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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Re by Doris Lessing. This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta, clearly the planet Earth, to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopi This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives.
Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta, clearly the planet Earth, to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives.
For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds. Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.
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No pude terminarlo. No quise seguir perdiendo el tiempo en una lectura que no va conmigo porque, siendo honesta, el libro no es malo, su planteamiento es bastante interesante. A pesar de lo anterior, debo reconocer que la lectura se me hizo muy pesada y poco motivadora. View 2 comments. La mayor parte del libro carece de una trama concisa.
Muchas de estas reflexiones se hacen un poco repetitivas pero hay algunas realmente interesantes que dan que pensar. Al principio el libro resulta muy confuso, porque la verdad es tiene un planteamiento bastante raro. Shikasta es la Tierra y al parecer hay tres imperios d La mayor parte del libro carece de una trama concisa.
Muchas de las cosas que dicen me parecen muy absurdos. El libro se me ha hecho un poco largo y pesado, no es absorbente aunque resulte interesante. Canopus, Sirius y una tercera malvada que influyen y se mueven en el universo mediante radiaciones u ondas apenas explicadas. Hay un origen en el cual estas potencias experimentan en planetas para crear especies inteligentes y espirituales. Y es bastante panfletaria y aburrida.
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In , lured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Oliv Both of her parents were British: her father, who had been crippled in World War I, was a clerk in the Imperial Bank of Persia; her mother had been a nurse.
Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine Gordimer , Lessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual. In she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year. At nineteen, she married Frank Wisdom, and later had two children. A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her family, remaining in Salisbury.
Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists "who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read. During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in By , Lessing had moved to London with her young son. That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singing , and began her career as a professional writer.
Also in , she visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, and to promote her autobiography. It was her first visit since being forcibly removed in for her political views. Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer acclaimed for the very topics for which she was banished 40 years ago. In she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, one of Spain's most important distinctions, for her brilliant literary works in defense of freedom and Third World causes.
She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in In she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Full text available on www. Other books in the series. Canopus in Argos 5 books. Books by Doris Lessing. Related Articles. Space operas, magic, destiny, dystopia, aliens: There's a bit of something for everyone in 's latest offerings in science fiction and fantasy Read more Trivia About Re: Colonised Pla Quotes from Re: Colonised Pla A main mechanism for achieving this was a device that supplied identical indoctrinational material simultaneously into every living or working unit, whether that of a single person, a family, or an institution, through a whole country.
These programmes were standardised, particularly for children. At best they reinforced a low level of ethic—kindness to animals, for instance—but the worst was inherent in the sheer fact of the infinite repetition.
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She was born to British parents in Iran , where she lived until Her family then moved to Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe , where she remained until moving in to London, England. Lessing was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In awarding the prize, the Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny". In , Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British literature. In , The Times ranked her fifth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since ". In the rough environment, his wife Emily aspired to lead an Edwardian lifestyle.
Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta often shortened to Shikasta is a science fiction novel by Doris Lessing , and is the first book in her five-book Canopus in Argos series. Shikasta is also the name of the fictional planet featured in the novel. Subtitled "Personal, psychological, historical documents relating to visit by Johor George Sherban Emissary Grade 9 87th of the Period of the Last Days" , Shikasta is the history of the planet Shikasta an allegorical Earth under the influence of three galactic empires , Canopus, Sirius, and their mutual enemy, Puttiora. The book is presented in the form of a series of reports by Canopean emissaries to Shikasta who document the planet's prehistory , its degeneration leading to the "Century of Destruction" the 20th century , and the Apocalypse World War III. Shikasta draws on the Old Testament and is influenced by spiritual and mystical themes in Sufism , an Islamic belief system in which Lessing had taken an interest in the mids. The book represented a major shift of focus in Lessing's writing, from realism to science fiction, and this disappointed many of her readers.