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Strange Life Of Ivan Osokin

If one is a reader there are many books in one’s lifetime which have an impact on one’s psyche, which have the power to change one’s thinking. One such book for me was Strange Life Of Ivan Osokin by Peter Demianovich Ouspensky, a Russian writer, mathematician and philosopher.

He had been a pupil of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, a spiritual teacher whose “Fourth Way” or “the method” concerned itself with overcoming the “waking sleep” he claimed limited our lives and potential, and his ideas made a very big impression on the first part of the 20th century.

Anyway, Ivan regrets the mistakes he’s made in his life, having clutzed everything up pretty significantly, and has an opportunity to live his life all over again. As he remembers the errors of his past and tries to correct them he finds he’s bound by a power to do nothing but what he did the first time round, despite all his efforts to do things differently.

I can’t adequately explain the spell this book casts on one, but only know it has had the same effect on others. I fear it’s very difficult to get now, but discovered a site where one may download it gratis. I thoroughly recommend that you do…



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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

I learned from a very early age that I could escape into books, which was just as well, since I had a childhood marked by trauma and misery. One of my favourite books was Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs, English born who moved as a young child with her family to Australia. Her charming drawings, inspired by her fascination with the Australian flora and fauna, captured my imagination and transported me to another world where I myself could be a bush baby and lose my connection for a while with the stark realities of my life.

My first copy looked a little like this…

And there were others like these…

Later, colour copies could be had like these…

Many of the drawings had no colour, but some pages were colour plates.


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