The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (Canopus in Argos: Archives) Hardcover – January 12, 1982
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- Publisher : Knopf; 1st edition (January 12, 1982)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 039451906X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0394519067
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,153,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once again over 50% of the ebook is padded with excerpts from the authors other works. Why do they do this? Because they can. Don’t they know how infuriating it is? Sure they do and care not one iota. Like the pain in the ___ Canopans.
Remember that Lady Doris was a student and friend of the eminent sage Idries Shah. Thus the extraordinary quality of this whole series Canopus in Argos: Archives of which this volume is a part. Read the whole corpus, I suggest. You will get a wider perspective of what kind of ants, nay bacteria, we are compared to the whole Cosmos. And again, the Purpose of all this: both kind of similar to some parts of some religions and also going so much beyond the popular simplifications, beyond what the author calls Degenerative Disease.
And still it is an easy read, not the dryness of the Western philosophy. Of course if you are capable of transcending the mass media or social media daily nonsense. For people who aspire to thinking as opposed to mechanicality which we mistake for thinking. Be prepared to allow that it is less fictional than you may think.
Then their sunny, warm planet started to chill. Within a generation, tropical landscape became snowscape everywhere on the planet. Conditions changed so that the promise of their future could not be kept.
It takes some time for the stage to be set properly, but I think this where the real story begins. It is about a people struggling to adapt to increasingly harsh truths presented by the world around them. As conditions worsen, they harden themselves to successively more drastic steps that must be taken to survive. That, I think, is the tragedy of this story: the determination to survive, knowing that the only way goes against all that ever mattered to them. It is about the personal cost of sustaining faith and hope in the face of crushing realities.
More than the others in Lessing's Canopus series, I find this book ambiguous. It is as well written and well paced as the others, and it conveys the same serenity and certainty. This book, however, addresses especially complex issues. I do not share the view that Lessing expresses. I don't have to, though, to appreciate this as a remarkable, personal expression.
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Doris Lessing has an almost ethereal way of capturing another world atmosphere. This style of writing takes a bit more effort to get into, but it nonetheless, makes a fine read.