- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500355100
- ISBN-13: 978-1500355104
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Inside Out Paperback – September 29, 2014
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"Inside Out" is accompanied by the story of its own creation; that is "The Saga of Bringing Inside Out into Print" ; the two texts are available in a single volume.
"Inside Out" itself was written by Tim Lawson in 1999 and deals with layers of juxtaposed concepts. Theoretical physicist Lance Mathews is murdered by a Christian-Muslim suicide-assassin. His materialistic view of the world is contrasted with that of his brother Simon, a spiritual philosopher. But despite Simon’s apparently enlightened nature, his inner conflicts are revealed by the students in his Ashram, who seem to be in touch with their true natures without the need for artifice. Arnold and Molly exude an emotional warmth that eludes Simon and, abandoning his apparent falsity, Simon tries to live a “normal” life. But he is still surrounded by mysterious characters – the Alchemist Cesar, the manipulative Shanti, the innocent Annie, the powerful Greg Riley and his nemesis Sarah Jenkins, and determines to write a counterpoint to his dead brother’s dark vision. Pushing the boundaries of his own sanity and time-travelling through incarnations, he is brought back to Earth by the beautiful Dawn. In one hilarious scene, Simon and Dawn are shut out of their flat in London – Simon shins up the drainpipe and crawls through the bathroom window, landing in the bubble bath. The pace and depth of the description fits the characters’ reactions perfectly and they enter a deep conversation about honesty, which resolves itself in the revelation concealed within the book all along; the reappearance of Cesar and his exposition of Liquid Alchemy, a form of esoteric healing and soul growth guided by the Egyptian Gods.
"The Saga of Bringing Inside Out into Print" was written in 2010 by Philip Marston (a development of Phil Masters, the main character in The Warp, Neil Oram’s best-known work), who is a recluse living in the Scottish Highlands*. It is like a hall of mirrors, where level after level of abstraction through many beautifully crafted characters takes the reader to a situation which has as its point the final melting away of abstraction itself. This is the true turning “Inside Out” to which the title refers.
*Attached is a photograph of the Studio in the Highlands where Philip Marston is said to have transcribed "The Saga"