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Despite the fact that there are many books in the market right now and that most of them present similar arguments, “Time and The Rose Garden: Encountering The Magical In The Life And Works Of J.B. Priestley” by Anthony Peake, has something original to offer as far as I can see: a complete analysis on how scientific theories prove precognition by dreams.
J.B. Priestley, or simply Jack, as the author refers to him in the book, was was an English novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator and broadcaster whose work was heavily based on Time theories, ideas and mysticism that could prove we are all connected and so are able to predict events from the future with accurate precision.
Priestley listed many times in his life when his dreams literally came true, and many sent him letters about the same matter. Peake reviews all of this material, including Priestley’s extensive bibliography, giving the reader an entire view on the work of this mind so ahead of the period it lived in.
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Several of the plays written by this Englishman were a vehicle to educate the public about the interesting ideas he had in mind, although I must admit that if I had difficulties trying to understand some of the points and to keep on track with everything that Peake explained, I can only imagine how it would have been in Priestley’s time.
It is because of the so many ideas and references that have to be explained that the reading becomes totally heavy. Time and The Rose Garden does a good job documenting and showing, but fails at making it appealing to the reader, as I almost gave up on the book if not for will power.
Before anyone gets me wrong, Anthony Peake did the right thing and has an incredible plume, his style tries to be as simple as it can be expected for an academic and scientific work, but it’s just not enough to make it more interesting for the general audience. Readers need to be used to this kind of style and content in order to enjoy it at the fullest.
Even with this, I would like to know more about J.B. Priestley and some of his plays, the book certainly made me feel more curious about his ideas and proposals, so underrated when he lived but now pretty possible. More than once I found myself nodding in agreement with what I was reading.
The different theories and analysis done on Priestley’s work seem to be a tide of never ending possibilities and continual debate, something I would like to be part of, and I also have to admit that Anthony Peake gave what could be classified as the simplest of introductions to such a topic as Time is. I can see where this all was going and will never see timelines the same way as I used to do. There’s a point of no return when you understand what this book i about.
I might be eager to read something else, simpler if possible, coming from this author, although I’m not into closing the door for something different from what I feel comfortable with. If life is all about risks, then we should embrace the challenge it means to read Time and The Rose Garden.
Print Length: 264 pages
Publisher: O Books (January 26, 2018)
Expected Publication Date: January 26, 2018
About the author:
Anthony Peake, a writer and speaker, was born in Merseyside. His work has been translated into many languages including French, Russian and Spanish. In October 2015, Anthony was the keynote speaker at the annual J.B. Priestley Society lecture event at Queen Mary University in London. He is a member of the Society for Psychical Research, The Scientific and Medical Network and the J.B. Priestley Society. He lives in West Sussex, UK.
About the reviewer:
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy that tries to educate whenever he cans. Hopefully, someday he will succeed in one of them.