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The Prince and the Singularity - A Circular Tale Paperback – January 20, 2013
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...I recommend this book to every reader ... (who is)... ready to meditate about higher truths from ... (an) ... independent perspective.
About the Author
Pedro Barrento was born in Mozambique in 1961. He has written two books: The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale and Marlene and Sofia – A Double Love Story.
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I say that it is fantastical, but it is not Fantasy. Rather, it is a book that concerns itself with Metaphysical concepts and ideas, such as the origins of the Universe, our role within it, the circle of life, and the Eternal Return; the idea that the Universe exists in an endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
As the title suggests, it is indeed a circular tale.
Its writing is deceptively simple, hiding complex ideas in plain sight, in plain language.
We follow the Prince as he struggles to master his baser drives, in order to become enlightened. Many lessons are learned, and many failures experienced.
In fact, the Prince changes to such a degree that we meet him in different guises, with different names, in various parts of the book. But always his central motivation is towards leading a moral and good life, and helping others do the same. He is not Everyman, rather he is a noble spirit, tainted by the realities of life.
The plot is secondary to the underlying message that is explored in the experiences of the protagonist, and it is his mental and spiritual journey that is the true story.
Perhaps The Prince and the Singularity is best described as an allegory: a philosphical musing on the meaning and meaningless of life.
I do not think that you will find all the answers here, since a central tenet of the book is that there really are no answers.
Confused yet? You are just getting started. What else can you expect from a story that bills itself as a circular tale? Circular it may be, but you must start at the beginning. This is not like Catch 22 where you can begin anywhere and come back around to the beginning. This story goes around and around, but is built on with each loop.
It all starts with a game of Gods. One bet on the table– One gamble lost– The universe is born. Shenanigans happen as the game goes on, and suddenly Desire and Rejection, the roots of all evil, are released on the unwitting and innocent human race. Our hero, the Prince / the Master / Francis is the only one who can defend against the havoc the Gods have brought to Earth, but the challenge proves more difficult than he expected. Again and again he tries change the world and outwit the gods without success, but what happens when he finally succeeds?
To tell his story, author Pedro Barrento, pulls in elements of many origin stories and religious mythologies and pounds them out like clay shaping them into different, some might say heretical, forms. Was Mary Magdalene a reverent devotee, or a devious and power hungry trickster, hell bent on revenge and revolution? Lovers of mythology will easily be able to follow the threads of the classics and enjoy the different patterns Barrento is able to create. The fable-esque feel is reinforced by a strong third person narrator who tells the story in a style reminiscent of oral traditions.
While “The Prince and the Singularity” is mostly light hearted, it is not light handed. The author has a message, and it is strongly, and sometimes overtly indicated in the text. There are moments when the soap box comes out and philosophical words fill the pages more than story. Those who are familiar with Buddhist teachings will find elements of the middle path scattered throughout the text, as well as other tidbits about the evils of our world and how to interact with our fellow human beings.
This is a quick and pleasant read recommended for anyone looking for a new and different literary novel, as well as fans of light science fiction and fantasy.
I make no guarantees that this book will change your life or your outlook on life or what you believe is beyond this life but it will challenge you consider all three from a different prospective. Using humor and satire, Barrento has effectively and enjoyably approached the significance of existence, stripped it bare and laid it out for any and all to see, comprehend and come to their own conclusions.
If you are looking for a humorous book to read, then give it a chance.
If you are looking for something light and fun to read, then give it a chance.
If you are looking for something thought provoking to read, then give it a chance.
If you are just looking for something to read and you are not sure what the hell you want to read, but want to read something but haven’t found anything to read then spend the $2 for the electronic copy or the $8 for the physical copy and read it while you are trying to figure out what you want to read… don’t let this little gem pass you by.