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Review by Gingerbo0ks -- That Place of Knowledge

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Review by Gingerbo0ks -- That Place of Knowledge

Post Number:#1 by Gingerbo0ks
» 26 Jul 2017, 13:41

[Following is a volunteer review of "That Place of Knowledge" by Philip Alan Shalka.]

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That Place of Knowledge by Philip Alan Shalka is a story told through the eyes of Sabre, an autism assistance dog. He describes his adventures with his companion, Philip, as they enter a secret world through a passage in their swimming pool. The passage leads them to a place that can be described as a mix of ancient and modern Greece. Whilst exploring they meet with the philosopher Aristotle, and Philip has the chance to speak with him.

I was interested in reading this story as it is written by an autistic young man who identifies as non-verbal. People with autism perceive the world differently to others. As someone that has family members that have autism, I thought it would be nice to read something from this point of view. This book is a short read with around 40 pages and can be read in one sitting.

I liked how the story was told from Sabre’s perspective as it was refreshing to read from the view of a dog. I thought it was cute how he referred to his time with Philip as an “adventure”. Their bond is very special.

The story is inspiring. Whilst reading the conversations between Philip and Aristotle, I was reminded how important it is for us to learn and develop our knowledge. The book contains many words of wisdom. One quote in particular that stood out to me was;

“An important part of exploring and discovering the world of knowledge is to inspire others. Everyone has a unique perspective. Each person’s unique perspective is important”


I would be interested in reading another story from the point of view of Sabre. I would happily read something by this author again as I feel this short story is just a taste of his creativity.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I did not encounter any spelling or grammatical errors. Although it is brief, it is inspiring, unique and left me feeling good.

I would recommend That Place of Knowledge to teenagers and adults. It would work well for teenagers as an introduction to philosophy, but the subject matter may be too heavy for younger readers. It could be used to start a conversation with younger people about autism. Adults could take a moment out of their day to read the story and see the world through a different view. Philip Alan Shalka states that it is important to inspire others. I believe he has done that with That Place of Knowledge.

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Re: Review by Gingerbo0ks -- That Place of Knowledge

Post Number:#2 by kislany
» 01 Aug 2017, 01:26

I've just read Aimy's review on the same book, so I wanted to see your take on it. I think I'll get it. I don't think I've ever read a book from a dog's POV :)

Loved your review, btw, I can see that you truly enjoyed reading the book.
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Post Number:#3 by Aimy
» 01 Aug 2017, 02:43

You are right: This book indeed has many words of wisdom. I like your recommendation that this book can be a good introduction to philosophy for teenagers.
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Post Number:#4 by Jem Tomarong
» 01 Aug 2017, 02:54

Excellent review. I catch up the story. Seems you enjoyed reading it. Knowledge is power. It helps millions of people. Through the knowledge of the people of long ago, we are the one who enjoy it now. Thanks for that inspiring review.
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Re: Review by Gingerbo0ks -- That Place of Knowledge

Post Number:#5 by Gingerbo0ks
» 01 Aug 2017, 11:41

Thanks very much for your comments and kind feedback @kislany @jentomarong and @Aimy :D

Hope you enjoy the book if you decide to read it if you haven't already. I would have liked to have seen more from Sabre the dog but maybe the author will write another!?
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Post Number:#6 by Naval Aulakh
» 02 Aug 2017, 11:21

I enjoyed reading the review. Thanks for such a nice review 😊
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Post Number:#7 by LadyClaire
» 02 Aug 2017, 12:53

sounds interesting. I think "that place of knowledge" has a lesson for us all. Thanks for the review,Ginger.
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Re: Review by Gingerbo0ks -- That Place of Knowledge

Post Number:#8 by Gingerbo0ks
» 02 Aug 2017, 17:00

Thanks LadyClaire. I agree, I think every reader could take away some wisdom from this short story :)
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Post Number:#9 by raikyuu
» 02 Aug 2017, 20:25

kislany wrote:I've just read Aimy's review on the same book, so I wanted to see your take on it. I think I'll get it. I don't think I've ever read a book from a dog's POV :)

Loved your review, btw, I can see that you truly enjoyed reading the book.

Well, in the book, the dog's POV is like that of a human. In the case of Sabre, it's that of a best friend, actually. Without knowing that Sabre is a dog, you wouldn't know the difference if the POV is human or dog based on the dog's words.
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Re: Review by Gingerbo0ks -- That Place of Knowledge

Post Number:#10 by Gingerbo0ks
» 03 Aug 2017, 06:34

raikyuu wrote:
kislany wrote:I've just read Aimy's review on the same book, so I wanted to see your take on it. I think I'll get it. I don't think I've ever read a book from a dog's POV :)

Loved your review, btw, I can see that you truly enjoyed reading the book.

Well, in the book, the dog's POV is like that of a human. In the case of Sabre, it's that of a best friend, actually. Without knowing that Sabre is a dog, you wouldn't know the difference if the POV is human or dog based on the dog's words.


I agree and disagree. There are subtle hints there, and the reader knows he is a dog and can use their imagination. However on reflection there was an opportunity to make the dog personality shine through a bit more which would have been more fun.
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Post Number:#11 by Mercy Bolo
» 07 Aug 2017, 06:21

This book reminded me that no matter the situation, one shouldn't feel so helpless.
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Post Number:#12 by Gingerbo0ks
» 07 Aug 2017, 09:24

Thanks for reading my review Mercy Bolo, it's an uplifting story :)
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Post Number:#13 by Darakhshan Nazir
» 08 Aug 2017, 16:19

Plot seems very interesting & different . Thank you for such a nice review
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Post Number:#14 by Kitkat3
» 10 Aug 2017, 16:21

Wow! This sounds really exciting! I used to have dreams about a secret passage way in the pool when I was little. A family member of mine has autism and is non-verbal, and I also think that it would be cool to read something from that perspective. Great review!
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Re: Review by Gingerbo0ks -- That Place of Knowledge

Post Number:#15 by Gingerbo0ks
» 11 Aug 2017, 02:01

Kitkat3 wrote:Wow! This sounds really exciting! I used to have dreams about a secret passage way in the pool when I was little. A family member of mine has autism and is non-verbal, and I also think that it would be cool to read something from that perspective. Great review!


Thanks very much for your comments Kitkat3 :)
I think you'd definitely enjoy this story in that case.
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