A Review of J. Kaihua’s “The Mind of the Living”

Book Reviews

I just love coincidences.

In light of recent events, I’ve recently begun to re-read Eckhart Tolle’s masterpiece “A New Earth”. I tend to bring it back into my literary fold from time to time. It’s reminder of the importance of being Present every single moment which never fails to shake me from my current internal monologue and re-assessments of life.

Funnily enough, the next book in my queue was The Mind of the Living by J. Kaihua, a short story that, like Tolle, speaks about the tendency we humans have to get embroiled in the insanity of daily living and to forget about the more important things in life. Kaihua’s story is beautifully illustrated from nearly 200 year old photos taken from The British Library, providing the simplicity of the story with powerful imagery and provocation of the collective imagination.

Mind of the Living

It’s a story that is elegant and just provocative enough to cause a stirring in the reader to ‘wake up’ and get their s**t together. The cacophony of mania that tends to maneuver its way into our lives is ultimately just a pretense to the true essence of being. Kaihua prosaically prompts the reader to recall that there will be times when you just need to take a time out and to re-focus on the true gravity of the given situation.

 A welcome story with the ability to affect the reader long after the final word is read.

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