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by Doris Lessing

  • Author: Doris Lessing
  • ISBN: 0586038175
  • ISBN13: 978-0586038178
  • ePub: 1705 kb | FB2: 1522 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; New Ed edition (1977)
  • Pages: 256
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 924
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Briefing for a Descent Into Hell ePub download

Home Doris Lessing Briefing for a Descent Into Hell. Doris Lessing is the author of numerous award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Golden Notebook and The Grass Is Singing.

Home Doris Lessing Briefing for a Descent Into Hell. Briefing for a descent . .Briefing for a Descent Into Hell, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25. Doris lessing. Briefing for a descent into hell. In 2007 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Also by doris lessing. The Grass Is Singing.

Its indictment of the tyranny of society is powerful, disturbing and, as always, magnificently rendered. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

the more I read of doris lessing the more I am in awe of her storytelling prowess. Even the ending is predictable. The title is appropriate-wasting time trying to read this is like a descent into hell. she is the most psychological,philosophical,mystical spellbinding author of the second half of the 20th century.

They took him into the station thinking he was drunk or drugged. They describe him as Rambling, Confused and Amenable.

Briefing for a. Descent Into Hell. They took him into the station thinking he was drunk or drugged. Brought him to us at 3 .

Jun 08, 2018 Fergus rated it it was amazing. Doris Lessing had her own brushes with the mental health care system, and she once said she had learned a great deal from them. In those two books Lessing certainly took on the female experience, she certainly was sceptical, she certainly had a visionary power, and she certainly scrutinized her characters and the world that they lived in. It is harder to be certain that she is doing the same in this book, a 1971 Man Booker Prize Nominee (which she lost to fellow Nobel Laureate .

Briefing for a Descent Into Hell.

Doris Lessing y many millions. A hundred years of scholarly thinking has stretched back a millionfold the age of the earth. But these same divines, antiquarians and scholars are thinking now as they did a hundred years ago, when it comes to the age of civilisations; they can’t even begin to concede that civilisations might have very old histories.

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From the book jacket: Doris Lessing's new novel - which she defines as inner space fiction - is an incomparably exciting voyage into the marvellous, terrifying, unexplored, yet sometimes glimpsed territory of the inner man. Professor Charles Watkins (Classics), doomed to spin. Professor Charles Watkins (Classics), doomed to spin endlessly in the currents of the Atlantic, makes a landfall at last on a tropical shore. He discovers a reined stone city, participates - moon-dazed - in bloody rituals in the paradisiacal forest, witnesses the savage war of the Rat-dogs and is borne on the back of the lordly White Bird across the sea of the dead

A very tough read, but I've read it perhaps 4 times over the years. It changes points of view, and styles of telling as you follow the attempts to bring an amnesiac professor back to "reality". Science fiction, social commentary, philosophical-psycological discourse in one difficult package.

Try it if you like challenges with rewards.
the more I read of doris lessing the more I am in awe of her storytelling prowess.she is the most psychological,philosophical,mystical spellbinding author of the second half of the 20th century.admittedly she is initially very hard reading,but if you can persevere you will suddenly have the light go on for you and come in from out of the darkness.as long as there are writer's like her to find and explore I have no fear of old age or approaching death.
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I read this when I was in my 20s and it never left me. So I wanted to read it again as a more mature adult. I knew more about Lessing on the second reading but I was still affected so much by the writing, the thoughts (where did they come from?) and the very real descent into hell of the protagonist.
Not an easy read, but amazing.
An amazing book about us all, with all of Lessings depth and passion.
fascinating story
Don't bother. If you do try to read this, skip or skim the first 120 pages. Total gibberish, ramblings about planets and monkeys and vapors and crystals. Even the ending is predictable. The title is appropriate--wasting time trying to read this is like a descent into hell.
I re-read this recently and was amazed at how prophetic Lessing was especially in a revealing insightful conversation that takes place before the birth of those who have made the decision to incarnate in flesh & blood bodies and the dense miasma of consciousness that now covers our planet.

The volunteers are warned:
"...it is not at all a question of your arriving on Planet Earth [with the consciousness you have] as you leave here. You will lose nearly all your memory of your past existence. You will each of you come to yourselves, perhaps alone, perhaps in the company of each other, but with only a vague feeling of recognition, and probably disassociated, disoriented, ill, discouraged, and unable to believe, when you are told what your task really is. ...

"Some of you will choose not to wake, for the waking will be so painful, and the knowledge of your condition and Earth's condition so agonizing, you will be like drug addicts: you may prefer to continue to breath in oblivion. ...

"And, when you have become aroused to your real condition, and have recovered from the shame or embarrassment of seeing to what depths you have sunk, you will then begin the task of arousing others, and you will find that you are in a position of rescuer of a drowning person, or a doctor in a city that has an epidemic of madness."

The purpose of incarnating into human bodies is: "... it will be our task to wake up those of us who have forgotten what they went for; as well as to recruit suitable inhabitants of Earth...who have kept a potential for evolving into rational beings ..."

Lessing then explains to the volunteers that there would be no point in giving them a 'Briefing' and that every word they are hearing will be forgotten once they have descended into a human body. But they are assured that they have all been given "brainprints" and these will be there for them when they are ready. In my words, the eternal Wisdom-Knowledge does reside within each and every one of us.

In the moments before birth, the dangers of volunteering are made clear:
"As everyone here knows, has had drummed into him or her from the moment he or she volunteered -- it is not at all a question of descending into that Poisonous Hell [the earth plane] and remaining unaffected. Everyone takes his life in his hands."

Planet Earth is a dangerous place and there are no guarantees. There will be no one to save the volunteer emissaries, no rescues! All who come here are on their own here and apparently when each did volunteer, he or she was fully capable of independent thinking and sovereignty. They were not fearful needy victims wallowing in self-pity and confusion waiting to be rescued.

More warnings:
"For these creatures [the lost ones who have forgotten who they are] are for the most part malevolent and murderous by nature, able to tolerate others only insofar as they resemble themselves, capable of slaughtering each other because of a slight difference in skin color or appearance. Also they cannot tolerate those who do not think as they do."

Lessing grew up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was involved in politics for many years. She brings her wisdom, experience, and knowledge of these matters to the larger perspective of an off-world colony given here.

Another warning:
"This means that unless we can perfect our own adaptation to them, they will attack us...This we must expect."

How many great saintly men and women have been tormented, persecuted, and murdered by the ignorance of mob consciousness? Lessing warns that even those who are volunteers cannot always be trusted. The "poisonous brew they call air" [meaning the consciousness of the planet] will have infected previous volunteers and that they may "devote all their energies to elaborate systems whose function was once to keep them sane, but which now have become their own justification."

The birth process itself is described by Lessing's inimitable genius and insight: "Each held his or her mind steady in the thought: Don't forget, keep the memory of this moment, keep it steady ... but the golden spin of the moment swept the whole space they occupied into a vortex of ringing Light in which they were spinning atoms. The pressure increased. The Sound became higher ... The light was like an explosion ... pulsed and beat ..."

Thus the vast majority are born as human babies remembering nothing, and in that moment the struggle to Remember and become useful begins. Those who have volunteered to come to earth have forgotten that they volunteered to come here freely in order to create life, civilizations, and forms containing increasingly higher states of consciousness. Through infinite life forms the Oneness is eternally seeking and enjoying It's own beauty and perfection. We come here to contribute, to create and manifest over vast expanses of time an infinite spectrum of various forms -- and in the cyclical processes of our creative adventure, we sink into a miasma of amnesia.

The lady Lessing truly saw deeply into the future.
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