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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The Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing wrote a series of novels that are illuminating insights based on the idea that we here on planet Earth are but one of hundreds of planetary colonies. More than twice, and it has to be extraordinary. This book is so terrible that I added a new shelf: A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her family, remaining in Salisbury.

The title of the lfssing refers to the planet Shikasta, a small and remote planet in the interstellar empire of Canopus. We skip to our post-modern age, a time of deep economic depression when our civilization doeis disintegrating. God thwarted their plans by confusing their speech, creating a multitude of languages and forcing them to spread out over the land.

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The eight-foot-tall Natives could each look forward to years of unrelieved health, virtue and happiness. Chen Liu, the humane and cultured Governor-General of Europe, who in his letters home to Peking tries hopelessly to justify mercy on the grounds of expediency but still wastes no time in ordering the shikata of troublemakers, is one of Doris Lessing’s best creations.


There is a lot of compassion for suffering, with a non-judgmental standpoint towards the destructiveness of Shammat or of humans.

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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The ending is the most bathetic ending, and not in a good, Kafka-like way, that I have ever had the experience to read. Retrieved from ” https: It will probably be very hard to find a book that equals this magnitude of dry weirdness.


She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in A very interesting start into the cycle, proposing an ‘alternative history’ of Earth. Second, in Genesis This page was last edited on 11 Octoberat The imagining of something better, that is what I liked about this book.

I also recognize some esoteric tendencies in her writing when it comes to the ‘energies’.

Shinn, in her book Worlds Within Women: There is no point to this narrative other than to show how stupid and corrupt humanity is. As long as we are in anger, fear and even apprehension of impending catastrophes, these demonic forces can weaken us, interfere with our intentions, and literally eat our energies.

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I read this book in my twenties, and loved it. Aliens didn’t just build the pyramids–they built the rest of the planet, too! But Lessing achieves in Shikasta exactly the thing that is so often missing from SF, and in so doing demonstrates what a strong literary imagination can achieve in a genre that, for all its big ideas, rarely manages to touch real human experience.

Much of what we find out about Sherban comes from his sister’s account.


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There are no characters for the reader to engage with. Perhaps some shred of truth has been preserved in these stories, possibly even more accurate truth than we have found through scientific and historical methods.

Archived from the original on 2 February The great diagnostician of what ails us has become a symptom of it. The insensate jabbering on and on about the evils of history with nary a holistic breakdown into tiers of intra community issues lesssing intersectional community action outside This work is kin to Oryx and Crakeand to a lesser extent Babel I read this book shortly after it was first published.

It just didn’t work for me.

He can do nothing except to evacuate those ready to leave everything behind, and leave the others to thousands of years in spiritual darkness. An unexpected astronomical catastrophe and invaders from the evil empire Shammat caused an unprecedented degeneration in the natives that nearly destroyed the planet.

The emissary Johor is attempting to explain to the [benevolent] ‘Giants’ who have served as an intermediary caretaker race to assist in the evolution of Shikasta’s civilization and the human race living and evolving there.

The Shammat, who set the Shikastans on a course of self-destruction, self-destruct themselves and withdraw from the planet. Lessing is more mystical. Dawes rated it did not like it.

For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds. The central conceit of this book is that all the stuff from the Bible is actually literally true, but misunderstood.