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Brazen Head Paperback – May 12 1978


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (May 12 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330254197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330254199
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,913,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A unique writer June 6 2012
By Jakujin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I didn't five-star because I felt the plot fizzles out. But plot is the least of John Cowper Powys, and for me, I scarcely care. This late novel is definitely fantasy, a fantasy of allegorical or simply lyrical names - Sir Mort Abyssum, Lady Lilt, the Lost Towers - and of odd symbols: the brass head of the title, an invention of the friar-scientist Roger Bacon; alongside an intelligent horse who wanders through the tale, with a growth in his neck that people take to be a human head in sprout. The sanest people in the book are Roger Bacon and Albertus Magnus. Among the insane there is a student of magnetism, who keeps a lodestone down his pants - his privates are a fuel - to cast evil quasi-scientific spells. There are questions of science and religion. As usual in John Cowper Powys, people's spiritual lives are very, very individual. I guess Roger Bacon's care for the dead bird is reminiscent of his order's founder St Francis - but his care for the future worms to feed on its corpse makes a hymn of Hamlet's 'If the sun breed maggots in a dead dog --' While Sir Mort experiences his soul as a sort of flint arrowhead that dives through the earth and flies to the stars. John Cowper Powys is a novelist of psychic experiences - 'psychic' is one of his most-used words, and used of the dim experiences of plants, and the less-dim consciousness of animals. If you love this author you love him. I do.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A good book. Both entertaining and stimulating Aug. 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an engaging story that ends mysteriously. I enjoyed this very much because of the drama of the plot and the interesting exploration of the characters and their inner thoughts and motives. The author explores many of the character's personal experience of spirituality. He appears to be saying that we are all alone before god, that our personal experience and relationship with God (Tao or whatever you want call it) is what is important without trying to live or conform to other peoples notions of the transcendental. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I certainly intend to read more.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly verbose and boring Feb. 4 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I was interested in a non-scholarly treatment of Bacon's Brazen Head, but I found it very hard to read. The author loves using hundreds of words instead of short sentences, his comparisons tend to be ludicrous, and there is nothing of interest about Bacon...

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