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The Alchemists of Kush Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Granted, it's a tortured analogy.
So, Mr. Coffee Snob, what does this have to do with this review?
The Alchemists of Kush by Minister Faust is no Starbucks. In fact, it blew my expectations clean out of the water, so much so that I hesitate to call the novel speculative fiction at all! This, despite the fact that the bulk of the book is split between two parallel stories with 7,000 years separating them. In one set of alternating chapters, Faust tells us the story of Hru, a boy who survives the destruction of his village only to encounter the Swamp of Death and the forces of the mysterious, and aptly named Destroyer.Read more ›
-Kelly Komm, award-winning Canadian author
It's been 3 weeks since I've finished the book and I'm still contemplating the scrolls. Pick up the book and you'll know what I'm speaking of. Trust me, I'm not the only one diggin' it.
I really love the fact that you dont have to start from the beginning of the novel to really start the story.
In each chapter there's somewhat kind of a new story but are all interrelated. This is a MUST read. There is so many things you can learn...The Alchemists of Kush
Alchemy is the process thought (and sought) to turn common, dull, and base metals into something brilliant and rare. That something is gold.
People, too, can metaphorically be compared to metals. Some are base and very common; while others are exceptional and rare. Lead (just like ignorance and 80% of most people like us) is very common; while gold itself (very much like truth & true knowledge) is very uncommon. But both Knowledge and gold...(just the same as iron, lead, and ignorance)... were all born from calamity--- from the violent explosion of a dying star (or within a corrupt and/or dying culture.) And just like gold, Knowledge and Understanding of our true "Selves" (as African peoples of the Diaspora here in this Wilderness of the West) is very rare, indeed.
To restate it another way, lead (much like ignorance) is very common...a dull substance which rejects all efforts to see inside it---even with x-rays. But because another metal---iron pyrite---is shiny like gold---it sometimes deceives the undiscerning into thinking that it too is valuable---when in fact it is worthless. Thus, it is often called Fool's Gold... which is exactly the purpose of all the "bought-and-paid-for" deceivers, false prophets, and mis-leaders of Black people here in the West---to fool you--- to make you think that what they are selling you is real. But as Malcolm so brilliantly and hilariously explained: We've been deceived and "misled." We`ve been "had and `took`"...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first came across Minister Faust first with Coyote Kings and the space age bachelor pad. And I absolutely loved it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Beth Goodman
This book gave me much to study, reread, and overstand. The author sees the whole board and not just a few pieces. Anybody wanting to uplift, should absorb this book.Published 15 months ago by Ronald D Davidson
Minister Faust fields this tale with his usual soulful brilliance. A coming of age story with a hearty dose of realism and credible characters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by T. Love
EnterCational.... this book was not only one of the best novels I have read in a long time. I was entertained by the storyline but even more I was educated by the subject matter. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by helm
Had I known such a novel existed, I would have read it long ago. The novel weaves together stories of life, lessons, and love while simultaneously infusing a powerfully creative... Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by Melanie Jackson
I have now read three of Minister Faust's books and I must say he is he is beyond amazing! In the Alchemists of Kush he does what is so hard to find he writes with courage. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Minister Faust's moving story should - no, MUST be read. His skill to paint a scene with words is inspiring and unparalled. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Kelly Komm