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Re Colonised Planet 5 Shikasta summary í eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Þ ➹ Re Colonised Planet 5 Shikasta Free ➯ Author Doris Lessing – This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos Archives Presented as a compilation of documentThe 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 annihilatio. I read this book shortly after it was first published I've since finished re reading it in its eBook formIt was hard But then Lessing's Briefing for a Descent into Hell was hard and worth the trouble Shikasta was then and remains a book of huge scope It runs across all of human history adding in pre history and moving forward beyond today and into the futureAs I read it I fancied I discovered echoes of The Four Gated City the final book in Lessing's Children of Violence series I still found that in the second readingWhat I did take away from the book this time however is the thought that Lessing didn't at the time have much faith in us humans in our societies True the book ends with paradise being rediscovered recreated but only through outside agency the Canopeans Of course the book's contention is that our descent into the unhealthy societies we live in is also due to outside agency outside influence that of ShammatStill the feeling that we are unable to build societies that function well permeates the book I disagree with the premise but I still even after a second reading regard the book as masterful

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D by history students Colonised Planet 5 Epub #226 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. i first read Shikasta fifteen years ago and found it fantastic but very difficult Rereading it now i felt differently it was both a lot easier but also a lot less impressiveA white woman who grew up in Zimbabwe back when it was Rhodesia become a nobel laureate in literature last year Amongst her reactions were something like what took you so long and my science fiction was my most important workShikasta is the first book in Lessing's science fiction series and it is very much a long at times moving at times embarrassing examination of colonialism oppression and what Christians of which Lessing is not one would term the fall from grace This is not a zippy action tale there is no clever word play or mind bending concepts rather this book is Lessing's indictment of all of human history and of human beings propensity to hurt and mistreat one another and the world we live in It climaxes with an actual trial in which the white race stands accused of all the crimes of euro imperialism and ends with most of humanity being killed in some kind of war the few survivors returning to a state of grace as Shammat Lessing's stand in for the Devil retreats from the planetThere's lots in here but not a lot which is great Some descriptions are uite evocative the build up in which we are introduced to Shikasta that's the alien's name for Earth prior to the fall from grace all this is very well done though with a lot of loopy politicsi feel bad giving this book three stars it really felt like several books within one volume and the first third describing Shikasta's fall from paradise so to speak and the last sixty pages basically from the Trial on were four five star material and i rarely give five stars unfortunately what came between the case studies and Rachel Sherban's journal were like one two star materialThis book is not one i would recommend to most people You have to have high tolerance for a kind of shameless self righteousness and earnestness normally associated with teenaged angst i consider myself to have much less problem with that stuff than most people but still at times i felt embarrassed for LessingOn the other hand it is an interesting period piece both ahead of its time and also mired in how things looked thirty years ago In many ways the world is following pretty much the path Lessing prochesied in some ways it seems even worst off

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Re Colonised Planet 5 ShikastaThis is the first Planet 5 eBook #10003 volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos Archives Presented as a compilation of documents reports Re Colonised Epubletters speeches and journal entries this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta clearly the planet Earth to be use. This book is so terrible that I added a new shelf refused to finish It has managed to supplant Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson as the worst book I've had the misfortune to encounter and this includes Breaking Dawn The main problem with this book is that the writing is bad Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in literature for this series so I had high hopes that at a minimum the prose would be good It's not Not even a little bit There have been precisely two moments in the 156 pages I read where the writing rose to the level of not bad The rest was tortuous monotonyThe second problem with this book is that it thinks it is being clever when it is really not being very clever at all The central conceit of this book is that all the stuff from the Bible is actually literally true but misunderstood So for example the Giants mentioned in Genesis were actually a different breed of alien brought from another planet to act as mentors for the indigenous humans The long life spans from the geneology sections of the Bible Also true but humankind has been devolving horrifically due to a shortage of substance of we feeling which I did not make up and which is often referred to in the book as SOWF I didn't make that up either The Flood happened literally although the rain lasted for nearly 2 months instead of 40 days and although Noah escaped by going to a very high mountain instead of building a boat Soddom and Gomorrah Burned to cinders by space lasersWhat all this means is that so far the first 156 pages of the book have been an incredibly tedious reimagining of the history of Earth told by someone who doesn't realize that the shaggy God cliche is in fact a cliche Wikipedia A shaggy God story is a minor science fiction genre characterized by an attempt to explain Biblical concepts with science fiction tropes Now you might say But this book was written in 1971 Surely it wasn't a cliche then In fact the term was coined in 1965 and the cliche was a cliche long before that Now maybe Doris Lessing had never heard the term and was completely unfamiliar with the trope but the most charitable thing you can possibly say is that she ignorantly recycled a very well trod genre cliche and then did a very poor unimaginative and boring job of itWhich brings me to the last part of why I've decided to set this book aside and turn over a new leaf in the book of my own life a leaf that reads on the reverse side Stormin will now feel not shame but pride for refusing to finish truly awful books and rating them on Goodreads anyway The entire ideology Lessing apparently admires is ignorant and reprehensibleI give her some credit for trying to be non partisan in her writing and for criticizing the left along with the right in her meandering and semi coherent polemic but the fact is that it's possible to be non partisan and worse than partisan I didn't now this until now so I guess that's one thing that I've learned from this book Her entire ideology is some frightful all or nothing choice between total individualism self interest and greed and absolutely losing oneself in the collective we remember that substance of we feeling The majestic Canopeans who play the role of God with thinly veiled patience slumming it as mere deities for the sake of their troublesome human charges put the service of the Greater Good above all else to the point where they choose where to live based on where they can do the greatest good irrespective of friendship or family This could be a morally fraught and emotionally charged aspect of their culture were it not conveyed with such mind numbing lack of imagination Sorry mom I have to go to Suare City where everything is made of suares because I just really have the essence of that Shape in me and I'm not in tune with the vibrations of this Circle City where everything is a Circle That's not an exact uote but the city names and overall concept is It's not that you couldn't make something like this up it's just that if you cared about your readership you wouldn'tAside from being banal and ignorant of history science economics and common sense her ideology is frankly evil She is outright in favor of eugenics totalitarian rule and mass slaughter in the name of ideological purity Because she envisions SOWF that's substance of we feeling if you tried to forget as a kind of literal substance like Midi chlorians from Star Wars but so much worse there's a blatant belief in austere population control and the world gets remarkably better off after a thermonuclear war reduces the world's population by 99% so that the survivors have enough SOWF to be getting along with There's no apparent trace of irony to someone who spends endless pages castigating rampant materialism basing her entire ideology on having enough physical stuff to go around and culling the excess population if necessary to keep it that wayLook some of her politics I find rather personally reprehensible I think even pro choice people would cringe at lauding someone who had three abortions because the men did not seem to her to be originallyenough minted from the human stock to make their progeny worthwhile I mean safe and legal is one thing culling the genetically inferior is another But there's a reason I listed my political problems last First they are pretty universally bad Not many folks are really going to stand up and clap for the eugenics movement Secondly you have to wade through terrible writing and awful cliches just to get that farSo that's why I've written this long extensive review So that you won't have to Because and trust me on this it's not worth it