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A Voyage to Arcturus The novel has very little if any science fiction An interstellar voyage is depicted solely to provide a mostly superficial and perfunctory framework to the narration The book was written at a time w

  • Title: A Voyage to Arcturus
  • Author: David Lindsay
  • ISBN: 9781605890524
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Voyage to Arcturus By David Lindsay, The novel has very little, if any, science fiction An interstellar voyage is depicted solely to provide a mostly superficial and perfunctory framework to the narration The book was written at a time when it was no longer possible to conceive strange lands in the antipodes as in Jonathan Swift s Gulliver s Travels, or in Thomas More s Utopia , and so these have to be setThe novel has very little, if any, science fiction An interstellar voyage is depicted solely to provide a mostly superficial and perfunctory framework to the narration The book was written at a time when it was no longer possible to conceive strange lands in the antipodes as in Jonathan Swift s Gulliver s Travels, or in Thomas More s Utopia , and so these have to be set at Tormance, an imaginary planet orbiting Arcturus, which, in the novel but not in reality , is a double star consisting of stars Branchspell and Alppain The choice may have been inspired by the nonfictional A Voyage to the Arctic in the Whaler Aurora published in 1911 by an identically named David Moore Lindsay The lands are used to represent philosophical systems, or states of mind, through which the main character, Maskull, passes on his search for the meaning of life.Maskull is depicted as a man longing for adventures, who accepts an invitation from Krag, an acquaintance of his friend Nightspore, to travel to Tormance The three set off from an abandoned observatory in Scotland but Maskull finds himself alone in Tormance In every land he passes through he usually meets only one or two persons these meetings often though not always end in the death of those he meets He learns of his impending death, meets Krag again, and dies shortly after learning that he is Nightspore himself The book concludes with a final revelation from Krag who claims to be known on Earth as Pain to Nightspore about the origin of the Universe.All characters and lands are types used to convey the author s critique of several philosophical systems That is why the inhabitants of Tormance are so few they suffice to make the point they are intended for The author turns out to support a variation of the doctrine of the Demiurge, somewhat similar to that defended by some Gnostics.

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    1. Apparently David Lindsay said once that he would never be famous, but that as long as our civilisation endured, at least one person a year would read him I think he was probably right This is not a well written book, and there is very little character development but it is full of amazing, larger than life ideas, and some of it will stick in your mind for ever At least it has in mine, and looking at the other reviews I think a fair number of other people felt similarly When I read Philip Pullman [...]

    2. This is one of the most incredibly eccentric, surprising and challenging philosophical fantasy novels ever written The Scottish writer David Lindsay died in 1945 He is usually regarded as a fantasy writer While he wrote a great deal, most of his works have been hard to find, out of print, neglected Voyage to Arcturus is the exception, having become a bit of a cult classic and reprinted again and again in paperback editions.The title suggests science fiction It is not Arcturus is a device, a meta [...]

    3. Well, uh, hmmm This is definitely something.The writing style and character depictions are both subpar, but the narrative of events and allegory are something wildly original, especially for the 1920s This book resembles a Gnostic version of the Pilgrim s Progress written by Philip K Dick in the post VALIS period.This book would hardly fit into the genre of scifi That term, too often used as an insult, could not adequately describe the book at its best What is this A future morality play A Gnost [...]

    4. Loses a star solely through my inability to understand what exactly transpired within and, with the passing of the years, my inability to recollect sufficiently to ponder it anew Like everything truly excellent, it begins with a s ance and an assortment of oddball characters ere the reader finds himself with the protagonist, Maskull, newly awoken upon the gravity juiced planet of Tormance and, thus, in orbit about the plasmatic sphere known as Arcturus It is at this point that the infamous Magn [...]

    5. Arcturus a Yolculuk, hik yecili in ve hik yelerle mest olmu olan insano lunun zihninin ayart c ve aldat c y n n g stermek i in onun silahlar n ona kar kullan yor.Yap ve ilerleyi tan d k dil ak c ve sade Yaln z, al lagelenin aksine ho nutluk ve tatmin duygusu esirgenmekte bizden T m ana hik ye ve alt hik yeler, zaman mek n alg s olarak ileriye do ru akarken d nsel ve ahlaki anlamda geriye gidi ya an yor Olaylar d nsel ve duygusal anlamda, yery z ndeki bezmi likten d nya cennetteymi hissine Torman [...]

    6. Leave the past alone, it cannot be reshaped The future alone is ours It starts fresh and clean from this very minute 1920 , , , , , , , plus

    7. How I first came to learn about David Lindsay s A Voyage to Arcturus was in a strange cookbook I saw in the early 1970s written by a hippie who decided to use as the heading of each page a recommended book title One of the books was this one, but it took me over forty years to get around to reading it I remember liking many of the cookbook author s recommendations, and my library is full of them and yet I cannot remember the name of the cookbook or its author Does anyone reading this review know [...]

    8. So, I picked this book up because it is on my Inklings reading list in other words on the list of books I ve kept that, according to their own accounts, cultivated the imagination of the Inklings CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers, et all This book especially has been noted as a primary inspiration for Lewis Out of the Silent Planet Now that this is out of the way Arcturus was published in 1920 less than a decade after Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars [...]

    9. I don t think I can write properly and it may be entirely because of reading this dizzlingly piece of art.I ve not read anything like it before and I tend to doubt there is anything like it out there However, like Maskull Nightspore, I will spend my life out there pursuing it whatever it is hopefully I m longer for this world Though in this hope I sometimes falter Arcturus a pitch perfect something It is a great lumbering, spiritually forgetful romp I believe I have heard it referred to as an am [...]

    10. Of the stranger books I ve come across, this has to be strangest, and while the title and initial chapters suggest that this may be a work of dismissive Science Fiction Fantasy, it is decidedly not.Published in 1920, the book hails from a strong lineage of allegorical journey stories Think of the travails of Candide or better yet, of Gulliver s Travels While the aforementioned books were of a political nature, A Voyage to Arcturus speaks about something primal how does one define meaning in the [...]

    11. Update after 3 2 14 re read I just finished this for the second time and God DAMN My mind has been blown The last 5 6 pages are one jaw dropping revelation after another, each one magnified than the previous until the very last page when, despite maybe the best closing dialogue ever, my jaw couldn t drop any lower because it was already on the goddamned floor.I was recently called to this, and that s really the best way to describe the feeling the book gives you it calls you back eventually Aft [...]

    12. This is going to be one of those books that is really hard to talk about Not because I m worried about giving away spoilers, but rather because I m not sure how much I understand it.It starts well A group with a common interest in witnessing the supernatural come together to observe a summoning , that goes well until interrupted by a rude stranger One of these observers Maskull is then invited by the stranger to visit Arcturus, a planet in a distant binary star system Unbelieving at first, he is [...]

    13. I m so happy to finally get a copy of this gorgeous Savoy edition of this confounding book I read this a few years ago with mixed reactions, and I just know I didn t give it a proper chance I read it in little bits and pieces, often interrupted, while I was supposed to be working not a very conducive atmosphere for tackling a book with so much substance I look forward to encountering it again properly with this luxurious, definitive edition.

    14. Sin querer entrar en pol micas est riles, es decir, que tiro la piedra y escondo la mano, no me parece en absoluto una obra de ciencia ficci n, se trata m s bien de una alegor a religiosa, o espiritual, de ra z gn stica Es m s, est m s cerca de la fantas a que de otra cosa, quiz de una fantas a que hundiera sus ra ces en la cf, puesto que en este libro he visto reflejado desde El libro del Sol Nuevo , de Gene Wolfe otra obra aleg rica religiosa que consiste en un largo viaje del protagonista has [...]

    15. Sort of wearying, but the final payoff is worth the effort Pseudo gnostic secrets make for a planetary romance that s hard to outguess in this classic of Scottish SF in the dark tradition of James Hogg 107 The storm gathered The green snow drove against them, as they stood talking, and it grew intensely cold None noticed it 110 They hate pleasure, and thus hatred is the greatest pleasure to them about Sant is this Krag s doctrine I forget 134 cool use of the word apercu , an insight, experienced [...]

    16. Subterranean fantasy classic is certainly an apt description on the cover of my dog eared Sphere edition of Great War veteran David Lindsay s novel A fave among such diverse writers as J.R.R Tolkein, C.S Lewis, Clive Barker, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore and Phillip Pullman The best key I can offer to the esoteric text is the recurrent symbolism of Gnostic duality the twin suns of the planet Tormance Branchspell and Alppain, rugged adventurer Maskull, likewise sighting them, in the Starkness towe [...]

    17. I am really enamoured with weird or fantastic fiction from the early 20th century I d been hearing much about this elusive, mysterious book for quite some time, and noted with considerable pleasure that opinions on the book were completely polarised It seemed that readers either loved this book or could barely stand to finish it So I went and read it, and let me say for starters that this book was an experience I ll never forget In fact, I ve begun it a second time, reading aloud, to pick up on [...]

    18. Little known by other than connoisseurs of the strange and mysterious, this odyssey of the questing human spirit is well worth the patience it takes to cope with the opening chapters, which lumber considerably as the author prepares us for the meat of the story But once our characters reach Tormance a planet circling the star Arcturus the adventure begins in earnest, in a world where the spiritual takes physical form, and our hero Maskull battles a zoo of tempters and diverse philosophies as he [...]

    19. I can t believe you re going to force yourself to finish that book Life is a struggle You re going to rip it up and give Manny Rayner paper cuts until he dies So I stopped I really did try Not only did Manny mention it in his review of my book, Lisa A Chess Novel but I m giving science fiction the old college try Hoyle s The Black Cloud is next.Arcturus is everything I feared sci fi would be.

    20. I am not sure what to make of this classic science fiction novel it was a philosophical metaphor than the space travel adventure story that I had hoped for I don t think that I understood what Lindsay was trying to say The final two chapters in particular confused me with view spoiler Nightspore apparently being Maskull a Maskull who survived the death of the main character but also existed before his death Krag being Surtur which was pain on Earth hide spoiler

    21. Voyage to Arturas begins like high pulp fantasy, a la Burrough s Princess of Mars or Poe s Narrative of Pym characters are introduced, with no effort spent on relating who they are, or why they are they merely appear, and are shortly transported to another world And Tormance is a luscious world, at first appearing like the world of Avatar, but quickly becoming an acid trip of the highest order, a world in which our hero Maskull encounters strange people and stranger places one after the other, a [...]

    22. Swept from Victorian England to a distant planet, everyman Maskull begins an epic journey of discovery through that alien environment towards its metamorphic gods A third of the way into his journey, Maskull encounters a violently sexual woman, murders her husband, demands her obedience, and then has her sing a song while they travel Its words were pure nonsense or else their significance was too deep for him 113 The same can well be said of this entire book A Voyage to Arcturus is a fever dream [...]

    23. Listening to the LibriVox audio by Mark Nelson I have known for some time that this book was a big influence on C.S Lewis s space trilogy and, now that I ve read all of those, am finally getting around to this one.I can see the resemblances already but am intrigued by the story And, of course, it s fun reading a book that someone else I know enjoyed so much FINALI am not actually finished but having read about a third of this book I feel I ve gotten what I wanted from it The story of exploration [...]

    24. Really loved this for the first quarter of the book Thought it was great wicked weird which is always good Unfortunately, the well written weirdness could not make up for the lack of action in the plot The antiquated views, especially concerning women, really started to bug me Eventually I got to the point where I couldn t be bothered with this story any The only reason I gave it two stars was because it had some great ideas character setting wise.

    25. This is one of the stranger books I ve ever read It came highly recommended by Jim Woodring and it did not disappoint The protagonist, Maskull, travels to an alien planet and in each land he traverses, the landscape and people are different than the last He encounters things like green snow and people with third arms growing out of their chests Indeed, Maskull often wakes up with the same type of new sense organs as the natives he meets The differences in each place even extend to the morals and [...]

    26. Lindsay s novel like so many tales of fantasy and science fiction is a quest for the answers to life s mysteries It is not a perfect work in either style or form but its influence on the pioneers of these genres make it a significant work especially for their British practitioners Its use of space travel as a spiritual process highly influenced C.S Lewis in his development of the Space Trilogy, and J.R.R Tolkien read the work with avidity and clearly Frodo s struggle with the ring and his journe [...]

    27. Maalesef beklentimi tam olarak kar lamayan bir kitap oldu Yeni bir gezegene giden birinin ba ndan daha ok bilimsel ey ge mesini beklerken tanr , ahlak, inan gibi konular sorgulayan daha felsefeli konular i lendi Bu k t bir ey mi, asl nda de il ama kitab n yaz ld y ldan g n m ze kadar ge en s rede bence bu sorular n bir k sm arp c l klar n yitiriyor Anlat m dilini de biraz kar k buldum Baz yerlerde, zellikle a r felsefe yap lan k s mlarda karakterlerin ne demek istedi ini, tam olarak neyi kastett [...]

    28. David Lindsay, from the Scottish borders, inspired C.S Lewis and Phillip Pullman and many others Where I really enjoyed C.S Lewis s Planet trilogy, I found this a lot harder to relate to Published in 1920 , this book was named a Masterwor of Fantasy It is similar to Gulliver s Travels, and like that story, I suspect an annotated version would help to pick up the philosophies and politics behind this one Instead of meeting curious peoples and deciding how to help them, Maskull meets individuals a [...]

    29. This book explores in a very interesting way the meaning of life, love, existence, emotions and the differences between men and women All this takes place on the fast changing planet Tormence where people can grow additional organs that help to understand their surrounding I like the way how the author plays with different philosophies, how he combines words and how he invents new colors and even a new sex In the middle of the book I felt a little disoriented and it took me some time to grasp th [...]

    30. It s probably because I was required to read one too many allegorical novels in grad school, but I did not enjoy this book The problem with allegorical books is that the characters are unsurprisingly representatives of something, and not really fleshed out human or alien beings As a result, little that they do really makes a lick o sense, because they re not making human choices, but symbolic ideological ones This is frustrating and boring at the same time I dunno maybe I wasn t in the right moo [...]

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