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14 March, 2004

Celestial torment

Allah is indeed merciful. Just an hour after reluctantly confirming a business meeting in Bahrain, an invitation arrives for the same date to a book discussion of the latest abomination from the Celestine series. A series whose vastly unworthy success is testament only to the utter idiocy of modern man. No words put it better than this review by Kenneth Moyle:

As I trudged my way though the arid, jargon-mined desert that is Redfield's novel, buffetted by barrage upon barrage of brutally prosaic, 80's self-help clich├ęs, wincing at the glare of the shiny, shifting, new-age platitudes, I couldn't help but ask myself time and again: What in God's name do people see in this banal, grating screed?

But it appears that God this time has saved at least one soul from torment. Never before will the arid concrete wastes of Manama appear so welcoming and desirable.


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