- File Size: 1532 KB
- Print Length: 496 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (August 10, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 10, 2011
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003EJDGLE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Arrayed against this oasis of sanity Starhawk gives us an Evil General bent of invasion and destruction of this wonderful place. If the book has a fault its that most of the "bad guys" remain somewhat cardboard. It seems that Starhawk has concentrated her efforts on that she knows best.
Having said that, the author pulls no punches. While the book starts out Utopian and peaceful the price that is paid for that oasis is anything but. Real people, the good people we care about (and the people who Starhawk seems to concentrate her character abilities on) pay a heavy price to keep and defend their way of life. Its a good reminder that good may triumph over evil only if good works at it real hard.
The Fifth Sacred Thing is a fairy tale with teeth. If you are a fan of Starhawk's non-fiction books then you must read this one to see how she sees her real-life ideas put into practice. I'd also recommend it as a book for Wiccans to give to their friends as a tale of how Wiccan morality can work well.
One of the greatest questions is - how do people resist the violent advances of others without becoming violent themselves? We can look to others for inspiration - HH the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, MLK - there have been a few who have managed to hold on to their ideals despite the crimes inflicted upon them. But how do we do this ourselves? How do we maintain peace within ourselves?
This book discusses these issues on a societal level, but the wisdom you will gain can be applied on a personal level. You will likely find yourself rethinking how you view numerous things - from illness to monogamy.
And the story is interesting and creative, with characters you will come to care about. This is a fantastic book. Go ahead and give it some time - you will probably love it, too!
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I get something new from this each time I read it. Remember the power of the spirit and what we can do working together instead of destroying things.Published 22 days ago by Dana Browning
Very much out of my normal genre of reading but I loved it. Couldn't put it down.Published 2 months ago by fayeschultz
I read this book after reading the most recent one (City of Refuge) just because the recent one was very engaging. I enjoyed this one just as much! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy S
I first read this book in 1997 and it bothered me then but it became one of my favorite novels. I reread it every couple of years and now it scares the hell out of me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Hutcheson
This should be reqired reading especially during these perilous times.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is by far the best Starhawk book! I couldn't put it down, and it became one of those books that I reflected on often, and those types of books are hard to come by. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KimE
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