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The Book of Lies

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The Book of Lies (full title: Which is also Falsely Called BREAKS. The Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo, which Thought is itself Untrue. Liber CCCXXXIII [Book 333]) was written by English occultist Aleister Crowley (using the pen name of Frater Perdurabo) and first published in 1912 or 1913.

The book consists of 93 chapters, each of which
Paperback, 196 pages
Published 2010 by Weiser Books (first published 1913)
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Andy Crowley due to the language he uses is notoriously difficult to understand. His called his path The Great Work, which is a lifetimes commitment. There…moreCrowley due to the language he uses is notoriously difficult to understand. His called his path The Great Work, which is a lifetimes commitment. There is a book called The Three Dangerous Magi by P.T. Mistlberger that explains his position well. As for Crowley his most mature and lucid work is called Magic Without Tears. He is best understood by reading the great texts that he read. Esoteric reading becomes easier the more you do it, the rewards are terrific,so good luck on your journey. (less)
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Oct 06, 2007 Kkee added it
Possibly drug-induced pablum. Good in fragments, preferably aloud on the subway.
Dec 18, 2015 Mahdi rated it did not like it
“با "ایمان" هم بستر شدم، و صبحگاه، با جیفه ای در آغوش از خواب برخاستم. اما تمام شب را با "تردید" نوشیدم و رقصیدم، و صبحدم او را همچنان باکره یافتم.”

کتاب بی ربط دیگه ای از آلیستر کراولی.
فکر کنم اشعارش قراره اوراد یا ادعیه ی جادوگری باشن.
توی فیلم شرلوک هولمز (محصول 2009) اشاره ای به این کتاب شده بود. این هم تصویرش از فیلم مزبور:

البته کتابی که من خوندم هیچ نقاشی و تصویری نداشت. شاید اگه نقاشی داشت بیشتر هیجان انگیز میشد.
Dec 06, 2007 Fredstrong rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the Hermetic Student
The Book of Lies is the book that keeps giving. It is the musings of a Master Western Occultist. At times deeply veiled in Qabalistic allegory, other times intuitively accessible to the layman. Crowley rattles off metaphysical riddles like Lao Tzu on absinthe. It's a good book for the beginner, because some of it will be accessible to everyone, but the more one learns of Qabalah, Gematria, Tarot, Astrology, and so on, the more they go back to TBOL, to be met with a forehead slapping AHA! It grow ...more
Julie Rylie
Jan 30, 2013 Julie Rylie rated it did not like it
The Book of Lies should be called The Book of Crap. It's so full of shit. I hated this crap! This is really crap, seriously. I regret the 8 I paid for this! I had so many better things to do with that money.

I was amazed by a sentence of this book (this one: "I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.") and I loved it so much I decided I had to have the book. It was supposed to be a book with aphor
Matt Evans
Aug 27, 2015 Matt Evans rated it liked it

Fascinating, often humorous, and mostly perplexing. Crowley was a modern-day mystic/pagan/occultist/Freemason, but mostly he seems to have enjoyed crafting paradoxes for the credulous.

The book consists of 91 paradoxes or little sayings. The spirt (but not letter) of which is meant to be koan-like. Kind of. Each of the 91 paradoxes has a commentary written by Crowley (who also calls himself Frater Perdurabo, Latin for Father Endurance).

Here's an example that will suffice for all:

LIE #16: T
Chad Oldham
Dec 06, 2009 Chad Oldham rated it really liked it
The book of lies! Or so-called. The first time i looked into this book about 7 years ago....everything in it was completely opaque. It read like nonsense. Now...these riddles, puns, and metaphors have started opening up for me.
Aug 08, 2008 Jinsen rated it really liked it
one of the strangest, oddly cryptic, mystical, poetic and other worldly pieces of literature i've ever read in my life. everything is written as a poem and has so many strange and beautiful dimensions to it. its simultaneously evil and saintly and touches upon multitudes occult topics and historical lore... the beauty of the whole book is that it could be read by anyone and paint a different picture to whomever it was that reads it... for those not well versed in occult lore it would just come a ...more
Michael Murdoch
Feb 09, 2014 Michael Murdoch rated it liked it
I'm not smart enough.
Daniel Wesolowski
Aug 21, 2012 Daniel Wesolowski rated it it was amazing
Everytime I read this, I am amazed on the beauty of this words.


Love, I love you! Night, night, cover us! Thou art
night, O my love; and there are no stars but thine
Dark night, sweet night, so warm and yet so fresh,
so scented yet so holy, cover me, cover me!
Let me be no more! Let me be Thine; let me be
Thou; let me be neither Thou nor I; let there be
love in night and night in love.
N.O.X. the night of Pan; and Laylah, the night
before His threshold!
Dan Welch
Jan 25, 2011 Dan Welch rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favourite Crowley book so far. This book seems to possess an underlying stillness that transcends rational analysis. In fact Crowley makes numerous references to the paradox of parading the ineffable as literature.

An understanding of Zen\Sufism\Qabalah or Thelema is likely to add depth to the interpretation. Personally I've used passages from this book as koans with interesting results.

Probably not a good starter for someone new to Crowley, but nonetheless a remarkable collection
Oct 03, 2013 Lynn marked it as to-read
I am just curious about this....
Just to set things straight-I'm an open-minded Christian and knowing his "legacy," I can't help but be curious about this dark person deemed as "evil."
I'll get around to reading this someday...but for now, I'm focusing on World Religions- Zoroastrianism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and later Buddhism, Hinduism.....etc...

I am no longer "Christian," actually. I now consider myself more of a secular humanist.
K.D. Rose
Aug 30, 2012 K.D. Rose rated it it was amazing
Don't let the author's name scare you off. This is one of the most enlightened books around, but only for those who already have a very well versed foundation. If you can't stand Koans and don't like puzzles, this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you want some real esoteric knowledge and are willing to do the work to figure it out, its a great read.
Chris Feldman
Aug 01, 2009 Chris Feldman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-plus
What happens when you blend Zen and Thelema?

All of the above.
None of the above.
Dec 17, 2012 Matthewaqq rated it it was amazing
A red rose absorbs all colours but red; red is therefore the one colour that it is not.

But mind, never at ease, creaketh “I”.
This I persisteth not, posteth not through generations,
Changeth momentarily, finally is dead.

Death implies change and individuality… The birth of individuality is ecstasy; so also is its death.

Doubt thyself.
Doubt even if thou doubtest thyself.
Doubt all.
Doubt even if thou doubtest all.

The Word was uttered: the One exploded into one thousand million worlds.
Daniel Correa Palacios
Do what thou wilt.
Abe Fabella
May 05, 2012 Abe Fabella rated it really liked it
Shelves: occult
At times bewildering, other times downright offensive, and always utterly shocking in its ability to induce razor-sharp satori, this colorful collection of epigrams is a fascinating read for those who have some initiation into occult knowledge. The best part about this edition are the commentaries included at the end of each chapter. More often than not, they elucidate the matter... not obfuscate.
Andrew Ceyton
Aug 15, 2011 Andrew Ceyton rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Meant to be taken in small doses, it's the best and worst of Uncle Al, with jokes, puns and outright snarkiness on so many levels. Many of it is inside jokes, so if you don't have a background in Western Hermetic Qabalah and/or general Crowley, it wont be as much fun. I'd always recommend his Autohagiography first
Mark Richfield
Aug 23, 2013 Mark Richfield rated it really liked it
Read this little bullet years ago and I'm still unraveling it. I see from the other comments here that Crowley still infuriates many people. I would say that unless you are inclined to the mystical and have perhaps had an experience of your own, best you stay away from this one... you'll just hurt your brain.
Apr 01, 2008 Sidra rated it liked it
You can't really "like" or "dislike" this book; you can only wonder at what it's driving. To figure out its riddle is to know the ultimate secret of Freemasonry. Very interesting.
Jul 07, 2011 Aydin rated it really liked it
In short, in tandem with some peripheral research in Tarot, Leary, Jodorowksy and the occult, has inspired quite a few fun, mischievous and profound projects. ;)
Crowleyn yksi tunnetuimmista teoksista tarjoaa jonkinlaisen kiteytyksen Crowleyn filosofiasta, mutta toimii myös viihdyttävänä piiloviestien kokoelmana. Teosta voi vuoron perään tarkastella joko esoteriaan kätkettynä seksipäiväkirjana, filosofian opuksena tai erilaisten maagisten rituaalien raottajana (tietenkään poislukematta, että edellämainitut teemat voivat myttääntyä yhdeksi!). Eittämättä teoksesta saa varmasti enemmän irti, mitä enemmän Crowleyltä on lukenut, ja koska omalla kohdallani Cro ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Combines the systems of Tarot, Numerology, Quabalah, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, acrostics, puns in a series of short, joking commentaries.
Dec 11, 2014 Randall rated it really liked it
It's actually not easy to review this one... it's a book of philosophy more than anything. Its contents were written by a very egotistical media whore... and strangely enough, I say that with the utmost respect. While many negative adjectives would apply to Crowley (and he may have even proudly used them in description of himself), he was brilliant, and has much wisdom to offer.

Many of the entries in this book seem to be nonsensical (and likely are precisely that), some of them are brilliant, an
Jack Lhasa
Mar 03, 2012 Jack Lhasa rated it it was amazing
My personal favorite of Crowley's works. I've re-read this more times than I can count.
Dec 29, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it
Cryptic and awesome. Wish i understood half of it.
Dec 01, 2008 kate rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Alternates: beautiful, mind blowing, frustrating
May 10, 2014 Mae rated it did not like it
I am sure that this piece of literature is great for some; actually my husband enjoyed it and thought it to be a great read for me. I on the other hand; despite my passion for a poetically written books, could not get through more than a few pages without giving up on it. Maybe it is because I don't understand his rants (as I feel that is what they are) or I just don't like what he has to say. I do plan to keep trying to read this because I can not just sit down a book and not finish it but it's ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Derek rated it did not like it
What did I just read? So it's a little unfair the one star I give this book, to be honest it felt like a fun house I was walking through blindfolded. You lose all the fun of seeing how distorted everything looks if you can't see anything. And for that I needed a deep rooted knowledge into the occult. Mine was not enough I discovered. I've read Crowley before. This is different. A little side story, part of the mythos of this is after it was published Crowley tells us that then the secret order o ...more
Dante Inferno
Feb 20, 2014 Dante Inferno rated it really liked it
It is exactly what it says it is on the cover. The commentaries for each little verse are hilarious misdirection. Funny, poignant and sometimes even a bit bawdy (ex. number 69 is about exactly what it's numeric designation would suggest, but it's presented as if it were an occult mystery of the utmost seriousness). Crowley is usually smarter than his audience and this book is a fine example of his wit and chicanery.
Nov 11, 2015 Hope added it
So I didn't actually finish this which is why I'm not giving it a rating. I guess I had the wrong impression of what this book would be about. With that said, I think in order to appreciate this book in any way I would need to have more knowledge about all of Crowley's writings and the writings he is referencing.
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Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, was a British occultist, writer, mountaineer, philosopher, poet, and mystic. He was an influential member in several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the AA, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and is best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law , the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained much notoriet ...more
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