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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books (June 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594771618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594771613
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bravo! With fresh eyes Michel Lamy insightfully connects a baffling array of dots to reveal the hitherto obfuscated tapestry of that great master weaver of tales, Jules Verne.” (Stephen Michaluk, coauthor of The Jules Verne Encyclopedia)

". . . for those who love literature, a mystery, or solving puzzles, this book will be a gem." (Institute for Hermetic Studies, July 2007)

" . . . recommended for any library strong in Verne literary analysis as well as new age collections." (The Midwest Book Review, Sep 2007)

"Mr. Lamy's grasp of the majority of the hidden meanings of Verne's writing and use of words is exceptional. . . . I believe this work would be a great addition to the library of any student of Jules Verne, Freemasonry, Rosicrucians and the Rennes-Le-Chateau aspect of the Holy Grail." (Veritas Newsletter, July 2008)

"The subtitle sums up this fascinating account of Jules Verne's active participation in the occult milieu of late 19th century France and his incorporation of Masonic initiation rites into his science fiction novels. The author has spent many years researching the relationship of symbolism, sacred geography, the esoteric tradition, and 'secret' history to literature . . . Students of 19th century occultism will find this book a valuable resource." (The Beacon, Oct-Dec 2008)

“To the reader who loves conspiracy and literature, this book is as thrilling as anything by Jules Verne himself. Michel Lamy has decoded not only Verne’s work but a whole line of initiated fiction writers. Rennes-le-Château, the Illuminati, Dracula, and the Thule Society are a few of the ingredients of this mystery, whose keys lie in occult politics and the dark secrets of blood, death, and immortality. Lamy’s work has long deserved a wider audience.” (Joscelyn Godwin, professor of music, Colgate University, and author of The Real Rule of Four)

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“To the reader who loves conspiracy and literature, this book is as thrilling as anything by Jules Verne himself. Michel Lamy has decoded not only Verne’s work but a whole line of initiated fiction writers. Rennes-le-Château, the Illuminati, Dracula, and the Thule Society are a few of the ingredients of this mystery, whose keys lie in occult politics and the dark secrets of blood, death, and immortality. Lamy’s work has long deserved a wider audience.”
Joscelyn Godwin, professor of music, Colgate University, and author of The Real Rule of Four

“Bravo! With fresh eyes Michel Lamy insightfully connects a baffling array of dots to reveal the hitherto obfuscated tapestry of that great master weaver of tales, Jules Verne.”
Stephen Michaluk, coauthor of The Jules Verne Encyclopedia

Prolific author and pioneer of the science fiction novel, Jules Verne also possessed a hidden side that was encrypted into all his works--his active participation in the occult milieu of late-nineteenth-century France. Among the many esoteric secrets to be found are significant clues to the Rennes-le-Château mystery, including the location of a great treasure in the former Cathar region of France and the survival of the heirs to the Merovingian dynasty. Verne’s books also reveal Rosicrucian secrets of immortality, and some are constructed, like Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in accordance with Masonic initiation.

The passe-partout to Verne’s work (the skeleton key that is also the name of Phileas Fogg’s servant in Around the World in Eighty Days) lies in the initiatory language he employed to inscribe a second or even third layer of meaning beneath the main narrative, which is revealed in his skilled use of wordplay, homonyms, anagrams, and numerical combinations. The surface story itself is often a guide that tells the reader outright what he or she should be looking for. Far from innocuous stories for children, Verne’s work reveals itself to be rich with teachings on symbolism, esoteric traditions, and the secret history of humanity.

Michel Lamy has spent many years researching the relationship of symbolism, sacred geography, esoteric tradition, and “secret” history to literature. He is the author of books on Joan of Arc, the Templars, and the hidden history of the Basque region. He lives in France.

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I found this book to be very interesting, provocative and well written.
Madame X
Part 3 of this book is entitled "Jules Verne and the Secrets of the Rosicrucians", which explains the relationship of Verne to the mysterious sect of Rosicrucians.
New Age of Barbarism
This book has too much wrong information to make wading through it a completely agreeable experience.
Christopher A. Fulkerson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Fulkerson on December 19, 2011
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This book has too much wrong information to make wading through it a completely agreeable experience. Some of the detail is interesting, even provocative, but Lamy's sense of what constitutes a demonstrated argument is pretty loose, and this cannot be called scholarship. However if you understand that some topics are completely and crazily incorrect, and if you have not before read this type of literary analysis (one can't call it criticism), which puzzles through an author's idiosyncracies of name selection and theme, you might benefit from some exposure to the author's relatively wide reading within Verne's corpus. I think he makes a good case for Verne's debt to George Sand, but this might be a commonplace in Verne Studies. However Verne's addiction to Shakespeare is referenced once only in a footnote, no doubt because discussion of this would not be "secret." Anyone with a scholarly interest in occultism winds up reading some stuff like this, it's the literary equivalent of picking through garbage looking for gems. It takes patience and can't be recommended as reliable. Writings like this are part of the occult, not its explication. This is one of those books that I would not have bought if I had had a chance to page through it in a bookstore, and I could not make it part of my regular reading. This was bedtime reading, and not the best sort of that.

The strand within the book that is suggestive and relatively relevant is that concerning Verne's method of choosing names. I am persuaded by Lamy that the novels have links to one another in the form of linguistic clues and cues, usually having to do with names, though sometimes having to do with geographical situations.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on November 20, 2007
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_The Secret Message of Jules Verne: Decoding His Masonic, Rosicrucian, and Occult Writings_ is the first English translation by Destiny Books of the French book _Jules Verne, Initie et initiateur_ by French writer on the occult and esoterism Michel Lamy. This book which attempts to uncover a hidden occult agenda behind the writings of the famous French father of science-fiction Jules Verne is certain to appeal to those who are fans of such books as the novel _Foucault's Pendulum_ of Umberto Eco or the occult writings of Joscelyn Godwin. The French edition of this book has been mentioned in many sources of the occult literature and thus this English edition provides an important work for English readers and students of the occult and the esoteric. Jules Verne (1828 - 1905) was a French author who played an important role in the development of the science-fiction novel. However, according to author Michel Lamy, Verne had another side to him and his stories were frequently meant to be works of initiation. Lamy contends that Verne was a student of the occult as were many of the French literary during his time and that he played an important part in the French occult scene at the turn of the century. This book provides a fascinating account of the freemasonic and Rosicrucian aspects of Verne's work as well as discussing such obscure topics as the Rennes-le-chateau mystery, vampirism, the Bavarian Illuminati, and esoteric Nazism, favored by occultists. This book is certainly a fascinating look into the deeper and hidden aspects of a favorite novelist whose works remain a source of interest, fascination, and entertainment to this day.Read more ›
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Darby on February 13, 2008
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"I've a whale of a tale to tell you, lads," sings Kirk Douglas in the Walt Disney film adaptation of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. Most of us, reading Verne's novels for the first time, adored them and thought these whales of tales were simply fabulous adventure stories. Now French researcher/journalist Michel Lamy has come along to tell us that the late 19th century French author carefully structured his novels according to the stages of Masonic and Rosicrucian initiation and action-quest ritual---that, and much more, all of an occult nature. In Michael Strogoff, for example, the hero fights a bear, is tortured, is blinded, then recovers his sight; Mr. Lamy shows us that these acts are strangely consistent with vows made by higher-ranked Freemasons.

In general, Mr. Lamy's thesis is persuasive; but this reader would have liked to learn more about what kind of a queer duck Jules Verne was that he took the trouble of structuring his novels in this way in the first place. Verne doesn't really seem to be proselytizing; it's more like it's all something of a gigantic lark for him. But there surely is no simple answer, and Mr. Lamy introduces a somber note at the beginning of his book, stating that toward the end of his life Verne was "haunted by some incomprehensible mystery that he refused to share with anyone and which sometimes appeared to be suffocating him."

All in all, this beautifully translated book is quite a treat for all lovers of great literature, and especially for those fascinated by the rarer and more occult forms of expression that literature in all of its endless variations can take.
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