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This book will only be of interest to those who are acquainted with T. Lobsang Rampa's story and books (I believe there are about 14) which spin out all sorts of metaphysical information along with the daily trials and tribulations of living physically handicapped. I once owned all of his books in print and enjoy hearing them read. For this reason, I've given the book high marks - but the cherry on the pie so to speak, is that when listened to, Mr. Rampa's manner of writing sounds remarkably like the humorous turns of phrase in Simon Green's Drood books. However, the content in these books is presented as nonfiction.
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The book starts so normally, but about a quarter of the way into the narrative, T. Lobsang Rampa "lets his hair down" (figuratively, of course) and some sections just kept me laughing. I mean, laugh-out-loud with I-can't-believe-he-just-said-that head shakes.
If you haven't read some of the other books, there's no point in getting this one. If you have read the others, consider this one to be a bit of fun and a chance to get to see the regular man side of T. Lobsang Rampa.
The narrator is different too. Instead of the soft, gentle and thoughtful narration of the other books, with a somewhat Asian accent, this narrator has a bright, brash, and slightly rascally British accent. With a good sense of comedic timing and delivery too.
There are some very interesting reader questions that T. Lobsang Rampa answers, and the answers can make one think hard about things and have to readjust and stretch our ideas and possible theories about life, history, metaphysical issues, and the human body.
The extra author chat in-between Questions, the comments about some of the annoying reader letters, the press, the tax people, business, women's libbers, Nixon and Watergate, did I mention women's libbers?, and women and their auras and sense of modesty when an old monk just wants to do some research.
I really enjoyed the light hearted moments spread throughout this book. And the poignant ones too. I suppose T. Lobsang Rampa was feeling a bit the way some old people get - they don't care, they are old and they say exactly what they think no matter what. So, some readers may have got more than they expected in answer to their mailed in questions.
This was a hoot!