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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452895406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452895406
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To me the book serves as Volume II of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...a font of knowledge and wisdom...the kind of book that leads one to read other books. --Citizen John/Top 500 Reviewer For Amazon.com

For those of you which at times contemplate the meaning of life, God, the energy of the universe, or the complexity of relationships, "Zor" is the answer you've been seeking...someone you'll never forget. --Gary Sorkin/Pacific Book Review

The perfect read for both individuals and reader's groups...the author has a talent for teaching deeper philosophies in a way that is easier to understand...read it in a single sitting. --Paige Lovitt/Reader Views

From the Author

For my two boys, Adam and Tyler; what Zor can't teach you, you don't need to know.

More About the Author

As a Business School Graduate from the 70's, I have always found it difficult to balance corporate success with peace, love, and understanding. Is it enough to pursue capitalism or are we part of a bigger plan? A vociferous reader, I have spent decades searching for the answer, finally deciding to write the book I could not find.

I am currently living on the north shore of Massachusetts with my wife and son; convinced the movement that captured our nation in the late 60's is still very much alive.

Remember when you were going to change the world? It's not too late. Let's change the world together.

Namaste.

Customer Reviews

This book is a very easy read.
David Abarca
I didn't get it all but I got a bunch from reading this book.
Recovering
I wish I read this book 20 years ago.
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Format: Paperback
It was a dwarf. An honest to goodness little people dwarf right in the middle of the Public Garden near the Duck Pond. John Brewster was never expecting to see anyone like that in Boston, but he'd be seeing much more of Zor once they were introduced to one another. In the meantime, Zor was nonchalantly dealing with some teenage boys who decided that tormenting him would be the game of the day, but they weren't counting on him standing his ground. John was amazed at the sight and it was an eye opener when Zor later told him he'd simply said "no thank you" to their gift of "negative ch'i." They say good things come in little packages, but this package would eventually destroy his life. Utterly and totally whack his trust fund rear end out of the ballpark starting with one simple line: "I am Zor."

John was like every other baby boomer. Grow up, go to college, get roomie named, Ed, get ceramic gorilla bong (Kong), meet future wife, Mary, join up with the Peace Corps, forget about the Peace Corps, join family business, have two kids, and settle into a regular boring life. Gone were the days of "Nam and Nixon, Nixon and Nam," protests, idealism, and scoring weed. It was time to grow up and find a place like Jake's, a bar where he could find solace in a glass. John thought to himself, "Many people want to go to a bar where they know your name; I just want to go where they know my drink." Scotch. (p. 39) Zor, who turned out to be brilliant (and claimed he was God), was the one who knew his name and somehow knew everything about him and everything else for that matter.

The little guy began to tell John the secrets of the universe starting with a few simplistic philosophical thoughts to ponder like "Concentration of life's negatives debilitates the soul.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sara on December 7, 2010
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Every addict should read this book. I will be sober one year christmas day. I didn't get it all but I got alot. Addiction comes from pain. Pain comes from negitive feelings. I wish I read this book 20 years ago. If I knew I was in control and could have refused negitivity my life would be so much better. Praise god whatever he is.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
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To me this book almost serves as Volume II of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Discoveries in quantum physics call for an update.

A lot of the action takes place in a Boston bar called Jake's. Substantive conversations occur between an intellectual investment manager with a spiritual deficit and a mysterious philosopher named Zor. The story thread is the spiritual transformation of John, the investment manager.

John's enlightenment is interesting although not entirely believable because it relies on some coincidences, maybe even miracles. Nevertheless, the drama in John's life kept me engrossed. And in some ways, John is an "everyman." He is outwardly quite successful and has a very nice life except for his lack of meaningful connection with others. He should be happy but he's not.

Zor is a font of knowledge and wisdom, but he's not realistic because he has no apparent self-interests or life problems. But in relatively few pages, Zor provides major paradigm shifts by incorporating recent scientific development into spectacular world views and purposes for life.

Zor is the kind of book that leads one to read other books, beginning with those referenced in this book. It is an introductory book for thought processes leading to the unification of religions and a kind of second Renaissance that will integrate science with spirituality.

I was surprised at my relative ignorance of quantum physics and their implications. Zor makes these amazing discoveries relevant. Some of the dialogue was tedious for me to read and forced.
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Synopsis: People frequent bars for a myriad of reasons, however if you were to conduct a survey asking the question why they assemble at such places I sincerely doubt if you'd find `enlightenment' high on your list of responses. Well that just so happens to be what happens to Jonathan Brewster, money manager and longtime regular at Jakes Bar. Apparently some cosmic, universal force decided to bring this successful but disillusioned Bostonian into frequent contact with a new patron to the bar, a very special individual who would forever change Jonathan's paradigm on philosophy, spirituality, and science. In other words, for Jonathan everything was about to change forever. Not only in the way he thinks about things, but in the way he lives.

The mysterious messenger chosen to deliver this new way of looking at things is a five foot tall Haitian dwarf named Zor. Apparently drawn together by some "like-kind of energy" Jonathan finds himself exposed to a wealth of knowledge that one would expect to find discussed in a university classroom not a seedy bar. But as we are about to learn, the universe delivers its truths to whoever, wherever and whenever it so chooses.

Critique: Zor is a creative, enjoyable, and intelligent presentation that will provide the reader with equal portions of entertainment and knowledge. It isn't an easy task to combine a solid, intriguing storyline with a hefty dose of contemporary philosophy, spirituality, and science but that's exactly what has been accomplished. The author, known only as J.B., utilizes a faint, subtle thread of mysticism and serendipity to bring our two verbal combats together and the establishment of this magical connection will hold the readers rapt attention from beginning to end.
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