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The book represented a major shift of focus in Lessing’s writing, from realism to science fiction, and this disappointed many of her readers. Collected African Stories Volume Two. Yeah, well, I already know that and this is not what I call entertainment.

Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, lessint and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta, clearly the planet Earth, to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopi This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: It is very well-written and I don’t feel it is slow-moving at all. Shinn, in her book Worlds Within Women: Somehow though, the combination had a tragic outcome.

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Confessions of a Rebel Angel. Retrieved from ” https: I liked this book, despite how difficult it was to read.

This was practically unreadable, and while I finally figured out sort of where the book was going I have the paperback image that’s shown. It takes the Old Testament of the Bible as inspiration for its mythical geo-historical content, but instead of an angry bearded guy in charge, it has a super-advanced utopian-collectivist space-travelling civilization colonising Earth and then struggling to maintain a shadow of hope and stability through thousands of literally star-crossed years when the unfortunate planet is fed on and influenced by another, evil space-travelling civilization.

Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. The book climaxes in a mock trial on capitalism where Johor is the prosecutor and an amnesiac agent plays the defense.


But soon after Johar’s first journey to our world, Rohanda will become Shikasta, “the broken”, a fallen world, sheared from the “galactic Lock” that has brought it peace and development, and exploited by the evil empire of Shammat. Shikasta was intended to be a “single self-contained book”, but as Lessing’s fictional universe developed, she found she had ideas for more than just one book, and ended up writing a series of five.

It was exhausting reading Beijing Coma and watching various mechanics of legal courts and political backgrounds put a stop to policies that would have concretely resulted in the outright deaths of increasing numbers of people while carting this around. Not even a little bit. This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: In fact, George might have been the best choice of narrator for the time of the ‘Last Days’, but Lessing abandons direct narration altogether at this point and instead has the last pages worth of events unfold through a variety of documents, principally the diary of George’s yes, of course unreliable younger sister.

On the Nature of Man. I don’t know about you, but that sends shivers down my spine. We are weak, foolish and highly suggestible animals, neither wise and kind enough to build our own geometrically pleasing anarchist utopia Johor calls power hierarchies ‘the Degenerative Disease’ without the vital flow of substance-of-we-feeling fellow-feeling from Canopus, nor wicked and stupid enough to build our own hell the present state of humanity on Earth without the influence of an evil parasitic influence feeding on violence and waste.

Because, and trust me on this, it’s not worth it. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Again and again, valuable people become neutralised, made into—often—figures of fun, at the least lose their impetus, their force.

I really wish I had chosen a different book. You’ve reached the maximum number of titles you can currently recommend for purchase. From the Trade Paperback edition. It’s an odd assortment of direct reports, mostly from the envoy Johor but also in the form of memorandums, letters or entries from history books.

I didn’t now this until now, so I guess that’s one thing that I’ve learned from this book. Look, some of her politics I find rather personally reprehensible.

It’s a somewhat common theme what if the world as we know it was just some experiment by space aliens? Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Show 25 25 50 All. Lessing has a narrative style using multiple narrators.


Any profound spiritual or political message is lost on me since I just refuse to believe that any message of importance could be this boring. I I read this book shortly after it was first published. The story of Shikasta is retold in the third book of the Canopus series, The Sirian Experiments doria, this time from the point of view of Sirius.

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The sweep of Lessing’s vision in Shikasta is staggering, beginning at the prehistory of Earth, taking in galaxy-spanning vistas, and homing in on details of modern society. From This Day Forward. Within the fantasy world Lessing has created, that I am including this book in my “favorites” because of the unusual impact it had on me for about 25 years.

This is my first book by Doris Lessing and I wouldn’t necessary rule out another of her books; the prose was fine. Shikasta reappears in the fourth book in the series, The Making of the Representative for Planet 8and the Zones, briefly mentioned in Shikastaare the subject of the second book in the series, The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five The New York Review of Books. Lessing does a great job of making such a seemingly far-fetched story believable.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Summer Before the Dark. The plot and even some of the writing style are so much alike. Archives Series, Book 1. Lessing however brings to it her political slant, which makes it pretty different than most of novels of this type.

Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta by Doris Lessing

The planet Shikasta is clearly recognizable as Earth. But I have incredibly shikasfa tastes, and I like to think about things that almost anyone else would consider way to outlandish for contemplation. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists “who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read.

Beyond these cities, nature exists in a state much like the Garden of Eden.