HOW THE WEST IS ONE by Bernard Gunther

HOW THE WEST IS ONE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The chic Esalen-type philosophy of guruism and sensory awakening, arbitrarily placed in short lines of unequal length so as to appear as poetry: ""Most people react to/ new situations/ in established patterns,/ allowing past experience/ to dictate or color/ the actual."" Most remarkable is the extremely large size of the print, which makes this slight, vaguely pretentious book read even faster, for even the least hip must have encountered this kind of thing in greater depth before. Some simplistic ideas (on eliminating the mind-body dualism), some breathing exercises, some yoga-ish meditations, all in a series of harmless little poems for those who want to ""make a long satori short,"" as the author entitles one of his chapters.

Pub Date: May 18th, 1972
Publisher: Macmillan