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In a lost novel by the authors of Brave New World and The Berlin Stories, respectively, a young ranch hand discovers that he has the power to heal, but when he cures a manipulative woman, she betrays him and begins a chain of events that will lead to the exploitation of his powers. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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Aldous Huxley is the author of several classics, including Brave New World and Chrome Yellow. Among Christopher Isherwood''s many books are The Berlin Stories, which was the basis for the musical Cabaret, and The Memorial.

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Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2018
this book would be a great movie even today!
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Stacey @ Scenic Life Designs
4.0 out of 5 stars
To Be Swallowed
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2007
The story goes that in 1997 actress Sharon Stone was reading the diaries of playwright/novelist Christopher Isherwood and discovered that Christopher has collaborated on a screenplay with novelist/essayist Aldous Huxley. She asked permission to search the estate, and in a... See more
The story goes that in 1997 actress Sharon Stone was reading the diaries of playwright/novelist Christopher Isherwood and discovered that Christopher has collaborated on a screenplay with novelist/essayist Aldous Huxley. She asked permission to search the estate, and in a dusty trunk was found a yellowed copy of Jacob''s Hands. The best guess is that the fable had been written in the late 1930''s, when (as the back jacket says), "a large sector of the intellectual community of Europe immigrated to the United States, to California in particular. What they found there was Nirvana - sunshine, freedome, mysticism, and the burgeoning movie industry." The two great thinkers met amidst this illectual Utopia and wrote this work together.

This is a short book, an easy read in an hour''s time. As such, it is hard to say too much without giving it all away. Jacob is a good, honest, decent, sound, strapping young man. The kind of man that sees no ill will in others because he has none in himself. He learns as a farmhand on a California ranch that he has the power to heal. The power makes other love him, suspect him, and ultimately exploit him. He loves Sharon, the daughter of his former boss on the ranch. He meets Earl, a young millionaire with need of his healing powers. The three of them form a triangle that sort of reminds me of the ending of Ethan Frome (don''t ask me why, though, since it''s kind of a stretch).

The overriding theme, I believe, of the book is this question: is it more important to heal the soul or to heal the body? Are they ultimately connected or mutually exclusive? There is also some discussion of how sometimes we hold on to our illness, our weakness; we are wont to let them go. Because somehow they come to define us, and we survive more with the fear than we can live without it.

There is a brief introduction to the book by Aldous'' wife, Laura Archera Huxley. It is useful in the fact that she gives some background into Aldous'' thoughts on healing and the moral and religious implications of such a gift. It helps to set an informed backdrop to this interesting and thought-provoking fable.
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Joseph J. Hanssen
5.0 out of 5 stars
Healing in a Positive Way!
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2001
I like a person that sticks to their beliefs and personal principles. A person that doesn''t get swayed by others negative traits. That''s why I took a special liking to Jacob Erickson, a shy, and sometimes naïve person, who is the main character in this wonderful little... See more
I like a person that sticks to their beliefs and personal principles. A person that doesn''t get swayed by others negative traits. That''s why I took a special liking to Jacob Erickson, a shy, and sometimes naïve person, who is the main character in this wonderful little story that takes place in the 1920''s. One day he discovers he has the power to heal animals with his hands, and soon after finds out he can heal humans, too, when he heals Sharon, a girl he has fallen in love with. He soon leaves his job on a ranch in California''s Mojave Desert to pursue Sharon who has run off to be a singer in Los Angeles. It''s there that there adventure starts to take several unexpected turns from working for exploitative showmen, to seedy stage shows, and to healing an ailing young millionaire named Earl, who changes everything and leads them on a different course in their lives.
Jabob reminds me of myself years ago when I had the opportunity to heal but decided to choose a different path for my life which I found to be in my best interest. It''s a difficult choice and this story, told in the first person, makes it much more realistic. As Jacob finds out you can only heal those who want to be healed. The body can be healed but Jabob only wanted to heal the body if the soul & heart are healed, too. A wise choice. I''m glad I discovered this book and truly enjoyed it. Highly Recommended!
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M. H. Bayliss
5.0 out of 5 stars
little known gem from Huxley and Isherwood
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2000
We owe it to Sharon Stone that we even have this short fable at all -- she found it thanks to her perseverance tracking down a reference made to the screenplay. I agree with the writer below who notes that Jacob reminds him of Lenny in Steinbeck''s work. He''s not... See more
We owe it to Sharon Stone that we even have this short fable at all -- she found it thanks to her perseverance tracking down a reference made to the screenplay.
I agree with the writer below who notes that Jacob reminds him of Lenny in Steinbeck''s work. He''s not retarded, but he''s immune to the lures of wealth and privilege. Despite the material promises stemming from his incredible ability to heal, he just wants a simple life with Sharon, the fallen character. Jacob has always loved Sharon -- the moment he cures her of her childhood disease, she literally runs off to be a singer. When Jacob finds her years later, they have the chance to go back and live in the "desert" (so many biblical allusions and overtones), but Sharon cannot give up the money left to her by a rich benefactor who was cured by Jacob but killed by his own inability to give up his disease.
The writing is vivid and reads very much like the screenplay that it is. There is something very moving about Jacob''s simplicity and inability to be corrupted. A powerful little fable, worthy of rediscovery.
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Erin C. Stelter
4.0 out of 5 stars
HEAL ME!
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2000
Jacob''s Hands is a tantalizing account of one man''s eyes opening. Poor Jacob, so ingnorant of the world. He truly believes in goodness. This book is a look into the evils of human nature. Human nature is greedy and self serving, unfortunately, Jacob does not realize... See more
Jacob''s Hands is a tantalizing account of one man''s eyes opening. Poor Jacob, so ingnorant of the world. He truly believes in goodness. This book is a look into the evils of human nature. Human nature is greedy and self serving, unfortunately, Jacob does not realize this. In attempt to give his love all that he can, he opens himself up to exploitation. This book is a reader''s journey into the souls of the pure and the corrupt. Perhaps the authors whished us all to take a good deep look into our own souls and the manner in which we treat others. This book is just one more glorious demonstration of life by Adlous Huxley, this time with the help of Christopher Isherwood.
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Kelly Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars
I love this book!
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 1999
The narration of this story is more simplistic than Brave New World, but keep in mind that Jacob''s Hands was written as a screenplay, not a novel. Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood have created a wonderful story and though the reading is easy, the questions brought... See more
The narration of this story is more simplistic than Brave New World, but keep in mind that Jacob''s Hands was written as a screenplay, not a novel. Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood have created a wonderful story and though the reading is easy, the questions brought to life in this tale are anything but. Jacob is the shy, gentle antagonist (who reminds me of John Steinbeck''s Lenny)blessed and cursed simultaneously with the gift of healing. Exploited and heart-broken, he must determine the true benefit of mending the broken bodies brought to him when he can do nothing to repair their souls. Ideas in this story range from the physical hardships of the lame, to the role of spirituality in healing, to first loves and betrayal. Enjoyable and thought-provoking, I recommend this book to anyone who likes to ponder over Huxley''s logic, or just enjoys to read.
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Mark Stephen Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars
The insights of Huxley ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2003
Interesting how Hollywood types embrace such spiritual ideas without commiting to one chosen path. This work starts with an incredible insight into some of Jesus'' words yet speaks to healing as a natural and mystical experience. I''d think the Creator would be more included... See more
Interesting how Hollywood types embrace such spiritual ideas without commiting to one chosen path. This work starts with an incredible insight into some of Jesus'' words yet speaks to healing as a natural and mystical experience. I''d think the Creator would be more included in the reasoning.
Well worth reading. Many, many thanks to Sharon Stone for recognizing the beauty of this fable and giving it new life at this end of the century.
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casey
1.0 out of 5 stars
weak plot, weaker characters
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2002
First off, let me say I enjoy most of Huxley''s work. The style of this book is totally different from the usual Huxley method. I''ve never read anything else by Christopher Isherwood. This book starts out boring, and ends boring. That''s really the sum of it. The... See more
First off, let me say I enjoy most of Huxley''s work. The style of this book is totally different from the usual Huxley method. I''ve never read anything else by Christopher Isherwood. This book starts out boring, and ends boring. That''s really the sum of it. The characters are flat and extremely simple. In his early work (say, pre "Brave New World"), Huxley''s characters are an embodiment of one single trait. However, they are always developed well, and their thought processes are complex while remaining within this one trait. This book has the same characterization - Jacob, for example, is moronically kind and simple (think Forrest Gump). There are also the classic evil tricksters, and so on. It''s not done well at all, and I left this book with a bad taste in my mouth.
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Victor
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Moving
Reviewed in Brazil on January 3, 2019
I discovered this story by chance, looking at the Isherwood’s ebooks in the kindle store... It’s a very moving fable. We see references regarding important literature in history, and, most personally, a deep concept of life itself. I recommend it to everyone who is fond of...See more
I discovered this story by chance, looking at the Isherwood’s ebooks in the kindle store... It’s a very moving fable. We see references regarding important literature in history, and, most personally, a deep concept of life itself. I recommend it to everyone who is fond of reflective stories.
I discovered this story by chance, looking at the Isherwood’s ebooks in the kindle store...
It’s a very moving fable. We see references regarding important literature in history, and, most personally, a deep concept of life itself. I recommend it to everyone who is fond of reflective stories.
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Ein ungehobener Schatz für Filmregisseure!
Reviewed in Germany on May 19, 2016
Schon wenn man diese kleine literarische Juwel liest (auch in der empfehlenswerten deutschen Übersetzung Jakob dr Heiler), entsteht innerlich ein grandioser Film. Wundere mich schon seit Jahren, dass hier keiner zugreift. Immerhin ist der Drehbuchautor des legendären...See more
Schon wenn man diese kleine literarische Juwel liest (auch in der empfehlenswerten deutschen Übersetzung Jakob dr Heiler), entsteht innerlich ein grandioser Film. Wundere mich schon seit Jahren, dass hier keiner zugreift. Immerhin ist der Drehbuchautor des legendären Cabaret-Films mit Liza Minelli, Christopher Isherwood, als Co-Autor beteiligt! Das sollte doch Mut machen. Absolut lesenswert!
Schon wenn man diese kleine literarische Juwel liest (auch in der empfehlenswerten deutschen Übersetzung Jakob dr Heiler), entsteht innerlich ein grandioser Film. Wundere mich schon seit Jahren, dass hier keiner zugreift. Immerhin ist der Drehbuchautor des legendären Cabaret-Films mit Liza Minelli, Christopher Isherwood, als Co-Autor beteiligt! Das sollte doch Mut machen. Absolut lesenswert!
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Bee
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a brilliant story and script for a film, but of course not suitable to mainstream American cinema
Reviewed in Germany on June 5, 2013
What a warm-hearted and well-told story about a healer, for whom nature and people are more important than for the woman he falls in love with. It is clear that this story couldn''t be a success in America, as the whole story contradicts the American way of life, where...See more
What a warm-hearted and well-told story about a healer, for whom nature and people are more important than for the woman he falls in love with. It is clear that this story couldn''t be a success in America, as the whole story contradicts the American way of life, where financial success is everything People want. This is a book to reread again and again
What a warm-hearted and well-told story about a healer, for whom nature and people are more important than for the woman he falls in love with. It is clear that this story couldn''t be a success in America, as the whole story contradicts the American way of life, where financial success is everything People want. This is a book to reread again and again
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