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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  836 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 inexorably toward heaven. 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 conqu ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 30th 1974 by Penguin Books (first published 1952)
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Jimmy
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
Oscar
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
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
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Sienna
Sep 09, 2012 Sienna rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Nate D
Jul 18, 2011 Nate D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
S©aP
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
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 spend hours on the internet se ...more
Catherine
"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."
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
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Nathaniel
"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
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K.
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
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Ero
Nov 16, 2007 Ero rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Suketus
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.
M.
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.
Cloudbuster
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
Razi
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
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Nick Fagerlund

"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

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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
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Derek
5 for concept, 3 for execution, talked about it more here: http://5cense.com/14/372.htm
Gary D.
Uncompleted, it was a very promising start.
Matt Mccoy
“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
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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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amine
"Les personnages et les circonstances du Mont Analogue sont symboliques : telle est la littérature quand elle se veut utile à l'homme."

Premièrement, regarder The Holy Mountain d'Alejandro Jodorowsky. Deuxièmement, chercher les sources qui ont inspiré ce film. Troisièmement, trouver que c'est un maître Zen japonais, du LSD donné au acteurs pendant le tournage, et Le Mont Analogue de René Daumal. Donc voila.

J'ai emmené ce livre avec moi au cours de l'ascension d'une petite montagne pour garantir l
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Franklin
Something always draws me back to reading this unfinished book. There's some sort of draw in reading it even though each time I get to the end I'm surprised and somewhat disappointed.

Here are a few bullet points about what draws me back:

The words and sentences Daumal uses are absolutely gripping. He has a way of putting very complex thoughts into easily readable prose. I remember being blown away when I first started listening to Bob Dylan, but Daumal does it better.

The idea of the novel is th
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Terresa
The unfinished ending (mid-sentence!) felt jarring. I wanted to finish the climb but it's the unfinished journey that parallels this book, imprints the mind, leaves us unsung and wanting.

Do we deserve tidy endings? And as Daumal would likely ask, who are we anyhow? (Not our names or occupations, mind you, but more.)

A bow to Daumal, this book is lasting.

Some quotes:

“In the troubled depths of my memory of myself, a little child is awakening and makes the old man’s mask sob.”


“When your feet will
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Brendan
I've been reading René Daumal's Mount Analogue. It's trippy, distinctly French, and highly entertaining. It's every bit as goofy as the title suggests, but it carries a poignant (and misguided) message underneath.

Mount Analogue is (appropriately) an unfinished work. It describes a fantastic expedition to the title mountain, a symbolic link between the human and the divine. In order for it to epitomize this link, the base of the mountain must be accessible to all humanity, but its heights unatt
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Faedyl
Review desde Bookcrossing:

EL HORROR! (LOL)

Este libro pertenece a un género de literatura que ya nos es un poco ajena a nuestra experiencia, por tanto, si lo vas a leer con ánimos de diversión te encontrás en problemas. No sólo aburre sino que carece de sentido, intenta llevarte por un viaje espiritual y no lo consigue... o sea sólo leer por curiosidad o investigación. Espero que te guste esta imagen de EL HORROR :P
William
Uhhh.... coooool! I don't understand the ending, then again, I didn't understand much at all. It's like the New York Trilogy meets Jules Verne. Weird stuff. Definitely something I'll have to read and pay closer attention to next time. What a magical journey!
Betty
This is one of my favorite books. If you, like me, are interested in reading an obscure unfinished novel, originally written in French, subtitled "A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing", then this is definitely the book for you.
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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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“Now, in my readings and in my travels I have heard, like you, about men of a superior type, possessing the keys to all our mysteries. Somehow I could not regard this as a simple allegory, this idea of an invisible humanity within visible humanity. Experience has proven, I told myself, that a man can reach truth neither directly nor alone; an intermediary must exist—still human in certain respects yet surpassing humanity in others. Somewhere on our Earth this superior humanity must exist, and it cannot be absolutely inaccessible. And so shouldn’t all my efforts be devoted to discovering it? Even if, in spite of my certainty, I were the victim of a monstrous illusion, I would have nothing to lose in making the effort, for in any case, without this hope, all life is meaningless. “But where to look? Where to begin? I had already traveled the world, stuck my nose everywhere, into all sorts of religious sects and mystical cults, but to each one it was always: maybe yes, maybe no. Why should I stake my life on this one rather than that one? You see, I had no touchstone.” 2 likes
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