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À procura de Kadath

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Na ficção de Lovecraft apenas coisas inverossímeis acontecem, sem nenhuma referência à trivialidade da vida cotidiana. Nada é por acaso, e tudo o que consta de suas páginas evoca um sentido ominoso — trata-se do Mal, do Pior e do Terrível. Neste conjunto de contos que exploram um tema único, a busca da lendária cidade de Kadath, Randolph Carter, criação memorável do autor ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 2001 by Iluminuras (first published 1943)
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⊱ Irena ⊰

The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath is a wonderfully creepy horror story of one man's quest to find and reach a forbidden place with an unexpected and great ending. The lack of dialogue shouldn't be a surprise to any Lovecraft lover, but the imaginative way this story is told and filled with unearthly creatures while the protagonist is searching for a way to get to his destination should be enough to overlook that.

The main character is Randolph Carter who meets many strange and terrifying being
H. P. Lovecraft’s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is one of his fantasy, rather than horror, stories. Lovecraft was very much influenced by the great British fantasist Lord Dunsany. It’s exactly what the title says it is – it’s a dream quest, wherein the great dreamer Randolph Carter dreams a dream to find the fabulous sunset city which he has so far never quite been able to reach in his dreams, because the gods (possibly the gods of Earth, or the more mysterious outer gods) have prevented him ...more
Dan Henk
I think Lovecraft often gets a bad rap. People read that he influenced the modern greats, everyone form authors like Stephen King and Clive Barker, to movie makers like John Carpenter and Wes Craven, and then dive into his books expecting the same fare. He wrote for a different era. His mind-bending, first person surrealistic approach to a creeping, nameless horror stunned and fascinated huge segments of early century America. The America that read, that is, which wasn't nearly what it is today. ...more
the most boring lovecraft i have ever read. a lot of mythology here but not really much story. more of a travelogue -- it's back on the shelf. not sure when i will finish it.


i did go back and finish it but i must say it was excruciating. again, this is the disappointment i felt when i began to read lord dunsany who had been cited as influential by so many, and found that there really wasn't much of a story but rather a beautiful picture of strange places and people. so sadly, i will not
Nate D
Back in college, I worked for a few semesters shelving books in the sub-basements of the library, which for some reason set it's 3 floor at ground level. Two floors below that was a largely-ignored fiction section, dimly lit by flickering lights that turned off automatically when no one was around. The farther corners never really got direct light, giving the whole space a perfect kind of eerie-cozy twilight feel, and in retrospect, it was a pretty amazing place to work. Not least because I usua ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love words and lush prose
Shelves: ebook
Synopsis: Three times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous city, and three times was he snatched away while still he paused on the high terrace above it. All golden and lovely it blazed in the sunset, with walls, temples, colonnades and arched bridges of veined marble, silver-basined fountains of prismatic spray in broad squares and perfumed gardens, and wide streets marching between delicate trees and blossom-laden urns and ivory statues in gleaming rows; while on steep northward slopes cli ...more
Dana Campbell
Reading this was like slogging through quicksand. I wanted to enjoy it, I really did, but I just couldn't. I read at least 50 pages a day. This 101 page book took me the entire month to read. It's like Lovecraft sat down and said how many elaborate adjectives can I fit into each sentence. I have an expansive vocabulary so I only had to lookup a word every few pages but I can imagine most people would need a dictionary every few sentences. Also nothing happens. The book over there the most terrif ...more
This book was my introduction to the worlds of HP Lovecraft. I found it in the library, was enthralled for some reason by the title, and took it home to read it. Unfortunately, I took it back when I was done. It took me another eight years to find the Ballantine paperback, when a whole series of HPL was published. Because I remembered this book so fondly, I bought the whole series sight unseen, and have never had a second thought about that decision. tDQoUK is extremely accessible to readers of ...more
When I was a kid I always found myself drawn to exploring the many drawers and cabinets that seemed to multiply through the floors of our home, in particular I was always attracted to one low drawer filled with paperback novels , many of them pulp romances and mysteries but including a boxed set of the tales of H. P. Lovecraft, the master of the so-called "cosmic horror" genre. While considered by many to be racist, pulp trash, so that some libraries are only now including him in their collectio ...more
Better on audiobook. Not an entry level volume. Dream-quest is a strange first choice since it was a Lovecraft first draft. This advanced mythos touches on several stories not present here. This volume would be better if it contained the, Cats of Ulthar and other tales. No doubt this has to do with some publishing brouhaha. A better collection can be had for free online. Beware, Dream-quest has subject matter repugnant to many.

The Silver Key and Through the Gates of the Silver Key, are my two fa
Лавкрафтов квест вступил в сговор с моим внутренним Февралем и глумливо похихикал над потугами осилить эту фантасмагорию на языке оригинала. Я вроде говорила, что «Квантовый вор» взрывает восприятие, выносит сознание за рамки воображения? Ну так вот: «Кадат», последовавший почти сразу после крышесносного «Вора», даст тому значительную фору. Хотя, конечно, он не раскидывает конфетти недосказанностей, а аккуратно берет за руку и погружает в омут сумрачной страны снов. Всего лишь невинное предложен ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovecraft fans, fantasy fans, horror fans
Recommended to Michael by: blame Gary Gygax
This was the first collection of dream-cycle stories collected by Lyn Carter before he prepared “The Doom That Came to Sarnath” from various leftovers. Accordingly, it is a better-conceived collection, and the stories work together to demonstrate Lovecraft’s work at world-building and character development. Three of the stories star Randolph Carter, who was the most frequently recurring narrator in Lovecraft’s stories, and together they tell the story of his life in this world, the dream world, ...more
Alan Smith
H P Lovecraft is best known as a writer of highly original, wordy and grotesque horror tales, based on the premise that a displaced pantheon of evil tentacled gods lurk just outside our own ordered, settled world, and are only a hairsbreadth away from breaking back in and tearing the universe apart. But many may not be aware that there is a gentler side to the Providence Dreamer.

Now, speaking of this particular author's "gentle side" might seem as weird as anything he ever wrote, but in the earl
~The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is like "reading a painting", so vivid, yet so unreal.~

There is something odd about this book, making it almost impossible to categorize it as "good" or "bad", since it defies so much the common way fantasy literature is perceived. It is of short volume, but of perfect size for the story it is to portray.

The main character is on a quest which purpose is difficult to fully understand, of background that is not fully apparent and of determination which drive is
The main story has a surprisingly rousing fantasy plot - not actually horror like you'd usually expect from Lovecraft. Another story in the collection Beyond the Gates of the Silver Key features the most imagination I've ever seen from Lovecraft. Definitely a must read collection for any Lovecraft fan.
There's two kinds of Lovecraft. One is surely Lovecraft bitterly selling out, mixing his beautiful description with an actual plot that moves at a readable rate and contains real elements of horror (see Herbert West, Reanimator). The other is Lovecraft defying even the fairly relaxed demands of literary pacing in the early 1900's and writing a story completely perpendicular to our narrative expectations, eschewing dialogue, glossing over events, penning pages of description for things mostly irr ...more
Casey Hampton
We all love the quest story. Without some sort of a quest, the story falls into introspective navel gazing, and becomes as interesting as reading about someone's cup of tea growing cold near a rain-soaked window overlooking a drab landscape of bent grass fading in the waning light of gloaming. Quests are good, in literature, games, and life. H.P. Lovecraft gives us a quest, and I liked it, for the most part. Those of you familiar with Lovecraft will undoubtedly nod your chin when I suggest that ...more
José Monico
I read this novella as a stand-alone in an anthology; so there were no breaks in the story like what you might expect in a book solely dedicated to it, or in a grouping. Dream-Quest is a lengthy - perhaps the longest - Lovecraft short. It is a continuation to "The Silver Key". Here, our favorite dreamer Randolph Carter, continues his fantastical journey through Dreamland; a perilous mission to plead with the Gods to allow him entrance into his great lost childhood city, Sunset City.

The body of w
First, this one is just for the hardcore Lovecraft fan. One thing that one must keep in mind is that this is basically a first draft, Lovecraft wrote it, decided that it was bad and put it in a drawer, it was published just after his death.

Here Lovecraft delves deep in his Dream World and in all craziness of dreams in general (or at least his dreams, which were certainly way crazier than mine), I guess one could say that this story is a weird mixture of Alice, Oz and Lovecratian horror (although
Samuel Valentino
More of a mood than a story for a great deal of it, which I came to enjoy. It was nice to read small parts of it, like a poem, instead of treating it as a narrative. Then, in the second half, it picked up (surprisingly, but not unhappily) and I couldn't read it fast enough. Creative in a fun way, without a reliance on knowing everything the author is talking about. Names and places could come and go in the narrative, geography could shift, and it can just wash pleasantly over the reader. I can s ...more
How have I never read this before? Seriously?!

I may be in the minority here, but this is by far my favorite Lovecraft work. His usually overinflated prose really, really works in this setting. The story in general maintains an otherworldly feel throughout, and there are so many cool elements and ideas mentioned that’s it’s impossible to keep track.

Also, check this out...

This map of the Dreamlands makes a great supplement to the reading.
Sarah Eagle
This was about 50 pages too long (and it's 80 pages total). This crossed the threshold from "high fantasy, let's name some new things" into "give EVERYTHING names and reference them ALL THE TIME". There's an xkcd comic about that. (
I enjoyed the first thirty pages that I got through, but then I got bored. Lovecraft came before Tolkien, but he tries the same encyclopaedic style where he has to, in great detail, describe EVERY SINGLE THING about EVERY SINGL
I can't believe some people think that something like Kadath could be better than Dunsany's fantasy works.

Let's face it : those dream stories are mostly bad imitations of Dunsany. If you don't see the difference, then, read more. Not only Lovecraft is just "writing", but he's often writing badly. When Dunsany is a master of great prose, music, amazing metaphors, Lovecraft has none of it. He only has those adjectives he dearly loves, sadly the stuff he's writing here, unlike cosmic horror, can't
This review is also posted on my book review blog at

I must confess that this novella was the first story from the Dream Cycle of Lovecraft. As such I was not aware of the spectacular worlds that he conjured outside of the famous and loved by many Cthulhu tales. This rather long piece of fiction (I am used to reading his short stories) is an example of a brilliant mind!

I am fascinated by the otherworldy descriptions and marvellous landscapes that are spawned in his imagination.
Kadath is where Lovecraft goes all Tolkien.

No, wait, come back!

I know it sounds unlikely. But think about it : the two man had more similarities then you could see at first glance. Most importantly, they were both time-travellers : men from another time who were dommed to forever lament some real or unreal lost age of greatness, light and wonder. We all know what Tolkien created to express that. He was a man from another time, obsessed with England's history and ancient cultures. He hated many o
Mark R.

I like the Del Rey Lovecraft collections for a couple of reasons, mainly the beautifully hideous cover art by Michael Whelan that accompanies each paperback book. As a child, these covers intrigued me. I didn't start reading Lovecraft till I was a bit older--probably for the best, as I'm sure a lot of the prose would have gone right over my twelve-year-old head--and these were the books I sought out.

This particular collection contains six Lovecraft stories from his "Dream Cycle," including
I must admit, at first I thought that this was going to be yet another pointless and imballanced pure fiction story, where the author rolls out his private trips and fantasies which could be interesting and mean a lot to him subjectively, but are mostly boring and lacking any real interaction for the readers. It truly started off like that, with Randolph Carter traveling around the Dreamland, through forests, cities and high seas, meeting a lot of strange creatures in the process, escaping numer ...more
Despite the author's reputation, this is not horror. It is exotic, Orientalist phantasy, with some of the most extraordinary weird imagery in imaginative fiction. Although written while under the influence of Lord Dunsany and William Beckford's Vathek, Lovecraft synthesized his own mythos into their styling, creating a hallucinatory literary quest of unparalleled originality.
Lectura complicada, porque es un sueño narrado en primera persona en donde se narra el viaje de Randolph Carter hacia Kadath.
Recomenado para los que les gusten los libros descriptivos, porque de eso se trata, el punto fuerte esta en las cosas que le suceden durante el viaje y como lo detalla.
Ebster Davis
Jul 29, 2015 Ebster Davis marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
The dream quest is only one story in this edition, unfortunately I can't find the stand-alone version on goodreads :(

I'm so glad I read Pickman's Model and that other dream one with Randolph Carter in it, because without those this book makes absolutely no sense. It combines the worst elements of the sci-fi/fantasy genre and uses a lot of gobbly-gook terms as pronouns.

The description at the beginning said, "if you don't like lovecraft, you mighy still like this." I can totally see what they mea
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