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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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Books by Doris Lessing. The novels take place in the same future historybut do not relate a continuous storyline.

Canopus in Argos: Archives

Inlured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. It keeps the strangeness that marked the earlier novels but in the context of this novel, makes it strange indeed as people come down with rhetorical diseases and have to be reeducated, immersed in treatments at hospitals that may not take. Return to Book Page. Later Lessing discovered that many younger people who had read the Canopus series were not interested in her other works.

Extracted from the pamphlet: The mass impact of these novels on the genre was probably about zero, which is a shame in itself.

Canopus in Argos: Archives by Doris Lessing

Archives by Doris Lessing Five novels in one, pages. Things flip back to Earth for “The Sirian Experiments”, basically showing what the Sirians were doing on Earth during the first book they had taken over, or were given, the southern continents in the name of rampant scientific experimentation. Now that I have, I can pretty much say it’s what I expected. I can’t say that any of these completely worked as both novels and commentaries, sometimes it seemed like Lessing was in a constant war to write SF and also craft meaningful critiques of society as she understood it, and it’s not always clear which side won.


Michael T Bradley rated it did not like it Jan 15, Sufism in the Novels of Doris Lessing. Open Preview See a Problem?

Nov 10, Tasula rated dorid it was amazing Shelves: Much like Kate Bush, Lessing apparently knows every word for snow and her descriptions of everyone trying not to think about freezing to death while everyone around them freezes to death ni harrowing in its way.

It also acts as a nice cleanser and I give Lessing credit for taking an idea and following it through to the bitter and weird end. 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.

Canopus in Argos Series

Bootheina rated it it was amazing Sep 24, There’s never a sense that she’s slumming or talking down to the mouth-breathing SF readers and in a world where other writers sometimes work hard to backpedal any elements in their books that adgosde be remotely construed as SF and reassure people that, “No, no, I’m writing about serious things” even when they really have aliens and spaceships, Lessing’s attitude toward this is remarkably refreshingshe simply feels this lsesing the genre that best fits these particular stories she wants to tell.

These five novels give vignettes from an archived history of our galaxy, seen from the perspective of the species from several different galactic empires, primarily the reports of Agents of Canopus, spanning interstellar distances over vast periods of time.


I would like to recommend Canopus In Argos: The focus is on accelerated evolution being aided by advanced species for less advanced species and societies.

Arina Kuznetsova rated it it was amazing May 08, If you enjoy a well written story and are comfortable with the genre, give it a try. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I like how disorienting it is, especially at the beginning. Jan 02, Linda rated it really liked it. Those scenes have a tension that suggest Lessing is finally finding her footing in the format and telling a story instead of just telling us things that resemble a story.

But they are never less than interesting reading, especially for SF fans, who might wonder what is possible to do in a genre when you stop wondering about appealing to a certain fanbase or dealing with what the rules are. Try it for yourself if you like, and see. 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. Full text available on www.

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