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Jacob's Hands by Aldous Huxley
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A little, sweet fable on the power and struggle of humanity. The characters are two dimensional which takes a little from the book, but the story sticks which is the point of fables. Overall, this book is a nice, quick read. ( )
  jamesgwld | Jan 8, 2016 |
Audiobook..........This is a lovely story about the torment of having the gift of healing, yet struggling with people's seemingly never ending desire to take advantage of it. It also addresses the distinction and connection of mind and body healing. Jacob is a truly memorable character with very Christ-like attributes. Simple and profound.....great combination! ( )
  hemlokgang | Apr 27, 2010 |
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This collaborative effort between Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood, from a film project they were contracted to write in the late 1930s, was discovered in a trunk at Huxley's estate by actress Sharon Stone, who was researching the author's work for a film based on one of his short stories. Jacob's Hands is a novella-length film treatment for a script about a ranch hand who, after learning that he has the gift of healing, becomes disillusioned when he discovers that mending a broken body does not always heal a tormented soul. The slim volume proves both mesmerizing and moving, and the use of the present tense lends an air of innocence and mystery to the story, while the book's emotional undercurrents and passions stir up deeper, troubling responses. Jacob's Hands is a complex, disquieting modern fairy tale unlike anything else by either author, and a fascinating artifact of their Hollywood careers. --Michael Bronski

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Originally written in the late 1930s and recently discovered this short novel presents an intriguing saga of the paranomal, love, money, and redemption, set against the colorful backdrop of California in the 1920s.

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