Forbidden Fruit is my second book review of Eric Lokian’s work. In my first review of Why Miller Turned Killer you can read Eric’s personal story of his childhood, adolescence, and youth, how he ended up with a murder 1 charge for manslaughter and got life without parole for it … I’m going to review all books by Eric Lokian, so stay tuned for upcoming posts – I have to read the other books first, though, so bear with me please 😉
Unlike the real crime genre of Why Miller Turned Killer, Forbidden Fruit‘s genre is philosophy, and a fascinating one at that. As the author states “this philosophy is for the few. You’ll know quickly upon reading it if you are part of that few.”
The Free Man
it isn’t always easy to write a synopsis for a book on philosophy, but the words “the free man” pretty much sum up what this book is about. Not the “Higher Man” by Friedrich Nietzsche – even if Nietzsche is often quoted – but the Free Man. Eric Lokian’s philosophy follows a path originally paved by Nietzsche and continued by Hesse, (more modernly) Palahniuk, and other great thinkers he’ll also mention.
Why this book may not be for everyone?
The author includes his thoughts on religion which are extremely interesting and well-thought out, but may be triggering to deeply religious people. He discusses society and how we live, solitude, self-realization, change, another compelling section he calls “blank-slating”, letting go, and last but not least he explains his views on light and dark.
Why You Should Read This Book
Although I loved the entire book and found every chapter fascinating, my favorite sections were the ones on solitude and light and dark. I found that I could relate a lot to his thoughts about solitude and how it is needed for us to truly meet ourselves and to grow.
Light and dark were equally enthralling, since the author and I have already had several riveting discussions on this same topic. What is light and what is dark? What is light as defined by society and how many of us claim to be light, yet live a life that is anything but light and mostly hypocrite? How dark is dark, and is dark solely based on “evil” or is there also beauty in dark? And if so, what is the beauty in dark?
You want to know more? I sure did. I finished Forbidden Fruit in two days, and I would read it again, just to go over Eric’s thoughts and ideas one more time, and absorb and reflect on them. It’s thought-provoking and at the same time it also evoked a deep love in me for what he wrote.
Some More Thoughts on Forbidden Fruit
This is the best book I’ve read in a while! I loved it, I am fascinated by it. As for my thoughts, I already shared them in the previous paragraph. It’s a book that may not be for everyone (due to its views on religion), but I believe that everyone should read it. I feel privileged to know such a brilliant mind.
As members of society, we often do not stop and think about our everyday routines, our morals, beliefs, why we do what we do, who told us what to do and how to live our lives and why. If you haven’t questioned these things before, this book will certainly guide you to question exactly that. More importantly, Eric will explain the Free Man as opposed to Nietzsche’s Higher Man, and as opposed to the herd (society).
The Free Man is a (wo)man worth meeting, be it in Forbidden Fruit or within yourself. It only has 74 pages, but despite the short number of pages, the message is complete and enlightening within the dark.
This is one of those books that I’ll remember for a long time and one I highly recommend. To get Forbidden Fruit, click on the photo below. And if you have any comments or questions, please leave a note in the comments section beneath this article. 🙂
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