Review by Paul78 -- That Place of Knowledge

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Review by Paul78 -- That Place of Knowledge

Post by Paul78 » 02 Jun 2018, 15:07

[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 26-page fictional book that describes a young man’s journey to an ancient city where knowledge is highly cherished. The author uses the person of his dog, Sabre, to describe how incredible the journey was. The author uses the ancient city of Greece to explain the importance of knowledge in a person’s life.

“For me, life is always an adventure,” Sabre notes. The journey to the place where knowledge is sought begins. At first, there is suspense where Philip and Sabre dive into the pool and find a dark tunnel that leads into an ancient city. The author describes a beautiful city. As if it is not enough, Sabre is surprised, as they meet Aristotle, the ancient Greek Philosopher. A quick back rub by Aristotle on Sabre clearly demonstrates his fondness for a dog he has met for the first time. A discussion ensues which later culminates with a hearty meal before the two resume back into their normal lives. Sabre can’t wait for another trip and sure enough, he is rewarded with another trip back to the famous city. This time, they decide to explore for themselves. As they discover different places where knowledge is disseminated, Aristotle emerges and engages them even in a deeper way. As one reads this book, it is clear to understand the author’s knowledge of the ancient Greek civilization.

I enjoyed reading this book from the start. It was actually hard to compile a review on it as it was full of wealth. This book opened my interest in understanding children with autism. For the author to use his dog Sabre as the narrator of this story, it shows how much assistance he has received from this animal. One will appreciate that dogs which have been trained are great companions. The book offers remarkable insights into ancient civilizations. If I would quote from the book, then extreme caution would be necessary lest I give away spoilers in this review. Each of the two encounters with Aristotle leaves profound knowledge and awe to the great wisdom the philosopher had.

Of the personalities in the book, Sabre would remain the hero here. Sabre represent the personification of a pleasant companion who not only knows when to follow but asks intelligent questions that make his friend proud of him. No wonder he is not left out on the second trip.

I didn’t encounter any grammatical errors or mistakes. I would recommend this book for everyone interested in fictional stories touching on ancient civilizations. There is indeed an abundant wealth of knowledge in this book. When one is cognizant that the title is written by an autistic person, he would discover an enormous source of inspiration. I therefore happily give this book with a 4 out of 4 stars rating.

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Post by Cotwani » 03 Aug 2018, 15:48

Your review has piqued my interest in the book. I can't imagine knowledge from a dog's point of view. The fact that the author is autistic makes the book even more appealing. Great review!

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Post by Dael Reader » 04 Aug 2018, 12:19

Generally, I would not be interested in reading a book narrated by a dog. But I'm intrigued by the fact that the author is autistic. So thanks for this detailed review. Perhaps I'll have to give it a try.

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Post by Paul78 » 05 Aug 2018, 14:50

Cotwani wrote: ↑
03 Aug 2018, 15:48
Your review has piqued my interest in the book. I can't imagine knowledge from a dog's point of view. The fact that the author is autistic makes the book even more appealing. Great review!
Thanks for your compliment. The author chose the character of the dog to honour its contribution as an autistic guide dog.
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Post by Paul78 » 05 Aug 2018, 14:52

Dael Reader wrote: ↑
04 Aug 2018, 12:19
Generally, I would not be interested in reading a book narrated by a dog. But I'm intrigued by the fact that the author is autistic. So thanks for this detailed review. Perhaps I'll have to give it a try.
He chose the narration to be done from the dog's point of view for a purpose. For him, Sabre had been more than an autistic guide dog. It offered him company. Thanks for passing by.
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