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In a crystalline ship piloted by Krag, the rays allow the three to travel to Arcturus, the double star, and its single planet Tormance.

A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay

Dec 13, Amanda rated it it was ok. In the meantime, my impression of David Lindsay is that he was a very confused man, and not far from the place Nietzsche ended up at the end of his own confused life. The tale begins at a seance at the house of an ostentatious rich Englishman, who has hired a medium who claims to be capable of precipitating physical manifestations of bodies from the spirit world.

But this tower business. It might just alter the way you think about things. Unbelieving at first, he is eventually convinced to see go along with him. He encounters things like green snow and people with third arms growing out of their chests.

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.

A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay. Nightspore leads Maskull to a spot on the shore some miles off, where they listen to The Drum Taps of Sorgie, and tells him daviv if he hears it again he is to “try always to hear it more and more distinctly.

In a wild weird way, like Nietzsche, he even seems determined to make no sense — as if linssay is the point — and it very well may be. The people and places Maskull encounters seem strikingly original: The local spectrum includes two primary colours, ulfire and jaleunknown on Earth, as well as a third colour, dolmsaid to be compounded of ulfire and blue. In The Haunted Womanthe two main characters discover a room which exists only some of the time.


I can see the resemblances already but am intrigued by the story.

I found the novel affected me in a profound way and that my mind arctuus returning to it in a haunted, fascinated way. 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 came highly recommended by Jim Woodring and it did not disappoint. 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.

So how am I in the middle? Yet Voyage is in its way a success. Every nuance, every breath of air on Maskull’s face, every bar of music or budding leaf, dwvid described in the most beautiful and vividly enthusiastic detail. Maskull is revolted at the idea, but does kill Crimtyphon when he sees him using his will to force a man into becoming a tree.

When they returned to the house, the windows were all in darkness and the door was ajar, just as they had left it; Krag presumably was not there.

Feb 16, Axolotl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Depth is the path which leads from from what-is, to our own body. Described by critic and philosopher Colin Wilson as the “greatest novel of the twentieth century”, [1] it was a central influence on C.

In fact, I’ve begun it a second time, reading aloud, to pick I am really enamoured with “weird” or fantastic fiction from the early 20th century.

On the way Maskull and Tydomin meet Spadevil, who proposes to reform Sant by amending Hator’s teaching with the notion of duty. If I remember right, it’s called a magn like “magnanimous”, I suppose. It was beyond my powers — but why, heaven knows. When first finishing this book, I was profoundly upset, shaken to the core of my unthinking adolescent presuppositions.

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The torpedo glided gently from its platform, and passed rather slowly away from the tower, seaward. George Allen and Unwin. In davjd with many others, Lindsay returned from the trenches of the first world war with a profound unease, questioning every assumption of his pre-war upbringing. Who are we, what is the point of life, is there arctuus god, does he care about us? View all 7 comments. He presents his very unusual take on it in the form of an allegory, a sort of Pilgrim’s Progress on acid.


Nothing follows from the immediate past, everything go disjointed and interrupted. Jul 08, DeAnna Xrcturus rated it really liked it. First published init produced enormous enthusiasm in CS Lewis, who recommended it to Tolkien. His companions were standing just inside a small room, shut off from the staircase by rough wooden planking; it was rudely furnished and contained nothing of astronomical interest. I can well imagine David Lindsay’s fantastic trip through the world of Tormance being rather polarizing to a lot of readers.

Catice, the guardian of Hator’s doctrine in Sant, who has only one probe, damages one of Maskull’s to test Spadevil’s arguments. There he meets Polecrab, a simple fisherman, who is married to Gleameil. Listening to the LibriVox audio by Mark Nelson.

These passages are assumed lost forever. Maskull himself acquires Tormance organs which give him additional senses including telepathy; these include a tentacle on his chest and a fleshy organ on his forehead that changes into a third eye.

Damned if I arcturud. You will find yourself continually coming back to certain passages, pondering the meaning of various interactions, and agonising over the ending. Did Lindsay go mad after writing Voyage to Arcturus? This is not a well-written book, and there voyafe 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.

Arcturus is a device, a metaphysical stage, arrived at through mediumship, not spacecraft.