiting for. Ovason clearly takes the reader trhough the translations of a quatrain and explains the mystery behind the meaning. The Green Language was new to me, and as I read the book, many things became clear to me. Please pick up this book, and forget everything that you have heard about Nostradamus before. This is the definitive interpretation(s), and you will love it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Schmidt on December 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The excellent scholarship that lies behind David's work mimics the 16th century's scholar's dedication to clarity and accuracy. This book will not be a clear or easy read for the mass market. However, clarity must not be confused with simplicity. This book is clear to some. Simple, it is not. The green language is, by nature, a code, and thus unreadable without its key. David supplies this key and opens a new door of understanding to those willing to invest a little time in thought. The green language was used because of its unique ability to express the most subtle of intellectual ideas. it was also used to shield these ideas from the calumny of the unlearned masses. Thus, revealing the code will certainly open the author to calumny, the student to enlightenment, and all fools to a field upon which they may practice there art.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Schmidt on December 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
David Ovason knows, as many of the scholars know who have studied the culture of the 16th century, that works of philosophy and science of that period were not written to be understood or enjoyed by the unlearned masses. In fact many works of this period were published in Latin because it was the accepted language of the learned.
Green Language was commonly used by scholars of the time because it was more flexible when transmitting thoughts of great subtlety. Clarity of thought and word is a virtue. However, do not confuse simplicity with clarity.
I highly recommend Mr. Ovason's work for the serious student of Nostradamus or of the 16th century. However, this book will probably not be palatable to the masses.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By dbb1462 on October 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Previous to ordering The Secrets of Nostradamus David Ovason I read The Prophecies of Nostradamus by Erika Cheetham, which I believe was published in 1972. What I liked most about this book was the way all of the quatrains had the original text along with the English interpretations, then an explanation of the quatrain according to the author, and let you draw your own conclusions. When I read the "Editorial Reviews Book Description" for The Secrets of Nostradamus by David Ovason, I was excited with the anticipation of reading the quatrains with a new and updated interpretation. But I was very disappointed.
The Secrets of Nostradamus it turns out, is only the writings of a pompous, condescending, pinhead. He spends more time explaining why every one else is wrong in their interpretations then he does putting forth his own. In fact he only address a dozen or two quatrains.
If you are looking for a book that interprets the prophecies of Nostradamus into English and offers an explanation of the quatrains this is not the book for you. Don't waste your money.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Andreyewsky on December 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
David Ovason's book is a labor of love and great erudition. Nostradamus wrote in several natural languages. His spelling
is not consistent and his dating is arcane. Those who want Ovason's book to be full of hot tips for tomorrow's stock market will be disappointed. However, those seeking a deeper understanding of the MASTERY of Nostradamus must put up with the MYSTERY -- both coming from the same root.
The green language is centuries old and Medieval troubadours discovered the ROMA speled backwards meant AMOR... Great Russian-American linguist Roman Jakobson spoke of "internal declension" of words... Note examples of the sort "Only MAD DOGS and Englishmen enjoy the MID DAY sun"...
All texts must be understood at several levels, and for a converted Jew writing at a time when one could be burned at the stake for sorcery, Nostradamus was writing for the initiates, who understood the reverence for the printed word
and the price of paper. Nostradamus' writing is not unlike that of Eric Hoffer (the author / creator of the True Believer) where
every word was nursed and not dictated to a secretary...
The ability to see the future is, alas, not science and for anyone who has read any number of prophecies from different cultures, some of the most trivial things are mixed with the monumental...
Ovason points one in a certain direction and does not spoonfeed.
Nor does he resort to the centuries-old principle of "si non e vero, e ben travato" (even if untrue, well done). The so-called translations and various editions of Nostradamus and even translations of the Bible into Modern English require a great deal of commentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ​Anthony (Tony) Peña on January 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Give Ovason a break... he tells you that it's radical in the book title...

Nostradamus rather frankly admitted to obscuring the meanings of his quatrains in such a way that no one would be able to fully understand them prior to the events described. Therefore, taking a "proper look" at the mysterious Nostradamus quatrains calls for knowledge of astrology as practiced in 16th century France, familiarity with the 15th century Trithemius planetary periods used by Nostradamus, and being versed in deciphering the esoteric 16th Century "Green Language" used by Nostradamus. Fortunately, unlike any other Nostradamus authors out there, Ovason fits the bill.

As you'll notice from the other reviews, you'll either love or hate Ovason's radical take on Nostradamus. Speaking as an astrologer (as was Nostradamus) Ovason is "the man"...
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