(PRWEB) August 11, 2005
Should New Age novels be treated as serious works of literature? ÂThe Weight Of Light,Â a spiritual and literary novel by English author Andrew Staniland, raises this question again.
ÂNew AgeÂ is possibly misleading. The catch-all phrase is ÂMind, Body, Spirit.Â And in the online bookstores, the sub-category in Fiction is ÂVisionary & MetaphysicalÂ. However we label them, though, even the most successful spiritual novels, such as Paulo CoelhoÂs ÂThe AlchemistÂ or James RedfieldÂs ÂThe Celestine Prophecy,Â are not regarded as serious literary fiction. Their writing style is genre fiction. Their message is more important than their medium.
ÂThe Weight Of LightÂ describes the spiritual practice and spiritual experiences of Delphine, a Frenchwoman living in London. Its style is highly literary, almost a prose-poem. As the author says, ÂI have been writing for over 20 years and I write a lot of poetry, so the language is very important to me. Also, IÂm not a teacher. My book isnÂt promoting a particular teaching. ItÂs simply an honest description of a contemporary spiritual life.Â
In fact, there is a great tradition of spiritual fiction in Western literature. Whether we think of Hermann HesseÂs ÂSiddhartha,Â BlakeÂs prophetic books, the Romantic poetry of Shelley and Yeats, GoetheÂs ÂFaustÂ or DanteÂs ÂDivine Comedy,Â no one would confine them to a non-serious sub-category. The question is which contemporary writers will join them?
ÂThe Weight Of LightÂ is available at online and other bookstores.
The authorÂs website is http://www.andrewstaniland.co.uk.