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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. A Voyage to Arcturus. David Lindsay. Chapter 1. THE SEANCE. On a march evening, at eight o'clock, Backhouse, the medium − a fast − rising star in the psychic. This book is available for free download in a number of formats - including epub, pdf, azw, mobi and more. You can also read the full text online using our.
Advanced Search Lindsay, David. Octavo, pp. First edition, first issue, first binding. Lindsay's masterpiece. In form and in some of its symbolic techniques it is highly indebted to the work of George MacDonald: but for sheer inventiveness and intensity of imagination its burns like some literary supernova. A masterpiece, unparalleled in its graphic imagery and in its ambition. Anatomy of Wonder and II
This cannot help but intensify the impact of his books on the receptive reader. And only receptive readers can have a full appreciation of Lindsay, as his vision, like so many visions that extend far beyond the pale, can only begin to be understood by readers who have within them some corresponding vision of their own.
The reader must be a ready receptacle willing to receive. It is this correspondence, this incipient resonance, that encourages the reader to work through not only Lindsay's clunky language, but his clunky characters too. All of these surface faults, however, can also - again to the receptive reader - add a further level of significance, as the act of reading itself becomes this difficult striving toward other meanings we are sure must be hidden within the tortured surface of our reading experience.
This is not meant to be an apology for Lindsay's style, as just as in the painter Henri Rousseau, say, the "amateurism" of the execution only validates the vision, making it that much more authentic and affecting. I would not want Lindsay to write any other way.
The Haunted Woman is one of his attempts to straitjacket his cosmic vision into a conventional novel, and of course he fails in the common regard, as his characters are like pasteboard Victorians walking with unbent knees and talking with wooden lips through an anachronistic story of manners. But miraculously his vision shines through, which I attribute to this pushing toward realization I mentioned above, and also to the writing's unexpected felicity when the realization comes.
Lindsay was a man divided, just as his world was.
When writing of social dynamics, which is vital to his ultimate design, he is awkward and constrained; but when writing of the "other world" his writing can become graceful, as if some inner shackles fell from his writing mind.
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Spine panel sunned, narrow strip of light sunning along top edge of rear cover, top edge of text block dusty, some scattered foxing to fore-edge of text block, a very good copy with tight, clean interior.