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Lindsay’s purpose appears to be not merely to entertain, which he does well, but to illustrate a Gnostic world view, where the world and its attractions are seen as the realm of evil, with truth lying beyond, entirely separate and distant. Not Bad Reviews blakerosser Why did he do this?

He frowned, shivered slightly, and got in beside Nightspore. Krag arrives uninvited, kills the apparition by breaking its neck, and summarily calls Maskull and Nightspore with whom he was acquainted out to the street. Ten minutes later the front door slammed, and a light, quick footstep was heard running up the stairs.

The lens had lost its magic property. Throughout his journeys, Maskull’s body is constantly being modified to adapt wrcturus his new environments, and he grows appendages of tentacles and third arms and various eyes that change his personality and relationship to the outside world.

A Voyage to Arcturus

View all 13 comments. Mar 01, Graham Worthington rated it it was amazing. I also recommend that you read it in as close to one sitting as possible, in order to fully appreciate the dreamy shroud that Lindsay weaves around you.


Krag then released the speed valve, and the car sped on its way with a velocity more nearly approaching that of thought than of light. The antiquated views, especially concerning women, really started to bug me. Even on Earth, Maskull’s motivations are fundamentally absent; he has no reason to behave how he does.

A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay

Louisiana State University Press. At Tydomin’s cave, he goes out of his body to, anachronistically, become the apparition of the seance where he met Krag, but when he is killed he goes back to his body before Tydomin can possess it, whereupon he awakens free of her mental power.

Don’t read the Loren Eiseley introduction first, he gives a lot away! Aa, I reread immediately and, then, again, z later. The torpedo glided gently from its platform, and passed rather slowly away from the tower, seaward. Thought it was great- wicked weird- which is always good. He was a naked stranger in a huge, foreign, mystical world, and whichever way he turned, unknown and threatening forces were glaring at him.

It is at this point that the infamous Mag Loses a star solely through my inability to understand what exactly transpired within and, with the passing of the years, my inability to recollect sufficiently to ponder it anew.

A book like Arcturus may be one that satisfies both conditions, but the real affinity lies in the second, with the realization you have not been as alone as you may have thought. Coyage asserts the beauty of his world, claims Maskull is there to serve him, and disappears.


But if you now think that Lindsay’s message is all sweetness and light, you arcturis about as wrong as it’s possible to be. The entire lake convulses and explodes.

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To ask other readers questions about A Voyage to Arcturusplease sign up. Moorcock noted that while the book had influenced C. He hears a voice saying that he is but an instrument and that although he will go on the voyage, only Nightspore will return.

Krag dropped onto the floor and rolled around on his back, kicking his legs in the air.

Unbelieving at first, he is eventually convinced to see go along with him. In every land he passes through he usually meets only one or two persons; these meetings often though not always end in the death of those he meets, either at his own hand or by that of another.

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