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The Earth Will Shake: A Novel Hardcover – January, 1983
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"More important than Ulysses or Finnegans Wake." -- Timothy Leary
"Devilish ... I loved it!" -- Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone
"When it comes to intelligent dissent, Wilson is the motherload. More importantly, he's funnier than a barrel of monkeys reciting the pledge of allegiance on the capital steps." --RU Sirius, Editor, Mondo 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Novelist, teacher and former Playboy editor, Robert Anton Wilson is the author of the Cosmic Trigger trilogy; the Illuminatus! trilogy (with Robert Shea); the Schrodinger's Cat trilogy; the Historical Illuminatus series; Sex, Drugs & Magick; Prometheus Rising; Quantum Psychology; Coincidance; Email to the Universe; and many other works. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This author was amazingly descriptive when it came to the (for lack of a better term without connotations) ephemeral parts of the story. I'd never heard descriptions like the ones used in this novel, and it's unlikely I'll see any other author even come close. The insight into the varied characters psyches' was also masterful (aka. the author let you into the character's head without drowning you in too much detail... he managed to walk on the knife's edge of too much and not enough.) Wilson (or his editor) also had exceptional timing when it came time to give the reader a break from our main character.
However, the majority of the story line, rituals, and history is not unique. The history is all (surprisingly?) accurate. Yes, there really were 3 Bachs. I've found at least slight historical references to all of the other notables in the story as well. The rituals date back (in basic form, to be refined/altered later in Europe) to the Egyptian diaspora. For those Christian Bible readers, that's about the same time Moses and his bunch left Egypt. As to the story line, the Singer's Journey is an archetype, just like the Hero's Journey, though generally not as popular. The only major difference is this: more often than not, the Singer's story is a tragedy, and the Hero's a comedy (read: happy ending). (Yes, I know the main character didn't Sing, but the principle applies.)
All in all, I ABSOLUTELY recommend this book. And (as the title of this review says) if you like it, here are some other books that I think you may like:
"Knights of the Black and White" by Jack Whyte
"The Last Templar" by Raymond Khoury
"Crusader Gold" by David Gibbins
"Sahara" by Clive Cussler
I'm not sure if it's possible, but if you can, please reply to this post. I'd be interested to hear what you think.
Interests in conspiracies, magic, religious persecution, and philosophical enlightenment will be more than satisfied in this timeless work. The updated cover design looks wonderful and it's nice to be reminded what a talented novelist Wilson has always been.
In these three "Historical Illuminatus" books, Wilson leaves off the wacky zaniness of "The Illuminatus! Trilogy" [sic] for a conspiracy laden plot which is somewhat believable this time. All three of these books are enjoyable, although I was a little disappointed with "Nature's God" as you don't really see much of how the various factions were involved in the American Revolution. It seems like Wilson was running out of steam by that point. The fourth book would have covered the French Revolution, and he should have really knocked our socks off with that one, but he didn't live to write it, sadly.
Nevertheless, I still recommend reading all three of these books. And then go read everything else Wilson has written, except perhaps Cosmic Trigger II.
To paraphrase a line from "I, Claudius," Robert Anton Wilson is Dan Brown with brains. Hmm, no wonder he's not a household name.