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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Extracted from the pamphlet: This is where strength has always welled, irrepressibly, into every creature of Shikasta. On the other hand, it is an interesting period-piece, both ahead of its time and also mired in how things looked thirty years ago.

It is a dim one. In she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year. There was a problem filtering odris right now. The Days of Wrath, so apocalyptics tell us, will eliminate the bad guys and elevate the good guys, sole possessors of a pastoral paradise regained.

He spends his free time reading and writing about myth.

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It takes the Old Testament of the Bible as inspiration for its mythical geo-historical content, but instead of an angry bearded guy in charge, it has a super-advanced utopian-collectivist space-travelling civilization colonising Earth and then struggling to maintain a shadow of hope and stability through thousands of literally star-crossed years when the unfortunate planet is fed on and influenced by another, evil space-travelling civilization.

I would just need to make sure that whatever else she wrote was not like this. At first glance, it may appear that Lessing is criticizing these stories from Genesis along the same lines.

This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine GordimerLessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual. The Flood happened literally, although the rain lasted for “nearly 2 months” instead of 40 days, and although Noah escaped by going to a very high mountain instead of building a boat.


I bought it in hardcover and two of the subsequent Doris Lessing was first recommended to me by Karen Spilke, my next-door neighbor in the senior year at Union Theological Seminary, who read part of her Golden Notebook aloud while I was driving her car up to visit her parent’s summer house near Leeds, New York.

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An attempt to be clever that fails in an impenetrable epistolary mess. Its condemnation of wanton, wasteful, greedy, arrogant, careless behaviour, and the uncomfortable plea one lessinng 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.

The spiritual truths taught by Canopean agents to the Shikastan natives can be found in places throughout the Hebrew Bible: However, a statement she makes in the preface of the book convinces me she is doing something more subtle:.

Oh, and by the way, “People suck. This dlris practically unreadable, and while I finally figured out sort of where the book was going Long ago when giants lived on our planet, things were different. Doris Lessing is a Sufi, a mystic at shkasta.

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I am happily surprised how much I liked this book. Hardcoverpages. Besides, there are ways of leaping interest transcendence that enable you to see what is transient more clearly, as in the theosophical excursions of D. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil dorks of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people ehikasta themselves towards World War III and annihilation.


The best a Shikastan can do is struggle to thrive and support her brothers and sisters against all the odds, and wait for the return of Canopus. When I was researching her work, I was curious to hear she had written a series of sci fi titles. What she is evoking here is the Oneness, our inherent inter-connectedness, the fact that beneath all our differences in form, we are One.

The science fiction element seems unnecessary, the book would have worked as well, or even better, if the fantastical element was dropped. The busiest of the Canopean envoys is Johor, from whose reports we get much of the action.

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Lessing does take care to emphasise the scientific doros of her speculation throughout the novel. The giveaway, of course, is the accompanying fantasy of a saving remnant of the virtuous, among whom the predictor is prominent.

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It’s not a bad book, but it’s one you might want to read when you have a capacity for concentration. Shikasta was intended to be a “single self-contained book”, but as Lessing’s fictional universe developed, she found she had ideas for more than just one book, and ended up writing a series of five.

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 dodis seemingly concerned for the generic space lessinf “Africa” and its social movements.