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5.0 out of 5 stars A Decadent Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
Because his folowers have granted him godlike status while his critics have dismissed him as a crackpot, it's a bit difficult to explain to those who have not heard of A.C. why this book is such a great read.
Aleister Crowley(1875-1947) recounts his life and the pride he took in being a genius (he had memorized The Bible before he was seven), a poet, an adventurer, a...
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is for the badly formated ebook only
The format is off. With random number in the text. I think someone copied a web page and just made an ebook out of it.
There are words missing making it hard to read. Go find a better copy.

The content is good, the format is horrible.

Nelson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Know the Past, Know the Present, November 19, 2012
I recommend any and all of the books about Aleister Crowley by Symonds. The impact of Crowely on today's society is important for everyone to understand, whether you are a devotee of Crowley or especially if you are not. Do "pay attention to the man behind the curtain". If you are a student of the connection to the occult and Nazi Germany, it is worth noting that the O.T.O., the organization which Crowely became the head of in 1927 was not founded by Crowely but by Carl Kellner, a high ranking German freemason. Other members of "the great white brotherhood" include Theodor Ruess, a German spy. Crowely announced in his publication of the Equinox, with the subtitle "The Review of Scientific Illuminism" that the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) holds the wisdom of The Order of the Illuminati. The Illuminati, founded in 1776 by Adam Weishupt, was a criminal underground using the rites of the freemasons as their secret code.
See also:
Symonds, J. (1997). The Beast 666: The Life of Aleister Crowley.
Symonds, J. (1971). The Great Beast: The life and magick of Aleister Crowley.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life story of one of the worlds most fascinating people, November 10, 1999
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Aleister Crowley is one of the most misunderstood and slandered people who ever lived...and he seemed to revel in it.Indeed, Crowley lays down his life in print for all to see and what a sight it is. This book details the rise and fall of the last great magus the Master Therion in his own words, which are poetry in and of themselves. The book also contains many rare black and white photos of the Beast and friends that any Crowley collector will want to have.Every man and woman is a star but Crowley was indeed among the brightest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but the author rambles on a bit, March 26, 1999
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After reading this book for the second time, I have to say that it is a very involved reading. While the book does keep you turning pages to discover just where the manical storyline goes next. Overall most of the sections have a tendancy to ramble on a bit like some of the more annoying unedited Steven King works, but not as excessively. If your only ever going to read one Aliester Crowley book, this is the one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Man or Beast?, November 17, 1999
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This was an interesting book. All in all he was a fascinating person. But... although he did call himself the Beast and 666, within the book there was hardly any display of Crowley being evil or beastly at all; other than his somewhat unusual demeanor and magical potential. In other words, his reputation and aka's for such a pedestal of devilish greatness was very over-rated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law., June 14, 1999
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Describes, in the most excellent poetical literary form possible to man, the story of 666's life. The miscellaneous adventures in his early life are all recorded with the utter zeal that only he can produce. After 1909 though, he was pulled liberally along with the current of Prana that most fitted him. I remember a childhood story of Scientific Sadism. I have the belief that this book should be supplemented with Israel Regardie's famous " Interpretation of Aleister Crowley," although I would think that it is much too over-exagerated: Regardie does display massive amounts of knowledge (regarding the price, also, it is reasonably cheap for the content of information manifested).
To sum up, I think I can do no better than to direct the attention of the wary over to " An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for the adventurer in mind or body, May 3, 1999
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This is a thrilling story. On par with the likes of his idol, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Crowley takes on a wild ride of mountaineering, and experimentation, explorations. This is the story of one of the great souls -- mystic, mage, and poet who invited us to push the limits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A goal met !, February 22, 2014
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Been after a copy of this edition of Confessions for a very long time & this was the perfect condition copy bought at the right price. Very happy to have it in my ever growing collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literal, September 28, 2012
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September 28,2012 The book called " The Confessions of Aleister Crowley : An Autobiography is a serious reading of essay's and prose that the person being written about has formatted in fine art writing with explanations on the history of his historical experiences and explanations of his discoveries in writing. Many of his writings in the book are equated to summarize the knowledge he wrote of from his own intellectual abilities.The sovereignty of the speech writing and dialect is sufficient in a historical view point from the era of when this information is from. Mister Aleister Crowley has done correlations with nature and the existence and beginnings of man and existence. Mr. Aleister Crowley has exquisite formmation in his writings and compulations that he display's poetically. This is a grand read of a non-fiction book that is well-mannered and contained in the book category it is labeled in as such. From - Carisa,Justus,Connick and we are the Vangor family.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowley the man, October 13, 2003
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A fascinating look at one of the most enigmatic and interesting characters of the last century. Aleister, an occultist, details his life growing up and makes note of all his accomplishments and his intelligence, although yes he may be bragging at least it expels the idea some people have liked to spread about him being a brainless raver all of his life, also the articulated way he writes displays his intelligence. He was at a loss in the book to explain as to why he went on Satans side when all of his young life he was raised in a strict Calvinist home, it may of been of the fact that his mother and most of the ppl on her side of the family were "bigots of the most narrow minded an illogical human type" (his words). Encouraged to write this book two years before his death, he pulled on all of what he could remember and made a facinating read.
As for what the previous reviewer states (a reviewer from Connecticut) that it does not containt any spells or incantations, it is a AUTOBIOGRAPHY not an occult magick book, dimbulb.
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