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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477420118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477420119
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,896,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book itself is better than the sum of its parts.
Reference Librarian
This is a masonically influenced spiritual allegory couched in the language of the most erroneous material science I've ever read.
Jonathan A. Long
Highly recommended reading from one of the most gifted minds in scientific American history.
Paul A. Tatman

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reference Librarian on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
John Uri Lloyd, a famous pharmacognocist (student of plant drugs and their properties) and pharmaceutical manufacturer in Cincinnati, wrote books while his cauldrons bubbled, and very interesting books they are in many ways, though the writing is not always of the quality that readers of today's novels have grown to expect. What seized the imagination of the public then, as now, is the quality of the ideas in the book: Lloyd dares to question the received scientific orthodoxy of his day. Many of the ideas he questioned are today considered outmoded. Some of the ideas he advanced are now accepted, but beyond that is something he is trying to say about science itself: Can science rest on dogmatic assumptions, or must it remain a free inquiry, and his work is a brilliant affirmation of the latter.

Though this book has been read by many as a straight fantasy, the purpose is, as the author stated many times, a serious one:

Lloyd wrote in a letter about the book dated 1895: "Some of us come into the world to teach, we cannot evade our destiny. Whether we teach from our own selves or from others, is of no moment, the important point is whether we teach properly. Will the result of our instruction tend to elevate the thought of others and thus lead to truth and self humility, to love and charity? Etidorhpa is not an idle creation. The mission of this book is unseen by most of its readers. The thought current will be felt though by every reader and it pains me to appreciate the fact that to some the beauties of the work will serve but to deepen their hatred of conceptions holy and sublime."

I have seen the MS of the book in the Lloyd Library, which he founded and endowed, and it is better than the book itself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Snyder on October 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
In 1993 the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY held an exhibit of the works of the late San Francisco-based painter and collage artist Jess, among whose works was a rendering of a passage from Etidorhpa. Eleven years later I was inspired to read this book - and what a find it was!

Etidorhpa is a work of pharmacological and geological fantasy which progresses through a series of Masonic-style initiations into the mysteries of the earth, the mind and the inner soul of humanity. At times it is reminiscent of Dante's "Divine Comedy" with a slimy, sightless subterranean serving Virgil's role as cicerone and Etidorhpa herself as the Beatrice of the narrator's journey. By turns it evokes Homer's "Odyssey," DeQuincey's "Confession of an English Opium Eater," Coleridge, Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and of course, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Thru the Looking Glass. If you read this, you might find Ted Nugent and the Amboy Duke's "Journey to the Center of Mind" an appropriate musical accompaniment.

On a personal note, my coming to the book was something of a journey as well. Though I first became aware of the book in Buffalo and read it eleven years later in San Francisco, the action takes place in Cincinnati, the narrator's address and the scene of most of his mysterious interview taking place in 1895 somewhere in the downtown area of W. 8th Street and Western Avenue near St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral (which is mentioned in the book). Some 90 years after the tale here narrated, I walked these streets daily for three years on my way to work. Bits of reality (the Cathedral) were thus mixed with historical imagination (trying to imagine that neighborhood 90 years before) as well as pure fantasy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Tatman on February 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book must be considered as the ultimate anathema to the "science-myth" debunker crowd. Written by a man of science as well as imagination, it tells the story of what really happened to a historical figure - a man named Captain William Morgan, who was "apparently" murdered by freemasons in 1826. This act itself sparked a noteworthy social movement. It was the author's intent that this book would spark a different kind of movement - away from blind faith in orthodoxy and a rekindling of thirst for pure knowledge and discovery. Sadly, that has not happened as yet. Witness the iron grip of secrecy surrounding government research projects in general and the facts about UFOs in particular. Forced ignorance of the population at large is the order of the day. But if you can put aside your prejudices, read this book in one sitting, and reflect on the changes it has made in you. Consider the challenge it poses to the materialist view of reality, and the cohesive theory of its own it presents, by implication. Mere fantasy? Think again. Also read "Moongate" by William Brian, and reconsider the finality of current theories on the morphology of the Earth and the planets. You will be at once surprised, amazed, piqued and outraged, but not in the way you thought you would be. Highly recommended reading from one of the most gifted minds in scientific American history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1998
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From beginning to end one is caught up in the storyline of this book. Mind boggling concepts become crystal clear and images dance in one's head as one delves deeper and deeper into this alternate reality; a reality alive and vibrant right under our feet, so to speak. This book seems way ahead of its time having been written in 1895.
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