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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As such, I’m glad Lessing’s dead, else she’d probably have something to say to that group of under’s who are looking to sue Trump for fucking up the Earth to the point that it will no longer be livable after he is dead while they lexsing on.

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. I find I very strongly agree with Lessing.

I mean, “safe and legal” is one thing, culling the genetically inferior is another. Someone left the cake out in the rain I don’t think that I can take it ‘Cause it took so long to bake it And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh no hide spoiler ] I finally read the end in lessiny Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

It received mixed reviews from critics. Of course, the book’s contention is that our descent into the unhealthy societies we live in is also due to outside agency, outside influence – that of Shammat. Augustine when he told the women who had been raped by barbarians not to worry: The emissary Johor is attempting to explain to the dorid ‘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.


It’s just ve This is the third Doris Lessing book that I’ve read, and I feel now like I kind of have a handle on what her work is generally like.

Journey to the Sea an online magazine devoted to the study of myth. The story is very slow, has a lot of repetition and obvious things, and the language is hard to read too. I don’t quite remember how it ended, but whatever I feared was blunted. There is nothing of the essay about Shikasta.

The book presents itself as ‘documents relating to visit by Johor Long ago when giants lived on our planet, things were different. At the same time, I recognize some ideas which might be considered opposite to this believe. I was bored almost all of the time. Canopus, a benevolent galactic empire centred at Canopus in the constellation Argo Naviscolonises a young and promising planet they name Rohanda the fruitful.

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

I rated it four stars instead of five because of the boring and tedious parts of the story. Something about all the other peoples of the world turning against the white people, but there turns out to be some tendency toward reconciliation, after all. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

And that is sufficient reason in itself to regret that reality has grown soft for Doris Lessing, whose other main characters seldom failed to move us, one way or the other. But then a disaster occurs, unexpected even by the omnific Canopeans–a sudden malalignment among the stars. It is speculative fiction written in the form of reports and diary entries, sort of first hand-sources, about the decline of human civilization and the causes of it tampering by bad aliens, of course! This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Later in the book, Shikasta is identified as Earth[2] [3] [4] or an allegorical Earth.


I actually kind-of liked that. The busiest of the Canopean envoys is Johor, from whose reports we get much of the action.

Retrieved 21 December See all 45 reviews. Johor’s missions to Rohanda are a matter of guided evolution, not divine intervention.

It also includes a long set of journal entries by a teenage girl dorks with her doctor parents in an unnamed Third World country, where she sees first hand the disparity between her own life and the lives of the young women in the village where she lives. Lessing is more mystical. But then, Lessing’s “Briefing for a Descent into Hell” was hard, and worth the trouble.

Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta by Doris Lessing

To ask other readers questions about Replease sign up. Shikasta is a fascinating and troubling story all at the same time. And then there is the bomb. As is the case in much of the finest science fiction, distancing us from the known world can help an author frame a story the better to make points about that same world.

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