[[ Free eBook ]] The Chymical WeddingAuthor Lindsay Clarke – Mariahilff.de

Read this back in '89 and I've never gotten it out of my mind I'd really like to reread this book Somehow reminds me of The Magus by Fowles. Hard not to give this five stars, even if it had its challenges The Hermetic allusions and Jungian references are a bit arcane at times, and Edward is downright annoying But the writing is gorgeously involved and sensuous And the characters (Edward aside) are very engaging in their determination to uncover and share the secret to the world's salvation by knowing themselves better If you have ever felt even remotely mystical then you'll appreciate this. I read this last December and enjoyed it immensely It had been recommended to me twenty years ago, and finally I have been able to get to it I could easily give it five stars, but then I would be only thinking of myself Truth is, Clarke is a bit verbose for some tastes And though I preferminimalist, direct prose, and was not bothered by his syntactic style, I can see how others might be There are also some sections, especially toward the denouement of the story where the characters wax too long in mystical ruminations Yet the climax of the story is well worth the build up, a real mindblower! That being said, my criticisms are minor and it is with reluctance that I give it four rather than five stars If you enjoy somber, reflective Brit lit, and especially if you have an interest in preChristian AngloCeltic mythology and medieval alchemy (I fall into the middle category), then you'll appreciate The Chymical Wedding Clarke has really done his homework in all of these areas and writes naturally of them without being cumbersome. Have you ever read a book that was so gripping that you found yourself reading it in the car, at work, everywhere you could? Then go back in time and recommend that book to me instead of The Chymical Wedding I avoided reading this every chance I got It was so boring as to be ridiculous Or maybe I just hate philosophy Or maybe I just hate the characters Or maybe I zzzzzzzzzzzzz Even reviewing this bores me. This is a wholly captivating piece of work Whether you are in the slightest knowledgable about alchemy or the Hermetic tradition, you'll soon pick plenty up on your journey through this work, and journey it is It is a work of erudition It is by no means simple and I would advise anyone to keep a dictionary handy since the vocabulary is glorious, rich and to the point The whole structure of the book is superbly composed, some of it sits on the very edge of understanding you don't get to coast through this work I can quite see why John Fowles said of it that it excited him enormously It is an exciting book on many levels; it sets you thinking; it reveals how the lead of humanity can be transcended into gold at a price: do you or do you not tell? Is the Hermetic secret ever to remain a secret? It seems it is unless you are prepared to go and do a lotwork yourself Yes, I liked this book a lot I admire its integrity I admire the intellectual capacity of its author I very much admire the way he pieced this together We have a lot to learn from alchemy and this is not a bad dip into it Not bad at all. Alchemy, layers of past and present, an English village full of offkilter inhabitants a seminal book of its kind. I'm not sure why I am choosing this book to review, but it is an excellent Jungian novel that actually understands the nature of his pyschology and doesn't simply act glib and vaguely profound There is a lot of emphasis on alchemy (a major preoccupation of Jung's) as well as pagan/preChristian imagery, a la John Fowles' The Magus, which I'd also recommend There are two parallel stories, one from the 20th century and one from the 18th, which fits well into the divided pysche typed themed that the book explores I don't know what else to say, but it's an excellent book that no one I have ever recommended it to ever seems to have heard of, so there it is now I'd compare it to Umberto Eco or John Fowles. I read this several years ago and remembered enjoying it so i thought I'd give it another go It did not have the same impact and although it is a good and imaginative story, most of the characters were too odious or irritating to aid enjoyment Two of the main characters being poets also means that it borders on the pretentious in parts The sub plot of nuclear tensions is very much of its time although the reactions to the situation seem a little over dramatized Having said all that, the Victorian story is excellent and very well written. This has been on my 'to read' list for a long time, and now I've been through it, I'm thinking about the tragedy of fulfilled ambition This is a frustrating book It has some wonderful ideas, some richly evocative description, and succeeds where many later writers have failed in fusing a Victorian and current (i.e late 1980s) narrative The influences include John Fowles (especially 'The French Lieutenant's Woman', 'The Ebony Tower', and 'The Magus' my Picador edition has a supportive cover blurb from the older novelist), John Cowper Powys, sundry commentators on Jung, and George Eliot (the dominant influence in the reworking of the Dorothea and Casaubon strand of 'Middlemarch' which makes up the Victorian strand of the novel) The use of the Hermetic Quest as a structuring device works well (on the whole), and the novel certainly gives a strong suggestion of magical strangeness, helped by a hot Norfolk landscape (I suspect a bit of a nod to 'The GoBetween' here).Nevertheless, I didn't enjoy the book I appreciated and at times admired it, but I was unmoved, especially by the trials and tribulations of its modern characters One is a drippy young poet whose wife has left him for a close friend and taken the kids (they're well off out of it) Another is the sort of intense and 'troubled' young American woman who was always having flings with older men in late1960s films The third member of triumvirate is a lecherous old poet, a sort of fatherfigure cum allpurpose mythopoeic bore, who spends his time asking pretentious and pedantic questions which are treated with farseriousness than they deserve to be He's the sort of man who looks at a Polo mint and says 'Do you see the mint, or the hole? Wholeness is what we lack Ah, the moon, hanging there like a silver toenail paring dangling from a bugle Perhaps She can illuminate our contretemps.' In short, he's the sort of man who I want to see being lowered slowly into a trash compactor, his pleas for mercy ignored Another reason for my lack of sympathy was the fact that the characters are always stopping to lecture one another about things they ought to know already, e.g Tarot symbolism, key writers on esotericism, the difference between alchemists and Gnostics (yes, it's that sort of book), and so on There is a lot of laborious symbolism, notably in the extended description of the three modern protagonists firing a pottery kiln (as the Incredible String Band might have sung, 'Earth, Water, Fire and Air / Met together in a garden fair'), and a deeply regrettable tendency for narrators (first and third person) to spend a paragraph or two brooding on something that is either patently obvious or inclined to demonstrate their lack of spiritual vision 'Looking at her, I found I couldn't see her She was there yet not there, existing in a liminal state of Being and Notbeing that left me confused and hurt.' Is that a genuine quotation, pastiche of Clarke, or a parody? You'll have to read the novel to find out.In the end, everything is brought together with reasonable coherence However, for a portrait of the intelligent occult encounter, I much preferred M John Harrison's 'The Course of the Heart'. 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