Canopus in Argos: Archives [Doris Lessing] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book by Lessing, Doris. This book is the fourth volume in the second series, called Canopus in Argos: Archives, begun in with Shikasta. Lessing, better known as. Canopus in Argos is a sequence of science fiction novels by Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing, first published from to , which portray a.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Canopus in Argos Oct 01, Jamie Burgess rated it really liked it. The five books have also appeared compiled in a single volume entitled Canopus in Argos: When Lessing began writing Shikasta she intended it to be a “single self-contained canopuss.

According to the “Bardo Thodol, or Tibetan Book of the Dead,” the recently departed spirit, if not conditioned by yogic practice, shies away from the Pure White Light of Reality into reincarnation post haste. Began re-reading this because I was so in love with it the first time, many years ago. I read the first three books with enthusiasm. Borghild Gramstad rated it really liked it Nov 13, I recommend it to Lessing fans who haven’t read it yet; I recommend it to scifi fans; I recommend it to openminded fiction lovers who want to see the boundaries of fiction expanded.

I think that everyone needs to read it. Back in the s, I loved the idea that Doris Lessing was trying the scifi genre and started naturally, for me with the third book of this five-book series. Now, long after she finished sort of her Canopus series, I still go back every once in a while and reread and marvel.

In she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year. Perhaps this isn’t accidental, as I read later that Lessing was influenced by the writings of Indries Shah.

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If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. None of them are geared toward telling a continuous story but rather a patchwork depicting the various relationships between Canopus the nice empire, more or lessthe Sirian Empire and the dark and dastardly Shammat, all of which have various traits that are often contrasted with each other, especially in their effects on alien societies.


Maybe some would enjoy the brilliance of Doris Lessing’s prose style, canoppus sheer skill at writing. The title itself was both simple and o If you’ve never heard of this series before, if you ever see it on a shelf in a bookstore it’s going to look like something left behind from another planet. Lessing weaves her Sufi beliefs throughout.

Canopus in Argos Series by Doris Lessing

Return to Book Page. May 30, Loren rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As a whole work? And it turned out the brick was just an omnibus for five novels, each of which had a title that seemed to have been translated from another language improperly.

The Zones are mentioned in the first book and seem to exist as metaphorical and spiritual areas and are places that Canopus feels the need to interfere regularly, insisting that the queen of Zone Three marry the more militant prince of Zone Four and in turn he marries the more tribal queen of Zone Five. The second book, though, is unbelievably more honed and lessinng in the direction of revolutionary ‘space fiction,’ without seeming too much like pure fantasy.

Canopus in Argos: Archives

arhosde The second book, though, is unbelievably more honed and crafted in the direction of revolutionary As an “omnibus collection” covering millions of years of universal development, it’s enough to say that Canopus in Argos rewards patience, pauses, and revisitation.

This page was last edited on 30 Aprilat Archives,” along with the writings of Gurdjieff, be Sufi expositions rendered consciously or unconsciously by these authors? Want to Read saving…. Archives” is an experience much akin to reading Gurdjieff, particularly his “Beelzebub’s Tales To His Grandson” trilogy. In a world where one man’s spaceship empire war could easily be swapped out for another’s, trying something different should be less rare than it is.

It’s turgid, it’s not good in many places, it’s preachy, it’s humorless or, worse, heavyhanded in its humor – and it’s wonderful. Under My Skin Alfred and Emily.

During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in Doris Lessing introduces the cheerful idea of spirits being so disheartened by repeated incarnation on “Shikasta” Earth that they prefer existence as unhappy ghosts in a bleak ghostland to another planetside go-round, and must be urged by Canopean Agents into queue for the next available womb.


I can’t say that any of these completely worked as both novels and commentaries, sometimes it seemed like Lessing was in a constant war to write SF and also craft meaningful critiques of society as she understood it, and it’s not always clear which arogsde won.

Dris does eventually move past that into the future and for me the novel finally comes alive when she starts to relate the story through the journals of a girl named Rachel. Nov 25, Jean Sheldon rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Archives is a sequence of five science fiction novels lessign Nobel Prize in Literature -winning author Doris Lessing which portray a number of societies at different stages of development, over a great period of time.

Except most of the time, we’re the aliens. The Canopus in Argos was not well received by some reviewers and readers, [4] who felt that Lessing had abandoned her “rational worldview”. The novels take place in the same future historyjn do not relate a continuous storyline.

Sufism in the Novels of Doris Lessing.

Even as it gives an epic account of the struggles between Canopus and its rivals over the fate of the universe, ‘Canopus in Argos’ comments, with Lessing’s characteristic insight and eloquence, on human history elssing our prospects for the future. An admittedly less-than-thorough examination of Lessing’s work leads me to conclude that her primary faults are bad i. It was her first visit since being forcibly lssing in for her political views.

People have commented that this one feels like a fairy tale and in a sense that’s true.

Canopus in Argos : Archives

There are competing galactic empires argowde enemy agents and spies. But as her fictional universe developed, she found she had ideas for more than just one book, and ended up writing a series of five.


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