[A Magick Life A Biography of Aleister Crowley Books ] Free Download as Epub By Martin Booth

When reviewing a biography there s always a temptation to Review Its Subject I Ll Get That Out Of The its subject I ll get that out of the by saying that I think of Aleister Crowley the most famous occultist of the last century a complex and obnoxious man with too much money One source Booth cites whose name I cannot remember described him as genius gone wrong Well if you re running around referring to yourself as The Great *Beast 666 I Ll Warrant *666 I ll warrant something has gone wrong with your life Despite All That I Have all that I have soft spot for occultists because nobody expects me to take them seriouslyMy main difficulty in reading biographies is the lack of dialogue All we ever get are summaries of complex events drawn from primary sources like interviews Somehow this makes reading of an endurance feat than it normally is Booth s louacious and sometimes tangential prose makes the biography readable but even then I was averaging fifty pages a dayThere was particularly chilling moment that I know plan to rip off for a story Crowley grew up in a very Christian family and as his mother lost her wits after her husband died she called her son a beast Familiar with Revelations he internalised that title which in turn set the course of his life Such a cruel thing to call a childBooth s thorough research means that this biography is vital reading for anyone interested in Crowley s life either for reasons of personal gratification or if they need to know about the man for some project As biography is a genre I take little pleasure in I cannot recommend this book to be read for fun As advertised this biography is reasonably unbiased and does not dwell too long on the magickal aspects of Aleister s life Certainly they are mentioned as there is no way of separating the one from the other and still come out with a factual book on the man but unlike other biographies the emphasis is on his actions on this plane I found it a very. A MAGICK LIFE is a detailed and extensively researched biography a uniuely unbiased study of

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Refreshing glimpse into that aspect of him which in other treatments has been glossed over in deference to his occult activitiesI did find a few glaring mistakes but not as many as might be expected One in particular regarding Jack Parsons gets that worthy s place of death 100% wrong He died in an explosion in his garage at his house not at Jet Labs wrong He died in an explosion in his garage at house not at Jet Propulsion Labs something so easy to check up on got past everyone and made it into print is disappointing and mars an otherwise excellent bookI would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Aleister Crowley s life Well researched and unbiased account of Crowley s life Some years ago I read several other biographies this seems to be far detailed and even handed than the previous attempts some of those authors clearly had an axe to grind one way or another Not a bad book I think the author was very fair in their assessment of Crowley it would have been easy to see him as either all good or all bad It seems from his actions he was neither Just awfully awfully self centered arrogant egotistical A bit depressing at times it is not the easiest book to read and it would be easy to ump to the conclusion that everybody he touched went crazy and committed suicide it is likely that these people are drawn to our attention and Crowley attracted people who were slightlyunstable The author does say thisAs to his life s work Well I have got a book that follows on from this in the hope of learning and understanding on this front I am undecided but curious Utterly fascinating biography of an utterly fascinating character Having previously stopped reading Crowley s own autohagiography midway through as I couldn t handle his vain pompous prose it s good to be able to read a rounded biography of a man often far ahead of his time Now I think I may even end up finishing Crowley s own book after all Hands down the best biography I ve. Ne of the thentieth century's most charismatic misinterpreted and controversial figures a bril. A Magick Life A Biography of Aleister CrowleyEver read and probably one of my top ten books period With a character like Crowley there s no shortage of material Pair that with
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gifted witty biographer who bends his sentences like musical phrases and you have A Magick Life There s no other book like it Years ago in college an older friend gave me a copy of Crowley s immense autobiography I tried reading it then and once recently without success Frankly I didn t take Crowley seriousl A nicely researched biography of the so called wickedest man in the world Crowley grew up in a very religious household Being a rambunctious child his devout mother started a very religious household Being a rambunctious child his devout mother started him the beast He uickly decided that he was The Beast as in 666 from the Book of Revelations As a young man he was a world class mountaineer and chess player And of course there is what he is known for the occult Oh and he was really very funny Here s a uote of when he was roaming around Tunisia with his head shaved with the exception of a tuft of hair in the center of his forehead shaped like a horn dressed in magical robes with a follower who Crowley also shaved so it looked l I had always wondered about the mystiue that surrounds this Aleister Crowley fellow well now I know This biography is one of the best and most comprehensive I have ever had the pleasure of reading It manages to dish the dirt on ol Crowley without being for or against him He is shown simply for what he was a complete and total without being for or against him He is shown simply for what he was a complete and total He proclaimed himself to be the most evil man in the world and yet through the examination of his life we see that he was merely an extremely intellegent man who had a flair for the dramatic and a keen ability to persuade people to follow him A true eccentric and a bizarre character one would be hard pressed to find This book is non stop entertainment from beginging to end Tell them I ve had a wonderful life Wittgenstein famous last words. Liant polymath whose considerable intellect and talent were crushed by his self destructivenes.