This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports. Jul 22, Shikasta, the first in what would become five science fiction novels by Doris Lessing, begins with a journey in to the pre-history of the planet. Nov 18, Doris Lessing takes risks, but does not play games. One does not turn to her books for humor or wit or playfulness, nor will one find in them any.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Some descriptions are quite evocative, the build-up in which we are introduced to Shikasta that’s the alien’s name for Earth prior to the fall from grace, all this is very well done, though with a lot of loopy politics.

The shilasta galactic empires in question are the benevolent Canopus, its ally Sirius and its rival Puttiora, from which criminals escape to colonize Shammat, planet of evil. Burned to cinders by space lasers. The Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded for a lifetime of literary achievement, but many literary critics recognize The Golden Notebook with its political and feminist themes as her award-winning work.

Work Consulted Lessing, Doris. James Schellenberg writing in Challenging Destinya Canadian science fiction and fantasy magazine, was impressed by Shikasta ‘s “grand sense of doriis and the context of humanity set in a “vaster scale of civilization and right-thinking”. What I did take away from shikaeta book this time, however, is the thought that Lessing didn’t, at the time, have much faith in us humans, dori our societies.

The science fiction element seems unnecessary, the book would have worked as well, or even better, if the fantastical element was dropped. Sshikasta does a great job of making such a seemingly far-fetched story believable. If you want great Lessing, read anything by her that’s realist. There is a lot of compassion for suffering, with a non-judgmental standpoint towards the destructiveness of Shammat or of humans.

The planet Shikasta is our planet Earth, and Lessing ever so accurately and brilliantly weaves our plight into her fictional tale. I cannot speak for her, I can only point out the amazing accuracy of her writings and especially in regard to the sheer number who came to experience and finally understand what Lessing said over 30 years ago!


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It is our habit to dismiss the Old Testament altogether because Jehovah, shikastaa Jahve, does not think or behave like a social worker. A little dated now in some aspects, perhaps. The Flood happened literally, although the rain lasted for “nearly 2 months” instead of 40 days, and although Noah escaped by going to a very high mountain instead of building a boat. And she has had her lessjng, those enumerated above.

Lessing foresaw and wrote it all out brilliantly in Also in Vintage International.

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This is, simply, a masterpiece. I I read this book shortly after it was first published. Shammat is the embodiment of evil.

My 1st try at D. Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. View all 5 comments. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta—clearly the planet Earth—to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives.

This way of thinking originated in Western Europe, then spread as regional fighting escalated to full-scale warfare that devastated the entire planet.

Not many folks are really going to stand up and clap for the eugenics movement. Archived dorix the original on 12 October This was practically unreadable, and while I finally leseing out sort of where the book was going Its condemnation of wanton, wasteful, greedy, arrogant, careless behaviour, and the uncomfortable plea one that cannot be reasonably made by a White person, and is accordingly made very un-reasonably here to the systematically oppressed peoples of the Earth not to slaughter White people in revenge, could have been the subject of a sanctimonious essay.

The sweep of Lessing’s vision in Shikasta is staggering, beginning at the prehistory of Earth, taking in galaxy-spanning vistas, and homing in on details of modern society. This is my first book by Doris Lessing and I wouldn’t necessary rule out another of her books; the prose was fine. Love is what lies beneath the “curtain of each atom” as the Sufi poet Mahmud Shabistari says.


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Much of what we find out about Sherban comes from his sister’s account. Canopean emissaries continued to work on Shikasta in an attempt to control the damage, but their original plans for the planet had to be abandoned.

Witing in the Los Angeles Times. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. When I was researching her work, I was curious to hear she had written a series shikastaa sci fi titles.

Essentially, the five books together represent nothing less than a holistic view of Earth and mankind. Now, through her mouthpiece, the archangelic Johor, she tells us that “to identify with ourselves as individuals–this is the very essence of the Degenerative Disease.

I reread it about every 10 years and find new parallels in our current situation every time. Finally, I will comment on the picture painted here of human beings, through multiple sources and events. The story these documents tell is this; When, as a result of prolonged radiation from an exploding star in Andar, the proto-human inhabitants of Shikasta first show the potential of developing into “a Grade A species,” Canopus moves to absorb it into its empire.

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Following Lessing’s death inThe Guardian put Shikasta in their list of the top five Lfssing books. But I have incredibly bizarre tastes, and I like to think about things that almost anyone else would consider way to outlandish for contemplation. It is speculative fiction written in the form of reports and diary entries, sort of first hand-sources, about the decline of human lessinb and the causes of it tampering by bad aliens, of course!