In An Lac ashram, at the tranquil heart of the Swiss Alps, a small group of men and women finds their oasis of peace under threat from the rise of religious fundamentalism and the catastrophic events of the outside world, where tsunamis have wiped out half the planet's coastline.Their charismatic leader, Ajahn Annando, has followers worldwide who look to him for guidance.In An Lac ashram, at the tranquil heart of the Swiss Alps, a small group of men and women finds their oasis of peace under threat from the rise of religious fundamentalism and the catastrophic events of the outside world, where tsunamis have wiped out half the planet's coastline.Their charismatic leader, Ajahn Annando, has followers worldwide who look to him for guidance. Compelled to act, he establishes An Lac as a resistance command centre. Ralph's difficult adolescent son Tom, steadfast Erin, the intellectual Ajit, and gentle Stefano who cares for the ashram's livestock, are now thrown into unfamiliar roles.Forced to turn their energy outward from their utopian community, they journey to the desert in Turkey, to the fiefdom of the tribal leader, Jawal Kowi, and to the chaotic, frightening city that Madrid has become. In the face of ruthless opposition each will encounter challenges, both emotional and physical, they would never have foreseen or chosen.This is their story....
|Title||:||Sunrise at An Lac|
|Number of Pages||:||382 Pages|
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Sunrise at An Lac Reviews
This deeply moving imagining of how the world might end delivers not only the sternest of warnings, but also an enlightening hope of redemption.This novel foretells the death of civilisation; the world ending not with a bang, but a prolonged, tormented whimper. It speaks to us, opens eyes to the reality of life today and the state of our world as seen through future, backward looking eyes. Reading it we see a world divided: on one hand are citizens whose only aim in life is hedonistic; on the other, the nons, the hurting scrabblers.The world portrayed, our world, is one where sharing, where living with nature and not agin it, is anathema.In this world, belief becomes fired into iron-hard conviction, forged into a weapon of war.An Lac ashram is home to guru Ajahn Annando and his followers who live by Buddhist precepts: a self-sufficient lifestyle depending on sustainable resources. As the community grows, groups hive off into smaller groups, keeping to a sustainable size, pooling assets and sharing resources. Annando aims to establish a world of spiritual communities and foster the inner reality that lies in the heart of all true religions in a world dominated by consumerism, a world being destroyed by greed.The greatest threat to An Lac is the rise of the New Islamists, who threaten forced acceptance of their interpretation of Mohammed’s preachings. This New Islam is spreading like wildfire, burning through Europe and threatening the peace of An Lac.With an army advancing on their peaceful communities, Annando and his followers prepare for attack. It is Annando’s belief that on the battlefield there can be no victory, only suffering. This belief, bolstered by his certainty that killing is wrong, gives rise to the only solution possible – they have to remove their enemies will to fight.The outcome of this clash of ideologies comes at the novel’s end, an ending I raced to read, an ending I found absolutely worthy of this tremendous book.