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Dave’s life is ruled by women. There’s his wife Marlene, a gorgeously sexy blonde bitch, who communicates with him via Post-it notes. There’s Charlotte, his bossy, precocious, six-year-old daughter. And his yoga teacher, Kali, who appears to be a physical incarnation of the Hindu Goddess of Creation & Destruction. Dave’s blood thickens with cold whenever she comes closDave’s life is ruled by women. There’s his wife Marlene, a gorgeously sexy blonde bitch, who communicates with him via Post-it notes. There’s Charlotte, his bossy, precocious, six-year-old daughter. And his yoga teacher, Kali, who appears to be a physical incarnation of the Hindu Goddess of Creation & Destruction. Dave’s blood thickens with cold whenever she comes close, and that’s doing his cholesterol level no good at all. The men in Dave’s life are no use either. Max, the boss from hell, is threatening to fire him. Chris the dork has a Star Wars quotation for every occasion. And beer-swilling Mike has nothing to offer but bloke wisdom and dirty jokes. Dave seeks knowledge in a book, and not just any book. The two-thousand year old Yoga Sutras is the Bible of yoga, but the more Dave reads, the less he understands. Being a man in the twenty-first century is no fun at all, but instead of facing up to reality, can Dave invent a new version of it instead? As he tries to escape his earthly bondage, a new and terrifying world of gods, goddesses, angels, demons and witches opens up before him. Is this the liberation from karma that was promised in the Yoga Sutras, or are things taking a major turn for the worse? Can Dave find wisdom, save his marriage, learn to do yoga without falling over, and discover the secret of happiness before everything goes too far?"Jackson Radcliffe has a sharp eye for the absurdities of modern life. From yoga, to Star Wars, to grocery shopping at Waitrose via black holes and roundabouts, this novel had me laughing out loud." - Margarita Morris, Goodreads Author...

Title : The Yoga Sutras
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ISBN : 9781499139730
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 310 Pages
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The Yoga Sutras Reviews

  • Arran Bhansal
    2018-12-19 04:01

    I decided to read this book as I was intrigued by the title and synopsis. The book really surprised me as it was even better than I thought it would be.There were moments when I was reading the book where I laughed out loud (much to the annoyance of those around me). There are some lovely down to earth moments, especially when Dave sits in the pub and discusses life with his mates. It really reminded me of my friends and similar conversations I've had. Come to think of it, the character reminded me of myself too!I also like how the author managed to create the story around his yoga classes. I've learnt so many things about yoga just reading this book, especially about how difficult it can be. It's even made me wonder if I should take it up.In summary, a very well presented, easy going novel, with some hilarious (and the odd cringe) moments.Well done!A

  • Dixie Conley
    2019-01-07 03:16

    I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.And, to be honest, I'm not sure whether to give this book 1 star or 5 stars. It's comfortable and easy to read, but its subject matter...Dave, the antihero of the piece, has a semi-good, semi-bad life. His wife is forcing him to take yoga classes, which he sucks at. Yoga is the backdrop for everything that happens. In a way, this is a story about a man who gradually slips into psychosis. In another, it's about our dependence on others and our routines to bring us happiness. If Dave had learned to say 'no' and mean it, a lot of his pain could have been averted, I think.It's a good, but disturbing read. I gave it two stars because while it is a good read, it's not anything I want to read about and because the ending is seriously ambiguous.

  • Glenn Conley
    2019-01-16 07:59

    This book is fascinating, in the weirdest ways. It's like an atheist transgender priest is giving a sermon on the meaning of life, and how one can attain enlightenment. Or something. That's how much sense this book doesn't make. And at the same time, it makes perfect sense.It's the subtle journey of one man's descent into madness. His beautiful wife suggests he take a Yoga class, to help him deal with his many issues. He takes the Yoga class, because he's incapable of saying no to his wife. Hell, he's incapable of saying no to anyone, really.He's really just a pathetic loser, trying to make sense of his fucked up life. His wife hates him. His daughter hates him. His goldfish hate him. His SatNAV definitely hates him. And, he's pretty sure that his wife is, in fact, the devil.Poor Dave gets so distraught that women rule his life, that he starts to think about becoming one himself. He reads up about it, how the penis can actually be turned into a vagina, and all that good stuff. He goes online, and chats up some transgender freaks who politely tell him to "Fuck off!"Just as I was sure that this poor sap was about to take a hatchet to lop off his dick, he comes back to his senses, and is again sure that his wife must be killed, because she is, in fact, the devil. But, he can't think of a good way to kill her. So he asks his SatNAV, as you do. The navigation system in his car proceeds to break down the many ways he could kill his wife. Most of which involved motor vehicles.Then Dave comes to his senses again, and decides just to poison her instead of running her over with the Jag, or shoving her off a cliff, or choking her to death. Mostly because his SatNAV told him he was too much of a pussy to pull it off.Needless to say, this book was fucking hilarious. It actually had me laughing out loud. If I had any weed or LSD, I'd totally read this book while on that shit. It'd be a mad trip, for sure.

  • John Logsdon
    2018-12-23 09:04

    I tend to be more of a sci-fi/fantasy reader, but seeing that I've spent the last 10 years failing horribly at the Yoga game I couldn't resist checking out a comedic angle on the subject. Moreover, being that I'm also a 40-something fellow, like the main character, Dave, it really hit home with me there too.While I would not want to live Dave's life, I found reading about it to be hilarious at times and eerily familiar at others. Dave's friends alone (especially Mike, who is damn near *exactly* like a hockey buddy of mine) came across as so similar to the guys I hang out with that it was creepy! Mike's answer to his own question, "HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO DIE?" made me laugh out loud, as did many things Mike said.The pacing in "The Yoga Sutras" is great and the character interactions are top-notch and believable. One of the great aspects of this story is how Radcliffe set-up a triangle of influences around Dave. The combination of "Kali" as the Yoga instructor, Dave's daughter Charlotte showing wisdom beyond her years while leading Dave to ask himself all sorts of interesting questions, and Marlene's, well, bitchiness…made for entertaining interactions across the board.If you're into Yoga, or you happen to be entering mid-life and the world is starting to pile up its seemingly endless "joys" on you, you'll find "The Yoga Sutras" to be a great read that will let you know that (compared to Dave) your life's really not that bad.

  • Margarita Morris
    2019-01-16 03:03

    This isn't normally the kind of book I read, but it's really funny. Jackson Radcliffe has a sharp eye for the absurdities of modern life. From yoga, to Star Wars, to grocery shopping at Waitrose via black holes and roundabouts, this novel had me laughing out loud.

  • Marilyn Stanley
    2019-01-11 02:58

    I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.I thoroughly enjoyed this book - cover to cover. At times, I laughed out loud - at other times I swore under my breath at Dave.Overall, it was a great book and I would highly recommend it.

  • Aamil Shaheen
    2019-01-16 05:56

    I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads and I wanted to read it because I was curious about the way Yoga fits into this story. I also believed that writing a funny novel about Yoga must be terribly difficult and since Jackson Radcliffe had taken this up, it must make for an interesting read.Jackson has written a 300 page story that revolves around the life of a really dull man named Dave who is seeking an escape from his dreary existence while he attends Yoga classes on his wife's insistence. Dave's life is uninspiring; he keeps the company of an insecure thin person and a boisterous and loud and disgustingly vulgar fat person, his marriage is in shambles and he briefly lusts after his Yoga instructor. His friends, wife and Yoga instructor are flat characters that have no depth to them whatsoever.There is very little happening in the novel other than the Dave feeling sorry for himself and getting some really boring epiphanies. I found his friends especially disagreeable and couldn't stand their interactions in the novel.While I wouldn't say I was disappointed by the novel (it was indeed funny in bits and pieces), the story did drag a little bit for me after a point, and I felt like it was going nowhere.However, there is a saving grace in the novel and that is Jackson's sharp wit based on everyday observations. It kept me going through the novel. Sample this -Who is the seer? The seer is you. By the practice of yoga you may come to know your true nature. Dave had always thought that a seer was a wise person, but perhaps Patanjali just meant see-er: a person who can see.Dave could never stay focussed on the present. Why would he want to limit himself in that way? His mind was free to roam throughout history, to explore his own past or to speculate about the future. Why restrict himself to this arbitrary sliver of time we labelled ‘now’?The foyer of the leisure centre was a discordant noisy place, designed by people who had been briefed carefully about fun and games, but had never experienced any themselves.Yoga had been invented by men for men. For thousands of years women had been forbidden to practise yoga or even to learn about it. Then some idiot had let the cat out of the bag, and now look what had happened. Women everywhere. Trying to find a man doing yoga was like trying to find a woman who could change a spark plug.Forty-ninth book reviewed as part of the 130 Challenge | Read on my blog

  • Gary Gautier
    2018-12-21 08:19

    Once I picked up The Yoga Sutras, the clean, easy sentence structure and entertaining style hooked me and I just kept reading. Dave’s inner life, and eventually his outer life, spin out of control under the pressure of a female trinity: his yoga teacher, his wife, and his 6-year-old daughter. The gender relations of power were hilarious and totally believable from Dave’s point of view, but should be controversial enough in implication to generate some give-and-take in readerly circles.The outer frame of yoga-based symbols and the rhetoric of eternal truth keeps crowding the interior of Dave’s factual world. And the pop culture anchors of that factual world really are funny – the satire on sales and marketing language, the list of good and bad things about the 1970s, the “vegetarian post-feminist women’s collective in Bethnal Green.” To plot against some larger pop culture reference points, Dave’s life is like an updated iteration of James Thurber’s “Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” but with a larger cast of characters and different arc to the plot. And the pub meetings of Mike and Chris and Dave call to mind the hilarious bowling alley meetings of Walter, Donnie, and the Dude, respectively, from the Coen Brothers’ film, The Big Lebowski.After all the bon mots of the prose, after the rollicking ride in the second half, when Dave starts making “decisions,” I’m not sure if the parallel Jungian universe that comes to infuse the characters of Dave’s world has led him finally to enlightenment or insanity, but I guess that’s always the question, isn’t it?

  • Steve Morris
    2018-12-23 10:16

    The Yoga Sutras puts in a good shift. Driven by faultless, tightly packed dialogue the central character Dave, a forty something man embarks on a necessary voyage of discovery.Dave is positioned in the middle of a triangle of three differently powerful women comprising (in no particular order) his six year old daughter, his yoga teacher and his wife. Dave also has a trio of ineffectual ( but no less amusing) men around him none of whom he can rely on.As Dave attempts to balance domesticity with his journey to spiritual enlightenment, Radcliffe uses sarcasm and irony throughout even the most kitchen-sink moments of Dave's journey:"It was Dave's turn to feed the goldfish. It was his turn every day. Marlene couldn't be [bothered synonym] and Charlotte didn't care whether they lived or died....'If we don't feed them how long will they take to die?'asked Charlotte....Dave didn't know. 'If they get hungry will the big ones eat the little ones?' ..'When they die will they float or will they sink?' Dave didn't know the answers to any of Charlotte's questions. Or any of his own. He knew as much as the goldfish."The Yoga Sutras is a polished intelligent book that could easily have come from one of the few big publishing houses and deserves to be an alternate choice for those who would normally choose to read from the same old names.I like original books. That is why I read it. If there had been any paranormal vampires in this , it would have been in the recycling within five minutes. Instead I joined in Dave's entertainingly different journey.Recommended.

  • Joel Bresler
    2019-01-14 10:14

    Dave is the sort of guy you'd probably want to slap. Repeatedly. His wife and six year old daughter seem to have the same idea, and though there's very little actual slapping, Dave's psyche isn't getting much respect. He has settled into a mid-life rut that he'd like to get out of, if he could only overcome the inertia. When his mind finally forces its way out, however, it quickly makes up for lost time.Dave has been encouraged by his wife to try yoga as a way to deal with his "issues", and through yoga he attains a certain amount of enlightenment. Not the according-to-Hoyle variety, but in his own fashion.Jackson Radcliffe's novel reminded me a bit of 'Crime and Punishment', which I once described as the longest short-story in literature. This book has a long short-story quality to it which is kept from becoming tedious by Radcliffe's excellent prose. I suspect that if I knew anything about yoga there would be a relationship between the yoga terms used as chapter headings and what takes place within them. It felt that way to this uninformed reader, at least.'The Yoga Sutras' is a very well-written and enjoyably readable novel, humorous but not exclusively so.

  • Tina
    2018-12-21 09:21

    I found myself laughing out loud a lot with this book. The story is from the male (Dave) perspective living in a woman dominated world. I found that Dave seemed a bit afraid of the women in and around his life, but yet he seemed comfortable and confident around them. The main women in his life were all aggressive in some sort of way which seemed to make him seem like a wimp. I found myself anxious to find out if Dave's plan would work and ultimately was surprised at the ending and wanted it to continue just a little bit more. The most difficult part about this book, was I don't know anything about yoga, so when various yoga positions were described, I had a hard time visualizing them.

  • Jackson Radcliffe
    2018-12-31 09:53