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This review is from: Voyage to Arcturus (Canongate Classics) (Paperback)
Lindsay has created a multi-layered critique of our understanding of creation in a unique literary work. When first published it bombed as the public of 1920 found it appalling. It needs rereading to get a fuller picture of what Lindsay is trying to say: and that is very challenging! Three people--Krag, Nightspore and Maskull--travel to Tormance, a planet round the star Arcturus. However this is no "science" fiction. Maskull awakes alone and encounters a series of people on his journey to Muspel, the place of revelation. This must lead to his death as is stated all through the book. In his encounters with aliens, Maskull undergoes various physical, emotional and spiritual transformations. These lead him to question the work of Shaping or creation by Crystalman. At the end of his journey Krag reappears, having been called the devil by the aliens Maskull encounters at various times, and shows Maskull that he must allow Pain to release him from the deceit of Pleasure (Shaping). And so he becomes Nightspore, Krag's creature. This whole journey is written with fantastic literary skill and imagery, and the whole experience is personally challenging. For the truth of Tormance is the truth of our world, according to Lindsay. "Arcturus" influenced CS Lewis' "Out of the Silent Planet" and "Perelandra".
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