4 out of 4 stars
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That Place of Knowledge is a book, that takes you to the magnificent period of ancient Greece, where learning, knowledge, philosophy, discoveries were at their apex. To your surprise, this other fiction book has been written by an autistic person, Philip Alan Shalka, whose quest for learning takes him to the Ancient Greek world. Here, Philip discovers the realistic approach towards life, in-depth knowledge, self-realization and how to achieve happiness for the fulfillment of one’s life.
That Place of Knowledge is a story of an autistic boy, Philip; who never allows his disability to hinder his curiosity for learning. His service dog, Sabre, is his best companion. Sabre remains with Philip, during his knowledge adventure to Greece, and to meet Aristotle, the Ancient Greek philosopher. Each time, Philip jumps into the pool along with Sabre to enter the knowledge world of Greece. The interesting and thought-provoking conversation with Aristotle explores new avenues of learning and thinking for Philip. However, the interesting thing is the “corridors of knowledge.”Philip and Sabre enter different corridors, where people were busy in acquiring knowledge of diverse fields.
Though the story is mainly told from Sabre’s point of view, the knowledge-driven adventure of the author of this imaginary world is a unique idea. The author (Philip) shows his great love for knowledge and learning and tries to find their connection with happiness.
Indeed, it was Greece which illuminated the antique world with learning, knowledge, and innovation. Later on, the Muslim empires further strengthened the foundation of knowledge in different fields. Today’s world is owed to these magnificent empires for their advancement in science and technology. Through this book, the author tries to inculcate the importance of learning, which is fading away with every passing day, as at one place he says, “…you see, the real world is quite different now, Aristotle. People just aren’t as motivated to learn. Most of the people have no curiosity. They just live in their routines.”
This 26-page book has an engaging narrative, and vividly presents the thoughts and feelings of characters. Philip Alan Shalka’s curiosity for learning makes him an extraordinary person, who can go an extra mile to achieve his ambitions. Moreover, it is an all-out motivational book for learning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I could not find anything negative in it. Especially, when an author is an autistic person; it is an exceptional achievement not only for him but for many other autistic and normal people.
The book is professionally edited, and I couldn’t find any typos. The Theme of this book contains the motivational lessons for learning, gaining knowledge through experience, persistence, search for happiness and self-realization. So owing to these positive and constructive thoughts, I would rate this lighthearted book 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to all knowledge-seekers, who want the motivated spirit to reach the echelons of glory.
That Place of Knowledge
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