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Communion: A True Story Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1988
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YA Strieber has a reputation for writing well-researched nonfiction. Were it not for this reputation, readers would be more tempted to dismiss as fantasy this account of visits he has received from a non-human group. In the winter of 198586, the visits became both more frequent and more visible. Strieber sought the help of a counselor/hypnotist, who did not accept the alien hypothesis. Eventually Strieber's wife was also hypnotized. The accounts both Striebers gave under hypnosis and the memories that surfaced after hynosis, as well as several witnesses to aspects of the visitations all corroborate that something abnormal occurred. Strieber is careful not to jump to any conclusions; in fact, he philosophizes at length about the possibilities which include aliens, an as yet unidentified aspect of the human mind, or some generally invisible earth inhabitant such as fairies. The book is fascinating as long as it sticks to the basic account, and the ways in which the Striebers chose to research the phenomena. The passages of hypothesizing are more longwinded and will be of less interest to young adults, but they do remind readers that the Striebers have not accepted a single answer to the puzzle even now. Any readers who have interest in the unexplained will appreciate this book. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“Powerfully written and involving!” (New York Times)
“Strieber comes through as both sensible and sincere...His book deserves to be taken seriously.” (Boston Herald)
“Powerful...Strieber’s storytelling ability makes his own terror and confusion feel real to the reader...Compelling reading.” (Seattle Times)
“...COMMUNION is surely the most throught-provoking book on UFOs and alien visitation published so far.” (Rocky Mountain News)
“Patently honest...There is no doubt this man has endured experiences of compelling realism.” (Vermont Sunday Magazine)
“Vividness of detail and depth of feeling...Convincing!” (New York Tribune)
“A fascinating story...And it certainly could be true.” (Detroit News)
“Should give second thoughts to even the most hardened skeptic!” (Dow Jones News)
“A convincing case.” (Houston Chronicle)
Top customer reviews
Until I actually read it. There are a number of pages that are highly interesting. The first 2-3 chapters are intriguing. The problem is that after the interesting chapter(s), this book is an absolute bore. There is about 15-20 pages of interesting material here.
I saw the movie in the early 90's and I've always been interested in what the book purposes to offer. I am highly interested in the subject matter, but I was terribly let down by this book. If aliens want to enter my life, they can find me on the toilet (SLEEPING) reading this book. 3/5.
For me, the entire premise seems to exist outside of the realm of fiction and nonfiction, as both of these genres connate a certain type of book. Communion is neither. It is to be read and absorbed, not analysed or debated for its veracity. The premise of the story, for me, exists outside of what is "true" and what is not.
Rather than being a story about an alien abduction, it is much more about Strieber's own journey of realisation, discovery, and healing. The reviewers who say that this book frightened them, I can see why: The first fifty pages or so are fairly frightening. However, the other threehundred-odd pages deal with Strieber's grappling with how to heal himself, how to deal with what he had perceived to have happened.
It is important to read this book not as a science fiction or science fact book, but rather as a man's struggle to heal. I found some parts of this book to be slow and occasionally confusing. Additionally, Strieber's writing can be difficult to follow and repetitive. Finally, he tends to get a bit too "new-agey" for me at points. Despite this, however, you cannot help but to feel the resurgance of hope, the renewed faith and tenacity which he experiences with his facing of the unknown.
This book is not meant to be frightening, it is meant to be a testament to inner strength.