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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
Paperback, 1st American Edition, 300 pages
Published September 28th 1982 by Wingbow Press (first published 1970)
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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
Zakaria Zalt
Sep 19, 2015 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.
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
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
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.
Ali M
Jul 04, 2015 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 ...
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
رواية رائعة , تفتح آفاق واسعة لمفهوم الجنس بفلسفة راقية وبصراحة لبقة بعيدا عن أي إسفاف .
hope mohammed
لم تعجبني رغم تحمسي للكاتب تطور مبهم وبطيء للأحداث اضافة الى حشوها بمواقف جنسية غبية قرفتني من إكمالها ..
Alan Smith
Nov 26, 2013 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
Matt Harris
May 30, 2007 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
John M.
Jan 01, 2012 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
Aadarsha Bhattarai
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Colin Wilson Being Colin Wilson
'One of those book, with the punch of Wisdom'
Jul 18, 2008 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.
May 02, 2009 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.
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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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“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.” 3 likes
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