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Mount Analogue by René Daumal
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it was amazing
bookshelves: marinating
Recommended for: if you were moved by The Alchemist and Flowers for Algernon, and you read those more than a year ago

It's impossible to write a truly "relevant" review as your reception of this fantastic book wholly depends on what your unique path is currently most sensitive to. My feeble attempt to describe it as precisely as possible could only be "a surreal allegory about journeys and one’s experience when 'seeking'" (however defined)

Reading this book is like viewing an abstract representation of your own perspective of your reality, with it additionally sitting within a refractive crystal, such that you can never quite comprehend it in totality. But it fulfills its purpose nonetheless, which is one of suggestion plus unexpected intuition. This book almost electrically invigorated my sense of existence...

If you feel pulled to this book, there is probably a reason!

And if you intend to read, i recommend you avert your eyes from all descriptions/ synopses/reviews. The one on Goodreads treads lightly, while the Wikipedia one has spoilers and (IMO) also misses the point

reading tips (opinion, but I cannot urge each of these strongly enough)
- find the Shattuck translation
- dont read other interpretations of it online: the meaning of it should be developed uniquely to you in your mind
- dont read the Table of Contents, Introduction, nor "inside of front flap preview" thing: it can spoil your experience with preconceived notions, as well as a spoiler for one VERY important detail
- dont believe the Postface: since its not written by the author, quotes and ideas from the author may have been left out for a reason, and overall it has some strangely contradictory energy with the rest of the book

spoiler about my general approximation of what this novel represents in sum to me:
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Reading Progress

September 22, 2020 – Shelved
September 22, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
October 23, 2020 – Started Reading
October 24, 2020 – Finished Reading
October 29, 2020 – Shelved as: marinating

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