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  1. Ema Ema says:

    Prophet Mani founder of Manichaeism is one of the forgotten figures of history although he was very popular and also much hated in the 3rd century Babylonia today's Ira Forgotten is also the town of Ctesiphon near present day Baghdad capital of the Persian Empire under the Sassanid dynasty where Mani was born and where he spread his religious beliefs Little information about the prophet was preserved throughout the centuries until a parchment was discovered in 1969 containing accounts of Mani's life and fragments of his writings This brought into light the elusive personality of the once famous painter doctor and philosopher accounted as the founder of Oriental painting a visionary who attracted crowds with his speeches a man or possibly a saint who was favored even by the powerful king Shapur I and his successor Hormizd I Amin Maalouf gathers the known facts and weaves them into an interesting story which chronicles Mani's life from his birth in a wealthy family until the age of 60 when he was executed for heresy His childhood was far from happy he was separated from his mother and brought into his father's sect I couldn't help but hate that stupid bastard of a father which he left at 24 after having visions of a celestial twin Then on Mani started to spread his own beliefs which were centered upon the struggle between a good spiritual world of light and an evil material world of darkness He believed that this duality resided in every human being and that the material aspects were weighting down or annulling the triumph of spirituality He didn't reject any religion he accepted all the Gods of his time Christ Zoroaster Ahura Mazda or Buddha but he dismissed the social classes He preached the need for a new way of life which excluded power and wealth greed and lust In every religion in every idea one must seek the luminous core and discard the shell Mani had a lot of followers and was even protected by the king of the Sassanid Empire Shapur I who valued his advice although he never converted to Manichaeanism But he also had a lot of enemies powerful men who regarded his beliefs as a threat to the established social and religious order of the empireProphet Mani The story of Prophet Mani is a very interesting one and I recommend it to all lovers of historical fiction and history in general From the informational point of view Maalouf did a great job at the end of the novel we have a clear view over Mani's life and the religion he preached Why the three stars then? Amin Maalouf charmed me with his gift as a storyteller in Ports of Call but I found little of it in The Gardens of Light I felt like listening to a good history lesson than reading a beautifully crafted account of Mani's life I could not lose myself into the story because Maalouf kept bringing me back to reality with phrases such as and information states that as it is knownnot known Fiction and non fiction alternate but seldom come together in a harmonious fluid pleasant writing I still want to read by Amin Maalouf but not too soon


  2. Fiona Fiona says:

    I should firstly 'fess up that I'd read a shopping list if Amin Maalouf had written it There's a good reason for that though It doesn't matter what the subject of the book is he has a way of telling a story that makes me feel as if I'm curled up at his feet listening to him reading it In The Gardens of Light heaven essentially Maalouf tells the story of the life of Mani the founder of Manichaeism a term which has come to mean opposites eg black and white light and dark I don't believe in gods but I am fascinated by spirituality particularly in the form of mystics or prophets who attract flocks of disciples who help to spread their message or new religion Mani's wasn't a new religion as such He believed in a universal faith that would embrace all beliefs At that time in 3rd century Iran and surrounding countries the main faiths were Christianity Zoroastrianism and the cult of Ahura Mazda Mani also embraced Buddhism His messages came to him via his 'Twin' who spoke to him and guided his actions This happens a lot with prophets doesn't it? They hear another voice often identified as God Nowadays we might think they were suffering from a mental illness rather than communing with holy spirits For Mani his Twin represented the two sides of him just as his religious beliefs were based on the struggle between Light and Darkness Both reside in all of us so no one can be all good or all bad even God or the DevilMani gained the protection of the Sassanian kings and through this we learn about the wars against Rome When a son who was not sympathetic to Mani came to the throne one who preferred to be guided by the Magi Mani's days were numbered and he was eventually tortured to deathI appreciate that the subject matter might sound dry or dark but it's not at all In Maalouf's hands it becomes an allegory for the possibility of peace in the Middle East if only everyone would tolerate everyone else's beliefs and men would accept a euitable society devoid of caste and racial divisions Mani himself is long forgotten and very little is know about his life but Maalouf has managed to piece together what is known to present it as a believable account of the life of an extraordinary man living in extraordinary times


  3. Roy Elmer Roy Elmer says:

    Amin Maalouf has to be one of my favourite authors Ever He's a voice not well known in the West a voice of inclusionism and tolerance of Middle Eastern and French descent He has written a brilliant and fascinating work of non fiction viewing the events leading up to 911 from Arab eyes he has produced Samarkand and Leo the African works of historical fiction that I thought were marvellous and now I have discovered The Gardens of Light It is amazing and one of my new favourite booksThe Gardens of Light tells the tale of Mani a prophet in the ancient Middle East a man of learning philosophy and wisdom who seeks to create a tolerant world where all religions are true and fair and God in all his or her guises doesn't really care how you pray just as long as you do Mani was a real figure who the world our world in the West at least has forgotten almost entirely about and what Maalouf has done here is written a sort of holy book for a pluralist inclusive faith a gospel for a better world almost two milennia after the death of the man in uestionThis novel is part biographical fiction part history Maalouf expertly weaves together a narrative around Mani's life with his own commentary on history on the impact that Mani's life and the tale of his works has had down the ages The history lends weight to the narrative and the monologue and dialogue that Maalouf attributes to Mani to his followers and to his foes is written in such a way as to be given the power of scripture Mani speaks with authority and power and with the lyrical force that you find in actual holy works whether you consider them fiction or no At no point does this appear ham fisted as it so easily could or patronising instead it just sort of flows and holds true to the central message of the pieceMaalouf has instilled this novel with a message He is through Mani preaching tolerance and inclusion and acceptance of that which is different His work is thus a spiritual and political piece and it reads as particularly poignant in these troubled times of ours Reading it gives you a certain sort of inner warmth that only a really really good novel can provide and his message rings all the true because of itI would advise anyone to read this in fact I implore you to do so The same goes for any other of Maalouf;s works although this is by far and away my favourite If I could give it a six I would


  4. Wilfred Berkhof Wilfred Berkhof says:

    The Gardens of Light tells of the prophetsage Mani who lived in the third century adThe story follows Mani's life from his birth to his torturous death The book centers on Mani but it also gives a great historical view of the Sassanid empire during that time I especially loved the little gems of historical information on both the Sassanid and Roman empire Maalouf has dropped in to this storyIt does tend to be of a historical book than a novel as Maalouf likes to stay true to the original story witout adding any great embellishments However this does not mean that the book is too dry as Maalouf's biggest strength is that he can make any historical figure come alive Giving them real depth in character and emotions


  5. Onur Onur says:

    Hero of the book Mani begins to his life with one religious order and proceed till when he is 24 years old After this time he decides to start his journey and people starts to gathers around him King Shaphur supports him always until when he died Mani keeps away himself all kind of war He prefers always peace Palace politics and Mani's tragic end It is so nice book


  6. Sincerae Sincerae says:

    The Gardens of Light is by Amin Maalouf a Lebanese author This is the second novel of his that I've read Leo Africanus being the firstThis historical novel is the story of Mani the crippled prophet who was the founder of Manichaeism a now extinct belief system which was tolerant of the known faiths of the time and stressed the euality of all people The main action of the novel takes place in Mesopotamia in what is now the region of modern Ira in the 3rd century Mani reveres not only Jesus but also Zoroaster and Buddha He is born to a Parthian couple of noble birth Mani's father Patek abandons his pregnant young wife whom he loves because he comes to love religion to join a group of religious ascetics called the White clad Brethren Years later Mani who was taken away from his mother to be raised by the Brethren learns Patek is his real father Mani grows up a lonely in the company of men always missing his mother Later he becomes friends with the only other child in the group an overweight rebellious teenager named Malchos The friendship lasts for the rest of their lives Mani eventually rebels and leaves the Brethren Before his departure he begins to have his first visions of what he calls his Twin This mystical Twin will define Mani's destiny It will lead him from the company of ordinary folk to the halls of the Sassanian monarchs This novel has a slightly melodramatic feel to it I saw a review somewhere that said it has the feel of an old Hollywood epic which it actually does I liked the story but it isn't a novel I would bother to read again At times some of the characters are a little wooden


  7. Almir Olovcic Almir Olovcic says:

    Another brilliant biographical story from Maalouf As in Samarkand Maalouf has managed to present us even distant past and life of Many his upbringing preaching years and finally death When reading this book you are almost thrown back through the time and watching the world through Mani s eyes He is one very tragic character born too early to teach universal language of love faith and universal God without any boundaries divisions races casts only pure love for One and Only Truly great masterpiece which I greatly recommend


  8. يحيى فهدي يحيى فهدي says:

    Rest In Peace dear Mani no one wants to understand you


  9. Mohamed Tahar Hamada Mohamed Tahar Hamada says:

    The gardens of light by amine maalouf it's a really well written and interesting book that takes you into a trip through ages and empires and discuss the story of mani the founder and the prophet of Manichaeism religion long time forgotten this book takes a place in an empire held by a dynasty under the control of mages that wanna eradicate all religions under theire rules mani in that time created a religion that came to gather people no matter theire races or sexe or religion or castes finally i find that book is perfect for you if you like history and old time empire stories and if you wanna learn about middleastern old religions and simply if you wanna know about mani and take inspiration from his peace that we do need in our time


  10. Nick Nick says:

    Amin Maalouf chooses for his novel a perhaps impossible task that of centering his narrative on a religious leader whose message has come down to us principally through the writings of those who opposed him Mani was a preacher of the third century common era; today he is principally remembered for the use of his name to describe a view of the world that hews to a rigid division between good and evil Manichaeism Born into a Judeo Christian Gnostic sect Mani lived in Zoroastrian Persia but wandered far enough to take in the tenets of Hinduism and Buddhism The religion he created seems to take something from every religion; he claimed it to be the successor to all other beliefs which meant of course that he offended everyone except his followers If that is in fact what Mani said then his vision—and his self regard—were matched only by his naivete Perhaps principal among the many contradictions of his belief is its drive toward unity of faith while maintaining the Zoroastrian duality of good and evil The Sassanid emperors of Persia were tolerant even supportive until the accession of one who was a zealous Zoroastrian who imprisoned and according to legend executed Mani This is formidable difficult material on which to base a novel Maalouf enlivens the characters who surround Mani – the various Sassanid princes his opponent at their court his father and mother and especially his life long friend and follower – much than the man himself Perhaps that is inevitable; is there anything harder in fiction—modern fiction in which the characters are a mix of traits rather than good or evil and which is driven by evolving conflict—than putting a prophet of ethical behavior and unity of devotion at is center? In this kind of historical novel where the outlines of the story is accessible to anyone who cares to push the Search button the greatest suspense is the author’s choice of versions and animation of events But the novel does not fully capture what must have been the force of Mani’s character or the power of his message strong enough to bring him a following and move the Sassanids to patronage and then to violence; its echo endured for at least a millennium until it was obliterated once among the Catharists To expect anyone render a modern lifelike version is surely an unfair charge since it is not clear that any novelist could achieve that


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Les Jardins de lumière [Read] ➲ Les Jardins de lumière By Amin Maalouf – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Les jardins de Lumière c'est l'histoire de Mani un personnage oublié mais dont le nom est encore paradoxalement sur toutes les lèvres Lorsu'on parle de manichéen de manichéisme on songe rarement Les Jardins de lumière c'est l'histoire de Mani un personnage oublié mais dont le nom est encore paradoxalement sur toutes les lèvres Lorsu'on parle de manichéen de manichéisme on songe rarement à cet homme de Mésopotamie peintre médecin et prophète ui proposait au IIIe siècle de notre ère une nouvelle vision du monde profondément humaniste et si audacieuse Les Jardins PDF or u'elle allait faire l'objet d'une persécution inlassable de la part de toutes les religions et de tous les empires Pouruoi un tel acharnement uelles barrières sacrées Mani avait il bousculées uels interdits avait il pour faire retenir un cri à travers le monde Plus ue jamais en cette époue déroutante ui est la nôtre son cri mérite d'être entendu Et son visage redécouvert C'est à Mani ue ce livre est dédié c'est sa vie u'il raconte Sa vie ou ce u'on peut en deviner encore après tant de siècles de mensonge et d'oubli.