by Jean-Claude Koven
Category: Fiction / General
434 pages; ISBN: 0-97223954-8
Rating: 6/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Jeannine Van Eperen
Going Deeper is subtitled: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense. I put this under general fiction because we have no classification for metaphysicial writing.
Larry buys a mongrel dog who as a puppy survived a horrendous tornado. In fact Larry travels from California to Oklahoma to get this nondescript animal from a woman who advertised the dog in the “Help Wanted” pages. The animal turns out to be a faithful friend and companion to Larry. One day Larry and his dog, Zeus, are heading for Palm Springs when Larry hears this voice telling him to go to Joshua Tree Monument. There is no one else in the car, but Larry keeps hearing this voice and he follows the voice’s directions. At Joshua Tree Monument, Larry discovers that his dog, Zeus, is talking to him. Larry also meets other beings (spirits?) who appear in various forms: trees, raccoons and a Council of Nine, who are not, as I recall, in human or animal form. From these various beings and/or spirits, he learns more of himself, more of consciousness, ecology, channeling, wanderers who are beings from other worlds, discusses the time/space theories and so on.
Jean-Claude takes on a real challenge with this to present his ideas in novel form. I believe he would have done better to make his work non-fiction, but many people will think his ideas fictional or unreal, so that is probably why he decided to resort to a fictional facade. The author includes a glossary to explain Akashic records, chakra, Great Cosmic Triangle, as well as some Yiddish words. The story doesn’t work for me. Mr. Koven writes well and has a good sense of humor that comes through in his writing. If the reader is interested in metaphysics, he’ll find a lot of theories expounded and will find Mr. Koven’s work fascinating, but I don’t think the average novel reader will. I found some of the book interesting, but as I said earlier, it doesn’t quite work as a novel.
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