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Mount Analogue

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  970 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Daumal's symbolic mountain represents a way to truth that "cannot not exist," and his classic allegory of man's search for himself embraces the certainty that one can know and conquer one's own reality.

In this novel/allegory the narrator/author sets sail in the yacht Impossible to search for Mount Analogue, the geographically located, albeit hidden, peak that reaches inexo
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by The Overlook Press (first published 1952)
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Apr 25, 2012 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, novel, male, year-1940s
It's a miracle that this book even exists. A book we were never meant to have, existing only in myth. A fever of a dream, but with all the details intact, specific, and so real. Like ending up in a dream without leaving the real world behind, both in terms of the trivialities of living as well as the logic that never approaches dream logic. An amalgamation of science, philosophy, myth, humor, and clear thinking, yes with the translucent, almost invisible, clarity of a 'paradam' that suddenly ben ...more
Nate D
Jul 18, 2011 Nate D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: And you, what are you looking for?
Recommended to Nate D by: mythic guides M.K. and B.B.
A kind of theoretical adventure story, where the protagonists work with ingenious logic backwards from the supposition that the recurrent myth of the mountain to the heavens (Olympus, Sinai, Babel) must imply an actual such mountain, and if such exists where and how could it exist so as to avoid detection until now? And then, of course, they go there. With a great deal of totally fascinating discussion of everything within Daumal's reach: philosophy, psychology, folklore, physics, all wrapped up ...more
El escritor francés René Daumal (1908-1944) dejó inacabada su segunda novela, ‘El Monte Análogo’ (Le Mont Analogue, 1944). Murió de tuberculosis dejando esta obra en mitad de una frase, literalmente. La presente edición de la Editorial Atalanta, recoge el texto de Éditions Gallimard de 1972, que incluye los apéndices y planes que tenía Daumal para terminar la novela. Se trata de una historia de aventuras, ciencia ficción, metafísica, filosofía y viaje iniciático, que, pese a no tener una conclus ...more
Jigar Brahmbhatt
I am convinced that some books have a specific time in the life of a reader. Once that time is gone, they loose their effect. I have been meaning to procure this book since long, owing to my early interests in mystical/weird stories that aim to incorporate everything under the sun. Hell, I was even trying to write one of my own. This was back in 2006-07, when fresh out of college, I used to spend considerable time in libraries, bookshops, among roadside vendors and spent hours on the internet se ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Sienna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I was delighted to find a copy of this and another long-sought-after book in a secondhand store in Dunedin last week. Slightly battered and time-stained, Daumal's slender little volume also at some point provided a home for bookworms... literally. They left pointillist patterns across the lower portion of each page; if I hold it up just right, it's like starlight.

For a "metaphysical adventure" that ends mid-chapter, mid-sentence, mid-thought, Mount Analogue failed entirely to set off my bullshit
Ben Winch
Mount Analogue may be the book that broke this reviewer’s back. What to say of it, but that it’s brief – tragically brief, given Daumal must have known he was racing the clock – and immense. And in fact, its brief immensity is almost fitting, because (if not for a few nods by the narrator to a known future early on, undermined in any case by the switch to a diarist’s present tense in Chapter 4) what better way for this impossible adventure to end than in mid-sentence, on the slopes of the mounta ...more
Eddie Watkins
Here's someone I've been meaning to read more of for years, but all I succeed in doing is rereading again and again this book that the author never finished. I don't quite agree that it's complete enough as it stands, but its incompleteness does have the advantage of stimulating one's imagination, of being like a temptation that is never satisfied but is ever alluring. At least that's why I can rereread it.

The tone of the book is of a hybrid between spiritualist/occult tract and adventure tale
Prende le mosse ideali dalla disciplina (si può ancora usare questa parola?) dell'alpinismo, per avventurarsi in una fantasia esoterica in senso lato. Ha il pregio di una pulizia di altri tempi (fu scritto negli anni '40) e il difetto di essere incompleto (l'autore morì di un'affezione polmonare prima di completare il testo). Il mio non è un giudizio di merito, ma di gusto. Nel rispetto dello scrittore-poeta e filosofo francese, il suo libro non ha incontrato la mia sensibilità. Per altre vie, e ...more
May 14, 2010 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"I am dead because I lack desire,
I lack desire because I think I possess.
I think I possess because I do not try to give.
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing:
Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become;
In desiring to become, you begin to live."
El alquimista del tedio .
La singularidad de la novela es que se publicó inacabada allá por 1944. Parece ser que lo que pudo sacar adelante antes de morir René Daumel (1908-1944) es la mitad de la novela, que fue lo que se publicaría. El resto del libro son esquemas de trabajo, capítulos sueltos, recomendaciones para alpinistas principiantes, y un microensayo titulado Unos cuantos poetas del siglo XXV, donde se mofa de distintas corrientes poéticas, como el lirismo matemático, por ejemplo.

Tenemos pues un final abierto, u
Allen Riley
Daumal's mountain holds none of the mystery, dread, or sense of expanded consciousness of Stapeldon's Star Maker, Melville's Moby Dick, Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym or Lovecrafts At the Mountains of Madness. It's not handled with the same level of seriousness. The book has a farcical tone - and I use that word because the sense of humor seems silly and quaint to me.

The best point of comparison is with Pym because both books are silly and pointless romps through the ocean that end in vagu
"The fire that kindles desire and illuminates thought never burned for more than a few seconds at a time; in between, we tried to keep it in mind."

Daumal's unfinished novel is an allegory in homage to illumination and profound thought. It is a book about seeking and responsible open-mindedness. The vehicle for Daumal's consideration of intellectual liveliness (the actual plot of the story) can seem frivolous and distracting or a bit thinly veiled; but there is humor in it and a quick pace.

The "T
Dec 29, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy, fiction
This way-too-short and fatally incomplete last work of René Daumal is a weird amalgam of Swift, Verne, Melville, Pynchon and Nietzsche. I felt as if drugged while reading it, and experienced a severely dislocating sense of déjà vu as these other authors' works rose up and entered my mind.

Certainly it was nice to find an extremely rare mention in fiction (Pynchon uses it, too) of Einstein's theory of General Relativity: specifically the curvature of light by an enormous mass, the hallucinatory Mt
Jan 30, 2012 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This made me shriek and curl up into a ball with sheer joy.
"Julie Bonasse, between twenty-five and thirty, a Belgian actress. She was having just then a considerable success on the stage in Paris, Brussels, and Geneva. She was the confidante of a swarm of odd young people whom she guided into paths of sublime high-mindedness. She said, 'I adore Ibsen' and 'I adore chocolate eclairs,' in the same tone of mouth-watering conviction. She believed in the existence of the 'fairy of the glaciers,' and
Apr 24, 2015 M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is fantastic, even being incomplete. Daumal's at his best when he's wandering, and this book is a quintessential wander as a whole. This is also, I think, completely different from Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain despite being the inspiration. I'm tempted to say it's better, but I really, really like the second fourth of Holy Mountain (though I mostly hate the rest of it). I have a net art project planned directly inspired by this. I am definately interesting in reading more Daumal.
Nov 16, 2007 Ero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all vampires
one of my favoritest of all.

i've been rereading it and will continue to, for most of my life.

an interesting movie to watch after having read this:
The Holy Mountain, by Jodorowsky. pretty much the same plot, only with the addition of torture, giant tarot cards, jesus-face-flesh-eating, decapitated animals, and bathing hippos.
Jul 06, 2014 Bryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't get it.
Jul 24, 2014 Suketus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe
Varsin veikeä seikkailukertomus, jossa etsitään salaperäistä Mont Analogueta, vuorta, jota kaikki eivät voi löytää. Tarina on syvä ja kiehtova, harmillista, ettei kirjailija ehtinyt kirjoittaa sitä loppuun ennen kuolemaansa. Toisaalta nyt jää lukijan oman mielikuvituksen varaan miettiä, kuinka kaikki päättyy ja mitä Mont Analogue lopulta merkitsee.
Nov 30, 2015 Persimmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book -- witty, lighthearted yet deep, including the clever farcical self-satire "The Lay of the Unlucky Mountaineers" and the wonderful allegorical story "The History of the Hollow-Men and the Bitter-Rose." The short parody of Hegel, of philosophical language as written in "dialectical triads," is also fantastic and right-on... attempting to read it really is “a dangerous exercise in itself,” as the narrator puts it. (Caveat: do not take this as a warning not to read Hegel, who a ...more
May 01, 2016 Monika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Въпросът бе да се измери силата на мисълта като абсолютна стойност.
– Тази сила – казваше Согол – се изразява чрез аритметическа величина. (...) всяка мисъл е капацитет да се схващат (...) части на някакво абсолютно цяло. Чрез наблюдения (...) установих колко числа е способен даден човек да мисли, (...) без да ги разлага или изобразява; колко поредни следствия на някой принцип е в състояние да възприеме едновременно и мигновено; (...) и никога не получих число по-голямо от 4. При това числото 4
Racconto fantastico ed un po' folle di uno straordinario viaggio "non euclideo" di un gruppo di pittoreschi alpinisti alla ricerca del Monte Analogo, il monte più alto di tutti gli altri, il collegamento tra Terra e Cielo e percorso ideale per il raggiungimento la perfezione. La prima parte del racconto è molto divertente, con la preparazione del viaggio e l'esposizione delle presunte prove scientifiche sull'esistenza del Monte Analogo, sullla sua posizione e sulla spiegazione del perché mai nes ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Razi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a dream and it is so real that the hallucination can not be told from reality. This is some sort of surrealism which is so grounded in reality that it makes the bizzare look real, the opposite of surrealism, simple and true yet it deals with transcendental and mystical realities.

The allegory is clear to see: man's search for meaning that can not not exist, meaning that is out there for those who look for it. The abrupt mid-sentence ending could be seen as a part of the narrative because
Nick Fagerlund
Oct 22, 2014 Nick Fagerlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"It isn't easy to explain-- there's a book called Mount Analogue by René Daumal that tells all about it. Just take my word for it."

I always did just take the Chicken Man's word for it, but it looks like I didn't have to, because Mount Analogue turns out to be completely real. (Shout out to rushthatspeaks for the tip.)

The book is unfinished, which is frustrating and which also makes it somehow eternal.

There's a fragment from the endmatter that gets stuck in my head from time to time. "There at th

Janne Paananen
Keskeneräisyydessä on myös oma viehätyksensä. Nuorena kuolleen Daumalin analogia omasta elämästä ja jonkin suuremman etsimisestä nimittäin jäi täysin kesken. Suunnitellusta seitsemästä luvusta hän ehti saada valmiiksi vajaat viisi. Lopputapahtumista saamme hieman osviittaa hänen keskeneräisistä luonnoksistaan.

Matkakertomuksen muotoon kirjoitettu etsintä tuo jostain syystä mieleeni hieman Umberto Econ sekavimmillaan (?!?) vaikka onkin huomattavan yksinkertaista Ecoon verattuna. En isommin lämmenn
Jul 29, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 for concept, 3 for execution, talked about it more here:
Gary D.
Aug 31, 2011 Gary D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uncompleted, it was a very promising start.
Silvia Pato
Jun 22, 2016 Silvia Pato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, review
Resulta tan sugerente la obra de René Daumal como las circunstancias que envuelven su creación. Daumal, enamorado confeso de las montañas, comienza a escribir «El Monte Análogo» durante el verano de 1939 en los Alpes, durante los últimos años de su vida, enfermo de tuberculosis y obsesionado por la idea de morir antes de acabar la historia. De hecho, El Monte Análogo fue publicado póstumamente reuniendo aquellos capítulos aparecidos en las revistas y descubriendo su final gracias a las últimas n ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Thefeintinggoat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Matt Mccoy
Jan 23, 2015 Matt Mccoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I am dead because I have no desire,
I have no desire because I think I possess,
I think I possess because I do not try to give;
Trying to give, we see that we have nothing,
Seeing that we have nothing, we try to give ourselves,
Trying to give ourselves, we see that we are nothing,
Seeing that we are nothing, we desire to become,
Desiring to become, we live.”

- René Daumal, Mount Analogue

Mount Analogue and the life of twentieth century French surrealist, Rene Daumal (1908-1944), can not be considered in
M. Cornelis van der Weele IV
I had never heard of René Daumal before this. This book, essentially, was an accident for me. I stumbled across it on Wikipedia late one night in relation to Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain and, finding the brief synopsis interesting, made it my goal to give the book a shot. Such random occurrences, in my experience, have always proven quite fruitful.

The trick, of course, is that Daumal died before the book was finished, rendering the work somewhat incomplete and almost impervious to review. One
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René Daumal was a French spiritual surrealist writer and poet. He was born in Boulzicourt, Ardennes, France.

In his late teens his avant-garde poetry was published in France's leading journals, and in his early twenties, although courted by André Breton co-founded, as a counter to Surrealism and Dada, a literary journal, "Le Grand Jeu" with three friends, collectively known as the Simplists, includ
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