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You will find yourself continually coming back voygae certain passages, pondering the meaning of various interactions, and agonising over the ending. Sullenbode, a faceless woman, kills Haunte as they kiss. It’s a sort of allegorical tale, written in by Scottsman David Lindsay.

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay

Lewis whose Space Trilogy I found difficult enough going although he did thankfully include interesting stories to go along with the imaginative worlds and new beings. It came highly recommended by Jim Woodring and it did not disappoint. The first five chapters take place on the Earth that we all know, and introduce us to lindsay’s very singular observational powers.

It is a book that reflects its Scottish author’s feelings about the recently concluded horrors of the First World War.

So not a great work of fiction, but an interesting key to other work, and an apt philosophical demonstration. Corpang has come to Threal to follow Thire, and leads Maskull to three statues of these divinities.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. After scrutinising the two friends for a moment or so, he strode into the room and thrust the lantern on the table. His characters mostly exist to make points about the human condition, sometimes snide, sometimes beautiful. Paperbackpages.

While they were walking swiftly across to the tower, Maskull caught his arm. And even if you don’t agree at all with the ending, arcturuss extremely memorable.

A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay

I wonder whether my appraisal of this book will change over time, as it has for Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemistwhich I now feel like downgrading.


It was as if he had swallowed a draught of kindsay electricity. Books by David Lindsay. The first few encounters on the distant planet feel as though they are establishing important characters and a definitive trajectory.

This world is apparently Tormance, the single planet encircling the binary star Arcturus, a world that seems to draw Maskull with magnetic compunction that voyafe can or will not resist, even when a terrible voice in the night declares that the journey will mean his death. As though the novel were some Nietzschean Pilgrim’s Progress, Maskull seems enjoined to do what he must to save his own soul. The stairs must have a magnetic pull of some sort.

Eventually I got to the point where I couldn’t be bothered with this story anymore. The critic and philosopher Colin Wilson described A Voyage to Arcturus as the “greatest novel of the twentieth century”. A Voyage to Arcturus is a feve Swept from Victorian England to a distant planet, everyman Maskull begins an epic journey of discovery through that alien environment towards its metamorphic gods.

View all 4 comments. There are misplaced commas galore, even a mistaken paragraph indentation at one point, and “graveyard” is misspelled “grayeyard,” a curious typo since the two keys are not that close to one another and the “y” coincidentally resembles the “v.

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Thought it arcturjs great- wicked weird- which is always good. The opening scenes are electric, atmospheric, and exciting, in the vein of H. The experience, I admit, is not unlike reading Nietzsche himself and his constant need to be undefinable yet talk like he knows exactly where he is and what he is doing.

Bloom admits his late-comer imitation is overwhelmed by Lindsay’s great original. Lewis finished his, Tolkien started, but never published. It is definitely flawed, with episodes that tend to run together after awhile, an over-emphasis on setting which bogs down the narrative, and non-existent characterizations — Krag and maybe Nightspore actually end up being the only somewhat solid characters with real motivations.

Swept from Victorian England to a distant planet, everyman Maskull begins an epic journey of discovery through that alien environment towards its metamorphic gods. They may be impossible to grasp, on this mortal plain.


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He is now seen as being a major Scottish fantasist of the 20th century, the missing link between George Macdonald and modern writers such davi Alasdair Gray who have also used surrealism and magic realism.

Does anyone reading this review How I first came to learn about David Lindsay’s A Voyage to Arcturus was in a strange cookbook I saw in the early s written by a hippie who decided to use as the heading of each page a recommended book title.

People grow arcturis limbs and everything is in strange colors. He learns of his own impending death, meets Krag again, and dies shortly after learning that he is in fact Nightspore himself.

As they near their destination, Corpang goes eagerly ahead but Maskull stops, caught in a vision of Muspel-light. Like Pullman, Lindsay is interested in the really Big Ideas.

Do you know that it takes light a hundred years or so to arrive here from Arcturus? Well, do you want to return? View all 13 comments.

When I read Philip P Apparently David Lindsay said once that he would never be famous, but that as long as our civilisation endured, at least one libdsay a year would read him. Surtur and so walks on and on, finding different ways of looking at the universe but none of them quite right to his thinking. It also enables Lindsay to reach an uneasy balance between exploring his concepts and leaving that exploration to the reader: Earthrid warns Gleameil that the music he plays will kill her, but she stays and promptly dies.

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay. So I went and read it, and let me say for starters that this book was an experience I’ll never forget.