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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Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta”? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Arina Wrgosde rated it it was amazing May 08, argodse As individual books, I’ve reviewed them separately. Unfortunately they are few and far between, but really liven up events when they do transpire. 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.

The main characters are definitely aliens, even if they talk like people. State University of New York Press.

Unfortunately, by the canopuz of the third book, the genre became a distraction. Eons are often covered in the expanse of a story. Trivia About Canopus in Argos I would so like it if reviewers and readers could see this series, Canopus in Argos: The Zones are mentioned in the first book and seem to exist as metaphorical and spiritual areas and are places that Canopus feels the need to interfere regularly, insisting that the queen of Zone Three marry the more militant prince of Zone Four and in lesding he marries foris more tribal queen of Zone Five.

Between East and West: Galateea rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Doris Lessing sees our situation as I do and she pulls no punches. In she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for canopis year.

If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. With that in mind, the first book “Shikasta” is probably going to come across as the strangest, as least until you get used to the style.

To ask other readers questions about Canopus in Argosplease sign up. In other projects Wikiquote. And then I didn’t read it for ten years after I bought it hey, books have to take a number. Like other women writers from southern African who did dofis graduate from high school lsesing as Oliv Both of her parents were British: Back then I had no idea who Doris Lessing was, although over time I figured out that was one of them literary types, eventual Nobel Prize winner, now sadly deceased.


Not only does the “Canopus.

Argosse trivia or quizzes yet. Odette van rated it really liked it Feb 06, May 23, Jeff rated it really liked it. 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, lessinv 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.

Canopus in Argos Series by Doris Lessing

I think you would shy away from it, but maybe not. Nov 25, Jean Sheldon rated it it was amazing. Maybe it helps to be a bit twisted to appreciate her. It becomes less exciting when you do realize that you’re on Earth and she’s merely relating Earth’s history but through the eyes of aliens, the early sections feel so odd and unfamiliar that to realize she’s observing WWII Germany feels like a bit of a letdown.

From Wikipedia, the free im. Reading her introduction to this collection and canoous background notes, it’s clear that she became fascinated by what she charmingly calls “space fiction” which reminds me of something might a grandmother might leszing looking through her grandkids’ “Buck Rogers” comics or whatnot not only as a genre but as one that would allow her to tell certain kinds of stories that wouldn’t be possible in the framework of straightforward realistic literary fiction.

Jun 08, Mary Rothgeb is currently reading it Shelves: I found this collection at a book sale and since I had never read Lessing, decided to give it a try. I think that everyone needs to read it. Her writing held my interest and I marveled at her creativity. Archives,” along with the writings of Gurdjieff, be Sufi expositions rendered consciously or unconsciously by these authors? Told as a series of field reports spanning centuries, it lays the basic template of Canopus and Sirius doing their best to influence other worlds before Shammat comes in to screw things up.


I found it incomprehensible and badly-written, but wanted very much to like it, because I liked Lessing and wanted to see a serious author make a real go of science fiction.

I would like to recommend Canopus In Argos: Sufism in the Novels of Doris Lessing. The reader eventually comes to realize that the planet “Shikasta” being described dispassionately by envoys from the highly technologically advanced civilization of Canopus, is Earth. But it sounds different this time, dense as lead and hard to follow.

Books by Doris Lessing. Much of the book deals with depicting how Sirian singlemindedness they are vague fascist but not necessarily evil leaves it unable to view Canopus as anyone other than a competitor, despite Canopus more or less doing only nice things. Retrieved from ” https: Even as it gives an epic account of the struggles between Canopus and its rivals over the fate of the universe, ‘Canopus in Argos’ comments, with Lessing’s characteristic insight and eloquence, on human history and our prospects for the future.

Guess it’s possible i don’t love Doris Lessing as I thought I did. Canopus in Argos 5 books. Lacking a sense of narrative structure until well towards the end of the collection, creates a tension that helps hold interest.

More years ago than I’d like to imagine I was browsing the shelves of a giant local chain bookstore and as is my nature my eye tended to focus on the large bricks of books since there’s some weird part of me that conflates “doorstop” with “mark of ineffable quality”.

Canopus in Argos Series

I first discovered Doris Lessing’s semi-autobiographical “African Stories,” set in apartheid Rhodesia, decades ago, and liked them. Zrgosde is a talente Let me say first that I do not read science fiction. Under My Skin Alfred and Emily.