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The Story of B (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Daniel Quinn

Series: Ishmael (2)

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  ohnoesemily | Apr 4, 2017 |
My mind had already exploded with "Ishmael," so this book wasn't quite as "earth-shattering," but it's still good, with lots of great moments of insight. The plot's a little dramatic, but the message is strong despite it. ( )
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
Changed the way I think about everything. I picked it up in a dollar bin, thinking I was getting something like The Omen - what a surprise :). I won't even lend this out. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
At last! It has taken me over half a century to finally stumble upon a book that explains how the world works as I know it to be true; better late than never… ( )
  javelinagirl | Jun 13, 2011 |
I understand that Ishmael features a talking gorilla. It is my regret that I was not first exposed to that book, as The Story of B, alas, has nothing but talking humans. This, I think, is the book's principle weakness. A talking goldfish, à la The Cat in the Hat, could have more succinctly delivered B's message, and in rhyme.As it stands, all members of the animal kingdom aside, The Story of B seems to be a second rate philosophy text hiding out in the fiction stacks of libraries everywhere. In the story, we meet Father Jared who has been sent to Germany to see if the allegations that some guy named B is the Antichrist are true. He meets B, they participate in a Platonic dialogue (As I write this, I again wonder if Plato would be pissed to know that popular usage of his name is synonymous with non-sexual relationships.) that threatens to unhinge not just Father Jared's faith, but our entire global culture. The religious framing of the book is really a red herring, as B's teachings go so far beyond any religious teachings, that they can barely be considered to be in the same realm. I liked some of it. B's explanations of the inherent dangers of modern agriculture really deserve a closer look. Unfortunately, marketing this book as a novel ensures that the people who should be reading it are unlikely to. And Quinn repeated himself a lot. That got to me after a while. His concepts are not terribly difficult to grasp, as B himself often speaks of how obvious they are. The dialogue was less than satisfactory, as Father Jared shifted back and forth schizophrenically between dolt and philosopher.But it's not really a story of the Antichrist in any Christian sense, so horror aficionados can steer clear. Also, for those who are going to read it, read the "The Teachings of B" as they come up rather than reading them at the end as I did. They will, I feel, make B's already simplistic teachings even easier to choke down. ( )
  anoceandrowning | Jan 21, 2010 |
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The Story of B combines Daniel Quinn's provocative and visionary ideas with a masterfully plotted story of adventure and suspense in this stunning, resonant novel that is sure to stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. Father Jared Osborne--bound by a centuries-old mandate held by his order to know before all others that the Antichrist is among us--is sent to Europe on a mission to find a peripatetic preacher whose radical message is attracting a growing circle of followers. The target of Osborne's investigation is an American known only as B. He isn't teaching New Age platitudes or building a fanatical following; instead, he is quietly uncovering the hidden history of our planet, redefining the fall of man, and retracing a path of human spirituality that extends millions of years into the past. From the beginning, Fr. Osborne is stunned, outraged, and awed by the simplicity and profundity of B's teachings. Is B merely a heretic--or is he the Antichrist sent to seduce humanity not with wickedness, but with ideas more alluring than those of traditional religion? With surprising twists and fascinating characters, The Story of B answers this question as it sends readers on an intellectual journey that will forever change the way they view spirituality, human history, and, indeed, the state of our present world.

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A young American priest is sent to Europe to investigate an itinerant preacher considered to be Antichrist, only to be converted by him. He finds nothing anti about the preacher, everything he says makes sense to him, including animism as the solution to such ills as overpopulation and environmental damage. By the author of Ismahel.… (more)

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