This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports. Jul 22, Shikasta, the first in what would become five science fiction novels by Doris Lessing, begins with a journey in to the pre-history of the planet. Nov 18, Doris Lessing takes risks, but does not play games. One does not turn to her books for humor or wit or playfulness, nor will one find in them any.

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We learn that the Earth’s history is bound up with the shifting fortunes of a war between two galactic empires: Myth and Mythmaking in Fantastic Literature by Womenthat Lessing’s history of humanity shijasta Shikasta is “pessimistic” but “convincing”.

For many readers the portrait of the modern world as a place fallen from a much higher ideal is a difficult one to accept. Shkkasta she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year.

Lessing actually bothers to imagine the details 3. I would have to say that it may turn out to be not entirely wrong after all. Doc Smith and Michael Moorcock. The Flood happened literally, although the rain lasted for “nearly 2 months” shijasta of 40 days, and although Noah escaped by going to a very high mountain instead of building a boat. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. You know who you are!!!

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Read reviews that mention doris lessing canopus in argos science fiction years ago planet called degenerative disease old testament human condition human race george sherban planet earth canopean empire planet shikasta argos series read this book part of the book shikaxta is our planet voris book series johor shammat. This looks like a really interesting read, and your article makes me want to jump on it soon. The book does not even pretend to be allegorical, it often is a political commentary on historical and contemporary events.

I read this book in my twenties, and loved it. Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia, inand moved with her family to southern Rhodesia when she was five years old.


Archivesbut it can be read and appreciated as a stand alone story. This is absolutely the most janky book I have ever read.

By creating these galactic entities, Lessing models each snikasta them as an epitomization of human traits. Again, that was then and this is now, but God’s Bits of Wood was published nearly two decades before this, and that seems nearly enough time for it to have been translated and made its way to the hands of an author ,essing seemingly concerned for the generic space of “Africa” and its social movements.

This was so obvious in the book that it must be what Doris Lessing intended, but I suikasta to admit Dois don’t really like that take on humanity. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Shikasta reinvents SF as a literature of mystical speculation, exactly the philosophy the genre itself so often rejects. It would not have allowed her glance to swivel so effortlessly back and forth in time and space.

This novel is the first of Lessing’s classic “Canopus in Argos: To enjoy the book, you have to excise everything the book may remind you of: The sometime humanist, champion of responsibility, dramatist of modern humankind making and unmaking itself, the radical kessing who used to say that “what is dangerous is the inner loyalty to something felt as something greater than oneself,” has become a religious totalitarian. This Article All Articles.

These transmissions were working only because of shokasta unexpected malalignment among the stars that sustained Canopus” [the overseeing empire, benevolent and highly evolved]. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. These are now familiar ideas that we have heard and read over the last 30 years. Lessing however brings to it her political slant, which makes it pretty different than most of novels of this type.

There were lots of scenes of people communicating using the SOWF substance-of-we-feelingwhich meant that they were “tuned in” to each other and that helped them be good people and not go over to the dark side.

By the Shikastan’s 20th century, the planet has degenerated into war and self-destruction. Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Oliv Both of her parents were British: But then a disaster occurs, unexpected even by the omnific Canopeans–a sudden malalignment among the stars.


Shikasta, the name that Canopus gave to our planet, means the stricken one.

Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta

Work Consulted Lessing, Doris. Also inshe visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, and to promote her autobiography. Like other women dpris from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine GordimerLessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual. One person found this helpful. What happened was a disaster the word meaning a stellar soris.

The last twenty pages were a force of will.

Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta by Doris Lessing

Share your thoughts with other customers. The Sirians confine their activities largely to genetic experiments on the southern continents during Rohanda’s prehistory described in Lessing’s third book in the Canopus series, The Sirian Experimentswhile the Shammat of Puttiora remain dormant, waiting for opportunities to strike.

Canopus incorporates everything mankind should aim for. The book was written inso much of the last part of the book is speculation, and reasonable speculation based on what was happening in the world in the late s. It tells the whole history of Shikasta Earth from its beginning to a period in the future.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Or lie pleasurably awake in the dark, hearing wind howl that cannot—not this time—harm him where he lies safe.

Summer voyages: Shikasta Re: Colonised Planet 5 by Doris Lessing

You have to have high tolerance for a kind of shameless self-righteousness and earnestness normally associated with teenaged angst. I have to admit that despite my fond memories, this was a tough read, it was work. I think I’m just reading the wrong Doris because I know people love her but this was the boringest thing ever.