“I have read your book, ‘Philosopher’s Crystal’. I found it very entertaining and liked it a lot, especially the Epilogue.” – Prof. Bibek Debroy, one of the top Indian economists, an advisor to the Indian government, the translator of The Mahabharata.
“I congratulate the author on his very good grasp of Shankara’s thought. He has presented the central teaching of Shankara simply and clearly.” – Prof. Joseph Kaipayil (Jeevalaya Institute for Philosophy, Bangalore).
A very nice reply of one U.S. professor after receiving Philosopher’s Crystal: “[…] I am in my office here at the university on a Saturday for the past 13 hours. But I glanced at your book reading the first couple of pages, and now at page 32 I am finding it tough to put down– the ultimate praise. To think that it was not written originally in English, yet so well composed, is laudable. […]”.
Reviews on Goodreads.
“About two years ago an online friend of mine, Marcin Dolecki, asked me to check the English translation of a book he was writing. In return he just recently sent me the fully published version: this book, Philosopher’s Crystal.
I was, and am, quite impressed with what he’s done. I always had difficulty really digesting the essence of the messages from different philosophers while in high school and college. Anything much beyond Plato and I’d find myself falling asleep. What Marcin has done is unique in my experiences: He’s woven a fantasy/dystopian/time-travel story that is quite readable and enjoyable around an exposition of the central themes of several different and important schools of philosophical thought.
As his youthful central characters meet and speak informally with personages such as Augustine of Hippo, Descartes, and Shankara, it’s easy to understand and absorb a real feel for what they were trying to say in the essence of their works.
I have always tried in my own writing to take concepts and information that people might think can only really be grasped by “The Experts” and “The Cognizant Authorities” and present the material in a way that anyone with a decent high school education can easily follow. I believe Marcin has done that in Philosopher’s Crystal. I’d highly recommend this book for anyone interested in a fresh take on fictional time travel as well as anyone who’d like to pick up a bit of insight and grounding in some of the basic philosophical schools of thought without having to pore over long volumes of convoluted arguments.”
Michael J. McFadden
Author of Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains
Łukasz Bartkowicz: „Marcin Dolecki: Philosopher’s Crystal: The Treacherous Terrain of Tassatarius.” Forum Philosophicum. International Journal for Philosophy, 21, no. 1 (2016): 121–123: “Mr. Dolecki, by elaborating Philip’s conversations with the philosophers, is trying to present their principal doctrines in a most astute way. At this stage, the novel could be said to resemble a highly enjoyable textbook in the history of philosophy, focusing on selected ideas, or a lightweight “philosophical novel.” It is worth adding that the author is not afraid to enter into criticism of his characters’ views. After a conversation with St. Augustine, the main character truly appreciates the Bishop’s powers of argument, but even so, not all of his doubts are dispelled.” (p. 122).
A review by Anuradha Goyal, a blogger from India.
An introduction to the book (it’s not a review) on Hindu Blog.