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The Book of Lies Paperback – March 2, 2012
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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a magus, poet, sexual athlete, mountaineer, traitor, drug fiend, and Prophet of a New Eon. He has been dubbed "The Wickedest Man in the World." Author of 777, Diary of a Drug Fiend, and Book of Lies, as well as many other books, Crowley, with Freida Harris, also created the bestselling Thoth Tarot Deck.
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I first came upon this strange little book in 2002, while I was traveling alone with my backpack and had just settled in
Vancouver's downtown for a winter stay (strangely, the same city where Charles Jones (Frater Achad) sojourned while undertaking the Great Work). That day, I was browsing about in my new neighborhood, and stumbled upon a small bookstore that was well concealed at the end of a tiny street, of which I don't recall the name... Needless to say I was intrigued and walked in, and there it was, with its black cover, sporting a giant smiling golden sun in the middle, and the title "Book of lies", just above it (this refers to the weiser paperback edition). Back then, I was bareley familiar with Aleister Crowley and his work, only aware of a few of his writings, and owning the Thoth Tarot deck he devised. I was quite intrigued by the book and purchased it, only to discover it was not formatted as most, being instead a collection of small individual texts, all attributed to a single number, and spanning from only a few words - two chapters even have none - to a few paragraphs, each self contained, but linked between one another through their numerological and kabbalistical attributions and correspondences. Some might wonder what these are all about, I did at the time, but since, have begun devoting myself to studying the curriculum of a student of the mysteries, as advocated by the A.'.A.'. (Astrum Argentium), the magickal order founded by Crowley himself. One can find the student's reading list at the following URL: [...]
Happy Thelemic New Year!
Love is the Law, love under will.
The main gripe comes from the design of this redesign. This book is so thin, it has the versatility of a thin graphic novel. When you try and hold the book open with one hand, you will either rip, or crumble, or bend this flimsy thing. It was really a foolish redesign.
Also, the image of Laylah is missing from this book. The Chapter 77: "THE SUBLIME AND SUPREME SEPTENARY
IN ITS MATURE MAGICAL MANIFESTATION
THROUGH MATTER: AS IT IS WRITTEN: AN
HE-GOAT ALSO" says at the end of the commentary to "(see photograph)." Well, in this book there is NO photograph to display. I don't know why this is, but it feels like I have been jipped of the original feel and look, and given something someone just typed up over the weekend.
There are also numerous typos and errors within the book. I am not aware if these are present in the older editions, but is very prevalent herein this design.
The only good comment I have of this edition is the cover and the paper quality. The cover is pretty awesome looking and the paper is very sturdy and firm (not like what you would find in small paperbacks). One small perk to this design is that you can slip it easily into other books or binders/briefcases. In that regard, it is pretty accommodating.
I believe the reason for this design is to match the size of other works done by Aleister Crowley and various other Thelemic authors. I noticed that "Liber 777," "QBL" "The Law is for All" "Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot" "The Magick of Thelema" (from my personal library) are all the same exact size. Perhaps this is the universal standard to shift to (as the old paperback was in the small book format)? Who knows.
I would opt for the other more complete editions of "The Book of Lies" than this rather "thin" and lacking edition.