The Merlin Factor: Comments.

crow
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Joined: 1:32 AM - May 04, 2014

5:35 AM - Dec 18, 2015 #1

That was a lot of work!
Needed doing though. I'd forgotten the book even existed. Maybe it didn't.
But it does now.

If you read the thing, and you have my admiration if you did, you may comment here, as you wish.
Thank you.
"Squawk!" said the crow, and then made space.
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Water
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Joined: 2:01 AM - Jan 29, 2016

12:34 AM - Mar 21, 2016 #2

Here is a kind of review of The Merlin Factor. I couldn't figure out a good way of writing and structuring it so I just wrote it out how I would speak it.

It's a book, it's a book. what a interesting book.

What stands out about the writing is its uhh, authenticity. It took a while to realise, it seems flowery, but it isn't, it seems excessive but it isn't. It's strange to read a fiction* that is so 'real'. Many authors write in cool snazzy lines, fist pumps and explosions all round, but this is simpler and generously more complex. No pretense, just honesty.

*May not be fiction.

The book lopes along with a quality that I couldn't quite pinpoint til the end of it; mystery. It is by turns poignant, exciting and emotional, but above all it conveys a appreciation for the mysterious. It is different from regular fiction, it is communicating something else. Much of the story seems to parallel what Crow has told of his past and so it seems that the book may be a retelling of his experience in the Sonoran desert, a metaphor maybe a analogy, or maybe it really happened, I don't know and I don't think it matters. There is more going on in the story than what the story appears to be about. The effect more important than the cause.

I finished reading it and thought 'hmm thats it?', and then a day later thoughts started bubbling up, joining the dots, interconnectedness became apparent, symbolism etc. It was kind of like reading the Tao Te Ching, at first it doesn't really seem like much at all, but it grows.

I enjoyed reading the Merlin Factor, and intend to read it again at some point, maybe after formatting it for my kindle :-)

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Correlation, Jacques dies in France in the same way Johnny dies in England, shot through the chest.

Symbolism, when Johnny dies he breathes flames out through his mouth, breath meditation?

Symbolism, Johnny insists Jacques' dory is abandoned to the ocean. Abandons the vessel/flesh, detachment.

Animal totem, whales. Jacques on recognizing a specific whale; "I can never tell the things apart." :-)
Michael pulls parasites from the whales eye, gaining insight/vision.

Marion and bondage fetish. Very sweetly written, I have no experience/understanding with this sort of thing but the way it was written cuts through all that. It's in the book for a reason, probably some variation of the themes explored with Marion could be applied to every mans psychosexual development. At first it was strange but it becomes, uhh, I'm not sure what, something more.

The last chapter was very moving, the love between Johnny and Daphne seems so very authentic, had me thinking about my girlfriend, almost made me cry.


Gripes/STFU:
Danger Dan would be in his seventies when he's captain of the passenger liner at the end of the novel. Why are women still attracted to him and having sex with him?

Character naming: are David and Michael different people? Are Marie and Daphne different people?
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crow
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1:45 AM - Jun 03, 2018 #3

After completing my latest re-rad, I find I have this observation to make:
This is intense, uncomfortable stuff, encouraging a state close to emotional breakdown, which is, when you consider it, a head start to arriving in the sort of state necessary to begin to grasp the content of the rest of this site.
Not to say it's 'bad'. It isn't. Although, were I to write it again, it would most likely turn out considerably differently. Less emotional, less considerate of attempting to entertain (and shock).
It doesn't run smoothly, and is not an 'easy-read'. You need an ability to join dots, and jump around a lot. But it sure says a lot, and says it powerfully.

Most interesting of all, at least to me, is that it was written pre-enlightenment, yet manages to posit ideas that later turned out to be not ideas at all, but Reality, told in compelling story-form.

I knew, already, a lot of what I later discovered to be true, without realizing I knew any of it, and that to me, it was simply unusual and risque fiction.

Water was right! It's not fiction at all. It is fantastic, while not being entirely fantasy. Much of it is my own life experience, and the rest, well, may also be, although not necessarily of this current life.

Read it if you can, and if you dare :)



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