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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 Nov. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1480258423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480258426
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lindsay (3 March 1876 – 16 July 1945) was a Scottish author now best remembered for the philosophical science fiction novel A Voyage to Arcturus (1920).

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I'm very surprised that there are no reviews of 'A Voyage to Arcturus' here, as it seems to be almost the ultimate cult novel. Colin Wilson apparently called it 'The greatest novel of the Twentieth Century', and it was much-admired by J.R.R. Tolkien (no less) and C.S. Lewis, and Clive Barker considers it to be a 'masterpiece'. I am slightly baffled by these plaudits, but there is without doubt something extremely compelling about it. In a parallel universe somewhere children are studying this for GCSE, instead of 'Of Mice and Men' or 'To Kill a Mockingbird', and maybe they're 'doing' 'The Beggar's Opera' rather than 'Romeo and Juliet'.
'A Voyage to Arcturus' is a very odd and interesting book, and it's definitely worthy of your attention.
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A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS by David Lindsay 23 Mar. 2013
By MOTU Review - Published on Amazon.com
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A Voyage to Arcturus is a 1920 fantasy novel by David Lindsay. Here, the adventuresome Maskull travels to another planet, where he undertakes a journey of psychological and spiritual exploration.

A Voyage to Arcturus doesn't have a plot in the manner a typical novel does; it proceeds much more along the lines of something like Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Maskull travels methodically from one character to the next, giving each a chance to present and discuss his or her worldview. This focus on ideas is how the book is intended to be read, and if done otherwise, Maskull becomes a horrific serial killer of people rather than of philosophies.

Yet this is still a novel, and the philosophical focus (which boils down to a peculiar sort of mystic Calvinist Gnosticism) becomes overbearing. Pillars of storytelling (such as character development) are generally neglected, and pacing is excluded in favor of the many lengthy conversations, which are profound only to the characters. The reader may well feel that there's little real substance to the work.

If A Voyage to Arcturus is worth reading, it's because of Lindsay's wonderfully imaginative descriptions (most people familiar with this book already know the influence it had on C. S. Lewis's science fiction trilogy). Linday's depiction of all things sensory is masterful, and includes such feats as the compelling presentation of new colors. It's extremely impressive, if not sufficient to carry the book along.

So then, while it is not particularly interesting either as a story or a work of philosophy, A Voyage to Arcturus not without substantial merit. But it's certainly not for everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS by David Lindsay 23 Mar. 2013
By MOTU Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A Voyage to Arcturus is a 1920 fantasy novel by David Lindsay. Here, the adventuresome Maskull travels to another planet, where he undertakes a journey of psychological and spiritual exploration.

A Voyage to Arcturus doesn't have a plot in the manner a typical novel does; it proceeds much more along the lines of something like Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Maskull travels methodically from one character to the next, giving each a chance to present and discuss his or her worldview. This focus on ideas is how the book is intended to be read, and if done otherwise, Maskull becomes a horrific serial killer of people rather than of philosophies.

Yet this is still a novel, and the philosophical focus (which boils down to a peculiar sort of mystic Calvinist Gnosticism) becomes overbearing. Pillars of storytelling (such as character development) are generally neglected, and pacing is excluded in favor of the many lengthy conversations, which are profound only to the characters. The reader may well feel that there's little real substance to the work.

If A Voyage to Arcturus is worth reading, it's because of Lindsay's wonderfully imaginative descriptions (most people familiar with this book already know the influence it had on C. S. Lewis's science fiction trilogy). Linday's depiction of all things sensory is masterful, and includes such feats as the compelling presentation of new colors. It's extremely impressive, if not sufficient to carry the book along.

So then, while it is not particularly interesting either as a story or a work of philosophy, A Voyage to Arcturus not without substantial merit. But it's certainly not for everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite writing, and I ain't talkin' 'bout penmanship here 22 Jan. 2015
By Lil Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
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Exquisite writing, exceptional use of words that move the story right along. Well-defined characters, brief but thorough descriptions. A bit of fun with some of the naming of the characters. British spellings, except for the misspelled word "eyeing".
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dated 18 Nov. 2014
By MythTycoon - Published on Amazon.com
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This is written in kind of a diary format were the protagonist lamely falls into a series of stories. I finished it but it was a slog to the finish.
Five Stars 16 Jan. 2015
By nicholas j klein - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing book that is surprisingly hard to find. Good deal for the price
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