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Apr 03, J. I wonder how many Herman Hesse readers realize how closely his stories of spiritual enlightenment parallel a tale of Lovecraftian horror: Eventually he encounters some strange experience that forever changes his perspective on the world, so that no matter how he tries, he cannot return to his old life. Instead, he becomes obsessed with this ‘other world’ of which he’s caught a glimpse, abandoning his oth I wonder how many Herman Hesse readers realize how closely his stories of spiritual enlightenment parallel a tale of Lovecraftian horror: Instead, he becomes obsessed with this ‘other world’ of which he’s caught a glimpse, abandoning his other life and alienating those around him.
At last he finally reaches his goal, and passes from the world as his former friends remark what a pity it was that he wasted his potential in favor of his odd interests. These are precisely the same themes, and the same structure that Blackwood uses in his lengthy and ponderous exploration of ‘spiritualism’. To anyone familiar with the European movement, where Eastern religions were taken up and retranslated in quite strange ways to make them fit Western philosophical structures, it will be fairly clear what Blackwood is getting at.
Indeed, there is a philosophical German-ness to the whole affair that can become positively maddening.
The Centaur by Algernon Blackwood
Blackwood keeps returning to the same concepts over and over, trying to lay them out in far-flung, poetic language, reaching out to the reader’s heart instead of the mind–which is why it took me months to finish this book. But Blackwood is well-known as a prominent author of tales of psychological terror, which gives his approach to the spiritual a lot more punch than that of Hesse, Jung, or Blavatsky. Indeed, this tale has roughly the same structure as Blackwood’s most famous work: The Willowswhere the characters are trapped alongside centaug world they cannot comprehend, which threatens to take over their lives, and their very souls.
Blcakwood somehow, we are meant to believe that the same incomprehensible cosmic influence that we feared in The Willowswe are meant to admire in The Centaur.
Of course, there is a certain realism there: If it isn’t, then it wasn’t really enlightenment. Part of Hesse’s problem is that his view of enlightenment is always so milquetoast that it can hardly seem profound or powerful.
Of course algernoon a total change in perspective would algdrnon alienating and disturbing, and Blackwood gets that aspect down to a T. Likewise, the most fascinating aspect of the tale–and the part which kept me reading even when the prose was dragging on interminably–was his representation of a friendship between two sorts of man: What struck me most was the way both characters aglernon seemed to be searching for precisely the same thing, but expressing it in such different words, and from such different points of alternon that they didn’t realize that they were actually in perfect agreement, much of the time.
Unfortunately, this balanced portrayal broke down as we came to the conclusion, when it became clearer and clearer that we were supposed to side algernonn the ‘enlightened dreamer’–of course, I never did. Just as with Hesse’s character, Tegularius, I found the curious skeptic much more interesting than the wild-eyed prophet.
Again, it came down to the fact that, in supernatural horror, the outside force is always dominating us–we cannot explain it, we cannot really understand it, but the merest glimpse of it makes us obsessed, makes us go mad. Often, it is a madness of misery and depression–in this case, it is a madness of self-assurance and hubris–but is that really better? How do we separate the man who has glimpsed the beyond and gone insane from the man who has glimpsed the beyond and come away with Truth?
It is a central question in this story, and the character’s attempt to deliver his experience to others is doomed from the start, because a revelation cannot be transferred. It is the question of every faith, of every self-serving philosophy: What makes it fundamentally different from a delusion, or a disorder? If no difference can be shown, then no difference exists.
Though Blackwood delves deep into convoluted, grandiose phrases, he still isn’t able to deliver to us the wonder his character feels. One does sometimes get that sense of the sublime produced by good art: I tend to find that any ‘answer’ that seeks mainly to deny our humanity falls rather flat. It just becomes another breed of nihilism: Blackwood gives us another supernatural horror tale of the man who sees too much, and whose humanity is consumed by it.
Yet this man wants to be consumed: There is something much more terrifying in this portrayal than in all the sorry fellows who fight to the last before succumbing. Here is a fresh perspective, rarely explored: View all 4 comments. Not a review as I really can’t be bothered about adding to the kipple that is already on the internetbut as no one else has written anything about this splendid novel and most have deemed to give it decidedly mediocre ratings I thought I better say something about it and it gives be a chance to complain about the so-called GoodReads readers – or idiots as I like to call them.
This is a unique and deeply beautiful didactic and poetic novel. No – it’s flawed and probably overwrit Not a review as I really can’t be bothered about adding to the kipple that is already on the internetbut as no one else has written anything about this splendid novel and most have deemed to give it decidedly mediocre ratings I thought I better say something about it and it gives be a chance to complain about the so-called GoodReads readers – or idiots as I like to call them.
No – it’s flawed and probably overwritten, but only if you are bothered about everything you read conforming to the dos and don’ts of that creative writers workshop you went on. This flies in the face of terse modern realist writing and thank fuck for that! I can see why Blackwood is better respected for his shorts than his novels, but despite this I dearly loved this book.
It’s unique, therefore this is literature. It’s not going to be for everyone. I’m guessing if you own a kindle then you’re probably not going to like it – but if you prefer to travel by a slow barge than by a supersonic plane then you might like to give this a go. View all 5 comments. I have trouble describing exactly how I feel about this book. In a way, blackowod main drive of the story was pretty relatable. Someone who is fed up with centaue mundaneness of the modern world seeking something more comfortable and interesting in nature, a cynical blsckwood who wants something more out of life.
Rich with psychology, spiritualism and dream-like prose that feels hallucinatory to read. I can understand why many people might not like it. A really algeron story that’s hard to put a finger on or even define. At times I felt the prose was far too long and overly descriptive.
I understand why Blackwood did that- he’s attempting to describe the indescribable. Personally I am very surprised that this book never became something big.
In fact as I was reading it, I could totally picture it as one of those abstract movies Brad Pitt might make. But I feel that although it might make for a beautiful movie, as some of that esoteric imagery migh A really good story that’s hard to put a finger on or even define.
But I feel that although it might make for a beautiful movie, as some of that esoteric imagery might, well, be best illustrated as visual imagery and not only words, I still feel the depth of this story would be lost on the general public. Sad as that may be, I think the majority of the public would see what this book seems to be at the surface level: And although it is that at one level, it is so much deeper than that as well.
It’s not even only about Pagan Gods It’s about the merging of forces, seen and unseen, and ultimately about that elusive, yet deeply desired by all, Enlightenment. This work seems to be an attempt by Blackwood to lay out explicitly the philosophical underpinnings of his work as a whole. The result is a defense of mysticism that is out right horrible to read. To call it repetitious is an understatement.
It is also facile in the extreme. I would have thought Blackwood more of a deep thinker than this book revealed him to be.
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At the time he wrote this logical positivism and scientism was rampant in society. This is a poor response to it, if that was the inte This work seems to be an attempt by Blackwood to lay out explicitly the philosophical underpinnings of his work as a whole. This is a poor response to it, if that was the intention. May 16, grey rated it really liked it.
Not bad, although I could sort of see where it was going from quite early one. I blakcwood really agree with the pagan-esque philosophy, but much of what is stated could really be ascribed to any image of the Divine. Plus, on the whole, just an interesting story, especially if you, like me, ever feel like you don’t “fit in” to modern civilization.
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Would you answer the call of the pan pipes, if you heard them? Apr 17, Chrissa rated it liked it. This is a story about O’Malley, a man who is uncomfortable in the modern world and who, in the course of a vacation to get back in touch with Nature, encounters several individuals who argue both for and against the reality of his centauf and the meaning behind it.
There are several gorgeous passages, some of which reminded me of Tolkien, as O’Malley begins his journey and we are introduced to the passengers who will be sharing his steamship journey to the Caucasus mountains. Given the book’s This is a story about O’Malley, a rhe who is uncomfortable in the modern world and who, in the course of a vacation to get back in touch with Nature, encounters several individuals who argue both for and against the reality of his discomfort and the meaning behind it.