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Whether to include Beelzebub's Tales on an introductory suggested reading list is a controversial subject within the Gurdjieff community. This is Mr. Gurdjieff's magnum opus; the single most important exposition about Gurdjieff's teaching. For most people, however, the book is difficult to approach without first becoming familiar with books by other authors as listed below.
A semi-autobiographical account of Gurdjieff's own search for knowledge and truth. The written style makes the book easier to approach than Beelzebub's Tales, so many people begin here. However, as Gurdjieff writes in the third series, "No one interested in my writings should ever attempt to read them in any order than the indicated order; in other words, he should never read anything written by me before he is already well acquainted with the earlier works."
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