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Riassunto: Wickedly funny sendup of new age mega-seller, The Celestine Prophecy, a novel about a man who goes to Peru to find manuscripts that contain the secrets of life. His intentions are good-he wishes to share the manuscripts with the world-but his efforts are impeded by power-hungry factions, extremists, and high-ranking church officials.
In J.K. Greenfield's parody, The Cellophane Prophecy, our hero's intentions are not so good! Set up by an ex-girlfriend promising sexual favors, he goes to Italy to uncover manuscripts said to contain the secrets of life-secrets, he finds, like "Never trust anyone named 'Stinky'" and "If you stare at something long enough, it will glow."
In Italy, our hero (whose name is a mystery!), encounters a series of broken photocopiers, hallucinogenic mushrooms, rampant paranoia, a transvestite, and a cult leader with one eyebrow. And at the book's climax, he gets to witness a fistfight involving a character named "The Big Guy" who wears a beanie and is the head of a large religious organization centered in Rome. Finally, our hero manages to weather the bad food, great mushrooms, strange sex, ridiculous antics of his associates, and maybe even manages to find true love.
The book is a must for people who read The Celestine Prophecy and found themselves in need of a laugh, or even a subplot! Treat yourself and your loved ones to The Cellophane Prophecy.
Dall'autore: Is New Age Humor a contradiction in terms? I was pondering this question while attending a new-agey kind of conference. There I was, in some kind of "Healing the Earth" seminar and, like all the other participants, I was holding a small rock in my hand and being asked to "hear what it was saying." My session mates took the whole thing quite seriously. Some were even crying about what their rocks were telling them, and they didn't appreciate it when I told them what my rock said to me. It was "Let's get the hell OUTTA HERE! This is no fun AT ALL!"
I got the inspiration for The Cellophane Prophecy an entire year after reading The Celestine Prophecy, which had come highly recommended by an acquaintance. It was one of those books that really make you wonder about why you have those people as acquaintances. Don't get me wrong, writing books isn't easy, and I commend James Redfield for writing a novel that provides a context for spiritual themes, especially Jung's ideas on synchronicity. But it's a pretty bland and humorless book, and finishing it was rather like swallowing medicine - I knew it was probably good for me, but it didn't taste very good going down.
So about a year later I woke up in the middle of the night with a vision of glowing bananas. Seriously. I was standing in a grocery store looking at this great big banana display and they're all glowing. And I thought, as I came out of my dream state, "If you stare at something long enough, it will glow." And my next thought was, "If someone were to write a parody on The Celestine Prophecy, that would be a great take on one of the insights." And then, "Well, I've written parodies before. I could DO that!" And before I knew it, I was up, at three in the morning, writing this book.
If The Cellophane Prophecy makes you laugh, great! I believe that laughter is one of the most important, life-affirming things that we can do. It's divine in every sense of the word. My vision of success would be to hear that someone peed their pants laughing while reading my work. I would consider that a great honor.
Titolo: The Cellophane Prophecy: A Misadventure
Casa editrice: Sasparilla Pr
Data di pubblicazione: 1995
Condizione libro: very good
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