Author/Artist: James Moore
Publisher: Harper, Collins - UK
Who was George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff? Writer? Choreographer? Psychiatrist? Musician? Doctor? Master Cook? He defies categorisation: though it is clear that he re-united segments of ‘acroamatic’ knowledge gleaned during a twenty year search in Asia; and brought to the West a methodology for the possible evolution of consciousness, within a cosmology of awe-inspiring scale. His call was radical. Awake! Awake from your unsuspected hypnotic sleep, to consciousness and conscience.
More than a hundred years ago Gurdjieff was a poor boy in the obscure town of Kars, on the Russo-Turkish frontier: today his name is becoming a modish verbal token, which (like Darwin, Marx, Freud, Einstein) is absurdly conceived to be self-explicatory. Those who would now narrowly appropriate him as ‘the inspirer of the ecology movement’ or ‘the initiator of contemporary eupsychian therapies’ — though doubtless they glimpse aspects — comprehend neither his scale nor the trajectory of the religious traditions.
For a truer perspective on Gurdjieff we must turn to his circle of devoted followers, who paid for their insights by effort. These were men and women magnetised not by a system of self-supportive notional abstractions but by a human being of Rabelaisian stature; by the fine energies at his disposition; by his compassion; and by his ability to transmit a pratique. Their journals and autobiographies constitute a rich and singular literature: Gurdjieff is assigned his inescapable historicity, yet somehow struggles free, emerging with the cohesion and the presence of a myth.
© James Moore
I met Mr Moore at Bognor. His books glorify his own 'bon ton' literary style. ( The first review ,above, is pretty accurate).They can be very funny in parts. He doggedly ignores fresh discoveries ,such as the Diatonic Enneagram,and sticks to what he 'understands', which is very little.
Ken S., United Kingdom
However, Moore's diabolically 'bon ton' literary style of writing is all personality and no essence. His way of writing is like a piece of music that is far more occupied with fancy trills, grace notes and showing off technical ability than with conveying deep substance. If the material one is trying to convey is good, why detract from the essential by all this superficial parade of self-consciously long words, pointless phrases thrown in in various languages, etc etc. When I read Moore's text, I do try to take it in purely in terms of the content, but it is a struggle for me not to get constantly tripped up by some "Look what a clever writer I am!" tricks. As G says, a dog will cut all kinds of capers before you, just trying to win your favour.
David A, United Kingdom
I believe this book to be not only a fantastic tribute to Gurdjieff himself, but to everyone who has expressed a heartfelt interest in him and his teachings - therefore, it must stand as a truly great achievement.
(I find it almost impossible to believe that there are only two reviews of this book!)
Steve Chaloner, United Kingdom
a many-sided picture of Gurdjieff, but also of his search
for truth, the main ideas of what he taught and how he
accomplished it as a teacher.
In addition you will find a detailed chronology of Gurdjieff's
life, clarifying notes on many subjects, full references
to the sources of the book and a select bibliography.
Mr. Moore's background in the Gurdjieff Work has given
him direct contacts with many people who knew Gurdjieff
or his teaching well. This has given him the possibility
to write of many things that can not be found in any
I like the contents and the way he writes!
Reijo Oksanen, Switzerland