The Fifth Sacred Thing by StarhawkThe Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

The Fifth Sacred Thing


Paperback | June 1, 1994

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An epic tale of freedom and slavery, love and war, and the potential futures of humankind tells of a twenty-first century California clan caught between two clashing worlds, one based on tolerance, the other on repression.
Starhawk, author of The Fifth Sacred Thing and Walking to Mercury, lives with her husband, stepchildren, and Goddess-children in San Francisco, where she works with the Reclaiming collective.
Title:The Fifth Sacred ThingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.3 × 6.1 × 1.2 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0553373803

ISBN - 13:9780553373806

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Starhawk's book is a breathtaking blend of dystopia and utopia. She creates an America that is frighteningly real when corporations take over and the land is ruined, water is scarce and air is polluted. It is in this world that she gives us hope; a group who fought against the corporate take-over create a utopia in San Francisco where everyone of all walks of life and religion are welcome. The most powerful aspect of this book is the way Starhawk can frighten you and build suspense and then turn the tables and show you beauty, sexuality, and love. This book changed my life in a lot ways. I can't recommend it enough.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great piece of fiction There's complex characters in this utopian view of a futuristic world where the practical, magickal, and the spiritual intertwine as a force to be reckoned with. This story dares to delve into the darkest parts of humanity while challenging that very deep stain with the strength and visions of revolutionary hearts so reminiscent of the 1960s. Already a Pagan literary icon, Starhawk once again proves her writing might as a fiction author. "The Fifth Sacred Thing" is a Pagan's pleasure to read, though its not without its own pitfalls. The novel hinges on the infallibility of Starhawk's belief in the power of "passive resistance." Yet, in reality, wrongdoers are never so easily swayed--or even see themselves in the wrong. Still, despite this theoretical glitch, the story is still a gem that has the courage to go places many other authors wouldn't.
Date published: 2009-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. I've read this book countless times, its just an amazing book. Its given me a new outlook on a lot of things, very very inspiring. I think theres a part in it that relates to everyone, one way or another. I recommend it frequently.
Date published: 2006-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hope for the future This new age fictional story is fabulous. It depicts a place where various cultures, religions, ages, genders, sexual orientations all live together and work together to utilize the scarce resources of the planet. At the same time in another location people live in the same sort of standard we presently are and experience nothing but violence and discrimination. I found it inspiring and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good story let alone a reason to hope for the future.
Date published: 2004-06-03

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Here is an unforgettable epic that brilliantly dramatizes the choices we must make in order to insure the survial of our selves, our society, and our planet. This powerful novel of ideas and the future of human life itself is written by the bestselling author of The Spiral Dance