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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (Dec 1 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440539811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440539810
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A CLANG HERB DIE on Jan. 6 2004
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Live From Chapel Perilous
We're living in Robert Anton Wilson's world
Jesse Walker
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12 2004
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This is a hard book to get started on. When I first started reading this book I got a hundred pages into it and set it down for 6 months. I did this two more times. After about 2 years, I was in between jobs and had enough time to devote myself to reading it. Reading this book is like looking at Finnegen's Wake for the first time. It is a good book that needs time, patience and a little understaning. Treat it like a new puppy and you will watch it grow up in front of your eyes. There are many drug and sexual references in it but they are to be taken light heartedly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 29 2003
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This book was the strangest thing I have ever read. Hands down. And I've read some weird stuff. That said, I slogged through the first 100 pages not understanding what was going on. After another 100, I was having fun - I still didnt know what was going on, but I was warming to it. By the end I was absolutely hooked. I dont know why, its not really well written, its not really deep or philosophical. Its a fun read, and will keep you wondering about stuff until you're sick of it. But then you'll pick it back up and keep reading because you want to know what ridiculousness happens next. Not for close minded folk. That said, this book will always have a place of honor on my bookshelf.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hyland on Oct. 31 2003
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The first time I ran into this book was when I was browsing the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of my local book store, being interested in the whole notion of *Global Conspiracy* I immediately noticed the book, but opted to buy Chuck Palahniuk's "Survivor," but made a mental note to go back and buy Illuminatus!
I completely forgot about it, untill several weeks later when I got an E-mail from my ex girlfriend telling me to check out this book. The odd thing is, she now lives in Basel, Switzerland - for those of you who don't know, this is the birthplace of LSD.
I went out, bought the book, and began to read it, and fell in love with it.
The book is hard to get into, and I don't think anyone can be faulted with tossing it aside in frustration, but this is also the joy of the book. You are forced to adapt to the bizzare anachronistic piece of work, wheter it is jumping to different points of view, mid paragraph, run on sentances that never end, concepts and ideas that are *zany* to say the least, by the end of the book, you are no longer reading a book, but looking, through a window, into another universe all together. Welcome to a universe where magic, mysticism, conspiracy, and great drugs all blend together to create a psychadelic trip into everything and nothing all at the same time.
If you are the kind of person who takes everything seriously, this book might not be for you, and thats not a knock on anyone, its not a matter of being *open minded* or *conservative* or whatever meaningless buzz word you attach to people, but merely a matter of being able to look in the mirror and get a good belly laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hothi on Jan. 15 2009
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WOW this book completely destroyed my mind (in a non bad way). I had to work really hard to keep my focus for the first couple of hundred pages but by the start of the second book i was totally captivated.

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
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