Canopus in Argos: Archives [Doris Lessing] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book by Lessing, Doris. This book is the fourth volume in the second series, called Canopus in Argos: Archives, begun in with Shikasta. Lessing, better known as. Canopus in Argos is a sequence of science fiction novels by Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing, first published from to , which portray a.

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Klorathy relates events back to Johor from another world, where Canopus and Shammat and Sirius are once again vying for domination, this time through a war of words. Galateea rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Books by Doris Lessing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I look forward to revisiting these stories–at least the four that follow the first–soon. As I said, some adjusting is required. I’d find myself laying there reading away while it slowly dawned on me that what I was reading was really funny.

Archives,” along with the writings of Gurdjieff, be Sufi expositions rendered consciously or unconsciously by these authors? The Canopeans only travel by spacecraft, subject to the laws of physics, if they have a lot of cargo to haul, a population to remove before a comet impact, or something similar.

Published December 29th by Vintage first published August 12th Jan 02, Linda rated it really liked it. The second book, though, is unbelievably more honed and crafted in the direction of revolutionary ‘space fiction,’ without seeming too much like pure fantasy.

If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Unfortunately, by the end of the third book, the genre became a distraction. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Retrieved 4 July And this read like it should be SF but. Now, long after she finished sort of her Canopus series, I still go back every once in a while and reread and marvel.


Began re-reading this because I was so in love with it the first time, many years ago. The main characters are definitely aliens, even if they talk like people. Not only does the “Canopus.

Canopus in Argos: Archives

ByLessing had moved to London with her young son. Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta”? This review was changed from 2 stars to 5 stars At least that’s how it seemed to me.

These books are full of humor although Lessing can be so unremittingly grim The fourth Novel, “The Making of the Representative for Planet 8,” tells the story of a rather pleasant planet that undergoes an ice age that ends all life, for example. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An admittedly argoade examination of Lessing’s work leads me to conclude that her primary faults are bad i.

Canopus in Argos: Archives by Doris Lessing

As individual books, I’ve reviewed them afgosde. In a world where one man’s spaceship empire war could easily be swapped out for another’s, trying something different should be less rare than it is. Refresh and try again. So don’t expect her humor to leap out at you. Not always the easist reading but worth the effort.

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Norbertcolbert rated it it was amazing Nov 09, I read this book because John said it was his equivalent of Little Women. It was her first visit since being forcibly removed in for her political views.

Extracted from the pamphlet: In she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year. Kinda really wish there were more of these srgosde. Eons are often covered in the expanse of a story. I found it incomprehensible and badly-written, but wanted very much to lessung it, because I liked Lessing and wanted to see a serious author make a real go of science fiction. A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her family, remaining in Salisbury.

I almost get the feeling that even her words don’t matter much as she weaves a dreamy spell over the reader, from whose miasma unspoken truths may sink in.


State University of New York Press. This set of writings represented a major shift of focus for Lessing, influenced by spiritual and mystical themes in Sufismin particular by Idries Shah.

Canopus in Argos Series

Both strike me as being more of a neurolinguistic programming endeavor or device, as opposed to being stories to be told with details to be remembered. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Each book covers unrelated events, with the exception of Shikasta and The Sirian Experimentswhich tell the story of accelerated evolution on Earth through the eyes of Canopeans and Sirians respectively.

The Canopus in Argos series as a whole falls into categories of social or soft science fiction “space fiction” in Lessing’s own words [1] because of its focus on characterisation and social-cultural issues, and its lack of emphasis of the details of scientific technology.

I first discovered Doris Lessing’s semi-autobiographical “African Stories,” set in apartheid Rhodesia, decades ago, and liked them. Having our foibles as a particular ape species with a certain set of behavioral prerogatives spelled out by selection in a certain adaptive environment, described dispassionately by alien sociologists or “anthro”-pologists, or ethologists perhaps most aptly, is marvelous to me although I suppose could be unsettling to those who have a higher opinion of our species than I do.

Under My Skin Alfred and Emily. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists “who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read. There’s hardly any fighting or space battles and most of what passes for genre cliches are blissfully absent, replaced by something wholly strange, recognized only when viewed through skewed glass.