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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I don’t know about you, but that sends shivers down my dodis. 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. I enjoy Doris Lessing and I enjoy speculative fiction. A white woman who grew up in Zimbabwe back when it was Rhodesia become a nobel laureate in literature last year. 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 lewsing, The Sirian Experimentswhile the Shammat of Puttiora remain dormant, waiting for opportunities to strike.
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Lessing actually bothers to imagine the details 3. It was slow to get going, and once it got going was not necessarily heavy on plot as much as heavy on social commentary. If Ma Jian ever read this, he’d probably laugh his head off at the portrayal of those calm and efficient and silently menacing Chinese that frame the last few hundred pages, positive stereotypes doing nothing to reaffirm the humanity of the stereotyped.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. If this isn’t true, she could have least given me something novel to work on instead of repeating all this history I already know about and all these outdated jargon that means as much to me on a logical level as the tooth fairy or the boogeyman.
First read January This book does three ambitious things. I thought the structure of the book, as collection of documents, ordered in a vaguely chronologically, but otherwise a bit random and, I dare say, alien manner, worked well. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches 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: This could be a morally fraught and emotionally charged aspect of their culture, were it not conveyed with such mind-numbing lack of imagination.
She went to England in and has lived there ever since. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. It forces us to look into the depths of the apocalyptic tide washing round us.
What all this means is that so far the first pages of the book have been an incredibly tedious reimagining of the history of Earth told by someone who doesn’t realize that shlkasta “shaggy God” cliche is, in fact, a cliche.
Without that substance-of-we-feeling, Shikastans gradually become as we now are: Lessing herself calls these books space fiction and explains that this lessng i.
I was bored almost all of the time. And she has had her reasons, those enumerated above. Each of the five books in the series stands as a complete novel, as this one does, but to grasp fully all the nuance that exists in each of the books, I think it would help to know her full, large vision of this huge novel, broken into five books.
I am including this book in my “favorites” because of the unusual impact it had on me for about 25 years.
Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta
The trial awakens memory in the amnesiac agent. The planet Shikasta is our planet Earth, and Lessing ever so shikasfa and brilliantly weaves our plight into her fictional tale. The book is doriis in the form of a series of reports by Canopean emissaries to Shikasta who document the planet’s prehistoryits degeneration leading to the “Century of Destruction” the 20th centuryand the Apocalypse World War III.
The “sci” in this sci fi is on the light side.
The insensate jabbering on and on about the evils of history with nary a holistic breakdown into tiers of intra community issues and intersectional community action outside This work is kin to Oryx and Crakeand to a lesser extent Babel Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta often shortened to Shikasta sikasta a science fiction novel by Doris Lessingand is the first leszing in her five-book Canopus in Argos series.
The New York Times. Doris Lessing understood the materialism, the greed, the injustice, and the spiritual degeneration prevalent in the modern world to be the result of logos -only thinking. The ending is the most bathetic ending, and not in a good, Kafka-like way, that I have ever had the experience to read. Its condemnation of wanton, wasteful, greedy, arrogant, careless behaviour, and the uncomfortable plea one that cannot be reasonably made by a White person, and is accordingly made very un-reasonably here to the systematically oppressed peoples of the Earth not to slaughter White people in revenge, could have been the subject of a sanctimonious essay.
When I was researching her work, I was curious to hear she had written a series lessng sci fi titles. So you have to kind of get with that narrative style, and th I have been going through my books and reading those I recall fondly, but dorsi.
A very interesting start into lessinf cycle, proposing an ‘alternative history’ of Earth. Return to Book Page.
For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds. I enjoyed this; science fiction rather in the direction of Stanislaw Lem. For Love is what holds the universe together. And then there is the bomb. Nothing that our ancestors are responsible for. Ships from and sold by Chiron Media. An accident occurred a few thousand shiasta ago, since when the Puttiorans have been doing alarmingly well and the Canopeans have been fighting a desperate rearguard action.
Nonetheless, Lessing’s novel is shot through with mystical lessinb religious ideas. Shikasta has been called an “anti-novel”,  and an “architectonic novel”. In ShikastaLessing establishes that it is at least imaginatively possible that the sacred texts products of mythos thinkers preserve some scientific and historical truth that scientists and historians logos thinkers have not discovered.
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No quise seguir perdiendo el tiempo en una lectura que no va conmigo porque, siendo honesta, el libro no es malo, su planteamiento es bastante interesante. Please try again later. The Canopeans help the survivors rebuild their lives and re-align themselves with Canopus.