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The journeys of Socrates, Dan Millman

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The journeys of Socrates
Title
The journeys of Socrates
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Dan Millman
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Language
eng
Summary
Traces the life of the mentor gas attendant of "Way of the Peaceful Warrior," discussing his origins as an orphan with both Jewish and Cossack ties, his journey from a military academy to America, and his discovery of how to live a peaceful life
Review
  • Millman's autobiographical Way of the Peaceful Warrior (1980) and 94-year-old gas-pump-jockey Socrates, the young Millman's guru in it, are fixtures in the canon of New Age self-actualization literature, thanks to 2.5 million copies sold. This prequel provides an adventurous backstory for Socrates. It begins in czarist Russia with orphaned Sergei fleeing the Nevskiy military academy. He survives in the mountainous wilderness by fashioning a lean-to against the face of a cave near a waterfall on a stream that hosts salmon, trout, and a beaver dam, and by hunting and drying food for the winter. By his second year as a mountain man (1890), he has turned 18 and become part of the wild, high country. A close call with a hungry bear in 1891 drives him to St. Petersburg, where he hopes to verify his grandfather's promise of buried treasure and use it to escape to America. Millman's smoothly written text recounts a spiritual journey while it tells a creditable survival--adventure-coming-of-age story. Way-farers will want to join the journey. -- Whitney Scott (BookList, 04-15-2005, p1433)
  • In his landmark 1980 novel, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Millman blended fact and fiction to tell the story of a young man whose life is transformed by his encounter with a mysterious sage named Socrates. In this intriguing follow-up, Socrates takes center stage. It's late 19th-century Russia, and young Sergei Ivanov has been drafted into training to become one of the czar's elite guards. When Sergei saves the life of a brutal fellow student, Dmitri Zakolyev, during a difficult training exercise, he knows this act has actually made him an enemy. Dmitri humiliated by his weakness, gets back at Sergei years later when he becomes part of a pogrom to hunt down Jews; during a chance encounter, Dmitri wounds Sergei, who is part Jewish, and kills his pregnant wife, Anya. After a suicide attempt that leads to a kind of vengeance-oriented enlightenment, Sergei studies with a series of masters to perfect his warrior skills. Millman's narration clips along, and he does a fine job with period flourishes. But the extended training chapters suffer from clichés of character and narrative, and dampen the suspense. A shocking surprise about the fate of Sergei's unborn child and a ham-fisted meeting between Sergei and his rival strain credibility, but Millman's fluid storytelling makes this an easy read. Agent, Candice Fuhrman . (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 28, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 13, p58)
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Millman, Dan
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813/.6
Index
no index present
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fiction
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  • Russia
  • Spiritual life
  • Spiritual life
  • Russia
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The journeys of Socrates, Dan Millman
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ocm56194966
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9780060750237
Lccn
2004054065
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unmediated
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The journeys of Socrates, Dan Millman
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocm56194966
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9780060750237
Lccn
2004054065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)56194966

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