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Paceville and Metanoia (2022) Two novels by Anton Sammut In this literary work, Anton Sammut talks about his characters and the physical world in the light of the world of ideas (the truth, the internal world) and the most used faculty which stands out above all else, is memory. Each character reveals a little of his life wherefore the author catches them at the exact poin Paceville and Metanoia (2022) Two novels by Anton Sammut In this literary work, Anton Sammut talks about his characters and the physical world in the light of the world of ideas (the truth, the internal world) and the most used faculty which stands out above all else, is memory. Each character reveals a little of his life wherefore the author catches them at the exact point where they have to make a decision. In this respect, Sammut’s post-modernism is active precisely because it is well-built on two competencies a fine writer is expected to possess: an in-born philosophical disposition and a formal knowledge of the History of Philosophy. The most decisive aspect is the fact there is a huge chasm between professional literary criticism and the popular one. The compromise, the acknowledgement of a novel that avoids the two extremes, has also been found and this is where Sammut’s literary work excels. - Prof. Oliver Friggieri


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Paceville and Metanoia (2022) Two novels by Anton Sammut In this literary work, Anton Sammut talks about his characters and the physical world in the light of the world of ideas (the truth, the internal world) and the most used faculty which stands out above all else, is memory. Each character reveals a little of his life wherefore the author catches them at the exact poin Paceville and Metanoia (2022) Two novels by Anton Sammut In this literary work, Anton Sammut talks about his characters and the physical world in the light of the world of ideas (the truth, the internal world) and the most used faculty which stands out above all else, is memory. Each character reveals a little of his life wherefore the author catches them at the exact point where they have to make a decision. In this respect, Sammut’s post-modernism is active precisely because it is well-built on two competencies a fine writer is expected to possess: an in-born philosophical disposition and a formal knowledge of the History of Philosophy. The most decisive aspect is the fact there is a huge chasm between professional literary criticism and the popular one. The compromise, the acknowledgement of a novel that avoids the two extremes, has also been found and this is where Sammut’s literary work excels. - Prof. Oliver Friggieri

39 review for Paceville and Metanoia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carmel Camilleri

    The insightful review of Prof. Oliver Friggieri emphasizes the fine Intellectual qualities that Mr. Sammut is endowed with. After reading both novels I can attest that Prof. Oliver Friggieri's review was spot on. Metanoia - Metanoia is a pocket-sized literary jewel! In this novel, Mr. Sammut expounds as well as untangles cardinal questions that pertain to the essence of our being and that have always had an emotional burden on mankind and philosophers alike, from time immemorial. The The insightful review of Prof. Oliver Friggieri emphasizes the fine Intellectual qualities that Mr. Sammut is endowed with. After reading both novels I can attest that Prof. Oliver Friggieri's review was spot on. Metanoia - Metanoia is a pocket-sized literary jewel! In this novel, Mr. Sammut expounds as well as untangles cardinal questions that pertain to the essence of our being and that have always had an emotional burden on mankind and philosophers alike, from time immemorial. The characters are an integral part of every novel, but in the case of Metanoia, their meaning is more far-reaching than in other conventional novels. The characters are like mosaic pieces that fit perfectly in Metanoia's grand design and each one holds the answers that solve particularly deep existential questions. Thanks to every protagonist in this novel, we witness the author's radical tenets spectacularly come to life. A very intriguing aspect of Metanoia is that the higher your level of Consciousness the more you can decipher better Mr. Sammut's metaphysical tenets. Paceville - In the novel Paceville, Mr. Sammut demonstrated that he is an eclectic avant-garde novelist. I really appreciated his ability to write in the first person because it requires great talent to employ this writing style flawlessly. Most importantly for an autobiographical novel of this calibre, the symbiotic relationship between the author and his characters is perfectly balanced. As regards the narrative, I would compare it to a superbly composed symphony - harmonious and flawless. An additional remark about Paceville; being a classical music aficionado myself, I wish to congratulate the aesthete, Mr. Sammut, for his profound knowledge of classical music. I was not expecting, that exactly, from the opening lines, he would pay tribute to a classical composer that also happens to be my favorite. In another part of the story, Mr. Sammut elaborates further on key technical features of classical music that only great cognoscenti with sensitive hearts can transmit its essence with such intensity! These artistic choices reflect his refined tastes as an Artist and also as a seasoned Intellectual Author. P.S., The front cover design of the book is a great work of art! A very big well done, Maestro Anton Sammut - Metanoia and Paceville are literary masterworks!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matth

    Symbolically Paceville represents the author's journey through his modern-day Odyssey! Metanoia is the author's Manifesto! THIS BOOK is spiritually and philosophically extremely devastating for those who embrace existentialism because it's paradigm goes far and far beyond the basic and mundane existential level of comprehending life's 'mysteries'! One has to 'journey' through the unforgiving steppes of The Dark Night of The Soul like the professor lived through, to be able to 'earn' a level of C Symbolically Paceville represents the author's journey through his modern-day Odyssey! Metanoia is the author's Manifesto! THIS BOOK is spiritually and philosophically extremely devastating for those who embrace existentialism because it's paradigm goes far and far beyond the basic and mundane existential level of comprehending life's 'mysteries'! One has to 'journey' through the unforgiving steppes of The Dark Night of The Soul like the professor lived through, to be able to 'earn' a level of Consciousness elevated enough to transcend the existential level of understanding and gradually, start to apprehend the deeper and truly revealing ethereal precepts of THIS EXCEPTIONALLY POWERFUL SUMMA! The Great German Philosopher Martin Heidegger was absolutely right all along when he stated the famous assertion "Only a God Can Save Us" (German: Nur noch ein Gott kann uns retten)!

  3. 4 out of 5

    S.Aquil

    The author Anton Sammut had a bright idea when he decided to incorporate two distinct novels into one book since it allowed him to showcase his all-round versatility in creative writing. Paceville is the author's autobiographical novel. The plot is about his exuberant two-day night experience in Paceville; the entertainment Mecca of Malta. Being written in the first person, the author's distinctive characteristics like his sharp wit and quick sense of humor shine through! Interestingly, the origi The author Anton Sammut had a bright idea when he decided to incorporate two distinct novels into one book since it allowed him to showcase his all-round versatility in creative writing. Paceville is the author's autobiographical novel. The plot is about his exuberant two-day night experience in Paceville; the entertainment Mecca of Malta. Being written in the first person, the author's distinctive characteristics like his sharp wit and quick sense of humor shine through! Interestingly, the originality of this novel stems from the fact that nothing is what it seems or what the reader expects from a plot that is set in an entertainment hub! Metanoia's narrative is written in the third person point of view. The way I see it, this brilliant novel is the holy grail of every academic author in view of the fact that it incorporates most of the pivotal academic topics like Philosophy - Anthropology - Theosophy - History, and others that one would expect from such a powerful novel. Metanoia's plot is mainly focused but not solely on the metaphysical soul-searching complex journey that every one of us sooner or later needs to take if we are to renew ourselves! Metanoia and Paceville share one thing in common though, both are timeless novels. On the back cover of the book, there is a very revealing review of Prof. Oliver Friggieri that perfectly sums up the author's unique academic formation.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I definitely recommend these two very remarkable novels, presented in one book, to those who appreciate fine literature! The first book is Paceville and in this book, the author's acute wit and artistic expression is combined with the character's exuberance (especially the colorful Solange!) offering the reader an unforgettable reading experience. Anton Sammut's showpiece in this novel is the enlightening 'story' within the same story named The City Gardener. The second book is about a dramatic a I definitely recommend these two very remarkable novels, presented in one book, to those who appreciate fine literature! The first book is Paceville and in this book, the author's acute wit and artistic expression is combined with the character's exuberance (especially the colorful Solange!) offering the reader an unforgettable reading experience. Anton Sammut's showpiece in this novel is the enlightening 'story' within the same story named The City Gardener. The second book is about a dramatic and simultaneously exceptionally hopeful journey as expressed in the name of the book itself: Metanoia. The main protagonist is one of the best characters that I have encountered in all of Anton Sammut's books and it is practically impossible not to be charmed by his warm-heartedness. One of the main characteristics of our hero is that no matter the circumstances, his positive approach to life never wanes! A truly encouraging example to all of us.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Carm

    India is a mystical land and from what I deduced from reading Metanoia it is also Anton Sammut's Spiritual Home! The soul-searching voyage to India that the professor undertook was an unforgettable read. From the professor's perspective, Anton Sammut presented a particularly interesting first-hand account of India's vastly rich and diverse heritage. He expertly explores the various beliefs and millenary customs of several religious groups like Buddhists - Hindus, Jains, and many others. These gro India is a mystical land and from what I deduced from reading Metanoia it is also Anton Sammut's Spiritual Home! The soul-searching voyage to India that the professor undertook was an unforgettable read. From the professor's perspective, Anton Sammut presented a particularly interesting first-hand account of India's vastly rich and diverse heritage. He expertly explores the various beliefs and millenary customs of several religious groups like Buddhists - Hindus, Jains, and many others. These groups share one predominant belief in common: reincarnation. Anton Sammut thoroughly examined the ramifications of reincarnation and his discoveries will elucidate the reader to understand better what for us westerners is a controversial and sometimes also an ungraspable topic! Before I read Metanoia, I had already read Memories of Recurrent Echoes. In this fantastic novel, I was impressed by the author's familiarity with Paris, this time around, in Metanoia, I could not but be impressed by the author's deep connection with India's ancestral culture. The novel Paceville is a big breath of fresh air from the mundane! The brilliant plot is a novelty in its genre and the lively & lovely characters that populate this novel were exceptionally intriguing. I adored the author's way of connecting with the reader - I felt like one of the protagonists watching him engaging in very captivating discussions about every imaginable topic! As always, Anton Sammut never stops to amaze. Bravo - Anton Sammut. Both novels offered me unforgettable experiences!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Metanoia In Metanoia, apart from the professor, there were two other characters that I particularly felt deep affection for; Beatrice and Charlotte. Beatrice is an accomplished academic, she also happens to be the professor's mentor - muse, intellectual partner, and also.....his wife. Charlotte, their daughter, is a selfless soul that radiates such positivity that is impossible to not be captivated by her aura. Needless to say, Beatrice and Charlotte are the totality of everything that the profes Metanoia In Metanoia, apart from the professor, there were two other characters that I particularly felt deep affection for; Beatrice and Charlotte. Beatrice is an accomplished academic, she also happens to be the professor's mentor - muse, intellectual partner, and also.....his wife. Charlotte, their daughter, is a selfless soul that radiates such positivity that is impossible to not be captivated by her aura. Needless to say, Beatrice and Charlotte are the totality of everything that the professor holds dear and vice versa. The trio was united by a special bond and they could not ask for more from life..... Paceville Paceville is a kaleidoscopic biographical novel so to speak! On the one hand, I encountered the most heart-touching short story that I have ever read! And on the other hand, I was fascinated by the author's artistic side, especially when, from time-to-time parts of the narration became his palette and the characters his surreal colors! The brilliance of this multifaceted novel lies in the unique artistic signature of Anton Sammut.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Two completely different novels twinned by their bright outlook toward life😊. Paceville is a semi-biography written in the first person. Through the author's acute sense of humor and observation, we delve into Paceville's nightlife and all the imaginable situations that arise in this unique place. The lively encounters and insightful discussions in which the author engages with a variety of amusingly intelligent - flamboyant and lively people give a great splash of color to Paceville's animated n Two completely different novels twinned by their bright outlook toward life😊. Paceville is a semi-biography written in the first person. Through the author's acute sense of humor and observation, we delve into Paceville's nightlife and all the imaginable situations that arise in this unique place. The lively encounters and insightful discussions in which the author engages with a variety of amusingly intelligent - flamboyant and lively people give a great splash of color to Paceville's animated nightlife and also the author's life. In Metanoia, I really 'cherished' the main protagonist - the very amiable Professor of Philosophy, or as his students call him The Professor. He has experienced quite a lot in life, but still, he kept a very positive demeanor. After experiencing an unexpected incident that abruptly changed the course of his life, he decides 'to leave behind all he knows' and embark on an incredible journey of self-discovery to try to understand the meaning of life's suffering and finally came to terms with his existential dilemmas. What will the outcome of the journey be? Will the Professor actualize what he hoped for? Two great novels that I highly recommend because of their original stories and most of all, because their narration is geared toward a positive approach to life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    Both Novels are absolutely brilliant and exceptionally well written! A must-read! Definitely 5-star rating!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charles De Mona

    Paceville & Metanoia Paceville If you are looking for an autobiographical novel that is delightfully humourous as your next read, then I highly recommend you Paceville. What makes Paceville stand out for all the right reasons is the author's extensive academic repertoire and also his boundless joyfulness. These qualities are the driving force behind the stupendous narrative and the vivacious characters that animate this novel! Full marks Anton Sammut for this fantastically original autobiographical Paceville & Metanoia Paceville If you are looking for an autobiographical novel that is delightfully humourous as your next read, then I highly recommend you Paceville. What makes Paceville stand out for all the right reasons is the author's extensive academic repertoire and also his boundless joyfulness. These qualities are the driving force behind the stupendous narrative and the vivacious characters that animate this novel! Full marks Anton Sammut for this fantastically original autobiographical novel. Metanoia The main protagonist in Metanoia is a Professor of Philosophy gifted with a beautiful mind and soul! He is wholeheartedly committed to his wife Beatrice, daughter Charlotte, and his profession. At university, he is esteemed by students and colleagues for the simple reason that he is a true gentleman. Everything seemed to go smoothly in the Professors life until he was hit by a perfect emotional/spiritual storm that ultimately derailed his life. Throughout this turbulent time, strange dreams started to materialize while he was in the land of Nod. The Professor researched quite a lot about these mysterious dreams but he could not come up with any reasonable answer that could clarify their meaning. But...when he thought that he had lost all hope of decoding those puzzling dreams, an unexpected epiphany occurred! Inexplicably a spiritual spark that emanated from THE ABYSS unlocked his mind's eye and bestowed on him the faculty to decode the symbols that manifested in his dreams. The Professor understood perfectly the depth of one message in particular.......it predicted that.........

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Cremona

    Paceville and Metanoia Two Novels by: Anton Sammut Paceville Excerpt From Chapter 1 & 2 …As I walked along (in Bay Street), minding my own business, weaving in and out between the jovial people of every type, style and shape, my eyes fell on a young woman, probably of Arabic origin, who was impeccably dressed in an elegant Persian style, though still quite casually. She was an extraordinarily good-looking woman, her head covered with a hijab veil, shayla in style, decorated with shiny sequins Paceville and Metanoia Two Novels by: Anton Sammut Paceville Excerpt From Chapter 1 & 2 …As I walked along (in Bay Street), minding my own business, weaving in and out between the jovial people of every type, style and shape, my eyes fell on a young woman, probably of Arabic origin, who was impeccably dressed in an elegant Persian style, though still quite casually. She was an extraordinarily good-looking woman, her head covered with a hijab veil, shayla in style, decorated with shiny sequins in intricate coloured patterns, placed with impeccable precision upon her head. Her graceful round face, although make-up free, was adorned with a humble poetic air of profound ancestral spirit, synthesised with a pair of large pitch-black eyes of as much splendor as a clear desert night sky full of stars. My eyes could not help but come to rest on such grace. As I was pondering the hypnotic spell this young woman of such uncontaminated beauty had cast on me, I almost forgot it was time to meet a dear friend of mine, Mrs Ellis: an eccentric 65-year old widow of a diplomat who also happened to be endowed with an impromptu sense of humour, whom I had met coincidentally in Paris while visiting the Musée d'Orsay and whom I had continued to occasionally meet up with ever since. I was supposed to meet her at an elegant hotel a few meters away from the cinemas, and she was supposed to be accompanied by her son and his family who had been away for the last couple of years but were now back living in Malta, probably on a long-term basis. As soon as I entered the hotel’s lobby, I discerned Mrs Ellis holding forth to a number of people who, at first glance, seemed to be paying great attention to every word she was saying. As usual, she was impeccably dressed in fine exclusive clothes that had probably been especially chosen to compliment her copper-coloured hair, perfectly set in an elaborate Baroque style. “There is no doubt… planets always orbit their star, and it cannot be any other way, a stellar woman like you, brimming with the finest wit,” I say courteously to Mrs Ellis smiling lightly at her. “Oh, thanks so much dear! You are without doubt the kind of person who knows how to flatter me in the most delicious way. My everyday vices, which not even my dear husband knew as well, you flatter to perfection,” Mrs Ellis answers with that sarcasm and black humour of hers which many times would instantly make other people turn beetroot red and which would then afford her infinite satisfaction in having succeeded in producing such a reaction. She rises to embrace me as I drink in the unmistakable scent of her Chanel N°5, the perfume she loves so much. “Sit down next to me, dear,” continued Mrs Ellis. “As I was saying, my beloved husband was such a romantic and indeed, it was this gentlemanliness of his that permitted me to put my mind at rest every day when he was working abroad, especially when he was surrounded by beautiful women as he frequently was… one-night-stand women, I used to call them. But a one-night-stand woman would find nothing interesting in a man who was a romantic and a gentleman to boot. Oh, I nearly forgot. This is my son Oliver and this elegant woman here is his wife, Penny, while this lovely lady is their charming daughter Solange, who has just turned eighteen.” “Honoured, I’m sure…” Meantime, I had noticed there was a wondrously pleasant atmosphere in the lobby with a competent musician playing the grand piano for everyone’s evident enjoyment. “My sweet Solange, let our esteemed friend appreciate you a bit better, dear,” Mrs Ellis gently urged the girl. “Oh, what a tender tulip we have here today: eighteen years of sublime beauty, and becoming more enchanting every day. I’m pretty sure the man who conquers your heart will be the most fortunate of all – what do you think, my dear friend?” Solange really was a most attractive girl, with caramel coloured sensual hair, just like those painted by Botticelli, falling down on a slender back that was as symmetrical as a violin, some of it caressing her fair face graced with carnal scarlet lips and emerald green eyes. Her generous breast was snowy white, full and firm as if it were her pride and joy and her graceful legs, crossed over each other, were as smooth as the finest alabaster known to man. Solange was indeed a charming young woman, with freckles sprinkled over her small French-like nose which undoubtedly made her even more charming, not to mention the semi-transparent pink chiffon dress she was wearing that accentuated the bounty of her beauty beyond what Nature had generously bestowed. “Mrs Ellis, please, a little prudence in front of the girl,” Penny, Solange’s mother and the wife of Mrs Ellis’s son, admonishes, somewhat irritated. “Ha! Prudence,” replies Mrs Ellis in a confident, careless tone. “Mother, please… let’s keep the conversation light for once, shall we?” her son Oliver chided her gently. “Ehm… do you know, this week, Penny and I celebrated our twentieth anniversary?” “Sincere congratulations, my dears. My goodness, it’s hard to believe twenty years have already passed you by, Penny,” Mrs Ellis returns, apparently there being not much love lost between her and her son’s wife. “For someone who’s about to turn fifty, you’re in pretty good shape.” “I’m forty-five, Mrs Ellis, forty-five…” In the mean time, I ordered a drink and sat down by Mrs Ellis who had already reserved a prominent place for me by her side. “Sweet Grandma, do you know that daddy bought mummy a new car?” Solange interjects in a silvery voice that would revive even the dead. “He presented it to her exactly on the day of their anniversary. Gosh! Dad is still so romantic, don’t you think, sweet Granny?” “Indeed, dear… your dad is still very sentimental, I must say. In fact that’s why he is, and most probably will remain, an utterly predictable person,” Mrs Ellis replies, although her sarcastic words are addressed rather to Penny than to the granddaughter, her aim being to provoke her as if to point out that her son has had to content himself with the first ordinary woman who showed him some attention. “What do you mean, Grandma?” Solange returns in a whining voice, a little spoilt in tone. “Nothing, sweetie… Grandma doesn’t mean anything at all,” interrupts her father gently, as he knows exactly what kind of person his mother is and isn’t offended by her remark; in fact, he thought she was quite funny but was scrupulously careful not to provide any possible indication of this when with his wife. “Grandma likes to joke around a lot.” “Well, actually, my husband is not at all predictable,” rejoins Penny, as she stretches her spine out on the plush sofa, “because I often see him come home with some new gift, dear mother-in-law, or else he will take me out to some renowned restaurant.” “That is exactly the kind of monotony demonstrated by a romantic man, dear Penny, because you always know what to expect from him,” retorts Mrs Ellis as she refreshes herself with a lace hand fan in the Spanish Andalusian style. “And this is me, his mother, saying so; just imagine what a woman who is an outsider would declare.” “Thank God your son’s distinct profession is very lucrative and permits him to be as repeatedly romantic as he likes,” returns Penny with the bourgeois air of a woman who lacks for nothing. “Dear Penny, to be repeatedly romantic is one of the worse forms of monotony that exists on the face of this earth, especially for women. Like the work you used to do in the past, dear Oliver. And please, don’t tell me that you’re still engaged in that horrible profession that you used to do when you were abroad,” his mother tells him, although once again her words are directed more at Penny than at her son, in an attempt to continue annoying her. “Yes, Mother. Now what’s wrong with my profession?” Oliver asks resignedly but at the same time sympathetic to the blatant rhetoric of his mother. “Oh dear… a sort of profession that lacks class and style,” his mother answers promptly, as she continues fanning herself incessantly. “Oliver is exceedingly good at his work, Mrs Ellis,” replies his wife with some irritability in an effort to defend him and probably also to protect her own social status. “To be good at the wrong profession is like being good at selecting the best restaurant but then choosing the wrong dish,” shoots back Mrs Ellis scathingly. “Oh, how funny you are dear Grandma when you talk like that. And how well you speak, my goodness! How do you always come up with the right answer?” Solange says enthusiastically, lounging on the ochre coloured leather sofa, her legs parted just wide enough to cause every man’s blood pressure to surge. “Oh thank you, my beauty. And on the subject of your enchantment – tell me, is there a significant someone in your life right now, dear Solange, who you are allowing to taste of the forbidden fruit?” “Granny! I’m not that type of person, you know!” “Mrs Ellis! Please, a little prudence!” Penny warns her again as she turns a dramatic face towards her resigned husband as if supplicating him to intervene with an iron hand. “Oh, sweet Grandma, you really can be naughty… but how well you can speak, mamma mia. What do you think, Mr?” Solange asks as she politely turns to me since I am sitting right opposite her, contemplating how attractive she is. “Do you agree with my Granny? Goodness, you’re so quiet. Please say something, do!” “You know, Miss Solange, in this day and age, to be as imprévisible as your grandmother here correctly is, is the best attitude a smart person can adopt to stay particularly interesting. In this way, you can also avoid all type of formal speech which is nothing but good for those whose words have no spontaneity whatsoever.” “Gracious goodness how complicated your words are! You are almost more difficult to understand than my sweet Grandma!” “Now you’re making me jealous of my granddaughter, and you know, a jealous woman is the most dangerous creature on earth, even if she is 65 years old,” jokes Mrs Ellis, smiling first at me and then at Solange while she blows the latter a silent kiss. “You will always be the only one for me, Mrs Ellis; besides the undeniable fact that a little jealousy at the right time makes women more gracious than they already are. Not that you need to become more gracious than you already are; just like the sun can never outshine itself – right?” “Oh what a convincing liar you can be and therefore the ideal gentleman for me – isn’t that true, my lovely Solange? Do you agree with me, sweetie?” “Umm, I don’t know, but I think so, yes… even though I don’t really understand exactly what you’re talking about. For instance, what does imprévisible mean?” And while Mrs Ellis is explaining to Solange what the French word means, I keep thinking how sweet she is and after a while praise her on being beautifully dressed. “Oh thanks… but, it’s nothing special, really, besides I’m dead sure this outfit’s hues are fading away. Gosh, that’s why I always tell mummy that old clothes are only fit for the bin,” Solange replies in panic mode. “I think he’s referring to the explicit cut of your clothes and your well-exposed décolletage,” her attentive father scolds her mildly. “Oh good heavens, Oliver, please… let the girl wear what she wants,” his outspoken mother answers. “Solange is presently eighteen years old and just like every other gorgeous young woman, at this flamboyant age everything looks lovely on her…” Metanoia Excerpt From Chapter 12 …When the time was ripe, the Professor prepared his bags, bought his airplane ticket and took the plane to India where after many hours he arrived at the airport in Delhi. However, although this country was the principle aim of his trip, he wanted to leave it till last and so from the same airport he took another flight to Nepal: a small mountainous country to the north of the Indian Subcontinent. On his arrival at the Tribhuvan Airport, about six kilometres distance from the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, the Professor was witness to a memorable scene that took possession of his heart: the Himalayan Mountains in the background, where eight of the ten highest mountains in the world are located, including the highest of all: Mount Everest. From the airport, he found his way to the capital, where his first retrospective thought was of the Western Hippies who visited this city from the fifties to the seventies of the last century, trips known as the Hippie Trial. Kathmandu was associated so closely with this movement that Jhochhen Tole, a minor street to be found to the south of Durbar Square, was nicknamed Freak Street in memory of those times. And while the Professor was still visualising the era of the Flower Children he continued directly to his hotel where he checked-in and since he had arrived late in the evening decided to stay in his room so that if nothing he could organise the next day’s itinerary in peace. The next day, the Professor visited Pokhara that is located 198 km from Kathmandu, a picturesque city teeming with natural pools, majestic mountains covered in dazzling snow reflected in these large water basins, and a fertile countryside that is reminiscent of Eden. He then visited the sacred temple of Pokhara Shanti Stupa, equally known as the Temple of Peace: a magnificent monument in the Buddhist pagoda style where several of the Buddha’s relics are reverently kept. However, the most anticipated place was Lumbinī that is found in the Rupandehi District where Buddhist tradition has it that Queen Māyādevī gave birth to Prince Siddhārtha Gautama who eventually became the Buddha about 2560 years ago; nevertheless, the canonical story says that this did not happen before many reincarnations had taken place. Long-lasting tradition narrates that everything started around a hundred thousand years before, when Dīpankara was the Buddha of that time and who, Śākyamuni, or Prince Siddhārtha, met during that remote period while he was the ascetic sage Sumedha, determined that he too would one day achieve the enlightened state of Buddhahood. Later, when in future lives he did achieve the Bodhicitta level of a Bodhisattva with an illuminated mind full of boundless compassion for humanity, finally, Siddhārtha was conceived in his mother, the Queen Māyādevī, as the future Buddha Śākyamuni… …And thus, the Professor spent his last day in Kathmandu, simply wandering here and there, taking photos, writing notes and buying books that he would probably be unable to find anywhere except in this iconic city. One of them was the Bardo Thödol, or as it is popularly known in the Western world The Tibetan Book of the Dead, written in the 8th century by one of the Tibetan Buddhist founders, Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche whose principal theme deals with death and the reincarnation of human beings. One of the remarkable things mentioned in the book is that between death and reincarnation there are 49 ‘days’ suspended in space and time. It also describes the various Consciousness states that a person goes through during these ‘days’, ethereal states known as antarabhāva or bardos. One of the key aspects of this book that surprised the Professor was that the description of these ‘suspended days’ resembled the near-death experience that many people undergo, where the incredible aspect of this astonishing phenomenon is to be found in outstanding examples of individuals, blind from birth who, having gone through this extraordinary experience – through their ultra-subtle mind – manage to perceive what they had never been able to see in their lives, to the point of even seeing persons in their minds who had lived many years before they themselves had been born… …Gradually, the days piled up significantly and during that time the Professor continued to explore other remarkable places, the last one being the monastery of Tashi Lhunpo, built in the year 1447, which is also one of the largest Buddhist temples in Tibet, located in Shigatse, on the Mountain Nyima Dawa La. It was here, precisely one day before he had to leave the region, that he had the opportunity to philosophise with a number of wise Buddhists that were very hospitable and congenial and from them he learnt several words in Tibetan. The two words that impressed him most were Nang-pa and Chi-pa. Chi-pa is an individual of inferior reincarnation or the Existentialist who craves to ‘find himself’ everywhere except inside his very being, while Nang-Pa is a person of superior reincarnation who chooses to discover spiritual truth inside himself… © Paceville and Metanoia (2022) The Author's website: http://www.antonsammut.com/ Buy this book from: https://www.facebook.com/bargainboxmalta

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    PACEVILLE Paceville is the antithesis of everything that is provincial and the epitome of joie de vivre. This stupendous autobiographical novel definitely represents the author's artistic dimension. It was clear from the first page, that the whole narrative was written from the frame of mind of an Artist more than an author! Evidently, Anton Sammut let loose his artistic side in Paceville and the result was an explosion of creativity that make this novel an unforgettable read. The author's creative PACEVILLE Paceville is the antithesis of everything that is provincial and the epitome of joie de vivre. This stupendous autobiographical novel definitely represents the author's artistic dimension. It was clear from the first page, that the whole narrative was written from the frame of mind of an Artist more than an author! Evidently, Anton Sammut let loose his artistic side in Paceville and the result was an explosion of creativity that make this novel an unforgettable read. The author's creative flair combined with the character's exuberance makes Paceville a unique autobiography. METANOIA Metanoia is Anton Sammut's Magnum Opus. Before I even ventured into Metanoia, I was absolutely captivated by the artistic representation on the front cover of a quantic horological mechanism! Then, as soon as I started reading, I was instantly swept up by Metanoia's highly symbolic narrative and could not let go of it. In any great Novel, the characters are the strong point on which all the narrative rests, and it could not be otherwise in Metanoia! The protagonist in this novel is a man of great intellect and exceptional character. One fine day, he unexpectedly encountered the unencounterable and that was the end of what he thought he knew about life! At that precise moment, for the first time, in his entire existence, he truly understood what Socrates, one of the greatest Philosophers of all time meant by his epic statement: "I know that I know nothing". After that eventful moment, our protagonist reflected quite a lot on the true significance of life, and after considerable soul - searching he finally decided to let go of his past and embark on an arduous quest. This quest would take him farther and farther away from his religion of comfortableness (as the Great German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche so eloquently put it, and the Great author, Anton Sammut quoted it in this epic Novel) and bring him closer to comprehending the complex mechanisms that govern life so that finally, he can set himself free from the existential gordian knot that has tied him to his old self his entire life. Metanoia is a boundless esoteric novel that has layers upon layers of inscrutable esoteric symbolisms and meanings. Only those who have already traversed the arduous quest that our protagonist has gone through can grasp a tiny fraction of the real Super Force of METANOIA.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    When pure intellect & creativity merge perfectly together the result is two phenomenal novels - Paceville and Metanoia.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Allan S.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jurgen

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark Kevin

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeanelle Catania

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Pace

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anthony E

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julia Bezzina

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marco

  22. 4 out of 5

    Toni

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Islam

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hermione

  25. 5 out of 5

    Obie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  27. 5 out of 5

    George

  28. 5 out of 5

    Arnas Lasys

  29. 4 out of 5

    Red

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Descartes

  31. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn North

  32. 5 out of 5

    MC

  33. 4 out of 5

    Godson

  34. 5 out of 5

    Black Well

  35. 4 out of 5

    Tudor

  36. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  37. 5 out of 5

    James Catherine

  38. 4 out of 5

    Shreya Jain

  39. 5 out of 5

    Sanika Patil

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