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James Moore

James MooreBorn in Cornwall in 1929, James Moore lives in London. In October 1956, at the age of 26, he entered the group of the distinguished surgeon Dr. Kenneth Walker, a long-term pupil of P.D. Ouspensky. One year later he was received into a group led by Gurdjieff's pupil Mme Henriette Lannes, under whom he studied for 22 years, until her retirement from England in 1979. Thereafter, until 1994, he studied under M. Maurice Desselle and M. Henri Tracol, and enjoyed the privilege of regular contact with Mme Jeanne de Salzmann. In 1980, aged 50, he was himself mandated to lead groups. Throughout these years he participated in every phase and aspect of the Work in London, meeting many senior pupils of Gurdjieff, including Olga de Hartmann, Jane Heap, Jessmin Howarth, Rowland Kenney, Louise March, Rose Mary Nott, Stanley Nott, Jessie Orage and Lord Pentland.


James Moore

Gurdjieff - A Biography: The Anatomy of a Myth


Author/Artist: James Moore
ISBN: 1852304502
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



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Reviews


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
added 2010-10-31


good information marred by mode of transmission
Jim Moore's bio is a great intellectual work - none can quibble with his meticulous research of all available sources on G's life, both in print and having spoken to many people in person.

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
http://purgatory.bulldoghome.com/
added 2007-02-11


Great achievement.
One of the few books I am truly proud to have read. Although I can only speculate, I would guess that Mr Moore brings Mr Gurdjieff and all those around him very much to life in this book. Since Gurdjieff's Being and teachings seem pretty synonomous these too must breathe freely within these pages.
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
steve@miranda.vispa.com
added 2004-01-27


A good presentation of the details of Gurdjieff's life
James Moore achieves with this book not only to give
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
other books.

I like the contents and the way he writes!



Reijo Oksanen, Switzerland
added 2002-10-03


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