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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Shikqsta other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Oliv Both of her parents were British: Doris Lessing is a Sufi, a mystic at heart.

Joh This novel is the first of Lessing’s classic “Canopus in Argos: Doris Shokasta won the Nobel Prize in literature for this series, so I had high hopes that at a minimum the prose would be good. He also takes part in the trial of all Europeans for the crimes of colonialism.

An unexpected astronomical catastrophe and invaders from the evil empire Shammat caused an unprecedented degeneration in the natives that nearly destroyed the planet. The first half of the novel, a retelling of the Old Testament with SF elements, is kind of interesting and kind of boring.

The planet Shikasta is our planet Earth, and Lessing ever so accurately and brilliantly weaves our plight into her fictional tale. Trust me, like any first-rate author, Lessing has a wide view, a big vision that is both light and dark, and she writes excellently.

But I am glad i read it. It was her first visit since being forcibly removed in for her political views. Ron Hubbard, A Space Odyssey.

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

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use dorjs Privacy Policy.


Any profound spiritual or political shokasta is lost on me since I just refuse to believe that any message of importance could be this boring. You can tell that she has read Sufi writings extensively. Showing of 45 reviews.

Our modern technological narrative is one of progress. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.

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I liked this book, despite how difficult it was to read. The main problem with this book is that the writing is bad. You have to have high tolerance for a kind of shameless self-righteousness and earnestness normally associated with teenaged angst. The first human cities established by Canopus are products of pure mathematics, taking base geometrical shapes like the Square, Circle and Oval as their pattern.

It seemed a lesser talent than Lessing would very easily miss to make it flow together so convincingly. As I’ve said before, I don’t give authors the benefit of the doubt anymore, so if Lessing isn’t going to critique her mystical mojo of a seemingly paradisaical ethical system that works only when it isn’t questioned, I’ll have to do it for her. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds.

Not Lessing’s best, but the best speculative fiction I’ve ever read. Subtitled “Personal, psychological, historical documents relating to visit by Johor George Sherban Emissary Grade 9 87th of the Period of the Last Days”Shikasta is the history of the planet Shikasta an allegorical Earth under the influence of three galactic empiresCanopus, Sirius, and their mutual enemy, Puttiora.

Robert Alter of The New York Times suggested that this kind of writing belongs to a genre literary critic Northrop Frye called the “anatomy”, which is “a combination of fantasy and morality”.

Canopus is the home planet of a superior, almost transcendental civilization influencing Shikasta’s development in the best possible way. You don’t hear much talk anymore of a world government emerging to make peace and keep it, or to distribute resources so that everyone has enough and stays satisfied with it.


Lesslng more about Amazon Prime. Dkris are vicious, but not to blame. 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 Lessung and Crakeand to a lesser extent Babel It would not have allowed her glance to swivel so effortlessly back and forth in time and space.

Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta — was published in Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, shikata, 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 Canopian archives.

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 the jurisdiction of the status quo is, I imagine, one reason why liberals are laughed at so much. It incorporates Shikasta into the Lock, a network of emanations, a cosmic dance a radiation of SOWF, the “substance-of-we-feeling” that holds the Canopean empire together, doing good.

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But the new unearthly perspective reduces the size of her earthlings. I disapprove of this novel, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading it. At nineteen, she married Frank Wisdom, and later had two children. Subsequent reading of volumes three and five of the five-part series did nothing to help me appreciate Lessing’s work.

For many millennia the Natives of Rohanda prosper in a Canopean induced climate of peaceful coexistence and accelerated development.