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The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan Paperback – December 1, 1983
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The ultimate conspiracy book ... the biggest Sci-Fi cult novel to come along since Dune. Village Voice An epic fantasy ... a devilishly funny work, loaded with humour, puns, up-level ironies that make you burst out laughing. New Age Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Filled with sex and violence--in and out of time and space--the three books of The Illuminatus are only partly works of the imagination. They tackle all the coverups of our time--from who really shot the Kennedys to why there's a pyramid on a one-dollar bill.
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It is, to put it one way, the Skeptic's Bible, and if that sounds like an oxymoron, good job for noticing. Illuminatus! is filled with contradictions and outright lies, although unlike certain books that claim to be historically and factually accurate but are really not, the trilogy goes out of its way to make the reader question what he/she is reading. There is, of course, a lot of true information scattered throughout the book, and it becomes obvious that Shea and Wilson put a great amount of research and insight into writing this, but for every true story there are at least two false leads, two red herrings. Truly it doesn't take long to get why—for about 15 years—Illuminatus! was the quintessential work of conspiracy fiction, and the best part is that the book has so much fun with the genre; nowadays we're used to reading conspiracy thrillers that take themselves too seriously, but Illuminatus! satirizes such novels before they even became as famous as they are now. Not only that, but the trilogy takes shots at too many groups, individuals, and ideologies to count, but here are some notable examples: conservatives, communists, socialists, libertarians, feminists, Christians, cops, politicians, hippies, racists, not-racists, Satanists, spies, drug dealers, drug takers, prudes, college professors, the book itself...
Illuminatus! is arguably one the greatest philosophical novels ever written; it has a stance, sure, but it pulls the reader in numerous directions by presenting different philosophies. It then has the audacity to ask the reader, "Do you believe that?" Governments and authority figures as a whole get criticized, sometimes vehemently, but Shea and Wilson clearly had a message they felt needed to get out there, and even though the trilogy was first published back in 1975, its anti-authoritarian message still holds up today. In the post-Patriot Act United States, some of what happens in this book is eerily prophetic, and many of the socio-political issues being faced today were going on over 40 years ago. History repeats? I suspect that the more whacked-out portions of the book are Wilson's writing, although the man himself said that it's hard to tell who wrote what for the most part. The fact that this was written by two authors with differing writing styles and backgrounds and yet feels surprisingly cohesive for such a long and unwieldy tome is something to be praised, I think. 800 pages and I still feel like there wasn't quite enough to take in; it felt like we could be stuck in this huge fun-house of a book for a few hundred more pages. Of course, there was much more material written than ultimately published—about 500 pages were cut from the final product—but I kinda wish we eventually get an unabridged edition of the trilogy. Probably never gonna happen, though. Hail Eris!
Do you like the standard fare? Is the mundane exactly what you want? Are you bothered by your inability to see the fnords!?
If the last qualifier made sense, you already own this book, so stop reading a review on it, you already know what it's like, and I'm not writing this to boost your confidence or reasoning in liking it. Join the Legion of Dynamic Discord and go about your business without some pseudo-guru holding your hand while you make mouth-music and urinate, and stop reading reviews of stuff you're already checked out.
For the rest of you, if the mundane no longer satisfies, if you want to have a deep peek into the realm of conspiracy parody, if you can handle way too many 60's and 70's references in order to get to the heart of an incredible expose of the human spirit, albeit through bathos, and finally, a hopeful tale of overcoming the masters of the universe, this is the series for you.
Or maybe, I'm an agent of the masters of the universe, Cult of Cthulhu, Elder of Zion, Illuminati, etc. attempting to get you to join the Legion of Deluded Dupes, and this thing is nothing but an act to get you to read a book that will turn you into another one of my mindless slaves.
So I leave the choice to you... or do I?
And fnord it all if it's not a real story! It sure does meander about, but there's actually a fun adventure story with cool characters and imaginative plotting at the end of it all.
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Definitely on must read list for all that are seeking in books something more than simple way to pass the time..Read more