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Masks of the Illuminati

Masks of the Illuminati Young and wealthy Englishman Sir John Babcock has discovered that an ancient criminal order is preparing to take over the world He seeks the help of two brilliant yet unlikely drinking buddies James

  • Title: Masks of the Illuminati
  • Author: Robert Anton Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780671825850
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • Young and wealthy Englishman Sir John Babcock has discovered that an ancient criminal order is preparing to take over the world He seeks the help of two brilliant, yet unlikely, drinking buddies James Joyce and Albert Einstein the only people genius enough to uncover the wretched scheme.

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    1. A wonderful, brilliant novel. Erudite, fun, psychedelic, all-brow and all around awesome. Highly recommended for anyone into Detective Fiction, Metaphysical or Surreal storylines/narratives, conspiracies, Classic Literature, James Joyce, Albert Einstein, Aleister Crowley, History, etc. Put this on your TBR.

    2. A clever metaphysical detective story masquerading as a Gothic horror, this book casts James Joyce and Albert Einstein as its super-sleuths, with the two trading off the roles of Sherlock Holmes and Watson as the plot demands it. The sinister Aleister Crowley is also integral to the plot, acting as their Moriarty-like foil.Though set in pre-WWI Europe, this novel shares many themes and concepts with Wilson's other works (generally set in the mid-to-late twentieth century.) There is the familiar [...]

    3. "Who profits? Who else but the Devil?" he answered rhetorically, giving vent to the kind of unwholesome laugh that makes people move away uncomfortably."If you listen to seemingly dull people very closely, you'll see that they're all mad in different and interesting ways, and are merely struggling to hide it."

    4. Harder to read than cosmic trigger. I will probably reread cosmic trigger a dozen times before I get back to this one

    5. I read this book when I was in high school and there are passages that still keep me up late at night just thinking about them, even though the last time I read it was maybe about eight years ago. Two years ago, when the NY Times Book Review was trotting out the usual suspects for its list of the greatest novels of the late twentieth century, I said this should have been on it, and I stand by that. Easily the best, most tightly constructed novel Wilson ever wrote.Here's an extremely short recap: [...]

    6. The mystery isn't very mysterious, and the ersatz Joyce passages are tedious, though there is some amusement in the book. Go read Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy instead, or almost anything else he's written. I love old Bob, but this is a weaker work. (Second read, ~ 17 years after the first)

    7. Very fun read. A tad indulgent at times but, for the most part, I recommend it. You will especially like it if you are interested in secret societies, nature of reality,magic, Aleister Crowley, OTO, Golden Dawn, cabbala, poetry, relativity. It works OK as just a mystery.

    8. Not as overtly mind-blowing as the Illuminatus! Trilogy, but a nevertheless fun read that manages to explore early 20th century Hermeticism, psychology, and related topics.

    9. There's really only one vein of Wilsonerei, and you either like it or you don't. I do. RAW was one of my major influences.As a member of the species, Masks of the Illuminati is less deep and heartwrenching than the Illuminatus! trilogy, but more sound and interesting than Prometheus Rising. This one involves Jung, Einstein, and Joyce solving an occult mystery and helping a Young Man Who Got In Over His Head. Aleister Crowley makes an appearance. Wilson's good at fake-Joyce. I enjoy it. He's one [...]

    10. "Have we really been sitting here laughing like fools for three or four hours?""Something like that.""Is it over yet?""I don't think so - do you see what I see?"Thus the curtain falls on this novel whose sequel is the writing of Ulysses. An excellent - and literary - variation on the "I received instructions from Future Me on how to build this time machine, which has become commonplace in his era thanks to my invention" narrative loop.Another one that I first read around 1990, and that holds up [...]

    11. A brilliant brain exercise disguised as a novel. The mish-mash of ideas and the imagining of iconic figures in odd situations is a supremely fun read, and I'll probably reread it again some day. Love how he uses the gothic and conspiracy elements as a smokescreen for a practical guide to relativity. I haven't read any RAW in years and this was a perfect reintroduction.

    12. Probably Wilson's most straightforward novel in terms of narrative flow, but it still holds up on re-reading. Full of background information on the occult movement, and biographical details of Aleister Crowley. The passages written in the style of Joyce are well-done, and the final section is particularly memorable.

    13. I don't even know. The occultist/conspiracy trend in literature from the later 20th century confuses me. On one level, this book could be valuable as a criticism of closed-mindedness or something else more elaborate than that that I don't really want to specify further at the moment. On the other hand, it could be ridiculous. At the very least, it was a fun read.

    14. Very entertaining, though the final scene is a bit over-dramatic.Clever - Foucault's Pendulum meets Ulysses, except that Foucault's Pendulum hadn't been written yet. Then, historical psychological conspiracy.

    15. Not nearly as good as The Illuminatus Trilogy or The Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy, but still good wholesome fun for the whole family.

    16. Guerrilla Ontology for the win! It's a rich text, and Aleister Crowley is our guide. Doesn't get much better than that.

    17. I have read this book several times over the last thirty years and it is still an enjoyable read although in places the "Joycean" passages can be a little wearing.

    18. Nice weird book by Mr. Wilson. In the same vein as the Illuminatus Trilogy, not as good, much weirder. Not a bad read atall, which is by the way my favorite Pacific Island.

    19. A good historical fiction reworking of RAW's main thematic interests. Not as good as Illuminatus or the Cat trilogies but thought provoking and well written.

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