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Magick Without Tears by Aleister Crowley
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Mar 14, 09

Read in January, 2009

This is an odd book, full of obscure occult references and ideas, moments of lucidity, and other moments of pure nonsense. It is however entertaining, and is a good place to start reading Crowley, as it sums up a lot of his ideas in one volume. Written as a series of letters to a students, "Cara Soror," it has a very immediate and conversational feeling, and works just as much in a literary sense as in an instructive sense, almost as if it were a fake epistolary novel. Crowley's interests indeed have as much to do with literature as with magick or religion. As one point he even points to Virgil as a supremely magickal writer! This book by a British wag and wit (albeit a "wicked" one), is fun to read if not terribly disciplined in form or content.
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