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I am somebody who has a strong interest in the Beat Generation of writers, which is why I picked up this book. This book is not only one of the most interesting and well researched on any of the topics it covers, but also Important for the casual reader. For while the work he does on archetypical theories, and the lives the men he covers is incredibly well done, The Double as a book not only validates feelings which one may have been told are wrong, but also introduces new ideas of human relationships that people would most likely benefit from adopting but have probably never heard of. Moreover, the writing is interesting and sympathetic, as well as heavily detailed without dragging on and on. This is a book written to help men deprogram from what our society tells them about relationships with other men, but it is a book that men, women, and those neither and both can enjoy. For it teaches important lessons, and makes us realize no matter who we are we can relate to the archetypical friendships in this book.
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From the other reviews I wasn't expecting greatness from this book but I took a risk and was pleasantly surprised. It'll be in my top books of the year I'm sure. Thoughtfully written and well researched The Double stays true to it's theme of healing through friendship. It explores this through the lives of various historical characters with honesty, openness and insight. The narration is average but the book is great and shines never-the-less.
I would categorise this book as Progressive Christian/historical/biographical/spiritual.