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Flight to Lucifer: A Gnostic Fantasy [Hardcover]

Prof. Harold Bloom
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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc; 1st Edition edition (May 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374156441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374156442
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,817,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Through Others Eyes 8 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a dreadful book and I suspect most copies will be bought by those who have read David Lindsays Voyage To Arcturus on which it is based. Reading like a third rate alchemical script, it tries to re-imagine Lindsays book as a gnostic tale and fails to either illuminate Gnosticism or add anything except a little more grandeur to Lindsays original work. There have been suggestions that Harold Bloom has 'disowned' this book and attempted to remove it from circulation - thus adding in some way to its rarity and mystique. If anything it shows how difficult writing Arcturus at the level of Lindsay might have been. Lindsays own book was ignored when first published - around 600 copies only sold. What happened to those that were unsold ? Pulped or remaindered - either way it is as rare as hens teeth. For those seeking further enlightenment with regard to Voyage to Arcturus, Harold Blooms book Agon (non-fiction) is excellent. 'Lucifer' is worth collecting as a companion piece to Arcturus but I suspect that if the authors name had been anything but Harold Bloom, this novel would never have seen the light of day in print. It is perhaps poignant that Lindsay was an unknown author and Arcturus, a masterpiece was misunderstood and failed to sell and is now an expensive rarity as a first edition while 'Lucifer' was written by an excellent and well known critic, as fiction is rather poor and so misunderstood but is shaping up to become an expensive rarity as a first edition.
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