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Maya A Chance Meeting On The Fijian Island Of Taveuni Is The Trigger For A Fascinating And Mysterious Novel That Intertwines The Stories Of John Spooke, An English Author Who Is Grieving For His Dead Wife Frank Andersen, A Norwegian Evolutionary Biologist Estranged From His Wife Vera And An Enigmatic Spanish Couple, Ana And Jose, Who Are Absorbed In Their Love For Each Other Why Does Ana Bear Such A Close Resemblance To The Model For Goya S Famous Maja Paintings What Is The Significance Of The Joker As He Steps Out Of His Pack Of Cards As The Action Moves From Fiji To Spain, From The Present To The Past, Unfolding Further Stories Within The Stories, The Novel Reveals An Astonishing Richness And Complexity As Bold And Imaginative In Its Sweep As Sophie S World, It Shows Again That Jostein Gaarder S Unique And Special Gift Is To Make Us Wonder At The Awe Inspiring Mystery Of The Universe Jostein Gaarder prepares a cake called Maya by mixing Indian Advaita Philosophy with Darwin s theory of Evolution and baking it in an oven at a temperature of intellectual stimulation After garnishing with a little bit of mystery, he tops it with some romance The cake is served in a shape of a very very long letter Unfortunately, the resultant is so unpalatable that even if you could enjoy the flavour, you don t really like the overall treat Especially when the chef had earlier given you Jostein Gaarder prepares a cake called Maya by mixing Indian Advaita Philosophy with Darwin s theory of Evolution and baking it in an oven at a temperature of intellectual stimulation After garnishing with a little bit of mystery, he tops it with some romance The cake is served in a shape of a very very long letter Unfortunately, the resultant is so unpalatable that even if you could enjoy the flavour, you don t really like the overall treat Especially when the chef had earlier given you Sophie s World , one of the best dishes you had ever had Loved these lines the best We bear and are borne by a soul we do not know When the riddle raises itself on two legs without being solved, it is our turn When the dream pinches its own arm without waking, it is us For we are the riddle no one guesses We are the fairy tale trapped in its own image We are that moves on and on without arriving at understanding This is the second novel I ve read by Gaarder As an admirer of philosophy, it s not as informative as Sophie s World, but they both manifest Gaarder as a wise writer This story speaks of love, loss, and meaning It touches on philosophy and evolution I like Gaarder s strong non religious philosophical faith in God which makes an atheist s stance looks ridiculous As he says, in terms of probability, nothingness would ve been farlikely, and I agree I also like the idea presented in the This is the second novel I ve read by Gaarder As an admirer of philosophy, it s not as informative as Sophie s World, but they both manifest Gaarder as a wise writer This story speaks of love, loss, and meaning It touches on philosophy and evolution I like Gaarder s strong non religious philosophical faith in God which makes an atheist s stance looks ridiculous As he says, in terms of probability, nothingness would ve been farlikely, and I agree I also like the idea presented in the story of purposeful evolution It was quite interesting Castle in the Pyrenees will be my next station with Gaarder 4 stars for Maya if it didn t have many long tedious details at some points Either I missed something deeply profound about this, or it really is just a hollow and unsatisfying piece of hand waving navel gazing drivel with something in it about a lizard.I suspect the latter. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here like every book by jostein gaarder one of my all time favorite authors , maya was beautiful and nostalgic it lectures about life and death in a way that seems poetic enough to deal with and absorb positively but i found myself, after having read so many jostein gaarder books, that this one did not flow with the ease and rhythmic passion the others have it felt rather long and droning i did not enjoy the endless conversations between frank and gordon the gecko, nor the exchanges between fr like every book by jostein gaarder one of my all time favorite authors , maya was beautiful and nostalgic it lectures about life and death in a way that seems poetic enough to deal with and absorb positively but i found myself, after having read so many jostein gaarder books, that this one did not flow with the ease and rhythmic passion the others have it felt rather long and droning i did not enjoy the endless conversations between frank and gordon the gecko, nor the exchanges between frank and jos , or frank and john in fact, john, the plotting matchmaking widower, who features prominently only at the beginning and at the end of the book, feltrelatable to me than frank, whom we follow through the entire book he was too defeated, and i hated how defeated i felt myself when i read about him, except maybe when he went into his interesting, although extensive, lectures about the big bang and the evolution of the species i think my favorite character was laura, the avid reader of lonely planet , because i don t know quite how to feel about her she s ambiguous to me, whereas all the other characters either unnerved me or mildly interested me.the part i enjoyed the most was when, after hearing so many dispersed quotes from the manifesto that reminded me so much of another gaarder book, the connection was finally revealed with the solitaire mystery , my absolute favorite book by jostein gaarder, and that alignment of the two stories made me immensely happy, although it wasn t a long lasting feeling but the manifesto itself felt too much like a copycat of the tiny book from the solitaire mystery , which revealed to hans thomas things about the past, present and future there were some very poetic instances throughout the book, and i ve found myself writing down some quotes which i found solemnly beautiful the ending was nice, albeit rather predictable, and it gave me a sensation of fulfillment, just not as strong and reverberating as previous jostein gaarder books maybe my expectations were too high, i needed this book to surpass my love for the solitaire mystery or sophy s world , but it didn t quite get there.but i ve found i quite like the name maya now, for all it s implications and meanings An incredibly poetic interpretation of what it means for us, as a species, to be alive in this very moment a very complex, sometimes surreal, tale summarizing what evolution has given us with, and how we have arrived at this point in the history of the planet, while at the same time showing us the circles that complete our lives as human beings. I m a fan of Jostein Gaarder That being said, that s one of the worst books that ever got to my hands.I just couldn t get through ten pages I never really got to the end and my ex who is also a big fan didn t either I remember some frogs and a boring beginning. This is really the first philosophy book I ve read, and I m not sure what to make of it, honestly The initial part of this book, in which the background hints that there is a bit of a mystery are given, to me had a little bit of a gothic mystery feel Everything seems normal on top, but underneath, there s something just not quite right It had me intrigued, and was enough of an intrigue to allow me to read through this book in the better part of a day and a half, despite some very deep intel This is really the first philosophy book I ve read, and I m not sure what to make of it, honestly The initial part of this book, in which the background hints that there is a bit of a mystery are given, to me had a little bit of a gothic mystery feel Everything seems normal on top, but underneath, there s something just not quite right It had me intrigued, and was enough of an intrigue to allow me to read through this book in the better part of a day and a half, despite some very deep intellectual and spiritual content I really did enjoy that content, which surprised me as I am not drawn to philosophy in general, so maybe my choice of the word despite above is wrong But that s how it feels I read quickly for the mystery, but not so quickly that I couldn t grasp and ponder the deeper stuff that the mystery was a part of I recognized a lot of my own thought processes and neuroses in this book, much to my surprise Concepts like whether we re really here at all, or if we re just part of a dream that we re not enlightened enough to wake from in order to recognize it for what it is Concepts like death, and not so much what becomes of the deceased after death, but what happens to the rest of existence after the death of the deceased I myself find it hard to contemplate that the world, existence as I know it, will continue on in the same way as it always has when I m gone Logically, this makes sense, but even as a little girl, I ve wondered how things would change if I no longer existed as part of the world Not if I had never existed, but if I was no longer there to see it Would my mother still be my mother as I know her Would my friends still be my friends as I ve known them Or would something shift and be different, but I wouldn t know because I m not there to see In a way, one would think that these thoughts should make me believe in a life after death, so that I can still look on the world and keep up with my friends and loved ones but I see this as two separate things If I was a religious person, perhaps I wouldn t have this fear, because I d have faith in something greater than myself But I m not religious, and this fear is not currently enough for me to be able to change this It s not a great enough fear that I need something to soothe it, if that something requires believing in what to me is improbable, if not impossible I m kind of rambling on, now, but I just wanted to talk about some of the things that this book made me think as I was reading it Another thing that kind of struck me about this book is that it seemed to be a kind of meeting of the minds between Evolutionary spirituality and Religious spirituality It struck me how we re products of millions and millions of years of selective evolution, but that there could be a creator out there who got the ball rolling and who is subtly making sure that things take a certain path to a wanted result Is that result us Or are we only a step in the path to an end result we can t even fathom yet Anyway So I mentioned before that this book started out with a feeling of a gothic mystery, but it quickly changed as the focus becameof the philosophical aspects, and then about 3 4 of the way through, it seemed to morph again into a kind of philosophical magical realism style Things then started to take a strange and unreal turn, and this is where I think I got a little lost I don t understand what happened at the end of the book, or how things came together I m happy with it, but I don t understand how it came about Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I m not sure if philosophy is really my thing Maya has a vivid vocabulary and an intriguing plot, but I found it kind of pretentious sometimes and confusing. I had high hopes with this one After all, Gaarder was the man who penned one of the modern classics that is Sophie s World And he didn t disappoint me Maya is definitely a worthy successor to the likes of Sophie s World and Vita Brevis Staying true to his calling, he takes us in a tour de force of hard philosophical questions that were difficult to imagine, let alone deliberate, by anyone alone This, I think, is where his greatest influence is supposed to be in his provocations where I had high hopes with this one After all, Gaarder was the man who penned one of the modern classics that is Sophie s World And he didn t disappoint me Maya is definitely a worthy successor to the likes of Sophie s World and Vita Brevis Staying true to his calling, he takes us in a tour de force of hard philosophical questions that were difficult to imagine, let alone deliberate, by anyone alone This, I think, is where his greatest influence is supposed to be in his provocations where one is forced to take a long, hard look at oneself and ponder why is he living at all Such incitements are necessary because by default, man always strive to fulfil, but not question, his needs.Focusingto the question of evolution and biology, Maya nevertheless feel a little bit constrained by the love story plot This did not become obvious, however, until the last 40 pages or so A savoring reader thus will not have any problems in immersing into Gaarder s typical mental discourses happening all over this book.Whatinteresting is his try to take on mystery thriller genre, however slight Granted, in the end the mystery was only used as a device to build the momentum towards climax but it s still intriguing for me that he adopt such an adventurous plan Not that it didn t work On the contrary, the execution was of such excellence that I was fooled into thinking that this is truly an enigmatic book in the same league as Eco Now that I had time to think about the issue, maybe it shouldn t be surprising at all I mean, a man who can construct a very exciting verbal scene full of anguish between his human character and a gecko will surely be able to keep us in his grip in one or two alternate methods.The epilogue, then, explains all Only then it became apparent that this is a first and foremost, a love story A very beautiful and profound love story, for that matter Yet, I can not help but think that this is also this book s weak point Had Gaarder beenflexible maybe letting go to the momentum and taking on the metaphysical thriller theme to the end will payIt almost feels like a hangover for me riding so high in the buildup, but then take a sharp although admittedly sweet drop in the end It then dictates a necessary evaluation of the question Should a literary work s end justify the means Finally, this book again exhibits Gaarder s ability as a storyteller Bearing that small complain in mind, I d still gladly recommend this one If you don t read this book with a critic s spectacle, then it s truly enjoyable to let yourself go, even swept by some of the finest dialogues I ve ever read in modern fiction.


About the Author: Jostein Gaarder

Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories, and children s books Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world He often uses meta fiction in his works, writing stories within stories.Gaarder was born into a pedagogical family His best known work is the novel Sophie s World, subtitled A Novel about the History of Philosophy This popular work has been translated into fifty three languages there are over thirty million copies in print, with three million copies sold in Germany alone.In 1997, he established the Sophie Prize together with his wife Siri Dannevig This prize is an international environment and development prize USD 100,000 77,000 , awarded annually It is named after the novel.


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