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Yet Voyage is in its way a success.

A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay

At the end of his arduous and increasingly mystical quest waits a dark viyage and an unforgettable revelation.

This is going to be one of those books that is really hard to talk about. Methuen also insisted on a change of title, from Lindsay’s original Nightspore in Tormanceas it was considered too obscure. The story is set on Tormance, an imaginary planet orbiting the star Arcturuswhich, in the novel but not in reality is a double star system, consisting of Branchspell, a large yellow sunlike star, and Alppain, a smaller blue star.


Krag arrives, enables Maskull and Nightspore to resist Tormance’s gravity by spitting on a cut in their arms, and the three climb the tower, whose windows no longer magnify. His worst fears were realized.

The alienness of atmosphere

Jan 12, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Nightspore took no part in it, but walked to and fro, like a hungry caged animal. Although she is peremptory and rude, she shows interest in having him as lover, and gives him a red-glowing stone to convert his magn into a third arm.

In a desserted observatory in Scotland, where Krag claims their pilgrimage will begin, are bottles containing “back rays”, encapsulated fragments of light that travel back to their source of origin instead of outwards.


A seance is organised in Hampstead to which Maskull and Nightspore are invited; their late arrival is marked by a supernatural noise. Tolkienlinsay said he read the book “with avidity”. The story of exploration doesn’t really have any action as such as one encounter after another isn’t enough to make me want to continue. Cover of the first edition. Mar 01, Graham Worthington rated it it was amazing. So if you like Pullman, that might be a reason to check this out.

During the hour voyage, Maskull sleeps. It combines fantasyphilosophy, and science fiction in an exploration of the nature of good and evil and their relationship arcurus existence. A third of the way into his journey, Maskull encounters a violently sexual woman, murders her husband, demands her obedience, and then has her sing a song while they travel.

For those seeking answers to the unknowable the novel leaves much for one to ponder. The author turns out to support a variation of the doctrine of the Demiurgesomewhat similar to that propounded by some Gnostics.

A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay : Chapter 5.

This, I reread immediately and, then, again, years later. Silver, criticising Linfsay Voyage to Arcturus on SF Site, observes that for a novel it has little plot or characterisation, and furthermore that it gives no motives for the actions taken by its characters. Lindsay was raised in a Calvinist background according to one biographer. In Sant no women are allowed, but only men, voysge go there to follow Hator’s doctrine.

Sep 12, Juushika rated it liked it Shelves: Maskull desires Sullenbode and she desires him, thereby becoming alive without killing him as long as he loves her.


I am not sure what to make of this classic science fiction novel – it was more a philosophical davix than the space travel adventure story that I had hoped for.

View all 7 comments. Through the open window sounded in their ears the trainlike grinding of the sea at the foot of the cliffs. Lindsay attempted to write more commercially with his next work The Haunted Womanbut this was barely arturus successful than Voyage. It came highly recommended by Jim Woodring and it did not disappoint.

Maskull goes to Swaylone’s Island, where Earthrid plays a musical instrument called Irontick actually a lake by night, and from where no one who heard it ever returned. In fact, I’ve begun it a second time, reading aloud, to pick up on some arcthrus the elements I missed or befuddled me the first time through. Retrieved 9 November But this tower business. Though in this lindsa I sometimes falter. After being out of print for decades, his work has become increasingly available.

As he journeys northward, guided by a drumbeat, he encounters a world and its inhabitants like no other, where gender is a victory won at dear cost; where landscape lindaay emotion are drawn into an accursed dance; where heroes are killed, reborn, and renamed; and where the cosmological lures of Shaping, who may be God, torment Maskull in his astonishing pilgrimage.