I had no clue what I signed up for when I signed up for this blog tour but this book was something completely else than what I envisioned. The synopsis is borrowed from Amazon:
Librarian Heather Brown discovers the fascinating life of Alice Bailey – a long-forgotten occultist.
Back in 1931, Alice is preparing to give a speech at a Swiss summer school. Soon after, she is put on Hitler’s blacklist. What Alice doesn’t realize is the enormity of her influence to the world, and the real enemies who are much closer than she thinks.
A dynamic and complex figure, Alice Bailey’s reach was huge. She was influential among people and organizations of global power, including the United Nations. Yet today she is maligned by fundamentalist Christians, Theosophists, Jews, academics and above all, by conspiracy theorists.
Are any of these groups justified in rejecting the unlikely occultist?
So, this read was a real surprise and had I known what it was about I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. Just to make this very clear: Me, myself and I are not believers of anything. I have no problem with people who do believe in something, I’m just not one of them. This goes for gods, spirits, ghosts, flying carrots and the like. The Unlikely Occultist was to me was quite an abstract book. I did have issues following the story from time to time, and I think that is partly due to my lack of interest in the topic and part due to the fact that I did not enjoy the writing style of this book. I found it jumpy at times and several times a word or a dot or a comma was missing in my edition of the book which just frustrated me.
However, it was interesting to get a peek into this abstract world with a mission that seemed to be Alice A. Bailey’s world. Her history is fascinating considering the time period and she sure accomplished a lot of things in her lifetime. The fact that she was a woman makes it even more impressive, and I found it refreshing to read such a story from a female perspective in the time period it was placed. There were some familiar names in this book, among them was Carl Jung, which increased my interest in the story.
The Unlikely Occultist was not my cup of tea, but I firmly believe that if one is interested in the more occult and spiritual you’ll really enjoy this book! I’ll view this book as a peek into the spiritual world which was interesting. I find it refreshing that we all view things in different ways and that this is portrayed through the different stories we read, hear, and speak of. It’s fine that we don’t always agree but we must respect those differences and this is one of the books I’ll respect the story for, but it’s not quite my cup of tea.
Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across
a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction andhilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of TheosophistAlice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographicalnovel, The Unlikely Occultist.
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