Lott, Tim Last Summer of the Water Strider

ISBN 13: 9781847373045

Last Summer of the Water Strider

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9781847373045: Last Summer of the Water Strider
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Alan Watts was a counter-cultural hero of the 1950s and 60s, and today his writings and philosophy have been embraced by a generation looking for guidance as to how to live their lives. English mystic and reluctant guru he was also an hedonist, womanizer, and drug taker, married three times with seven children, and derided or ignored by many of his contemporaries. He is a long way from the role models that people tend to associate with the profession of wisdom. Watts' thinking was deeply marked by common sense. He did not believe that there was much to be achieved by sitting cross-legged, meditating for hours. Instead, with a sharp sense of humour, he had a rare ability to put across complex philosophy or psychology in plain language. His understanding of Eastern philosophy requires no commitment to superstition and makes no claims that the world is anything other than the world you see in front of you, and the people who to this day 'follow' Watts are not intellectuals. They are artists rather than academics. The animators Matt Stone and Trey Parker of 'South Park' fame, animated a series of his lectures. Jarvis Cocker of Pulp considers him 'a genius'. John Lloyd, the comedy innovator took a Watts book with him on "Desert Island Discs'. Tim Lott, having been brought up in rationalist, restless, rootless metropolitan London - like Watts himself - discovered Watt's writings and recordings and through them found a place in his mind that he had always sought, without ever being able to articulate it. And he found it, like Watts, without getting aching knees, becoming a vegetarian, or shaving his head. This book brings Watts out of the shadows into the spotlight where he belongs.

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A captivating 1970s-set novel that is both a coming-of-age and an End-of-an-Age story: about love, the lure of idealism, innocence and decadence. Adam is seventeen, the only son of straitlaced, cautious Ray and Evie. Life is slow, unbearably routine, in their low-rise council block in the London suburbs, until tragedy strikes, leaving Adam unhinged with grief. Rejecting any consolation at home, Adam is sent to spend the long hot 1970s summer with Ray's unlikely brother, the enigmatic Dr Henry Templeton - guru and spiritual teacher. With few possessions and even fewer ambitions for his future, Adam arrives at his uncle's houseboat in the West Country. Henry is charismatic, unfamiliar, full of eccentric ideas and projects. As the summer unspools, Adam meets first Strawberry, an ethereal American girl living in a shack in the woods; and then Ashley, whose father, the local vicar, is locked in conflict with Henry and his circle's 'alternative' way of life. While Adam falls under the spell of pretty, knowing Ashley, Henry, set on pursuing his personal vision unbendingly, seals the shocking fate of Strawberry, Adam and ultimately himself.

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