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I, Crowley: Almost the Last Confession of the Beast Paperback – 1 Jan 1997

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford (1 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1869928490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869928490
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,859,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aleister Crowley, also known as "The Beast 666", here recounts his "vocation", his practice of sex magic and his bruising encounters with his contemporaries. In a beyond-the-grave "autobiography" he denies that he was a murderer, but claims to be a prophet and practitioner of sexual freedom.

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This is a book for all the Crowley fans out there. This is basically a biography turned autobiography turned confession. Personally i don't like all of Crowley's works, although the book of lies has a special place in my library. This book is really entertaining and i'm sure everybody will find something they didn't know about "the beast" in here
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95fa0918) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x95e6df9c) out of 5 stars Humorus, witty, deep: quite a gem! 10 Nov. 2008
By Oposum in the Garden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written in confessional form, in the first person, and it is a fictionalized account of the life of Aleister Crowley, the "most wicked man on Earth," as he was called by the press. Crowley in this book recalls events of his life. And Wilson portrays Crowley as a funny excentric, so, there is enough humor to entertain the reader. It is a comedy. And there are also reflections, or question posed, showing Crowley how he was received by his contemporaries, what were the realities of his life, and the social climate, what were his pains and tragedies, which may explain why he chose to offend social norms in his search for spiritual meaning, and why he disregarded social mores so much.

And as Crowley may amuse you, there is also bitterness. He can be seen as a product of religious abuse, raised by fanatical parents, who were ideological and lacking compassion. This upbringing, which left psychological scares, and a tragic event in his life (no spoilers here), may have formed his personality and his path in life. Wilson is compassionate toward Crowley, but without sentimentality.Crowley, who serves as an image of modern day heretic, was often called by the press "the most wicked man on Earth," and we may understand why people found his behavior so shocking. The author is not white washing Crowley here. But when Wilson juxtaposes Crowley to the others, those who opposed him, or who were his bitter enemies, we are forced to ask what we as a society perceive as evil, or what freedom is, and where are the limits of personal freedom, and what is brain washing and manipulation.

For example there is Mussolini, just mentioned shortly in the novel, but in the right spot. Both were contemporaries, Crowley lived in Sicily.Yet Benito Mussolini was considered a great man, while Crowley was the demon ( he had only few people who followed him, and tragic accounts of wasted lives are there).

There is also the problem of Crowley sacrificing a cat in one of his rituals. And there is no doubt, that Wilson (as me), thinks this is a horrible thing to do.Than we have one of his poet collegues, who in order to rejuvenate himself collaborated with scientists who kept monkeys in their lab, and produced a substance which was than considered to have great regenerative powers when injected.Obviously a very frivolous reason for sacrificing monkeys. Than there is Crowley, who in desperation kills a cat, as he believes that the sacrifice will help his very ill daughter to survive.Both were misguided, but Crowley is less of a monster than his respected collegue.

For those of you who are Crowley fans, (I am not, I confess), you may enjoy it, but you may get upset too. It depends how you prefer Crowley to be portrayed.Crowley here is a weak person who in spite of his honest seeking would profit more from a therapy for abused children. (But this was sadly no this option those days). The author has great style, his writing is witty, characterization is great. Wilson is a dramatist, he writes mostly plays, but Crowley as a character in a novel is amazing. Not an easy task to portray such unusual person, but Wilson excels.To me the novel is brilliant, I recommend it highly. Yes, Crowley was sexist, nationalistic, racist, etc.Yet the book is very complex, it shows his struggles as a man who desperately was seeking to free himself from pain of his formative years, to find a better universe for himself and others, a better universe than this in which he grew up, and in which he was not able to put his trust. In his desperate search for creating another, in his opinion better alternative, he creatively grew a very big and complicated ego.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96543528) out of 5 stars A witty and sharp account of the Beast's 'last confession' 30 Mar. 1999
By Jon Sillis (karen.griffin@virgin.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wilson proves himself an expert on Crowley's life, magickal theory and philosophy. I laughed (and cried) over this book. It was a pleasure to read from start to finish.
A 'must read' for occultists everywhere. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95dd6b28) out of 5 stars Michael Howard in The Cauldron 1 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I, CROWLEY Almost the Last Confession of the Beast by Snoo Wilson {Mandrake of Oxford, P.O Box 250 , Oxford OX1 1AP £9.99 252pp} Whatever you think of Aleister Crowley - and let's face it, he was a right-wing, misogynistic druggie with some unpleasant personal habits{Pardon? Ed} - his contribution to the magical, pagan and occult revival of the last century was considerable. At a time when psychopaths like Hitler and Stalin were murdering millions in their death camps he hardly deserves the silly title of "Wickedest Man in the World". This is a spoof autobiography of the Great Beast allegedly written when he was in Hastings at the end of his life. It covers the period when he lived in New York and then founded his abbey in Sicily. It is darkly amusing, entertaining and recommended.
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