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A Magick Life: A Biography of Aleister Crowley: The Life of Aleister Crowley [Paperback]

Martin Booth
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6 Dec 2001
Crowley advocated the practice of magick and encouraged his followers to create their own life styles and develop a keen self knowledge. He wrote many books on his subject and is still revered as the master of the dark arts with books and websites and followers all over the world. Martin Booth has used his skills as a biographer to encapsulate the man and his extraordinary life-style in a chilling tale of magic and intrigue.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340718064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340718063
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 12.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fine, fair and gripping piece of work that places Crowley before the reader in all his bizarre immensity' SUNDAY TIMES

'A formidably well-researched and well-written biography, which has the additional merit of being extremely funny' THE TIMES

'Dedicated research and enthusiasm' INDEPENDENT (Weekend Review)

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Aleister Crowley was a famous and feared magician; a poet, and practitioner of the dark arts in the first half of this century. He was extremely sinister and his followers still enthuse about his theories to this day.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive Resource? 22 Jan 2001
Years spent studying Crowley and his Magick has left me feeling that there was something more to Crowley than other biographers were revealing. After reading Martin Booths excellent version of events surrounding Crowley's life the missing pieces came into full focus. This is a well written, superbly researched and articulate account of the man himself. No stone is left unturned and Crowley is revealed 'warts an all'. From this perspective one is left able to judge his magickal work from an enlightened perspective. Recommended whole heartedly.
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It takes a bold biographer to attempt the life of such a bizarrely complex and famous (or notorious) character as Aleister Crowley. Martin Booth has done a good, thorough, highly focused job, even if more scholarly writers could cite sources beyond the wide range of those he has used, and could also pick up various small points of inaccuracy. Booth has striven for dispassionate objectivity, but in the nature of things, Crowleyites will probably argue that the book understates the artistic, intellectual and 'magickal' achievements of the Great Beast 666, while the sceptical may equally well complain that Booth has underplayed the absurdity of Crowley's philosophical pretensions and the gross callousness of his relationships with the many weak and unhappy people who fell under his spell. However I'd suggest it's a measure of Booth's success that his biography will at least provide something for both camps: hard detailed information for the earnest student of Crowley's life and of the history of the evolution of modern occultism, and a measure of entertainment and bemusement for those not persuaded that Crowley was - to quote Raymond Greene, one of the sources Booth doesn't mention - anything more than 'a very silly man'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly magickal read 23 Jun 2009
Although I had been aware of Crowley for many years, I had never actually read anything by him or about him. I became interested after reading a book about black magic which mentioned him a lot. This is without a doubt a fully enjoyable and informative read, detailing from the beginning, his formative years and the indoctrination and dogma instilled into him by the religious sect he grew up with. This helps you to understand why he formed the opinions and attitudes he did, especially toward women. How intriguing he loathed women, yet could not live without them, always on the lookout for the next scarlet woman. It is a brilliant insight into Crowley's psychology and personality, and how this affected his relationships with others, both male and female. Crowley would have been field day material for the modern day psychologist in terms of diagnosing personality types and possibly disorders. The book is a journey into the constant adventure of his fascinating life and all people who were a part of the adventure,and what became of them in the end. I would recommend this as a good place to start for anyone wishing to know about Crowley's life, and his involvment with and introduction to magickal practices. Especailly engaging is the section about Thelema and his time at Cefalu.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a guy 23 Sep 2010
By Tash
I have come across Aleister Crowley's name quite a few times in various books i have read, and i was always curious about the man. After looking at a few reviews of the books that supposedly give an insight to his life, this one was the most recommended, as the other publications were not "warts and all". This book certainly is, the man was a perverted, egotistical, bisexual, drug and sex addict who was also an occultist with a razor sharp wit and mind. He was a mountaineer, a poet, a philosopher, a liar, sometimes kind but frequently cruel. He travelled widely, often alone and often on a whim and found himself more than once at the centre of scandal. He is also the most fascinating person i have ever read about.

This particular book was quite hard to find, but was worth the effort. If you read only one book about this remarkable man, then make sure it's this one.
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