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The Widow's Son [Paperback]

Robert Anton Wilson
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Aug. 1 2004 Historical Illuminatus Chronicles (Book 2)
Throughout history, secret societies have played a crucial role in shaping events that have created our world. Only an inner circle of power elite know the full extent of the influence of the conspiracy...

It is Paris, 1772, and Sigismundo Celine knows he is destined to play an important part in this history-behind-history. The masons, the English nobil ity, the Jabobites, the Rosicrucians, the ruling clique of pre-Revolution France: these are but a few of the factions involved in the machinations and intrigue in which Sigismundo has become enmeshed. Thrown into the Bastille, shot at, assaulted by assassins, tortured, and brutally interrogated, he knows only what he is and what he must do to become the one spoken of in the old texts.

But what he doesn't know could kill him: the secret powers of Maria, the Italian beauty who has become an English Lady; the Irish fisherman, Moon, who stumbles across the inner workings of an unsuspected cult; and the question they keep asking: the identity of The Widow's Son.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book. Nov. 12 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The only RAW I had read before picking up this book wasIlluminatus!. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it (even missing the firstof the trilogy/series). The book is about Sigismundo, an Italian goingto school in Paris, who happens to have...[upset] some very importantpeople. After being attacked, arrested, and going through variousother punishments, he goes through attempted brainwashing by a groupwhich believes he'll be their savior, the prophecized Widow'sSon. Worth buying for the excerpt from the Gospel According to MaryMagdeline alone, it's definitely a great book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is Sex For The Brain! Oct. 17 1998
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Robert Anton Wilson almost defines a new genre with this series. His intelligence and witt will leave you in stitches, and the conspiracies make the X-files look boring. The Chronicles series are part conspiracy, part satire, part historical fiction, part philosophical, and completely mind altering. The characters graft themselves to your skin, and you'll never look at history the same. Consider this book sex for the brain.If it were any better they'd have to make it illegal.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book. Nov. 12 2000
By Paul Tripp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The only RAW I had read before picking up this book wasIlluminatus!. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it (even missing the firstof the trilogy/series). The book is about Sigismundo, an Italian goingto school in Paris, who happens to have...[upset] some very importantpeople. After being attacked, arrested, and going through variousother punishments, he goes through attempted brainwashing by a groupwhich believes he'll be their savior, the prophecized Widow'sSon. Worth buying for the excerpt from the Gospel According to MaryMagdeline alone, it's definitely a great book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written by Robert Anton Wilson Nov. 4 2007
By David Perry - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1989, I had the privelige to appear in a production of Wilson's play, "Wilhelm Reich in Hell". The play was extreme didacticism, but clever and fun in it's own right. We got to meet, and spend some time with the great Robert Anton Wilson.

I have already reviewed the first book in this series, but thought I would drop in and point out some stuff about this.

Wilson doesn't just walk a fine line here, he engages in metaplot. The story also serves as a platform for a critique on pedagoguery, via the seldom used function of the footnote war. Sigismundo's tale, at the same time, is a ripping adventure, a political diatribe, a lesson in various traditions and several kinds of funny all at the same time.

When the world turns upside down, watch carefully. Wilson moves a player off the board and into the action deftly, and, as always, with great humor. This is a book that you can read a hundred times and always discover something new. Buy all three now while they are available!

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by the way...Robert Anton Wilson passed on earlier this year, and today's rabid conspiracy buffs should always read Wilson. He found humor in the most shocking of things, and dignity and honor in the oddest of places. So should we all.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this series June 21 2000
By cagliostro - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Wilson's more adventure-oriented of the three, and is a joy to read. It has the feel of a book more like the Three Musketeers or Treasure Island or something, but it also is certainly a Robert Anton Wilson book. It isn't quite as heady as the other two, but it certainly has its moments. There seems some distance from Sigismundo and the reader this time. Anyway, a great book and a great series. Read them all, if you can find them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from one of the all-time best Feb. 10 1998
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"The Historical Illuminatus" books are not only historically accuate but extremely playful, in an intellectual sense! Buy this book for the "Gospel according to Thomas" alone! (That's the afterword)
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