Inspired by the third Rosicrucian manifesto, the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, published four hundred years ago, the anonymous author of this. Chymical Wedding – First Day. This version was edited, from the Foxcroft English edition of , into modern English by Adam McLean and Deirdre Green, and. In a dazzling weave of story and character, The Chymical Wedding tells two parallel and interconnected tales–one set in the late ‘s, one in the ‘s, both.
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Return to Book Page. Wedring Chymical Wedding by Lindsay Clarke. In a dazzling weave of story and character, The Chymical Wedding tells two parallel and interconnected tales–one set chtmical the late ‘s, one in the ‘s, both played out in the same English village.
Paperbackpages. Published October 4th by Ballantine Books first published Whitbread Award for Novel To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Chymical Weddingplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 11, Bennett rated it it was amazing. A really marvelous piece of writing. I read this last December chymcal enjoyed it immensely.
It had been recommended to me twenty years ago, and finally I have been able to get to it. I could easily give it five stars, but then I would be only thinking of myself. Truth is, Clarke is a bit verbose for some tastes. And though I prefer more minimalist, direct prose, and was not bothered by his syntactic style, I can see how others might be.
There are also some sections, especially toward the denouement of the story where the characters wa I read this last December and enjoyed it immensely. There are also some sections, especially toward the denouement of the story where the characters wax too long in mystical ruminations.
Yet the climax of the story is well worth the build up, a real mind-blower! That being said, my criticisms are minor and it is with reluctance that I give it four rather than five stars.
If you enjoy somber, reflective Brit lit, and especially if you have an interest in pre-Christian Anglo-Celtic mythology and medieval alchemy I fall into the middle categorythen you’ll appreciate The Chymical Wedding. Clarke has really done his homework in all of these areas and writes naturally of them without being cumbersome. Aug 29, Laura rated it liked it.
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This has been on my ‘to read’ list for a long time, and now I’ve been through it, I’m thinking about the tragedy of fulfilled ambition. This is a frustrating book. It has some wonderful ideas, some chyimcal evocative description, and succeeds where many later writers have failed in fusing a Victorian and current i. The influences include John Fowles especially ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’, ‘The Ebony Tower’, and ‘The Magus’ – my Picador edition has a supportive cover This has been on my ‘to read’ list for cyymical long time, and now I’ve been through it, I’m thinking about the tragedy of fulfilled ambition.
The influences include John Fowles especially ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’, ‘The Ebony Tower’, and ‘The Magus’ – my Picador edition has a supportive cover blurb from the older novelistJohn Cowper Powys, sundry commentators on Jung, and George Eliot the dominant influence in the re-working of the Dorothea and Casaubon strand of ‘Middlemarch’ which makes up the Victorian strand of the novel.
The use of the Hermetic Quest as a structuring device works well on the wholeand the novel certainly gives a strong suggestion of magical strangeness, helped by a hot Norfolk landscape I suspect a bit of a nod to ‘The Go-Between’ here. Nevertheless, I didn’t enjoy the book. I appreciated and at times admired it, but I was unmoved, especially by the trials and tribulations of its modern characters. One is a drippy young poet whose wife has left him for a close friend and chymial the kids they’re well off out of it.
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Another is the sort of intense and ‘troubled’ young American woman chymicla was always having flings with older men in lates films.
The third member of triumvirate is a lecherous old poet, a sort of father-figure cum all-purpose mythopoeic bore, who spends his time asking pretentious and pedantic questions which are treated with far more seriousness than they deserve to be.
He’s the sort of man who looks at a Polo mint and says ‘Do you see the mint, or the hole?
Wholeness is what we lack. Ah, the moon, hanging there like a silver toenail paring dangling from a bugle. Perhaps She can illuminate our contretemps. Another reason for my lack of sympathy was the fact that the characters are always stopping to lecture one another about things they ought to know already, e. Tarot symbolism, chymicall writers on esotericism, the difference between alchemists and Gnostics yes, it’s that sort of bookand so on.
She was there yet not there, existing in a liminal state of Being and Not-being that left me confused and hurt. You’ll have to read the novel to find out.
In the end, everything is brought together with reasonable coherence. However, for a portrait of the intelligent occult encounter, I much preferred M. John Harrison’s ‘The Course of chymocal Heart’. Sep 20, Victoria Eve’s Alexandria rated it it was amazing. Wecding not to give this five stars, even if it had its challenges.
weding The Hermetic allusions and Jungian references are a bit arcane at times, and Edward is downright annoying. But the writing chymicwl gorgeously involved and sensuous. And the characters Edward aside are very engaging in their determination to uncover and share the secret to the world’s salvation by knowing themselves better. If you have ever felt even remotely mystical then you’ll appreciate this. Dec 18, Philip Kazan rated it it was amazing. Alchemy, layers of past and present, an English village full of off-kilter inhabitants – a seminal book of its kind.
Sep 18, Nathan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I’m not sure why I am choosing this book to review, but it is an excellent Jungian novel that actually understands the nature of his pyschology and doesn’t simply act glib and vaguely profound. There are two parallel stories, one from the 20th century and one from the 18th, which fits well into the divided pysche typed themed tha I’m not sure why I am choosing this book to review, but it is an excellent Jungian novel that actually understands the nature of his pyschology and doesn’t simply act glib and vaguely profound.
There are two parallel stories, one from the 20th century and one from the 18th, which fits well into the divided pysche typed themed that the book explores.
I don’t know what else to say, but it’s an excellent book that no one I have ever recommended it to ever seems to have heard of, so there it is now. I’d compare it to Umberto Eco or John Fowles.
Jun 05, David Grieve rated it liked it. I read this several years ago weddjng remembered enjoying it so i thought I’d give it another go.
It did not have the same impact and although it is a good and imaginative story, most of the characters were too odious or irritating to aid enjoyment. Two of the main characters being poets also means that it borders on the pretentious in parts. The sub plot of nuclear tensions is very much of its time although the reactions to the situation seem a little over dramatized. Having said all that, the Vict I read this several years ago and remembered enjoying it fhymical i thought I’d give it another go.
Having said all that, the Victorian story is excellent and very well written. Feb 09, Susan Howson rated it did not like it.
Have you ever read a book that was so gripping that you found yourself reading it in chmyical car, at work, everywhere you could? Then go back in time and recommend that book to me instead of The Chymical Wedding. I avoided reading this every chance I got. It was so boring as to be ridiculous. Or maybe I just hate philosophy. Or maybe I just hate the characters. Or weding I zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Even reviewing this bores me.
Jun 30, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: Like The Magus, but a lot better somehow. Jun 03, Jonathan rated it really liked it. Weddong fascinating read packed with put-your-thumb-in-the-page-put-the-book-down-and-just-reflect moments.
Having known very little about alchemy and hermetics before reading, I often took to looking up references to round out the experience, which I think was worthwhile. The book is well structured and well paced, with well developed characters and interesting subject matter. The two are discernib A fascinating read packed with put-your-thumb-in-the-page-put-the-book-down-and-just-reflect moments.
Weddinf two are discernibly similar, but I did find that reading TCW was less exciting. I expect that this was intentional on the part of the author because though The Magus is thrilling, it is less relatable weddiing TCW is far more Sure, TCW’s characters are infallibly eloquent sophisticates but there is something much more inhabitable about them, which was nice, though perhaps at the expense of being substantially less thrilling.
One ewdding those books that engage. I still have 50 pages to go, and it satisfied, all of the earlier pages. Very much like a John Weddin novel, so I was not surprised to see Fowles’ recommendation on the dust cover. You will learn about alchemy from a story rather than from I thought this was an excellent book. It occurred to me that this is one thing I find most fun in reading, that so often we meet ind I thought this was an excellent book.
I thought frankly that it was in every way an excellent book and one that had captivated me from the very beginning and kept me so to the end. There was one instance where Clarke seemed more the realist amid a tale flowing with fantasy: