Normand Hamel

"Normand Hamel"
(REAL NAME)
 
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,569
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (15 of 16)
Location: Brownsburg-Chatham, Quebec
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,569 - Total Helpful Votes: 15 of 16
Way Of The Tarot by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Way Of The Tarot by Alejandro Jodorowsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, Aug. 17 2014
If you are interested in the Tarot of Marseilles this is the book you want to have. I have read it in its original language, that is French, and I therefore cannot comment on the quality of its translation into English.

This book is based on esoteric principles and has been largely inspired by Jungian psychology. So if you have an affinity for the work of Carl Jung you will certainly appreciate this book. Each one of the Major Arcana (trumps) is viewed as an archetype. Each card is described in four or five pages. The Minor Arcana (suit cards) are also explored in detail. But there is a lot more in this book, which contains more than 500 pages. It is also a practical guide for… Read more
Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary Life by Sabina Flanagan
3.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Analysis, Aug. 12 2014
In the preface the author explains that her intention is "to provide a comprehensive introduction to Hildegard, in the light of current scholarship, from which readers may be inspired to read, or even to produce, more specialized studies." This sets the tone for the rest of the book.

Sabina Flanagan has herself produced more specialized studies of Hildegard. In fact she wrote a PhD thesis on some aspects of Hildegard's prophetic persona. This transpires in the book and turns it into a small scale academic study that fortunately remains entirely accessible to a larger public. This little book might appeal to anyone looking for an objective evaluation of Hidegard's life through her… Read more
Neutrino by Frank Close
Neutrino by Frank Close
4.0 out of 5 stars Dense and Light, June 9 2014
Like a neutrino beam this book is both dense and light at the same time. Obviously written for the educated layperson it explains in exquisite details the mechanics behind the neutrino. But the explanations remain remarkably clear throughout. Occasionally though some concept may require a bit more effort for the uninitiated, but the author only discusses what is necessary to understand the story. Because that is what this book is: the story of the neutrino.

That story starts here in 1930 and ends around 2005. What Close has done in this book is to tell this story like if he was talking to his students in a classroom and recounting how the neutrino was first conceived and how it… Read more