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Originally Posted by Fronterance
Regardless and whatever his aim was with the book, my point is that I don't need to be wasting my time with authors that write entertaining drivel. The market is saturated with intro to the Qaballah books, most of which are more revealling than DuQuette's and a heck of a lot more practical. Is that so incredibly wrong to say?
No I don't think it's wrong. That's you're opinion and you are entitled to it.

Personally I have no problem with DuQuette or his books. The charge of ripping off and dumbing down Crowley can be leveled at him, but he does introduce many people to Crowley who would otherwise be put off by his complex style and frequent assumption of knowledge that can only be found in other books that the student may not have, usually by Crowley himself.

There seems to be a lot of intellectual snobbery around esoteric subjects. People who have some level of understanding or knowledge tend to look down on those who don't. I prefer a horses for courses attitude. I first read The Book of Thoth nearly 20 years ago and couldn't understand a word of it. How I wish I could have had access to DuQuette's Thoth book back then. It would have saved me endless hours of frustration and head scratching.

I'm reminded of what Crowley said in relation to Frater Achad's books:
The point is this - the books - even apart from the absurd new attribution proposed for the Paths - are so hopelessly bad in almost every way - English, style, sense, point of view, oh everything! - yet they may do good to people they are written for.
Originally Posted by Fronterance
Like "Magick of Aleister Crowley," for instance. Nice little handbook, but that's about it. Practically no additional instruction or advice beyond what was already available.
I enjoyed it despite the fact that I own almost every single book written by Crowley. I also have no problem recommending it. Any serious student will use DuQuette's book as stepping stone to the real thing.
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