Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (Canopus in Argos: Archives Series #1)

Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (Canopus in Argos: Archives Series #1)

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by Doris Lessing
     
 

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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, 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

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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, 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. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds.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. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“An audacious and disturbing work from one of the world’s great living writers.” –Paul Gray, Time“A stunning book…. Read it, read Lessing like a message of hope in dark times…read her for a winter’s evening entertainment; read her to nourish your soul.” –Frank Pierson, Los Angeles Times“If the subsequent novels sustain the power of Shikasta…this series may well be a masterpiece.” –The Atlantic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394749778
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1981
Series:
Canopus in Argos: Archives Series, #1
Edition description:
1st Vintage Books ed
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
633,121
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia, in 1919, and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949 and has lived there ever since. She is the author of more than thirty books—novels, stories, reportage, poems, and plays. In 2007, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1919
Place of Birth:
Persia (now Iran)

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Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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The tom walked in..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She padded in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She agrees. "We do."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Finally... at least we have A tom" She mewed boredly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ginger she cat with green eyes padded in. She surveyed the camp (-and toms!) before asking, "May l join?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She pads out of the warriors den.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She yawned bordely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All may join. Ill be gone in half hour at midnight. Might not be on later today btw.
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Shakti99 More than 1 year ago
Shikasta is one of my all-time favorite science fiction novels. As an Ursula LeGuin fan, I lean toward stories that create an alternate society, and see how it affects the lives of characters. Shikasta does this and more. It postulates alternate interpretations of the beginnings of human existence and of the development of human societies, all in the context of a compelling tale of vivid characters and events that seem all too real to today's reader. Written in 1979, it seems almost prophetic. A must-read and a book to keep in your library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Lessing creates a vivid and riviting tale about what it is to be human. Though the novel contains huge distances in time, space, viewpoint and circumstances, her keen sense of the minute communications that flow between and among people constantly brings the reader back into a breathtaking intimacy. There is tragedy and beauty here, and perhaps a hint of what our species might still hope to be.