All About the Book
Title: The Universe Is a Dream:
The Secrets of Existence Revealed
Author: Alexander Marchand
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Inspired Arts Press
Publication Date: September 30, 2010
Have you ever contemplated the cause of the universe beyond simply attributing it to God or The Big Bang? If so, have you ever entertained the idea that the universe is but a dream? Which is to say, have you ever considered that the cause of the universe is that you dreamt it up? At first glance, the idea that you dreamt up the universe perhaps seems implausible. However, what if you really took that idea seriously and followed it to its logical conclusion? What would you discover? Well, this book answers that question. Using the unique form of a graphic novel, artist and writer Alexander Marchand takes you on an artistic, humorous, irreverent, and extremely informative romp through the advanced, nondualistic metaphysics of the contemporary spiritual document known as A Course in Miracles. In the end, you’ll not only have a coherent picture of the true nature of the universe and existence, but you’ll also have essential, practical knowledge of what you’ll need to do to if you are ready to wake up. However, be forewarned that if you expect this book to prove to you that the universe is a dream, you’ll be disappointed. The only way to prove a dream is a dream is to wake up. Therefore, although the book provides the hypothesis and the parameters of the experiment to prove that the universe is a dream, you’ll have to be willing to do the experiment yourself. Consequently, if you refuse to do the experiment, you’ll probably hate the book and all irony of your hate for the book will be lost to you. But if you embrace the book’s logically consistent message of peace and are thus willing to do the experiment–which you’ll find is an experiment of uncompromising forgiveness–you’ll love it.
Where to Buy the Book
The book is available (as of 9/30/10) internationally at most major online bookstores, like Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Amazon Canada, Amazon.de, Amazon Japan, and so on. You can also order the book from here and get a 20% discount per book using the coupon code DKZNLNG6; the only catch is that this method doesn’t offer free shipping but shipping is cheap and for bulk orders the discount price makes this the best choice. If a site says the book is out of stock or something, ignore it and try to order it anyway, because they just need to realize that they have it. You can special order the book from most physical bookstores, but for the time being you won’t find the book on the shelves…except in rare circumstances of super-cool bookstores. If you live in a place without its own Amazon or without some other large online bookstore that stocks The Universe Is a Dream, then a good place to shop is The Book Depository. They are located in Guernsey and have free worldwide shipping (shipping included in the book price). And finally if you would like the book as an ebook, it is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon.de. An epub book fit for the Nook and most other ereaders is available here at Barnes and Noble. The ebook is broken up into individual comic frames making it fit for small screens like Kindle, Nook, iphone.
A Portuguese version is available (August 2011) O universo é um sonho. A Spanish version is available (March 2012) El Universo es un sueño. A Finnish version is available (March 2012) Universumi on Unta. A Korean version is available (December 2012) go here for details. And as of now a German edition is in the works. Perhaps also Dutch and Japanese. If you are seriously interested in publishing (not just translating) the book in another language please contact.
Humor and Culture
The book contains a plethora of subtle jokes, some of which are a bit risqué to help make a point. Many of the jokes are based on English puns and references to American pop-culture. Readers who aren’t entrenched in American pop-culture will likely not pick up on many of those jokes and references, but that doesn’t really matter. The main content of the book stands on its own feet. The jokes and references just add an extra dimension of interest and meaning (without detouring from the pace of the book) for readers with the background to pick up on them. Clues exist that make it so that a simple Google search will often help reveal the meaning behind many of the book’s subtle references.
A Kindle ebook is available from Amazon US and Amazon UK. An epub book fit for the Nook and most other ereaders is available here at Barnes and Noble. The ebook is broken up into individual comic frames making it fit for small screens like Kindle, Nook, iPhone. I personally recommend getting the physical copy or both since it is a comic. But that is up to you.