| Tikitian Imprints is an autobiography of Man. It is about the real reasons for what humans feel, think and do rather than the good reasons that they give to others and even to themselves sometimes. Its central theme is that humans, regardless of the time they existed and the place where they lived, basically remain the same person with the same worries and fears and the same set of inner conflicts and achieved compromises.
Tikitian Imprints traces back and grabs, through the life story of our grand grandparents, a couple that lived thousands of years ago in Tikita, the origins of how we, modern humans, think, feel and act.
It traces back the origins of human competition, struggle, envy, hypocrisy, love for exploration and knowledge and also the origins of social norms and codes of conduct. It goes back to the day the first human decided to work, not to obtain food and shelter, but to achieve social recognition and to acquire a peculiar type of safety that we, modern humans today, call self-esteem.
Also, it traces back how the index of what is ideal look and ideal action and behavior for men and women was formulated, how jealousy and possessiveness that mark man-woman relationships operate. Lastly, it traces back the early human sketches of the concept of a religion and of a Creator, the early stimulations of the innate human receptors for a Godly message and the paradoxical failure of many humans to live and act according to their faith in God after His message is at last delivered to them by His prophets.
Tikitian Imprints has many reviews (posted here on the author’s website in addition to 4 amazon reviews). It was displayed at the London Book Fair in Earl’s Hall, April 14th-16th, 2008
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|Tikitian imprints is a story about origins. It’s the story of Habi and Sheeba in which we are transported thousands of years back in time to the Kenyan Tikitian valley accompany the very start of societal human existence on earth at a time when it had not yet been masked by the heaps of denials and defense mechanisms that modern humans so liberally shelter today. It’s a story about real reasons, real reasons that lie behind the good reasons that we give to others, and more importantly, to ourselves for what we think, what we say and what we do.
Do you ever wonder why…
…intimate friends can still feel envious of each other sometimes? Is it fair to blame anyone for how he/she feels after all?
…a male has more of a natural tendency to flirt while a female has more of a natural tendency to be a one-man-woman?
…people spend a lot of time smiling and complimenting each other which is not all genuine, yet still so universally required and expected?
Do you think…
…lovers give unconditionally or they only give with the expectation of the love and care that they get or will get in return?
…friends talk to each other to send and receive information or mostly to listen to themselves talk, knowing that someone who identifies with their chaotic head doings is listening?
Throughout our exciting psyche-exploring journey with Habi and Sheeba, we come to face many personal self-discoveries of our own. There are discoveries that you will want to deny, discoveries that will make you cry and discoveries that will make you laugh. Your discoveries will make an imprint on your life forever.
|Excerpts from Tikitian Imprints|
|F r o m C h a p t e r 1 0
A W a y O u t o f t h e D a r k n e s s
Habi, on the other hand, had the belief that there was probably only one certain and accurate reality for the nature of everything. There was probably only one pure white, not two, not three. But the poor humans, they were so bounded by such high walls erected by their finite capabilities. They were kept back. They were kept back all together. They were not clear enough at vision or sharp enough at perception to attain any absoluteness in knowledge. Their eyes were not constructed to perceive pure white so they lived in shades of gray, in so many shades of gray, in as many shades as there were humans. He believed it was such a tough reality to be so uncertain and so unsure in such a certain and sharply constructed universe. It would have been even tougher if humans were to be left to struggle in this world, with all their uncertainties, each one surviving singly with his tremulous head doings on his own. There had to be a way to buffer such loneliness that would have compounded and added to the messiness of a life filled with uncertainties. And indeed humans, together, found that way. Humans, together, buffered the dimness of the gray. They buffered it by holding hands, by sitting close and very beside each other. They sat close enough to offer and receive condolences for a universal common destiny of irremediable ignorance and confusion. Yes, restless and helpless, humans succumbed to gossip, to a lot of gossip. They survived mumbling to each other so many personal views, opinions and theories about their universe the way their eyes perceived it. They sometimes even forgot what they set out pursuing and got themselves more involved in hearing themselves talk to each other to feel that they still managed, they still managed to survive in spite of all those loads of uncertainty that they were destined to carry on their backs.
And uncertain Habi, like any other human, felt the same universal pressing need to hold hands. He held hands with other humans who, too, were no less confused that he was. Indeed, in time, Habi had friends. Some of them were close and intimate enough…
…We are all lost on the same black island together and it is a blessing to hold hands, it is a blessing to each single one of us to hold hands with other humans. It is a blessing to talk to each other, to walk with each other, to sing with each other “Way out of the darkness” songs:
Can you see?
Can you see anything?
What can you see?
Do you know a way out?
I know you wander a lot like me
I will tell you the way I see it
And you tell me the way you think it should be
In all cases never stop, always talk
I will always talk to you
And you always talk to me.
|F r o m C h a p t e r 1 3
T h e C h i l d T h a t i s N o t B o r n
Watuna smiled and proceeded “Imagine you’ve been walking on your feet for many days on a vast desert thirsty looking for some water to drink. So many times, and especially amidst the burning suns of mid-days, your eyes could spot water at a distance. Feeling lucky at last, you hurriedly walked in the direction of the water. So many times, you rushed to the water. In the end, and in each time, you found no water. You were only walking to an illusion, an illusion that the hot weather had been faking to your vulnerable eyes. You grow desperate especially when you know that also not many of the others who had gone on such desert trips have stumbled on any waters. But you still kept walking and on looking around. Imagine, in the end, and after so many dry days and on some lucky day, you stumble on a well with abundant water. You couldn’t believe it at first. But it was true. It was a well, a mine of abundant water. It was what you’ve been looking for and what you were growing hopeless you would find. You settle there beside that well. You live there beside that well. Imagine that some day, that well that had once been pumping in your life all that abundant flow of water was starting to dry out and to give out much less water. What would you do?” asked Watuna.
Habi starting to think and reply at the same time “I would…”
“No wait.” Watuna interrupted. “Don’t answer. Close your eyes. Take some time imagining first and then tell me. Remember the well has not ceased to give out water yet. It is only giving lessening amounts of water.”
Habi, closes his eyes and after a pause, “I think I would wait till there was no more water. I would wait till I was sure there was no more hope in any more water coming again out of that well. Then I would set out walking again in that desert and searching again for another well.”
“So you would not choose to leave in search for another well when there was still some water, less though but at least still there.”
“By no means I would not” said Habi, “you do not stumble on a well everyday in a desert like that.”
Watuna, in a victorious tone, “So you choose to do like Roola then. You choose to wait till the very end, till there was no more hope.”
“So Atila is the well?” asked Habi as he got what Watuna was after.
“Yes, Atila is the well. His care is the flowing waters that are lessening and the waiting till the waters stopped completely is the hope that Roola has that it might still not be all over after all, that he might still come back to pump his care to her life again. The feeling she had in his arms was so special, it would take her a lot of time and effort to believe she would no longer have it again. The day she loses the hope will be the day she leaves out to look for another well, the day she stops making her declarations of still loving him and waiting for him. She will look for being cared for somewhere else.”
“So still, after all, we will always be pursuing the care we get in the end” said Habi who had hoped for a break from Watuna’s calculations.
“That’s what we were made to be dedicated to” replied Watuna “If it is a relationship that will start, then it is the anticipation of the care you might start to get. If it is a relationship that is already there, it is the care you are actually getting. If it is a relationship that is fading out, it is the hope that you might come to get the care again in case it is not totally over.”
“But tell me Watuna. Do you think the conditional care is the dictum that rules all lovers? Do you think there could be any absoluteness at least at a very rare level? I have been discussing that with Auna. I would like to know what you think. Do you believe that something like absolute care or absolute love or whatever you call it exists?”
“Those who believe in that absoluteness of love are only in love with the idea itself. But truly, life is so practical even when it comes to the most emotional issues in our lives. If you love with that ‘absoluteness’ thinking that your love was a one way caring business, why do you rage with all that jealousy when you have fears that you might be deserted by your lover for someone else? You shouldn’t be even upset. If you only cared, if you only gave, then you should have been relaxed and relieved at the thought of being deserted. You will no longer have to actively give and care. You would be given a break and at the same time your lover will be happy with someone else. You should be happy for her too. But it is the care that you receive and that you are threatened of losing that you rage for. The notion frightens you. Amidst your rage and furiousness, alleging or declaring to your woman that you love her is one brilliant way out that you find. You bribe her with a note that you care for her in a quest for her assurances that she will still stay to care for you.”
“Well, as much as I still dislike it,” said Habi, “I still cannot disagree. I do believe there’s a lot of it that holds true. But somehow believing in it …. I think I’d rather stick to the decency codes more.”
|F r o m C h a p t e r 1 5
T h e R e l e a s e
Interests always blur the rules that humans set when times come for action. Interests make every human law turn redundant and saggy. It is the thinking brain that made all that. It is the thinking brain that can do all that and more if left, if left to make it on its own, if left unchecked by the supervision of a Godly Manual and its holy instructions. Yes, the Earthly Manual had to be sent, the Godly message had to be delivered. It had to be delivered to supervise human lives in their earthly phase, to help the smart thinkers in their pursuit and levitation to a better existence and to save the dull ones from their destructive selves. Only through the Earthly Manual can humans come to know their universe had a powerful and able creator. They can know the creator loves them. They can know they were chosen to be delivered to that planet. They can know the neatest ways of how to healthily live on that planet and optimally operate and safely manipulate its diverse furniture of forests, mountains, deserts, islands and waters with their numerous and diverse animal and plant inhabitants. They can know there is a deep meaning for their lives and their existence than they thought. They can know there is wisdom, eternal wisdom, beyond all the earthly events and happenings that they might never, with their limited minds, capture. They can know the creation of that universe was meant to be. But most important of all, the message came to tell everybody about the true essence of the mysterious cave. Indeed, it came to change people’s lives. It came to put everything in a more correct place. It came to rectify the intentions and to fine-tune the reasons for human endeavors and struggles. It came to prescribe the treatments for our bodies, our bodies that were infected with so many needs and hence with so many fears. It came to prescribe the treatment that would release humans’ souls from their bodies, from their Tikitian imprints, the Tikitian imprints that had been reigning for so long and with such concreteness and practicality, the Tikitian imprints that, though had forced humans to wisely compromise and to harmonize together yet, still, could not penetrate beyond the mystery of the cold dark caves. The message came to tie humans’ earthly lives to other probably better lives that lay beyond the cold dark cave, to other lives where there was no more corruption with so many needs. Yes, the message came with the transformation: the cold dark cave is not so cold and is not so dark in the end. It can be a better place. It is not the end. It is the real start. It is a place where you can make up for the flaws of the Tikitian justice.
|Reviews of Tikitian Imprints|
|R e v i e w b y H u g h F o x
Eleishi’s Tikitian Imprints is fiction that reads like a blend of the Maya Popul Vuh, Freud and St. Paul to the Corinthians: “Being limited at accurate perception, humans were thus limited at sure knowledge and being limited at knowledge they were thus limited at wisdom….They could not even understand the reasons why they were brought to that planet in the first place. They needed the Manual. They could not do it without the Manual, the Manual of the earth.” (p.158).
There is a plot, Habi and Sheeba transported back to the Kenyan Tikitian valley in Africa to see how man first started his existence on Planet Earth, but plot is nicely submerged in vision, and the book emerges as a classic overview of human limitations faced with the immense reality of the world that surrounds him. I could see it become a kind of new bible for a whole new humanistic religion.
|R e v i e w b y D r. R a s h a d B a r s o u m
It took me a single weekend to finish reading this fascinating book, and also to realize that its “end” is only the beginning of endless echoes that vibrated my thinking, imagination and emotions.
The author, Dr. Hatem Eleishi, has been my student in Kasr El-Aini Medical School, indeed one of the most brilliant. Beyond scholarly distinction and professional outstanding, Hatem has always been a great thinker, dreamer and liberal analyzer, which eventually added to his teaching an extremely attractive flavor and irresistible charisma.
Over the span from creation to eternity, Hatem has put his very special perception of the evolution of human behavior from “default” to “customization” in order to adapt to the bylaws of civilization. In a monograph of only 168 pages, he intelligently describes the seamless process of transformation from loneliness and self protectiveness of the human prototypes Habi and Sheeba, living in a primitive valley, Tikitia, through the complex constraints and compromises required for mingling into a comprehensive community of phenotypic similars albeit being genetically, intellectually and socially different.
He puts all this in a story that combines action, drama, thrilling and intellectual entertainment of practical philosophical concepts in elegance and style.
It gives me a real pride to see this work so well put together by a physician, particularly being one of my admirable students.
|R e v i e w b y B o o k r e v i e w . c o m
In this thoughtful, if didactic treatise TikitianImprints, author Hatem H. Eleishi contemplates the human struggle between our innate impulses and the behavioral codes of human society, focusing on the moral implications of that struggle, and the real reasons why we behave in the ways we do. Central to his purpose is the desire to demonstrate to the reader that much of our ostensibly positive social behavior is based on compromises, a set of “give and take” social contracts, not pure moral purposes. In pursuit of these goals, Mr. Eleishi explores the turbulent feelings behind friendship, jealousy, social contracts, sex, and beyond sex–the relationships between men and women in society, and the responsibilities of each.
To convey these lessons, the author employs a series of short portraits of individuals tormented by the internal conflicts between their innate inner feelings and societal demands, and the need to strike a moral balance in a confusing universe. Ultimately he focuses on a fable-like tale of a man who is miraculously (and perhaps mistakenly) placed, in Tikita, an area of ancient eastern Africa by an angel called Halabai. This man, Habi, is fully grown when he arrives on the planet, but he has no memory and his experience is a blank slate. He leads a primitive, Adam-like existence in this African landscape (complete with an Eve-like counterpart, Sheeba), until his valley is invaded by members of a sophisticated and numerous society, the Hikandans.
Eventually Habi and Sheeba join the newly encountered Hikandans and make the difficult transition from their original isolated Eden into the socially complex if still primitive society of the Hikandans. In the process, the narrative begins to shift from an illustrative Eden-like fable to a series of Socratic dialogs (a little like those of Plato’s Republic) in which some of Habi’s Hikandan male friends serve as mentors, delivering complex answers to his questions about his inner feelings, the ramifications of those feelings, the behaviors they produce in his relationships with others, and the reasons for them as defined by nature and, ultimately, the creator.
Although Tikitian Imprints addresses many subjects that have been explored for centuries by a host of writers, prophets and philosophers, Eleishi’s particular focus is a quest to discover the moral truths that lie beneath the surface of “good” human behavior and make them transparent to the reader, revealing the compromises within. As Habi’s mentor Auna observes: “To be pure is to recognize our impurities.” Mr. Eleishi believes that achieving this understanding is vital if we are to come to terms with our mortality, ensure the future our children will inhabit, and understand the bounty of our creator. The author is aware that initially, not everyone will appreciate his point of view. Read more…
|Date: Sun, May 18, 2008 7:03 am
Subject: Your novel
From: Y Barlow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Dr. Eleishi,
We met briefly at the London Book Fair and talked of your novel. I am a former journalist, who recently set up a publishing company. You kindly gave me a copy of your book, and I promised to read it while travelling the Trans-Mongolian Railway.
I have to say, the theme is interesting – probably similar to that of Paul Coelho, who is immensely popular. His stories are simple and seem to provide readers with a sense of hope. I feel your novel would appeal to both men and women – Coelho’s readers are mainly female.
However, I do believe the novel needs work. At times it is as though you are trying too hard to put your point across and this results in a wordiness that gets in the way of the story. This is not as dreadful as it sounds. Often it is about having confidence in few words rather than many.
It is good to have distance from our work and see the words with fresh eyes. I would suggest that, after a long break from reading the novel, you read it with fresh eyes – perhaps, while holding a pencil so that you can instantly score out unneccessary text.
It is worth re-writing this novel – and perhaps even reading some Coelho. It’s about the simplicity of the sentence structures – as they reflect the basic, simplicity of the message.
Also, please think about ‘showing’ rather than ‘telling’. This is an old fiction-writing adage that you use well in some scenes. It works to draw readers into a story more successfully.
I hope this feedback is helpful, and I do hope you continue to work on the novel.
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|August 21, 2007
Tikitian Imprints was a thought-provoking combination of insight, sensuality and an over-all great read — a physical journey back in time — and a psychological journey into the backs of our minds, revealing the “real” reasons vs “good” reasons we often do what we do. Brilliant!! I don’t, however, recommend giving your copy to a friend… you’ll want to read it again.
Originally posted on amazon.com
|A u g u s t 1 0 , 2 0 0 7
A m u s t r e a d . . .
Although the title sounded little odd, the book itself is so rooted in our daily lives, it is a reflection of our journey of self discovery. It is an easy read with a lot of in depth analysis of our complex human behaviour. I totally enjoyed reading it, and highly recommned it for any curious soul….
Ehab A. Elgabry
Cleveland , USA
Originally posted on amazon.com
It was my pleasure to have the chance to read this book. Tikitian Imprints is a piece of brain storm book that really made me think and think as the author dig deeply into the psyches of all humans that lived since the first existence of Man on earth and up to this day. The author analyzed human relations and internal feelings. He removed the modernization barriers that guard our behavior and described our inner selves and emotions so the truth came clear and clean.
I started with the dedication. It described the strong bond and relationship the author had with his late mother. It was so emotional. It brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t continue reading the book that day.
Later, I started reading the book. In chapter 1, the author introduced eight different characters. They came from different cultures. They had different goals and ways of living. That confused me as it was not leading to anywhere. I got confused again when I went to chapter 2 where we were introduced to Habi and Sheeba. I considered them the first humans on earth (Adam and Eve) but going further in the book, I discovered that that was not the case as we later discover that there were many other humans living on earth before them.
Then we come to the philosophical part and the analysis of the internal feelings of man. That was expressed in a long dialogue between Habi and his friend Auna. Within this dialogue, I found the description of part of myself (why humans smile). Also the author’s philosophies were further expressed in another chapter through a dialogue between Habi and his other friend Watuna. Here we go in further depth in Man and in the rules that govern human relationships and communication.
When I came to the end of the book, I found the reply to my initial confusions about the description of the eight characters in chapter 1; each of them lead to one truth about human ways of thinking, goals and objectives in life.
Thanks to the author for the opportunity to make us go through the new experience of reading such type of books which made me so sad at times, so confused at other times and so thoughtful most of the time.
Engineer Shehata Elsalamy
|Tikitian Imprints by Dr. Hatem Eleishi is not only a beautiful novel but also a review of the descent of ancient Man in Africa written in a philosophical and artisitc way.
Dr. Fawzi Gaballah
Professor of Anatomy and Physical Anthropology
Cairo University, Egypt
|Tikitian imprints is a great book. Its very well written making it very easily read. I finished it in two days. Eleishi, the author, did a very good job in making the reader very curious to know what was coming up next in each and every chapter in the book. He answered many questions to our endless journey of self discovery.
Life is very complex and the questions are endless and Eleishi took us to the very simple lives of a man and a woman “Habi and Sheeba” living in the wild with elimination of all external factors of civilization, society, culture……..etc.. He took us to the very core of humans and exquisitely described their lives, their likes and dislikes, their fears and insecurities, their survival and their happiness. He made it very simple for us to realize our own needs and conflicts in life.
Later on, Eleishi gradually introduced civilization and its impact on human race. In a beautiful and philosophical way, he answered many of our questions as humans in the beautiful dialogue between Habi and Auna on one side and Habi and Watuna on the other. He unveiled “the real reasons behind the good reasons”, the moral truth that lies beneath our apparent social behaviour. I think its about time that we could be honest with ourselves regarding our true motives and actions in life. Life is a give and take and no matter how long we deny this fact, it is the truth!!
Later on, he explained many issues regarding friendship and relationships and the secure relationship that can exist between a man and a woman. I think readers would admire this part and wish to have a nourished love like the one he described.
Furthermore Eleishi talked about death and symbolized children as a continuation of our existence. He also philosophically described the early concepts of faith and religion…
Last but not least, he wrote a beautiful dedication to his mother that brought tears to my eyes. I think his mother did a great job raising a son, who appreciates, admires and loves her that much!!!
This is a must read book that taught me so much about life! We are Habi and Sheeba after all with some of our questions answered, but many other unanswered. Eleishi unveiled for us our true motives and made them so transparent enabling us to cope with many issues in life!!
I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Hatem Eleishi as a professor of mine in rheumatology and i believe i learned so much from him as a doctor but after this book i learned much more from him about LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!
Sherine Aly Elmofty
December 31st, 2007
|“Tikitian Imprints” is such an enjoyable read. Hatem takes us on a journey through which we come to discover our real selves…our needs, our fears, the real reasons behind our behavior.
He gets deep into the relationship between friends and between man and woman in a simple and at the same time very analytical way that enables us to better understand those relationships in more depth.
I really enjoyed reading “Tikitian Imprints”. I discovered several issues that everybody should consider in his/her life.
Great work my dear husband. You did it… The ideas in this book have been there for years. Finally you were able to brilliantly put them all in such a wonderful work.
|“A very interesting approach. A most interesting dissertation on a very common and important relationship. Beautifully done. I’ll read it again.”
Nanton, Alberta, Canada
Posted on amazon.com
An eye opener. Presents a new look at an old, old subject. Makes one think and challenges the reader to re-evaluate her/his view of relationships. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand “the real reasons behind the good reasons”.
C. C. Aggour, Maryland
Posted on amazon.com
February 9, 2008
This is a book that is both thought-provoking and gripping. You do not have to agree with the author’s perspective, however, what you will find is that it does indeed force you to take a deeper outlook on your everyday interactions. I did not find it a ready-made tailored interpretation of our intertwined and complex human interactions; which is a good thing, but rather a ray of light that allows you to look beyond the superficiality of modern-day society.
Dr. Sameh Hassan
Posted on amazon.com
|From: joanne mcnally <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, May 25, 2008 1:02 pm
24 May, 2008 (earlier than expected)
Well, I’ve finished your book today so I thought it would be best to write to you straightaway, and before life gets in the way. And before I read any reviews by others etc.
I’m going to respond personally on a number of levels (reflecting perhaps the levels on which we met).
The first response is that it is a beautiful book in terms of its (human) life-affirming qualities and intentions. There’s much that is from the heart and it touches the heart and is candid, raw in places, and honest. That’s my response as a fellow human being.
The second response is that it’s important that you’ve written the book. It’s important for your own life, for those near and dear to you, and for the quest you’re on. That’s my response as a friend.
The third response is that there’s much I can agree and identify with, but also there are some key things which I can’t, that is to say where I’ve experienced the opposite or different and so think differently (you’ll probably put that down to the different sexes but I’m not so convinced that that’s why, at points, I think differently). Perhaps you’re right about the overall thesis in general. But it’s the exceptions which further genuine creativity, transformations and meaningfulness, rather than imitation or being shackled to your biological make-up and genes. I think you have employed some very effective metaphors and come up with some thought-provoking turns of phrase in places which shed new light on complex thinking. That’s my response as a thinker, and as somebody who has also engaged fully in life as you have.
My response as a writer is that, for me, it is more a parable than a novel. I think if you want to make it more into a novel (for film purposes for instance), then you could easily make your main protagonists more full-bloodied and fleshed out. That’s to say, show us the thesis in action, and with contemporary characters and in a contemporary situation. For instance, you could do it like a contemporary ‘Pygmalion’, whereby two men (angels – Watuna and Auna) decide to ‘train’ a couple in the art of ‘long-lasting foreplay’. It could also be quite comical without compromising too much your overall intentions and ‘message’.
As an editor/ publisher (and thinking in terms of film script), I think the book is most interesting after about halfway through when you’re at your most original. The opening is intriguing, but the next bit could be reduced, I feel, in order to elaborate a bit more on the more interesting dialogues between Habi and his mentors, and to get Habi into more comical and absurd situations before he conceives the ‘meaning of life’.
These are just some opening thoughts on a number of levels to a further discussion.
So what’s the next book about?
If you want to, you can tell me, or send me the first pages which you handed out at the Book Fair.
|27 August, 2008
A critic once said, “any good book, whether it takes place in outer space or 17th century France, should essentially be a story about the reader, something he/she can relate to.” Tikitian Imprints is a story about all of us. It tells of our ancient ancestor Habi, uncovering his “primitive”nature and methodology behind his “learned”behavior which the reader later is shocked to find similar to his own, leading to the conclusion that perhaps humanity is not as “civilized” as previously thought.
If anything, Eleishi has certainly established himself as a thinker and philosopher to be reckoned with, and I’m excited to see further works for this up and coming author.
|2 July, 2011
“Tikitian Imprints is about women who happen to be the real boss here on this planet and who are smart enough to still assign men “the boss title” so that they can concentrate on their the bossing business in peace…” — Why is it that it is women who are smart enough to assign men “the boss title”? why not that men are stupid enough and naive enough to accept that level of deceit and manipulation? I think it’s strange how all men seem to know that women manipulate them, but literally do nothing about it. so does that make women smart or men stupid? mish arfa…
Dina H. Sherif
| Date unknown
(review found on internet by chance)
Good to Think
It was my pleasure to have the chance to read this book. I started with the dedication chapter – it was the emotional and sad part of the book which actually made tears come out of me. It described the very special and strong relationship between the author and his dead mother. For me it was not a good start as it made me so sad – so I stopped reading any more.
After that, when I was able to go further I was confused when reading chapter 1 as it introduced 8 different characters. They were all different in where they grow up, in their culture, their objectives and their way of living. That all confused me as it was leading to nothing or nowhere. My second confusion came with chapter 2 as we were first introduced to Habi and Sheeba, whom I considered as the first human generation on earth (Adam and Eve). But going further in the book, this was not the truth, as there were many other human creatures on earth even before them.
Then came the part of the book about the postmortem human soul and internal feelings of manhood – those were expressed as long dialogs between Habi and his friend Auna. In these dialogs I found part of myself (smiling mechanism). This continued in another chapter with a dialog between Habi and his second friend Atuna. Again we go for more postmortem of the human being and rules that govern the human relations and communications.
When I finally came to the end of the book, I found answers to my conclusions and the astonishment that I felt in chapter 1 about the meaningless existence of the 8 characters as each of them lead to one fact or one truth about the human race (e.g. approach, mentality, goals and objectives). Thanks to the author for the opportunity to go through new experiences when reading such material, which made me so sad at some times, so bored at other times, so confused and so thinking at most of the times.
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