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sleeping-car. Among them Ivan Osokin, a young man about twenty six. Osokin is visibly agitated although he tries not to show it. Zinaida is talking to her brother. Strange Life of Ivan Osokin. Commentary by John Pentland. Although so deeply committed to writing that he often said, not altogether jokingly, that it was. But this evening, typing up my thoughts on P.D. Ouspensky’s Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (I’m not sure why there’s no definite article, but no.

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Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

A good read leaving me with some interesting ideas to ponder. And she warns she won’t wait for him more than a couple of months. Jul 24, Tamas Czegeny rated it it was amazing Shelves: A mind-stretching story of recurrence – the concept that we continue to repeat the same life over and over again, not quite reincarnation, actually repeating the same life.

Most of his choices are negations, the lack of action, but worse than that is he lives his life over I don’t know if we have free will, I wonder about it, and there are many philosophers and scientists on both sides of the arguments, so I’m not alone.

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

View all 8 comments. Why, though, would Ouspensky introduce the cinematic element in the first place? Retrieved from ” osokkn You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Osokin looks around, and suddenly an extraordinarily vivid sensation sweeps over him that if he were not here, everything would be exactly the same.

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The whole trick is, that nothing is done all at once; everything is done little by little. What I will say is this book was odd, but I appreciated that it was a quick read. Perhaps that’s how the original itself reads, and perhaps that was Ouspensky’s intention. The old man gives him some new adice about how to go on with life, which collides with the reoocurence principle described throughout the book. I read this for class, and I was ultimately disappointed.


You may find Osokin tiresome in of himself, but you may also see many of his most tiresome qualities in your own behavior. Want to Read saving…. Contemporary writing with timeless truths, although the mysticism isn’t too well incorporated into the novella form.

This section is empty. It follows the unsuccessful struggle of Ivan Osokin to correct his mistakes when given a chance to osolin his past.

He was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. Sort of osokij combo between the film Waking LifeBeckett’s Waiting for Godotand Houllebecq’s PlatformOsokin finds himself on a repeat loop of his boring failed life, Ouspensky getting preachy in the final chapters thinly veiled through The Magician about how one should do it. Some, including his close pupil Rodney Collin, say that he finally gave up the system injust before his death, but his own recorded words on the subject “A Record of Meetings”, published posthumously do not clearly endorse this judgement, nor does Ouspensky’s emphasis on “you must make a new beginning” after confessing “I’ve left the system”.

The theme of reliving life is common in literature, but this has to be one of the more authentic personal life-like versions. Paperbackpages. Worth a read for anyone familiar with the ideas of GI Gurdjieff, fans of Russian iban, or general spiritual seekers who like to intake new info via fiction, not just holy books.

You have the freedom of information, you have the brain, why don’t you have everything that you supposedly want? Cool tone, very enjoyable and very fast read.

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Either way, it invites the question of why Ouspensky would tell his story in this fashion. Would I recommend it? If he ifan had his time again, he’d avoid expulsion from school, alienating his rich uncle, bad behaviour in the army and frittering away a life-saving inheritance in casinos.


Jul 29, rodolfo avelar rated it liked it. Stunningly executed, and no, Groundhog Day does not equate. Both works imply that a sober acceptance of personal accountability is necessary in order to effect an increase in the degree of freedom of the individual. Be the first to ask a question about Strange Life of Ivan Osokin.

I regard this to be too manipulative and generally unacceptable in context of the outlined philosophy – why should only some be osokinn, and why only under the rule of the authoritarian ivvan

Spoiler gibi olmasin ama kitapta en cok etkilendigim iki kucuk paragrafi hem daha sonra ivab icin hemde sizler icin paylasmak istiyorum. Kitabin kapagibdaki natulius ve arkasindaki ozet cok dikkatimi cekti. If this theory was to work, how could they suddenly do different things than they have done the first time when he met the magician? Jul 11, Jonathan rated it really liked it. Or how often have we done the wrong thing and realized it only a moment too late to do anything about it, beating ourselves up all the more because our error was so obvious, so avoidable in hindsight?

I will admit that I don’t have much to say about this book, psokin that doesn’t mean it was bad. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.