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Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  303 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Zanoni, first published in 1842, was inspired by a dream. Sir Edward, a Rosicrucian, wrote this engaging, well-researched, novel about the eternal conflict between head and heart, between wisdom and love, played out by the Rosicrucians before the dramatic background of the French Revolution. He described his book Zanoni as a truth for those who can comprehend it, and an e ...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Steiner Books
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Mar 18, 2013 Dfordoom rated it really liked it
The English novelist Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-1873), is today best-known for inspiring The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a competition for the worst opening lines for the worst possible novels. This is a result of Bulwer-Lytton having opened one of his novels with, “It was a dark and stormy night.” This has gained him a reputation as a bad writer, a reputation that is most unjust. Bulwer-Lytton was in fact a fine and imaginative writer and one of the most ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Es relatado la vida de una chica que proviene de un padre dedicado a la música y frustrado por no conseguir lo que quiere. Ella nace con un don especial para el espectáculo.

Tras esta premisa el texto gira en torno a la muchacha, con un circulo amoroso entre varios humanos, y un misterioso ser, que aparece en los sitios más recónditos, y siempre diciendo algo de relevancia. Encima no envejece.

No pienses que es interesante la historia, pues el autor se centra en su crítica social, y expone sus co
Stephanie Ricker
Apr 16, 2010 Stephanie Ricker rated it liked it
I feel like I should be wearing a ruffly blouse and sipping hot chocolate while I'm curled up in a twilit drawing room while I'm reading it. Why this is, I'm not entirely sure, but it has something to do with the incredibly flowery prose, doubtless.
Published in 1842 and set during the French Terror [1789] this is NOT a Tale of Two Cities. What Bulwer-Lytton has produced is a turgid gothic romance popular during the period. Lots and Lots of exposition and little by way of dialogue, so it will not be the sort of book that modern genre readers will, most likely, enjoy.

I'm not going to outline the plot here, visit its Wikipedia page if you wish to see this, but what I will do is tell you the basic plot is that of a romantic tragedy...prospect
Dec 11, 2008 Andras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 08, 2012 Piggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful. The writing is elegant. The characters are believable and moving. There are few books that have moved me to tears and this book is now among those few. The book is layered wondrously. If desired, it can be read solely for the surface story of those who would seek truth and love. However, for those that enjoy digging deeper, there is more to behold. There is an immense amount of social and moral commentary. This is a book that approaches the divine without the fetters of ...more
Feb 20, 2010 Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinary book by a rather well informed writer on matters of spiritual and occult (they are not the same) interest. This book has a powerful description of the experience of meeting "the guardian on the threshold". It is worth it for that alone.
Edmond Dantes
Oct 21, 2016 Edmond Dantes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the end, my dear, this is the end.......
Alla fine del '700 e durante il deprecato terrore rivoluzionario si consuma la fine dell'ordine dei Rosacroce, i cui due ultimi sopravvissuti sono costretti le tensioni di un moderno mondo, in cui in un caso, non sono più in gtrado di iniziare ed avanzare i profani nei misteri della Gnosi e nell'altro cedono alla loro parte umana perdendo i loro poteri e rischiando la vita.
Bell'pologo sulla condizione degli iniziati, Buono, con la Vecchia scala del
Apr 25, 2014 Samuel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cyberpunk
Well I'm on page 394 so I can't claim that the novel's denouement hasn't completely turned me off; yet, in light of the fact that I view published novels to be "as perfect" iterations of the ideas the author has delved into--which is to say, complete works in and of themselves in so far as they capture the imaginative genius of the author given the context of their own personal development, the publishing industry, etc.--I still can say that this is one of the my favorite novels. Increasingly I ...more
Alessandro Londei
Nov 04, 2015 Alessandro Londei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illuminarsi non è cosa facile. La fede nella scienza, nella ragione, nella materia si contrappone alla conoscenza dell'intelletto, alla discesa nelle verità interiori, preziosamente custodite nello scrigno dell'anima. Il mondo ha scelto la prima via e gli effetti si manifestano nell'ultima parte del libro, nel sangue torrenziale della rivoluzione francese, quando la luce delle ideologie prevarica il senso della vita. Sull'altro lato sta Zanoni, ultimo dei rosacroce, custode di segreti ...more
Craig Bryson
Okay- it is not really ABOUT the French Revolution, but a good deal of it takes place during the 'Reign of Terror'.
It made me pick up Thomas Carlyle's epic 'The French Revolution- A History', plus, it is written by Edward Bulwer- Lytton, who wrote 'VRIL The Power Of The Coming Race', so you can be sure that there is some sound information for the student of life embedded into the adventure.
I was originally following a Rosicrusion thread, when this book reintroduced the French Revolution back int
A romance about an immortal. Elements of almost lovecraftian horror. Takes a long time to draw its female protagonist before the main elements start. Mixes in some real historical characters and events. Didn't like the ending but not because its not well written more because i was so invested in the story by then, i was hoping things would turn out differently. Overall just a really good supernatural/romance story. I'm pretty sure this was adapted into the film 'Hancock' with Will Smith.
Rakkaustarina pääsääntöisesti. Korukieltä. Muutamassa kohdassa aika hyvä kauhuefekti, mutta myös aika paljon pohdiskelua, josta ei niinkään jaksanut innostua.
Oct 21, 2009 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Real good metaphysical novel, not much into novels but this is a good book for those who can read & see beneath the novel aspect.
Dec 23, 2008 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
tragic and cautionary tale that weaves a love story, magic, and politics together. A must read for any aspiring magician (IMO). Makes you ponder the price and sacrifice necessary for adepthood.
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Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. Lord Lytton was a florid, popular writer of his day, who coined such phrases as "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", and the infamous incipit "It was a dark and stormy night."

He was the youngest son of General William Ear
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