review by Grady Harp
There is something about Paul H. Magid's quiet novel LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA that makes the reader simply dissolve into the hush the book produces. This is a novel, yes, and with a well delineated story that opens with a sense of wonder at the spaces that are called Montana, flies like a feather on wind to India where again the author defines the aura of a country that has always defined spiritualism, and spans time as the brief journey of each incarnation we visit like the tiny speck of the universe we are.
The story is less important than the effect of the message: a young athlete is tortured by visions of menacing death disturbing his sleep, and despite the presence of a supportive and loving family he cannot seem to explain or escape them. Joseph, the name assigned to this Everyman, is a brilliant athlete who suffers a major injury that alters his hopes for a `future', and searching for healing he travels to the Himalayas of India seeking a mystic who will heal him. What happens in India should be read and not described, except to say that the manner in which Magid informs the reader about Karma, Dharma, and Moksha as a manner of using the story to define the paths of living and reincarnations and the process of leaving this present state of being that can only be described as sharing wisdom.
There is magic here, not of the sort that dances in 3D on animated-enhanced movie screens. The magic of this novel is the hushed manner in which it brings the reader into contact with the universe, the `reasons' for living, the paths taken and the paths to come. It is far more than the fine story it relates. It is nourishment for the soul.
Grady Harp, August 2012
TITLE: LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA
AUTHOR: PAUL H. MAGID
PUBLISHER; POINT DUME PRESS