"... a book ... so significant that it opens up a new world of understanding." -- The Inquirer, March 1, 1969
"... hilarious, usually unsettling stuff, whisking away the rug from under our favourite convictions and thinking habits ... the effect is exhilarating ..." -- Tribune, February 5, 1971
"... startling ideas ... both wisdom and fun ... a stunningly lucid interpretation for the Western reader of profound and ancient Eastern thinking." -- Oldham Evening Chronicle
"A book rewarding in many ways ... a stimulation of that part of the mind which is still unpolluted..." -- Kent Evening Post, October 6, 1971
"The book is full of humour, too, not belly laughs but slow, inner smiles." -- Sunderland Echo, January 13, 1972
"While the stories are delightfully entertaining, their real value lies in their potent psychological content." -- The Brook Postgraduate Gazette, March 1973
From the Publisher
Widely acclaimed for its entertainment value and psychological interest it gained the citation "Best Book" at the Buenos Aires International Exhibition of Sufi books held in conjunction with UNESCO's World Book Year.
The celebrated writer Nina Epton said in a BBC broadcast: "Seeds that Idries Shah sows in our Western path are chosen by a discerning modern mind, with a profound knowledge of the East and West. The best spiritual traditions, interpreted afresh, are applied by Idries Shah to our contemporary world. This is his contribution to our spiritual equipment - which consequently now finds itself considerably enriched."