The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan Paperback – Dec 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 an alternate Paperback 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.See all Product Description
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We're living in Robert Anton Wilson's world
In 1973 Thomas Pynchon published an enormous experimental novel called Gravity's Rainbow. In 1975 Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson published an enormous experimental trilogy called Illuminatus! Both were written at about the same time, and both offered panoramic perspectives on history, liberty, and paranoia.
Gravity's Rainbow won the National Book Award. Illuminatus! won no awards, save a science fiction prize issued a decade later. Gravity's Rainbow is often assigned in college classes. Illuminatus! might be required in some school somewhere, but such spots are surely few. Judging from anecdotal evidence, more people have started Gravity's Rainbow than Illuminatus! But far more people have finished Illuminatus! than Gravity's Rainbow.
Robert Anton Wilson is the unacknowledged elephant in our cultural living room: a direct and indirect influence on popular books, movies, TV shows, music, games, comics, and commentary. (His late co-author has left less of a mark: Many of Wilson's books have cult followings, while the only Shea effort to make a big splash was the trilogy he wrote with Wilson.) Allusions to Wilson's work appear in places both classy and trashy: There's a Wilsonian stamp on films as diverse as Magnolia, The Mothman Prophecies, and Sex and Lucia, and it's because of Wilson and Shea that the Illuminati, a secret society that once lurked only in right-wing conspiracy tracts, became the villains of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. Now Wilson's the star of a lively documentary, Maybe Logic, that's being screened at film festivals and distributed on DVD.Read more ›
If only there was a real life Hagbard Celine...
this book comes highly recommended, in fact this is my #1 most recommended book of all time.
Read it. Get confused by it. Love it
This book tries too hard to be mindblowing and, unfortunately, the only way it aspires to this end is by confusion. There are several groups of characters in this trilogy who have different beliefs. Each group is presented a little bit at a time contrasted with the others, making it difficult to keep track of which group believes what.
The narrative jumps back and forth in time, dreams, 1st person, 3rd person, fantasies, hallucinations, tricks of pereception, etc. I see the reason for this. It's really pretty obvious, especially when you're talking about RAWilson. What's real, what's belief and what's the importance of either? Yes, yes, great point. But, please. 700 pages or so of this nonsense is a bit much. Dude, my mind is blown. Not from this, though.
The book would have made a MUCH better read if the ideas and the plot were developed clearly. In fact, it probably would have been more mindblowing when reality shifts occur. When the whole book is a mess, it reads very much like a William Burroughs' cut-up book like The Ticket That Exploded (you might read 3 entire pages with a wandering mind and not even bother to go back and reread it to be sure of what you read because it's most likely not very important).
Loaded with disjointed conversations which also serve to completely bore the heck out of the reader. Down-to-earth fictional conversations of important historical figures occur frequently -- for what? To show their fictional 60s-era humanity? Boring.
Wilson and Shea, in their only collaboration, have a great time weaving conspiracies, numerology, science, pseudoscience, practically everything else they can get their minds around.
The writing is lively, outrageous, and funny, but the details and cross references of ideas means that one should take the time to read these books when there are few distractions.
Do not, however, use these books as a basis for Sunday school lessons or self-improvement exercises.
The 23 enigma is given full play here, so be on guard. Once let loose, it will overwrite your neurolinguistic programming and established paradigms.
(I loaned a friend my first set of these books for him to read while he was traveling in Europe. As he was reading in the books a scene where the characters visit the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, he decided to do the same. When he returned to his room, the second and third books were missing. Nothing else was taken including the first volume.)
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It is good for people who can laugh at anything.
DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY YOGA. Or drugs.
The book was in the condition described, and the delivery was prompt. thank you this great.Published on Jan. 3 2010 by T. Chevrier
After this book, you will never read a newspaper the same way again. This is an edgy, dangerous novel set to tear your frame of reference apart. Read morePublished on May 30 2005
This book is scientifically engineered to rewire your brain. It is a fictional walkthrough of Leary's Eight Circuits of consciousness and a living testament to the statement,... Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by S. Faulkner
This has to be one of the worst books that I have ever read, or, at least according to the number of better reviews posted, I just don't get IT, whatever IT is supposed to be. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by ctw
There's no excuse for this book. It's a half-baked collection of every absurd consiracy theory ever conceived, tied together with an implausible plot, anarchist politics, and... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Michael Pemulis
This book changed my life and that of my friends. When I meet people who have also read it there is an instant connection that I find rather intriguing. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by the dig
I have just disovered a book that shall accompany me together with the Wilson/Shea epic wherever I may go - "History: Fiction or Science?" by A. Fomenko, ISBN 2913921023. Read morePublished on April 19 2004