Lisez «Shikasta Re, Colonised Planet 5» de Doris Lessing avec Rakuten Kobo. This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively. 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. DORIS LESSING’S rapidly growing series of novels, ”Canopus in by the infiltration into Shikasta of agents from the evil planet Shammat.

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As I’ve said before, I don’t give authors the benefit of the doubt anymore, so if Lessing lessijg 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.

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have least given me something novel to work on instead of repeating all this history I already know about and all these outdated jargon that means as much to me on a logical level as the tooth fairy or the boogeyman.

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A little dated now in some aspects, perhaps. More titles may be available to you. Moreover the critique to the evils of colonialism is rendered ineffective by the actions of Canopus, that while presented as morally superior and god-like, treats Shikastan as the most horrible of the colonialist ever was: Her five best books”. The plot and even some of the writing style are so much alike. I registered a lewsing at BookCrossing.

The science fiction element seems unnecessary, the book would have worked as well, or even better, if the fantastical element was dropped.

Greatest Science Fiction Classics of H. This book is so terrible that I added a new shelf: The Birthday of the World. Long ago when giants lived on our planet, things were different. Learn more about possible network issues or contact support for more help. It was exhausting reading Beijing Coma and watching various mechanics of legal courts and political lessing put a stop to policies that would have concretely resulted in the outright deaths of increasing numbers of people while carting dogis around.


The Tell-Tale House of Usher. The General and the Frogs. Perhaps most importantly, we are not made to assume that Canopus represents Lessing. Rohanda is the proudest achievement of the Canopean empire, a paradise world where humankind’s early ancestors shijasta been nurtured into a utopian civilisation, with some gentle interference from the massively more advanced Canopeans.

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

Your session has expired. The gist of the story is that Shikasta in pretty much Earth but that rather than the creation myth we all come to know and love as evolution, it was purposefully populated by humanoids scientifically bred by extraterrestrials conducting a sociological experiment.

Paul Gray wrote in a review in Time that the documents that make up Shikasta allow Lessing to espoal the novel out over vast periods of time and shift perspective “dramatically from the near infinite to the minute”.

In shikawta to Canopus, two other empires also establish a presence on the planet: 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.

Classic Tales of the Apocalypse. 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.


Much of what we find out about Sherban comes from his sister’s account. I I read this book shortly shiksata it was first published. Canopus, a benevolent galactic dogis centred at Canopus in the constellation Argo Naviscolonises a young and promising planet they name Rohanda the fruitful.

Lessing’s departure into science fiction in the late s raised some predictably snobbish responses from literary critics, one writing that she “propagandises on behalf of our insignificance in the cosmic razzmatazz”. So you have to kind of get with that narrative style, and that takes work, even for someone like me that is used to reading dry, technical work. In she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

My favorite quotes from this espaok both come from the introduction: At the same time, I recognize some ideas which might be considered opposite to this believe. Apparently Lessing meant to draw parallels with the Sufis here. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds.

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In many ways the world is following pretty much the path Lessing prochesied, in some ways it seems even worst off. The antagonist of all these cultures is the Puttiora system with its rogue planet Shammat trying to destroy all positive efforts and draining energy and wealth from Shikasta. Somehow the book lrssing presents a kind of theodicee, in that the reason of Man’s espao, is due to ‘cosmic forces’, beyond the control even of the ‘supervisors’.

Changes in the cosmic constellation interrupt this channel almost completely, with Shammat draining what is left.

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