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The God of the Labyrinth (Gerard Sorme #3)

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"We have to master the strange trick of allowing the body to remain quiescent, while pushing the mind to explore interior savannahs and mountain ranges." —Colin Wilson

Gerard Sorme, the narrator of this fast-paced novel, sets out to master this trick. He finds himself on the trail of an Eighteenth Century rake named Esmond Donelly and is soon entwined in the mysteries and e
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Paperback, 1st American Edition, 300 pages
Published September 28th 1982 by Wingbow Press (first published 1970)
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hope mohammed
لم تعجبني رغم تحمسي للكاتب تطور مبهم وبطيء للأحداث اضافة الى حشوها بمواقف جنسية غبية قرفتني من إكمالها ..
Eugene Pustoshkin
It’s the best book of the Gerard Sorme trilogy, indeed. Much food for thinking; and Colin Wilson intuits some transrational elements in quite an intriguing way. His phenomenology of sex and sexuality (and the ways it is related to intensity of consciousness—the thing he constantly strives for) is worth being acquainted with. One may only be sorry that Wilson was not probably familiar well enough with, e.g., nondual traditions of Vajrayana and Shaivism in order to understand the ultimate aim of c ...more
Eugene Pustoshkin
Это действительно лучшая книга из трилогии про Джерарда Сорма (первые две книги — «Ритуал в темноте» и «Человек без тени»; на русском издана только третья — «Бог лабиринта»). Читал на английском, поэтому качество перевода книги на русский мне не известно (судя по обложке, книга издавалась под видом эротического романа).

Много пищи для размышлений. Колин Уилсон интуитивно касается некоторых трансрациональных элементов, причём делает это весьма интригующим способом. Его феноменология секса и сексу
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Zakaria Zalt
Oct 11, 2015 Zakaria Zalt rated it really liked it
اذا لم تكن ذا صبرا شديد ونهم للمعرفة وعشق للقراءة فإنك لن تستطيع قراءة عشر صفحات لكولن ولسون .
مقدمة اقل ما يقال عنها رديئة جدا ولا علاقة لها بموضوع الكتاب كأن ولسون يحاول ان يبعد عن كتبه المتطفلين والفضوليين محبي المعرفة السريعة هو يريد قارئ صبورا ليعطيه ثمرة معرفته .
الرواية تدور حول كاتب يعد موضوعا عن كاتب انجليزي مغمور يعالج من خلال الرواية مواضيع متعلقة بالفلسفة والجنس الكتاب ليس ممتعا ولا سهلا اذا كنت مستعدا لتركيز تفكيرك والعمل الذهني الشاق فأهلا بك في متاهة كولن ولسون متاهة الإله.
Murray Ewing
Gerard Sorme — the hero of several of Wilson’s previous novels, and something of an autobiographical one, I think — is hired to write an introduction to a book of 18th-century smut by the rakish Esmond Donnelly, and initially takes on the task simply for the money. Soon, though, he becomes increasingly fascinated by Donnelly’s involvement with the mysterious Sect of the Phoenix, a secret group who aimed to ‘raise venery to the level of a religious feeling’. On his quest to find out more about Do ...more
Evan
Super condition 1971 paperback of this obtained at Half Price Books. The come-ons of the text and cover art were too much for me to resist. This is the US release version of Wilson's "God of the Labyrinth" (published originally in the UK in 1970). I have to say I prefer the simpler more lurid title, obviously.
Alan Smith
Sep 28, 2015 Alan Smith rated it really liked it
There are very few authors who can invent an entirely new kind of hero. And fewer still who can write books in which sexuality is the main theme without descending into cheap softcore porn. Few would be ambitious enough to attempt both feats in a single trilogy - but the brilliant Colin Wilson achieves it with ease.

In his amazing Gerard Sorme trilogy - "Ritual in the Dark," "The Man without a Shadow, (published as "The Sex Diary of Gerard Sorme" in the US)" and "The God of the Labyrinth," Wilson
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Matt Harris
May 30, 2007 Matt Harris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pervy academics
Colin Wilson is quite an amazing writer, having put together compendiums of fascination about Occult, Crime, Poltergeists, and others. He has a great grasp on the psychology of humans, and what makes them tick... and explode too!

This book for Wilson is a departure from his canon in that it's fictional, or in my opinion is a fictional extrapolation of non-fictional events. The Outsider (which I haven't read) is another of his fictions, his first and acclaimed book.

The book follows the trail (thro
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John M.
Jan 03, 2012 John M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writer Gerard Sorme, while on a lecture tour of the US, is approached by a publisher to write an introduction to a book entitled 'Memoirs of an Irish Rake'; one Esmond Donelly. At first glance, Donelly seems to be a run-of-the-mill pornographer but as Sorme delves deeper he discovers that Donelly's was a first-rate mind and that he was known to many of the illustrious men of his era. From there the story goes into the possible existence of a secret society of a sexual nature. Go back to the 20th ...more
Ali M
Jul 04, 2015 Ali M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"من امن العقوبة اساء الادب"

في البداية لا بد لي من شكر المترجم ... لانه ابدع في سرده للرواية.

كم من ايزموند موجود بيننا ...
هو موضوع حساس طرحه بكل روعه ...
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Nov 08, 2015 Fuzi.qffaz rated it it was amazing
رواية رائعة , تفتح آفاق واسعة لمفهوم الجنس بفلسفة راقية وبصراحة لبقة بعيدا عن أي إسفاف .
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Colin Wilson Being Colin Wilson
'One of those book, with the punch of Wisdom'
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May 02, 2009 Evan marked it as to-read
The U.S. paperback edition of this was called "The Hedonists," just to up the sexy come-on factor. There's a copy over at Half Price I need to get, because the book is hard to get.
Steve
Jul 18, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a sexy mystery involving orgone energy, secret societies and orgiastic rites, here it is. Well-written and intelligent.
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...more
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“And now it struck me that all that matters in human existence is a certain intensity of consciousness, of meaning, and that we must discover the trick. When I bought this car, it had an automatic choke, and the damned thing would cut out almost as soon as I began driving, so that the engine would stop on the first hill into town. So our local garage fixed an ordinary hand-choke instead, and now I keep it out until the engine is warm enough to take the hills comfortably. But if I wake up in the morning with my mind cold and dull, there is no mental choke I can pull out until the engine is heated up. I often spend hours, or even days, trying to cudgel my brains into a state of intensity, trying to work up the inner-pressure to settle down to writing. To some extent, I have discovered the trick: ten minutes of intense, total concentration, involving the whole being—my muscles as well as my brain. As I do this—if no one interrupts me—I can almost watch the pressure of my consciousness rising, until things no longer seem dull and neutral. It is exactly like having your first drink of the evening—that warm glow that is not situated in the stomach, but in consciousness.

And now the strange thing happened—a thing I cannot possibly convey to the reader, but which I can at least try to describe. The thought came to me that this was how Esmond had felt as he set out on his wanderjahre in 1765. And then two images fused together in my mind. One was of Esmond setting off in the coach from Limerick—something I had dreamed about in the night. The other was the image of the trees on Long Island, suddenly looking as if they were cast out of phosphor bronze, as Beverley bent over me. This latter image was very strong. I could smell Beverley’s scent, feel the warmth of her bare breast against my cheek. And with these two images came an explosion of delight. What human beings want is to achieve these moments of freshness and intensity, and not to lose them every time their attention wanders. They want continuity of consciousness. And supposing a man said to himself: ‘It is obvious that nothing is as important as this: from now on I shall devote my life to the search for this intensity and continuity . . .’?”
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“I have always been aware that human life is dream-like because most human beings exist passively. Their consciousness is little more than a reflection of their environment. In the sexual orgasm, the voltage power of their minds surges, and they become momentarily aware that they are not forty-watt bulbs, but two hundred and fifty, five hundred, a thousand... Then the voltage drops, and they sink back to forty watts without a protest. They are like empty-headed fools who cannot remember anything for more than a few seconds. Human beings are so mediocre that they can scarcely be said to possess minds in any real sense. In a flash, I understood the absurd and obvious truth: nothing is worth possessing except intensity of consciousness. This is the truth we glimpse in the orgasm.” 2 likes
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