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The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
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May 05, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: esoteric-and-strange, novels
Read in May, 2011

An exuberantly creative - and campy - conspiracy romp that takes in high-culture, low-culture, and counter-culture. The plot - involving ancient Atlantis, Adam Weisphaut (and his link to Elmer Fudd), the JFK assassination, John Dillinger, C.G. Jung, Aleister Crowley, H.P. Lovecraft (and the Cthulhu mythos), William Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Adolf Hitler, nuclear-war and pandemic fears, and much, much else besides - is rambling and often opaque, but that doesn't really matter: it's all about the ride. We could have done with fewer gratuitous sex scenes, though - the fantasies of the two male authors are not particularly pleasant to contemplate.

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