Twitter review – With great expectations comes great disappointment.
First things first – the book is already a blockbuster seller. That relieves me from the sin of jeopardizing a newbie author. It also means the author can pull a Rhett Butler snarl upon my opinions.
So why am I reviewing it? B’cos a blog post is long overdue in my schedule 🙂
Premise– A blonde laboratory technician cum swimwear model Catherine (ahem!) is depressed. She is plagued by childhood demons, ongoing nightmares and an abusive married boyfriend. She turns up for hypnotherapy at Dr Weiss’s clinic and discovers a chain of prior births.
Catherine taps into 86 prior births in lurid detail, speaks foreign languages fluently for brief spans, finds past relatives reborn as current colleagues and generally re-falls in love with life instead of nitpicking over its brief grief.
The novelty of the first 20 pages wanes rapidly as the process gets repetitive. Dr Weiss demonstrates more hand clapping and chest thumping than a sombre scientific approach.
To an Indian bred on the ‘immortal soul, mortal body‘ principle of Sankhya yoga (Bhagavad Gita), reincarnation concept is not a novelty. I was eager for the ‘scientific verification’. Sadly, the content wasn’t medical, it wasn’t research and the only ‘proof’ was all hearsay. Here are my points –
1] Catherine herself changed physically across births – from her coloring to her gender to her professions ranging from maid, sailor, airline pilote etc. Yet she recognized many current people (best friend, boyfriend, doctor colleague, niece) with zero hesitation from past life.
How exactly did she recognize them? Did they physically look the same? Did they possess some distinct characteristic across births? Did they display genetic trends, tics, birthmarks or anything at all? The researcher hypnotherapist doesn’t even bother to ask once.
2] Dr Weiss’s only witness for the hypnotherapy is his wife, who is permitted to attend a few sessions. Hello! Whatever happened to patient confidentiality?
3] Twice, Catherine claims that her medical colleague used to be her father in 2 lives. Dr.Weiss doesn’t even remotely bother to conduct any genetic tests.
4] How did the doctor rule out fabrication of facts by his patient?
Any decent actress with a smooth tongue could have ‘Cut’ segments from her life and ‘paste’d them into her hypno sessions.
5] In every life, Dr. Weiss hurried his patient to her death rather than linger on her experiences. Time and again, we are subjected to ‘a mysterious white light at the end of a narrow tunnel’, ‘a vision of herself dead as her soul floats up’ and ‘a peaceful angelic heaven where Catherine’s past relatives surround her’.
6] Dr. Weiss cannot resist the urge to do an Alfred Hitchcock. He gives himself a starring role in one of Catherine’s incarnation – as a wise old genteel teacher. Hmm…
Even a fiction novelist doesn’t leave so many loopholes in their storyline. Even fictional characters get better alibis to bolster their lies. Maybe … that itself is the only proof that this is a true story rather than fictional. 🙂
#Many Lies #Many mistakes.
P.S – Thankful that I borrowed a library copy than purchase a copy.
So, do you believe in reincarnation? Had a near-death experience? Played with black magic? Trashed an author lately?