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Perdurabo - A Review by Barry van Asten,
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This review is from: Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (Hardcover)
Unlike other biographies about Crowley, `Perdurabo' presents us with an all too human genius who devotes his life to the pursuit of magick and to living within the concepts of the Aeon of Horus. He is not some `devil-worshipping' black magician, destroying souls in his wake, dragged into the slime of sensationalism as so much of the media and `third-rate biographies' like to portray him; and neither is he raised to God-like status, so much so that we cannot relate to the man. Kaczynski, with his extensive research, paints a portrait of Perdurabo as a vast figure of a man, bent upon one course throughout his fascinating life, that of magick!
This book, like no other, really captures the Beast and helps us to `get under the skin' of the subject, and to see with his eyes and feel with his heart, the emotional torments and physical pains; the poetic passion that love inaugurated and the financial difficulties and publication problems that drove the Mage onwards, into new frontiers of thought and spiritual progression.
We are astounded at his adventures; exhilarated by his mystical wanderings; amazed at his poetic vision and warmed by the great lights of his time whom he encountered (Pollitt, Eckenstein, Fuller, Neuburg etc.) and fell under his persuasive spell, only to break away and reveal Crowley's human failings - Prophet of the New Age; poet and mountaineer, he was one hell of a man, and `Perdurabo' by Richard Kaczynski comes closest to bringing the Beast to life, from his birth to his death - the journey is delightful, remarkable and sad! I cannot recommend this book highly enough for I consider it to be the definitive biography of Crowley which far surpasses Lawrence Sutin's `Do what thou wilt' and Martin Booth's `A Magick Life', which are both equally worthy! Highly recommended!