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The Prince and the Singularity - A Circular Tale (English Edition) di [Barrento, Pedro]
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Sinossi

This is the story of the Prince aka the Master aka Francis, who is more or less immortal and goes through the millennia fighting Desire and Rejection, the roots of all unhappiness and evil. He always fails until the moment he loses interest and decides to die, which he doesn’t. Instead he is promoted.

The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale proposes a fictitious Creation Myth, whisking the readers away on a thought-provoking rollercoaster ride of a story that will make them question as never before what they truly believe about the nature of existence. At once funny and controversial, it can be viewed as a heretical twist on established religious teachings or as a sweet and sensitive depiction of the ascension of a Bodhisattva or as. . . well, it’s up to whoever is reading it, really.

You will get out of this story exactly what you put into it. Love it or hate it, though, you will not be able to remain indifferent to the message of this funny, touching, thought-provoking book.

L'autore

Pedro Barrento was born in Mozambique in 1961. He has written two books: The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale and Marlene and Sofia – A Double Love Story.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 163
  • Editore: Pedro Barrento; 1.9 edizione (19 gennaio 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00B3B3QNS
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5.0 su 5 stelle Something different, this way comes... 16 dicembre 2014
Di AngryGnome - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The Prince is not a book for those with a strong belief in mainstream Theology. Although it does draw from many theologies, philosophies, and beliefs, it is, at heart, a fantastical tale intended to provide an alternative view of the meaning of life.

I say that it is fantastical, but it is not Fantasy. Rather, it is a book that concerns itself with Metaphysical concepts and ideas, such as the origins of the Universe, our role within it, the circle of life, and the Eternal Return; the idea that the Universe exists in an endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

As the title suggests, it is indeed a circular tale.

Its writing is deceptively simple, hiding complex ideas in plain sight, in plain language.

We follow the Prince as he struggles to master his baser drives, in order to become enlightened. Many lessons are learned, and many failures experienced.

In fact, the Prince changes to such a degree that we meet him in different guises, with different names, in various parts of the book. But always his central motivation is towards leading a moral and good life, and helping others do the same. He is not Everyman, rather he is a noble spirit, tainted by the realities of life.

The plot is secondary to the underlying message that is explored in the experiences of the protagonist, and it is his mental and spiritual journey that is the true story.

Perhaps The Prince and the Singularity is best described as an allegory: a philosphical musing on the meaning and meaningless of life.

I do not think that you will find all the answers here, since a central tenet of the book is that there really are no answers.

Reality just...is.

Recommended...
4.0 su 5 stelle A Quick and Pleasant Read for Anyone Looking for a New and Different Literary Novel 22 gennaio 2015
Di Lacey - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
“The Prince and the Singularity” attempts to answer the questions storytellers have been trying to tackle since the first story was told around a campfire in the dead of a dark and wild prehistoric night. “Why are we here? What is our purpose in life? And, why do human beings sometimes act in such terrible and selfish ways towards one another? “The Prince and the Singularity” is an entertaining and well written twist on a story we all know– or at least think we know.It is an origin story. It is the story of humanity’s demise. It is the story of a single man and his attempt to fix what has gone wrong in the world, but, it is also the story of all humanity together. “The Prince and the Singularity” is like so many timeless tales you have been told over and over, and yet at the same time, it is completely new.

Confused yet? You are just getting started. What else can you expect from a story that bills itself as a circular tale? Circular it may be, but you must start at the beginning. This is not like Catch 22 where you can begin anywhere and come back around to the beginning. This story goes around and around, but is built on with each loop.

It all starts with a game of Gods. One bet on the table– One gamble lost– The universe is born. Shenanigans happen as the game goes on, and suddenly Desire and Rejection, the roots of all evil, are released on the unwitting and innocent human race. Our hero, the Prince / the Master / Francis is the only one who can defend against the havoc the Gods have brought to Earth, but the challenge proves more difficult than he expected. Again and again he tries change the world and outwit the gods without success, but what happens when he finally succeeds?

To tell his story, author Pedro Barrento, pulls in elements of many origin stories and religious mythologies and pounds them out like clay shaping them into different, some might say heretical, forms. Was Mary Magdalene a reverent devotee, or a devious and power hungry trickster, hell bent on revenge and revolution? Lovers of mythology will easily be able to follow the threads of the classics and enjoy the different patterns Barrento is able to create. The fable-esque feel is reinforced by a strong third person narrator who tells the story in a style reminiscent of oral traditions.

While “The Prince and the Singularity” is mostly light hearted, it is not light handed. The author has a message, and it is strongly, and sometimes overtly indicated in the text. There are moments when the soap box comes out and philosophical words fill the pages more than story. Those who are familiar with Buddhist teachings will find elements of the middle path scattered throughout the text, as well as other tidbits about the evils of our world and how to interact with our fellow human beings.

This is a quick and pleasant read recommended for anyone looking for a new and different literary novel, as well as fans of light science fiction and fantasy.
5.0 su 5 stelle Need something to read? 26 giugno 2013
Di Just some guy - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Pedro Barrento has created wonderful and witty tail based on the story of creation. Drawing from both Eastern and Western belief systems he has managed to weave a story that is as simple and easy to read as it is profound and thought provoking.

I make no guarantees that this book will change your life or your outlook on life or what you believe is beyond this life but it will challenge you consider all three from a different prospective. Using humor and satire, Barrento has effectively and enjoyably approached the significance of existence, stripped it bare and laid it out for any and all to see, comprehend and come to their own conclusions.

If you are looking for a humorous book to read, then give it a chance.
If you are looking for something light and fun to read, then give it a chance.
If you are looking for something thought provoking to read, then give it a chance.
If you are just looking for something to read and you are not sure what the hell you want to read, but want to read something but haven’t found anything to read then spend the $2 for the electronic copy or the $8 for the physical copy and read it while you are trying to figure out what you want to read… don’t let this little gem pass you by.
5.0 su 5 stelle A book worth thinking about. 1 maggio 2013
Di David Welch - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
"The Prince and the Singularity - A Circular Tale" is an amusing take on the Creation myth, drawing from different religious and philosophical sources and mixing them in an original, challenging and often very funny way. It is written in a multi-layered format, allowing it to be read both as a simple and entertaining fable and as a deeply philosophical work, full of hidden references and satire.
It's the story of the Prince aka the Master aka Francis, who is more or less immortal and goes through the millennia fighting Desire and Rejection, the roots of all unhappiness and evil. He always fails until the moment he loses interest and decides to die, which he doesn't. Instead he gets promoted.
In a way the book is similar to the American movie "Groundhog Day" in that it relives adventures over and over but instead of being trivial and silly it is thought provoking and meaningful. So, if you are looking for some entertaining yet thought provoking reading be sure and give this one a read.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Talk about "reset"! 24 settembre 2014
Di Patricia Kenworthy - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Yes, this story is indeed a circle!
Things do happen in cycles and this author took that to an extreme and gave a very interesting concept of God and gods.
It did get repetitive, but I guess that's the point.
I think the best part was from THE END, which was not the end, so I can't say I liked the end, but I did like the end!
That last 5% was a really good wrap up!
I really like the philosophy that, "Reality is neither good nor bad. Reality just is."

PS "Creationists" would really hate this book, so if you're of that mindset, don't read it.
However, if you're open minded and like a little imagination, give it a try!
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