Volume 1 The Sun Inside, Book 1: The Game Begins
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. In The Game Begins, the first book of a nine-book series, Skylar is absorbed by transcendental bliss on the floor of a Midwestern living room. Shaken out of dreaminess by the emotional drama of his household, the boy tries to make sense of his mother's heartbreak and tears and the wild adventures of his philandering dad.
The Game Begins is structured in units called "time zones," which follow the story alternately forward and backward in time. The newly divorced adult Skylar finds himself in a California oceanside paradise, surrounded by a deranged Vietnam vet, stoned-out relics of the hippy era, svelte joggers, and long-haired surfers. He has been stripped of wealth, position, wife, and family, and begins to discover the joy of simple existence.
The book carries the reader with Skylar through the throes of adolescence and into the thrills of first love. It brings the reader into the luxurious hotels of France and the inner workings of a Saint's spiritual organization. And, throughout this astonishing and wonderful adventure, the reader is offered the wisdom of spiritual Masters, through whose teachings Skylar Seequn attempts to make sense of all that he experiences.
Volume 1 The Sun Inside, Book 2: Seekers in a New Land
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. Early on in Seekers in a New Land, the second book of the nine-book series, the reader discovers Skylar confined in an eight-by-ten room in a flophouse in the North Beach section of San Francisco. To escape the squalor of the place, he roams for hours on end up and down the streets of the Italian neighborhood, past the delicatessens redolent of the Mediterranean world, past the Saturday-night strip shows, where barkers entrap slack-jawed tourists, past the crowds of drunken students and couples stunned by the boisterous scene.
With the turn of a page, the reader is carried into the living room of a cozy home in the England Midlands, where a charming, chubby father and his close-knit family gather round the telly. Skylar and his girlfriend, the daughter of the family, are training to become meditation teachers. The book follows the protagonist as he falls victim to London hustlers at the three-shell game, as a vicious field boss discards hours-worth of picked strawberries, and as he weighs dried blood and bone in the cobwebbed basement of a Warwick garden store.
Seekers in a New Land describes Skylar's intellectual delights at The Christopher Preparatory School, where the venerable Mr. Levens recites Caesar's Commentary on the Gallic War without even bothering to glance at the pages. The reader meets the sadistic swimming coach, Thameen Stabb, who amuses party guests by picking up women by their ankles and turning them upside down.
The book closes with the separation of Skylar from his first girlfriend, Ilona Zemlinskis, a human rainbow mounted on a thunderbolt, a feminist-dreamer-poet with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
Volume 1 The Sun Inside, Book 3: Love and Learning
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. Love and Learning, the third book of the nine-book series, takes the reader behind the scenes of a meditation organization's teacher-training course being held in Biarritz, on the Basque coast of France. Skylar Seequn, the book's protagonist, listens in awe to the flawless wisdom daily enunciated by the Master. He begins work in the kitchens under the guidance of California surfer and Zen-like chef, Mike Ridenour, and chafes under the over-management of the finicky hotel manager, Alphonse. Torn between his bohemian past and his puritanical present, Skylar divides his time between regular meditation and the perusal of Hemingway novels accompanied by sips of purloined wine.
On the vehicle of the book's "time zone" mechanism, the reader of Love and Learning is quickly carried to the hill caves of southern Ohio, where Skylar's first true love, Ilona Zemlinskis, transforms herself into a nocturnal sylph, as she dances ecstatically, bespelling the very rocks and trees surrounding her, naked under the otherworldly gleam of a gigantic full moon.
In an instant, the book's magic carpet transports the reader to the Florida coast, where Skylar buries himself in the works of Thomas Mann and Marcel Proust and Thomas Wolfe, where he hides himself from the blinding glaze of the semitropical sun and seeks to master the magic of literary greatness. He meets the oiled buxom beauty Dara Geltman, who shares with him the gossip of the condominium inhabitants, and Michael, the hair stylist, who introduces him to the unimaginable flashiness and glamour of the Fort Lauderdale gay-bar scene.
Volume 2 The Midnight Sun, Book 4: Transformation
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. In Transformation, the fourth book of the nine-book series, Skylar steps through the wrought-iron gates of an Ivy League college to begin his four-year journey through higher education.
The reader will delight with him as he absorbs the Gothic beauty of the sandstone buildings, with their devilish gargoyles, sprouting turrets, and glinting mica staircases, and as he explores, amazed, the magnolia-blooming lawns and wisteria-draped walls of the campus.
A wide array of colorful characters emerge from the pages of the book: Sherique Pearcing, the passionate lover of Zip Magee, who astonishes the residents of the dormitory (and prompts passersby to call the police) with her soprano squeals of erotic delight; Holt Ariel IV, an architecture major who darts about campus in a green suede Robin Hood cap and fills his desk drawers with meticulously sharpened pencils arranged by spectral hue; and Fassel "Yak" Merchant, the brilliant senior specializing in government affairs, who produces his 200-page thesis in a single, caffeine-fueled, marathon typing session.
Readers will watch as Skylar is shocked to his middle-class shoes by his first meetings with the swank East Coast social aristocracy, who surround him at the University. Royal Fortunatus, Jr., a friend of Yak's, seems to have stepped straight out of a Gatsby novel: movie-star looks, family-bank presidency waiting for him after graduation, and a mansion already built on the hill that the Fortunatuses own in a prestigious Pennsylvania town. And Royal's girlfriend, Vina Tatuesca, possesses the face, hair, and shape of a veritable goddess come down from on high to grace the earth.
Skylar, in the company of his taciturn, physics-major roommate, penetrates deep into the silent recesses of the school's library; gets robbed at gunpoint by a gang of ruffians; finds himself, while hitchhiking to Florida, dropped, by a redneck truck driver, into a scene straight from the Hound of the Baskervilles ; and begins the inner exploration that will lead him to confront his greatest dreams and devils.
Volume 2 The Midnight Sun, Book 5: The Wild World Within
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. In The Wild World Within, the fifth book of the nine-book series, Skylar returns to his Midwestern hometown for a summer vacation. Here he meets and spends time with the notorious Black brothers. Ripley "Rip" Black is the small town's version of Marlon Brando in The Wild Ones, a charmer, leader, and minor criminal whose magnetic aura draws to his side a dozen loyal merry men and women. Rip's parents are permanently absent from home, and he employs the family home as a base from which to carry on his myriad schemes for fun and profit. Skylar observes in amazement the antics of Rip and his boys.
The highlight of the summer occurs when Lammet Swenska, a wire-rimmed dreamer of the John Lennon sort, putters up to the Black house in his Volkswagen bus and proposes an epic trip to California. The adventures of the cross-country journey: the kaleidoscopic scenery of the San Rafael Swell, the Black Dragon Canyon, and the Book Cliffs of Utah, the morning awakening to the paradisal beach scene of Southern California; and the protagonist's psychedelic shamanic journey will entrance and thrill the reader of The Wild World Within.
Volume 3 The Light Above the Sun, Book 6: Shamans & Dungeons
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. In Shamans and Dungeons, the sixth book of the nine-book series, Skylar encounters and develops an instant romantic fascination for Vrede Trouman, a petite Dutch girl with a silent gentleness he finds irresistible. Luxuriating with Vrede in his free time, the student discovers the fascinations of Eastern religion in a Mahayana Buddhist course taught by the sophisticated Frenchman Professor Depaysan.
And Skylar meets a giant of a man, a Yaqui scholar named Roberto del Toro, who will become a major influence in his academic life. Del Toro brings the teachings of Don Juan alive for his class, and transports his students into the shadowy world of shamans and tricksters.
Mr. Natural, or Natch as he is known to his friends, regularly works his breathless way up the many flights of stairs to Skylar's tower aerie bearing exotic, intoxicating gifts. On one such visit he is introduced by his host to Elijah, a brilliant Cal Tech physics student, mystic, and Jimi Hendrix aficionado, who has come to the University for a visit.
Near the end of the book, Skylar encounters the long-repressed demons imprisoned in the dungeons of his unconscious mind.
Volume 3 The Light Above the Sun, Book 7: Soul Mates & Golden Ladies
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. In Soul Mates and Golden Ladies, the seventh book of the nine-book series, Skylar endures the "summer of the bummer," during which he remains bored on campus while school is out of session. Employed at Pavlovsk (the semi-feudal estate owned by the pharmaceutical king Senator Orgule Jacksboi), where he has been engaged to maintain the second guest pool, Skylar spends his days writing poetry and listening for the approach of his stealthy manager.
After work the young man finds himself in the company of a band of street kids led by "Panther," a sixteen-year-old of Latino, African-American, and white heritage. Panther projects a Melvin Van Peebles tough-guy image. In his stretched t-shirt, black leather jacket, and butt-hugging jeans, Panther flames and jets energy and purpose. Adored by a group of pretty high-school girls, the leader is equally admired by his loyal male followers.
When September arrives, Skylar walks in rapture through the autumnal beauties of the leaf-strewn campus. He visits his reclusive friend, the guitar-strumming Sean William Viceroy IV, a Southern gentleman whose small refrigerator is completely filled with neat stacks of Coca Cola cans, and spends time in musical indulgence with the upperclassman Ed Krimp, a man similarly but even more excessively concerned with neat orderliness in every part of his life.
In a town diner, the protagonist first comes face to face with Helen Orogild, a curly-haired blonde for whom he immediately develops a fatal passion. On the evenings before he visits her, Skylar listens to Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady" and finds his soul carried up to that heaven known to only the most captivated of lovers.
The end of Soul Mates and Golden Ladies features a scene in Brooklyn, New York involving a dramatic rooftop chase to escape policemen sprinting out of siren-squealing squad cars.
Volume 3 The Light Above the Sun, Book 8: Miss Synesthesia
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. In Miss Synesthesia, the eighth book of the nine-book series, Skylar enjoys the final spring of his stint at an Ivy League university. The campus through which he wanders in rapture is festooned with the voluptuous cups of flamingo-hued magnolias, and its walkways are spread with delicate carpets fashioned from the fall of lotus-colored cherry blossoms.
But Skylar must now confront the question for which his philosophical studies have not prepared him: what in the world is he going to do once he graduates? The high-achievers all around him are off to medical and law school, to Wall Street fortunes and State Department stepping stones, but he himself has no plans.
On one glorious May morning, Skylar and his best friend, Emmetrios, swallow magic pills and begin one of those aimless journeys made popular by Surrealist poets. At one special moment of their trip, the friends encounter Miss Synesthesia, an exquisitely lovely young girl whose bicycle seat is marked with a huge "S," for "synesthesia," of course. The fairy princess represents to them all that is sweet and pure in life, all that is magical and inspiring. But when they blink their eyes, she is gone. Was she ever even really there?
Graduation comes and the soul-brothers celebrate to the sounds of The Band's "Time to Kill." They say "goodbye," realizing that their bond will endure a lifetime. Skylar moves into a tiny cabin in the woods of Homer's Pond, climbs into its drafty, undusted attic, and immerses himself in reading literature and writing whatever comes to mind.
Volume 3 The Light Above the Sun, Book 9: The Final Path
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. In The Final Path, the last book of the nine-book series, Skylar faces a bleak Christmas alone in his frigid cottage in Homer's Pond. His spirits sink as he realizes that he has no companions in the house, very little money, and no real plans in life.
He is now delivering groceries for Mount's Market, an institution of epicurean provisioning in the small university town. Here, under the watchful eye of the careful Yankee owner, Mr. Mount, Skylar receives his education in the nuances of cilantro, endive, and filet mignon. His customers comprise a "Who's Who" of novelists, playwrights, retired stage stars, and old-money types. His astonished eyes take in the stacks of expensive items delivered to a mansion whose sole proprietor is a ninety-year-old woman. The staff there live very well indeed.
The spring comes again and Skylar makes a momentous decision: he will leave the university town and move to his mother's apartment in Florida. There he will begin to write seriously. The move involves leaving the sensually indulgent lifestyle that he has been enjoying for more than four years. And it means that he will leave behind all the friends he has made over those important years. It seems to him that his soul is actually dying, to be reborn in a shape he cannot imagine.
He takes a drive-away car to Miami and a bus to Fort Lauderdale.
The Final Path concludes with Skylar living alone by the beach in California, reflecting on the wonderful trip he has taken over the course of the years.
Volumes 1-3; 9 Books, The Complete Series
Remembering Eternity follows the epic journey of Skylar Seequn, as he pursues his dream of finding that paradise on earth known as permanent happiness. In this complete collection of all nine-book in the series, the reader begins, follows, and finishes Skylar's epic quest.
The books begin with the protagonist's childhood, one filled with moments of transcendental expansion and bliss interspersed with sudden realizations of the tragic misery of his household. This split between the possibilities of paradisal and hellish existence serve as a leitmotif for the entire Remembering Eternity series.
The reader will recall his or her own childhood and adolescence as Skylar undergoes the suffering and enjoys the thrills of his early years. When he first walks through the gates of an Ivy League university, the reader will gaze with him, wonderstruck at the Gothic beauties of the campus. The music which so powerfully moves the protagonist will flow once more into the memory grooves of the reader of the books.
Throughout the series, Skylar searches for happiness where everyone always looks: in the traps of the human senses, in the allure of reputation, and in the excitation of accomplishment. He seeks to rediscover his childhood paradise in a lovely Dutch girl and in a movie-star face surrounded by curly golden locks. He attempts to locate paradise in art, in soothing melodies and enrapturing poetry. He tries to find paradise in intoxicants and the dreamy states they induce. But somehow it always eludes him.
Skylar finds genuine, soul-to-soul love, but realizes that, as great as it is, even interpersonal love is not the answer he seeks.
Finally, near the end of the series, Skylar comes into the presence of an Enlightened Master and begins his own spiritual apprenticeship. He then realizes the one true path to happiness.