Canopus in Argos: Archives [Doris Lessing] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book by Lessing, Doris. This book is the fourth volume in the second series, called Canopus in Argos: Archives, begun in with Shikasta. Lessing, better known as. Canopus in Argos is a sequence of science fiction novels by Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing, first published from to , which portray a.

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In she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. I didn’t buy it right away and when I did get around to it the volume had gone out of print. With that in mind, the first book “Shikasta” is probably going to come across as the strangest, lsssing least until you get used to the style. Nov 04, Kelly Spoer canpous it really liked it. A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her family, remaining in Salisbury.

Canopus in Argos Series by Doris Lessing

The Canopeans only travel by spacecraft, subject to the laws of physics, if they have a lot of cargo to haul, a population to remove before a comet impact, or something similar. This page was last edited on 30 Aprilat Back in the s, I loved the idea that Doris Lessing was trying the scifi genre and started naturally, for me with the third book of this five-book series.

Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta”? My favourite Lessing and my favourite sci-fi.

Arina Kuznetsova rated it it was amazing May 08, The sense of narrative drive is strongest here and what it lacks in off the wall weirdness it makes up for in being a kind of coherent strange I can relate to, with actual villains and conflicts as opposed to people telling me things that I’m supposed to assume are standing in for something else here it’s probably Communist Russia.


Jan 02, Linda rated it really liked it.

Michael T Bradley rated it did not like it Jan 15, Try it for yourself if you like, and see. Extracted from the pamphlet: Oct 01, Jamie Burgess rated it really liked it.

Canopus in Argos: Archives by Doris Lessing

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Retrieved 15 May Plot is de-emphasized and serves only as loose matrix for the author’s descriptive embellishments, explorations of dialogue, moral and sociological musings, and experiments in storytelling.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Archives,” along with the writings of Gurdjieff, be Sufi expositions rendered consciously or unconsciously by these authors?

But I give her points for a “try-anything” approach.

Canopus in Argos Series

What else is marvelous is Doris Lessing’s sense of dry ironic humor. As individual books, I’ve reviewed them separately. Cathy Gulkin rated it liked it Oct 24, I would like to recommend Canopus In Argos: She writes very well and I’m sure deserves her Nobel Prize. May 30, Loren rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Canopus in Argos Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine GordimerLessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual.

Nov 25, Jean Sheldon rated it it was amazing.

Lacking a sense of narrative structure until well towards the end of the collection, creates a tension that helps hold interest. She does eventually move past that into the future and for me the novel finally comes alive when she starts to relate the story through the journals of a girl named Rachel. Began re-reading this because I was so in love with it the first time, many years ago.


In fact, I expect that most “hardcore SF fans” however few of them are left will simply ignore Lessing. Archives” is an experience much akin to reading Zrgosde, particularly his “Beelzebub’s Tales To His Grandson” trilogy.

Could “Canopus in Argos: I found it incomprehensible and badly-written, but wanted very much to like it, because I liked Lessing and wanted to see a serious author make a real go of science fiction.

The second book, though, is unbelievably more honed and crafted in the direction of revolutionary As an “omnibus collection” covering millions of years of universal development, it’s enough to say that Canopus in Argos rewards patience, pauses, and revisitation.

She is a talente Let me say first that I do not read science fiction. afgosde

As a whole work? Now, long after she finished sort of her Canopus series, I still go back every once in a while and reread dorid marvel.

Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer lesssing for the very topics for which she was banished 40 years ago. Now that I have, I can pretty much say it’s what I expected.

The focus is on accelerated evolution being aided by advanced species for less advanced species and societies.