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It is a commentary on the nature of good and evil yes, I know, there are so many of those, but this is definitely more than worth a read, or two, arctudus threeand the answers it suggests and questions it poses are not very pleasant.

Well, do you want to return? It was his first novel, and when it was released sold very few copies. Moorcock noted that while the book had influenced C. These aspects create an unexpectedly sterile qrcturus, one that’s too easy to put down and to find distance from, although it’s otherwise remarkably easy to read despite its density.

Maskull followed him with some trepidation, in view of his previous painful experience on these stairs, but when, after the first half-dozen steps, he discovered that he was still breathing freely, his dread changed to relief and astonishment, and he could have chattered like a girl.

In Sant no women are allowed, but only men, who go there to follow Hator’s dagid. Life of John Ogdon.

A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay

Some of these Maskull is driven to kill, from anger or in self-defence. Lindsay attempted to write more commercially with his next work The Lindsa Womanbut this was barely more successful than Voyage. Quotes from A Voyage to Arcturus. None of them are really developed or three-dimensional, but they don’t really need to be, since the story doesn’t exist to facilitate the characters growth; it’s more like the other way round.


This book surges while disorientating, disorientating while it shows you glorious unknown things.

Krag invites Maskull and Nightspore to come to Tormance, a planet orbiting Arcturus, whence the apparition comes. It was the first film funded by a National Endowment for the Arts and has recently been re-released.

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. There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

Eventually I got to the point where I couldn’t be bothered with this story anymore. After that, he gave up and looked through no more windows. New Edition Marketing Research.

Together there they see more clearly and express themselves honestly.

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This book would hardly fit into the genre of ‘scifi’. Dec 10, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: It stimulates the senses Maskull, a man longing for adventures, accepts an invitation from Krag, an acquaintance of his friend Nightspore, to travel to Tormance after a seance.

In his bath at the time, Lindsay never recovered from the shock. A Voyage to Arcturus was the first novel by writer David Lindsay —and it remains one of the most revered classics of science fiction. His momentary loss of interest and her inability to recall him from his trance causes Sullenbode to die.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t have absorbed this book when I was a younger fellow either. 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.


See 1 question about A Voyage to Arcturus…. Yet Voyage is in its way a success. The nose of the torpedo was directed toward the south-eastern sky.

He published A Voyage to Arcturus in That is, preconceptions I might have had had I not read the spoiler ridden introduction first. As though the novel were some Nietzschean Pilgrim’s Progress, Maskull seems enjoined to do what he must to save his own soul.

An atmosphere of alienness is pervasive. Religious acid head trips? View all 13 comments. On his quest, which takes five days, Maskull finds love, murder, adventure, religion, vavid death: When they were up, he switched on a small electric torch. And that’s assuming I absorbed it now, which I’m more than a little hesitant about claiming.

From that time forward he slept heavily. If anyone knows of other books similar to it, please Let me know. His characters mostly exist to make points about the human condition, sometimes snide, sometimes beautiful.

Whatever the conventionally Christian CS Lewis learned from A Voyage to Arcturus for his Perelandra novels, he refused Lindsay’s commitment to the Absolute and lacked his God-questioning genius, the very qualities which give this strange book its compelling, vogage mesmerising influence. May 28, Nick Tramdack rated arrcturus really liked it. In a wild weird way, like Nietzsche, he even seems determined to make no sense — as if that is the point — and it very well may be.