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The Illuminatus! Trilogy

IlluminatusThe Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

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I'd heard a lot about this book years back, but it never piqued my interest enough to want to read it. Once Dan Brown became so popular, though, this collection caught my attention again, and I decided to give it a try. I liked Angels & Demons, so I figured maybe I'd like this one, too.

I struggled with this book. The points of view jumped too dramatically for me, and I couldn't determine who was narrating the story. The narrator seemed to jump from one person to the next, but at the same time, I was wondering if it was all the same person, just that that person became different people along the way. After about 100 pages, though, I'd had enough. I couldn't track what was going on, and the action and intrigue wasn't enough to keep me wanting to read it. I haven't had as hard of a time following a story since reading Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury in college.

Maybe this book is as good as I seem to have heard. I'll never know, though, unless I decide to try reading this again in the future.

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May 30, 2006 - Posted by | Adult Fiction, Unfinished

4 Comments »

  1. I have to agree with you. I had heard so many great things about this book, but I found it very hard to follow, and just didn’t grab my interest. I too put it down after about 100 pages.

    Comment by CameronL | June 1, 2006 | Reply

  2. I had a very similar reaction the one time I tried this.
    I found _Schroedinger’s Cat_ by Robert Anton Wilson to be much more readable and entertaining. Lots of sex, though.

    Comment by Alex | June 3, 2006 | Reply

  3. I can definitely understand your problems with it. But if you can actually get through it, you’ll be glad for it, because it starts to cohere with itself around page 400, and you can understand everything that happened before. A reread can help a lot, too.

    Comment by The Author | June 12, 2006 | Reply

  4. I am just amazed at how well you write! Keep-on going you are just so good… mary

    Comment by Blogs, news and more! | January 12, 2007 | Reply


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