The Beejum Book offers a journey
into a world of fantasy that, deep down, each of us knows and
longs for. It tells the story of Teak, a child living abroad
between the two World Wars. Teak's mother tells her not to worry
about being left alone, because every night, when she goes to
sleep, they can meet in Beejumstan.
Teak's travels to this magical
realm bring her face to face with Lonesome, a well-attired rabbit
and Beejumstan's "ambassador without portfolio"; Figg Newton, the
alchemist; the witches Rudintruda and Idy Fix; Gezeebius, the Wise
Old Man; and many other fascinating characters.
Alice O. Howell is a wise woman who
can present deep truths in simple and engaging ways. Through this
enchanting tale, she suggests that within us are many worlds as
real and compel-ling as the one we know outside. Delightfully told
and charmingly illustrated, The Beejum Book offers seekers of all
ages a beautiful way of imbibing wisdom.
About the Author
Alice O. Howell is the author of
The Dove in the Stone: Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace and
The Web in the Sea: Jung, Sophia, and the Geometry of the Soul,
and editor of A. Bronson Alcott's How Like an Angel Came I Down.
"A dream of a book, a triumph of
the illumined imagination."
MARY FORD-GRABOWSKY, EDITOR
Sacred Voices: Essential
Women's Wisdom through the Ages
SINCE I STARTED reading The Beejum
Book, there was simply no stopping. Author Alice 0. Howell, a
Jungian scholar well versed in the world's religions and
philosophies, has written a fictionalized autobiographical
narrative that exerts a spell as memorable as any favorite
Teak, an only child, becomes a
teenager as she travels in Europe between two world wars with her
busy and preoccupied parents. Every night when she goes to sleep,
she finds herself the little quirky train to Beejumstan. She
encounters Lonesome, an ambassador without portfolio, Mercy
Muchmore, Gumblegurk, Dr. Syzygy and Dr. Azibov Sobelow, Idy Fix,
King Ching, Whitsworth, Gezeebius, Figg Newton, Rudin-truda,
Sobkin the Supersensitive, Dark Shee, Sir Lovalot, and other
extraordinary Beejum characters. Like butterflies in a grove of
buddleia, thoughts about life and its lessons, humor, wit, wisdom,
and profound insights wing through Teak's fantastic adventures.
This is a magical book, to be read again and again, for all ages
of children and adults."
-- LEILA HADLEY,
AUTHOR OF Give Me the World AND A Journey with Elsa
This delicious, exhilarating marvel
of a book has a pace, wit, fantasy, and spiritual depth. The
Beejum Book will take its place with The Little Princess and
Charlotte's Web as a perennial classic.
- Andrew Harvey, author of The
Direct Path and Son of Man
A new classic. Wise and funny,
startling and exuberant, it offers us new ways of being as it
stirs up our pluck and cunning, our courage and our commitment.
- Jean Houston, author of Jump
Time, The Possible Human, and A Mythic Life
Read this book to yourself, or read
it aloud to a young child, and delight in the hidden ironies of
language and the pearls of wisdom you trip over when you least
expect them. As Alice in Wonderland magically mirrored the
Victorian world, so The Beejum Book mirrors ours.
- Marion Woodman, author of Bone:
Dying into Life and Addiction to Perfection
Sheer magic and pure delight. This
book breaks upon one like a revelation.
- Philip Zaleski, editor of The
Best Spiritual Writingseries and author of The Recollected Heart
This book is destined to become a
classic. Both young and old will find enchantment and nourishment
for the soul.
- James Redfield, author of The