- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser; New impression edition (1 July 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877281475
- ISBN-13: 978-0877281474
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.4 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Moonchild Paperback – 1 Jul 1971
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About the Author
Aleister Crowley born Edward Alexander Crowley; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion and philosophy of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Knowing a bit about Crowleys involvement with the Golden Dawn it was interesting to note how many of its members (who he had fallen out with) were woven in to the story as thinly veiled characters. None of these people come off lightly, here - they are all portrayed as pathetic, overblown or downright evil. Its a shame that Crowley couldn't overcome his childish hatred for certain people to write a novel with more depth, more character and more spirit.
For anyone looking for an occult novel with more to offer, I would recommend Dion Fortunes novels (the Goat Foot God, Sea Priestess etc.). They demonstrate a maturity and wisdom that Crowley sadly does not show here.
Crowley keeps reappearing, first in the 1960's and now again in the jumble of ideas of the New Age movement. He was a mountaineer with expeditions to K2 and Kangchenjunga, otherwise "Brother Perdurabo" studying under "McGregor" Mathers, chief of the Golden Dawn movement, and also a good writer as this book shows. It switches between being surprising, humorous and stomach churning with Crowley showing his invincible English class prejudice along with the magical themes.
The main thread of the story is a Taoist one with the plot twisting and turning nicely around this axis. Supposedly Crowley identifies with Simon Iff and the forces of light but the undercurrent of the book and the not so obvious ending suggest a darker different conclusion.In any event it is probably a good idea to read some of the Tao Te Ching to catch the full flavour of the book.
Crowley was persistently hunted by the press and eventually bankrupted by legal actions but he didn't do anything to discourage the speculation. He loved to showboat ( the self-proclaimed Beast 666 ) and wanted the publicity. However, the relevance of the story for today is that strands of the New Age movement take the magical aspects completely seriously which is surely a trend worth watching.
His view on the advantages of being a magician:"...all one's different parts are free to act with the utmost possible vigour according to their own natures, because the other parts do not interfere with them. You don't let the navigators into the stoke-hole, or your stokers into the chart house".
The best way to read this book might be to keep your sense of humour close by. It is Victorian, but has none of the usual stuffiness or blandness of its contempories. You should appreciate that as literary artist (and fluent French speaker), Crowley liked bold, sometimes black, brush strokes. To his mind, some natural concepts were so grand and fascinating that he would just vehemently dig in to the exploration of them. Like a maniacal anatomist of the spirit he didn't seem to mind getting his hands bright wet. On this occasion, however I think that he showed a fair amount of restraint in offending sensibilities, but if he did so on occasion in this book, it was done for noble reasons. Any talk about self-aggrandisement in this novel is completely off the mark. The vaudeville enemy in this piece is fashioned from his own DNA and with no less attention to detail than the grand white wizard and this was done self-consciously. Enjoy it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Right, well I have just seen a review which has labelled this book a work of 'Fiction'. Which is quite frankly, complete balderdash. Read morePublished on 27 April 2010 by J. L. Maitland
Excellent fiction book drawn on Crowley's practical ideas and many interesting information is passed as the story rolls.
A must for readers interested in Crowley's work.
at prose. The language is appalling and the style could be compared to that of a 10 year old (apart from the esoteric jargon). Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2005 by Rachel T
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