Estados Alterados

Inspired by the work of John C Lilly, Chayefsky spent two years in Boston doing research to write his science fiction novel Altered States HarperCollins, 1978 , which he adapted for his last screenplay In the film Chayefsky is credited under his real first and middle name, Sidney Aaron, because of disputes with director Ken Russell Some of the events portrayed in thisInspired by the work of John C Lilly, Chayefsky spent two years in Boston doing research to write his science fiction novel Altered States HarperCollins, 1978 , which he adapted for his last screenplay In the film Chayefsky is credited under his real first and middle name, Sidney Aaron, because of disputes with director Ken Russell Some of the events portrayed in this film seem to be based on the studies of the French surrealist author Antonin Artaud the protagonist visits a tribe of isolated Mexican tribal people participates in their sacred shamanic ritual involving local hallucinogens for the purpose of investigating the common religious experience Much of the setting of this part of the film also appears to be based on Artaud s description of the natural, altho seemingly man made landscape of the people In the movie, this was represented by huge stone mushrooms often called hoodoos attributed to the supernatural.
Estados Alterados Inspired by the work of John C Lilly Chayefsky spent two years in Boston doing research to write his science fiction novel Altered States HarperCollins which he adapted for his last screenpla

  • Title: Estados Alterados
  • Author: Paddy Chayefsky Paula Reis
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  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Estados Alterados”

    1. I really enjoyed this novel. Chayefsky is a great writer. I wish he'd written more novels.To read my review.

    2. I recently polled various groups on Google+, asking if they had read this Altered States, seen the film, both, or neither. The majority had seen the film, but ignored the book--as I had.As a psychologist who tried sensory deprivation tank and LSD, I was anxious to discover what more, if anything, Chayefsky could have written about the then new approach to consciousness research.I was even more motivated after learning of the dispute between Paddy Chayefsky and Ken Russell in filming that led Cha [...]

    3. There's always a danger with writing a book about science, that it will become outdated and "too simple" over time. Fortunately Chayefsky skirts past it by using ancient science and ideas that have been around for a long time. This was a fast read with a lot of truths in it- truths about human nature and about the vanity fair called academia. Whenever someone hits a snag in the conversation or appears dull witted, they respond by reciting the highlights of their c.v which seems droll (and is). E [...]

    4. This book has a pretty curious spot in film history due to the clout of the author and the stubbornness of the chosen director, Ken Russell. Russell is a notoriously visual director while Chayefsky was a writer's writer. The amount of research and love Chayefsky put into this book really shows. It is a shame it was the only novel he ever wrote and doubly a shame considering the stress of the production is said to have put him into the grave. I really wish we could have seen a Chayefsky's intende [...]

    5. So the author basically interviewed scientists for two years about whatever silliness and then wrote a book about a scientist going to South America to hang out with natives and take magic mushrooms that are the ultimate hallucinogen. Then he eats a lizard while he trances out. Then he synthesizes the compound and takes it while in isolation tanks. He takes so much that turns into a proto caveman ape from the beginning of time and physically manifests a goat to eat it. Then he goes on a rampage [...]

    6. Paddy Chayefsky wrote only this one novel as well as the screenplay for the motion picture, so both can be considered as mutually amplifying.I saw the movie when it came out and only read the book when, years later, I found a used copy of it for sale. Frankly, I preferred the movie, partly for the Artaud-inspired sequences, partly because I expect less of a movie than of a book.Although inspired by Lilly's very real experiments with sensory deprivation and psychotropics, the novel gets too far o [...]

    7. I loved this movie, but was always so obsessed with Ken Russell, the director, I never took realised it was based on this great novel by Paddy Chayefsky.It is a gripping readelligent and mystifying, but accessible (perhaps because I saw the movie first).It covers a lot of themes that seem to me more relevant now than they were when the book was published in 1978, particularly the idea of sensory depravation being the key to enlightenment of true self. But mostly, it is just a fantastical romp wi [...]

    8. Because I thought watching the movie would be a smart thing to do before I venture into a sensory deprivation tank for the first time, tomorrow or the day after. Damn you, Ken Russell. Now all I'll think about in the tank is Altered States, vs. experiencing altered states. I've heard varying things: that the book is much like the film, that it's not like the film at all, etc. etc. Anyways, Altered States is worth watching, presumably worth reading. As I will soon begin regression, it's been nice [...]

    9. If you're looking for inspired drug writing, check out some Heinlein or Phillip Dick's "Three stigmata of palmer eldrich"

    10. yes, i read this book after seeing the movie. the movie is exactly like the book. really. both kick ass.

    11. Chayefsky's style in Altered States is notably utilitarian but laced with beauty as if to show he was capable of more. The tone is earnest, and not only because the proto-autistic protagonist Jessup is a scientific mystic. Each character's life is intense and serious. Children exist and might have added some levity, but they're treated as props (mostly to illustrate the inconvenience of family life). I remember just one joke, and it was loaded with anxiety.The principal theme is love vs. existen [...]

    12. A great horror/thriller story about a scientist researching altered states of consciousness. In the course of his research, involving sensory deprivation, psychedelic drugs and meditation, he comes across a drug that allows him to regress and experience ancestral memories from pre-human species. He later discovers that he is not only experiencing ancient memories but is physically transforming into these ancient species.But it's not just a cheap horror story about a person de-evolving. There is [...]

    13. The romance elements didn't hit for me and neither did the science. The book keeps using scientific terms, trying to show you all the research done for the book but it seems confused and tokenistic. I'm sure he found some scientists that that told him that all of this is possible but it never seems plausible or even coherent. I really like Paddy Chayefsky but I have to say, I found all a bit ridiculous.

    14. A quick read. Not fundamentally different than the film; Ken Russell traded some of the introspection of the novel for Ken-Russell-visuals. It made me want to revisit Terence McKenna.

    15. Yo yo yo!I got this book for my birthday! Thanks Mummy pants :o) It wasn't a well placed decision on her behalf, it was chosen by her off of a long list of books that I had suggested would make good presents for me. The reason it was on my list was because it seemed to deal with at least one of my main interests in life which is mind-altering drugs. And also possibly one of my other interests which is mental illness. I'm not sure if you would say that it does actually deal with mental illness, a [...]

    16. I saw the movie for this book years ago and generally I don't read the book if I've seen the movie first because I now where the story is going. However, in this case, as with 2001: A Space Odyssey, I wanted to read the book to gain some more insight into what the hell was actually going on. The film and the book have the same tone of impending doom as well as a sort of feeling of organized chaos. They are incredibly similar with some notable differences, there are entire sequences in the book t [...]

    17. Chayefsky's style may be, well, kinda suspenseless info-dumping at times. Yet it seems thematically appropriate for a novel where academics shout lengthy monologues about the best ways to approach their research. And what research! Consciousness, evolution and physics all wrapped up in one horrific, destructive package. Don't get me wrong, I was engaged by this short novel for the half-day it took to read it. My psych degree got a real workout. And my own university days were evocatively re-crea [...]

    18. I had no idea who Chayefsky was when this book showed up in my local library, and Ken Russell's film was yet to be. I had, however, read Tart's STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS, and I was a dyed-in-the-wool sci-fi fan, so I was already half-hooked as soon as I saw it. The experience of reading it, as I recall, had something in common with NAKED LUNCH, in that there was a lot of prose that I had no hope of understanding-- scientific stuff, mostly-- but if I plowed through, or you might say surfed over it, [...]

    19. Going with the book over the movie, but not by much, the movie director, Ken Russell did a great job recreating the images and affects the main character Eddie experiences, and tho they often differed from those I created in my head while reading the novel, they certainly creeped me out, which is one reason I love a good movie.The other positive is the book just does a much better job explaining what Eddie is going through and I loved all the in depth info about other cultures and peoples, and t [...]

    20. Somewhere in here there's a story I want to know. Its buried under mounds of useless technical detail, translucent and cliched character development, and a twist that is handled in such a ham-fisted way that I nearly stopped the book completely with less than 50 pages left. It really is a shame, because the opening sequence to this novel got its hooks into me deeply and quickly. The concept of the isolation chamber, research into the far corners of physiology, it had the makings of a cool, creep [...]

    21. Chayefsky reportedly hated Ken Russell's adaptation of his story, but this goofy head-scratcher really benefits from Russell's one-of-a-kind visual treatment. On the page the scientific gaffs seem so ludicrous, and Chayefsky takes them so literally, that it's hard to allow him the necessary poetic license. Chayefsky is not a perfect writer, but he is one who always has big ideas that inform his work. The ideas of "Network" redeem its speechifying and its dramatic clunkiness. The ideas here are a [...]

    22. The main character is a scientist who cares only for cold rationality. In a keen bit of foreshadowing, he describes love as a mere fluctuation of chemicals. He begins experimenting with altered states of consciousness. He goes into an isolation tank and takes some hallucinogens. Next thing you know, he’s devolving into primitive man and finally into an amorphous blob. His experiments having gone too far, he realizes that only his wife’s love can save him!

    23. Wow. Powerful movie, powerful book; "back in the day".I read the acknowledgements at the end and was struck by Mr. Chayefsky's comment on how helpful the many scientists were in the making of the book; and how interested they were in "matters outside their disciplines". Mr. Chayefsky continued that he knows of few in the humanities that take a similar interest in the sciences.

    24. Exceptional - really gets you thinking about the nature of consciousness, has made me eager to see the movie.Mind altering drugs always make for a good story element (in my opinion) Michael Gruber's Night of the Jaguar is a good example.Both of these stories rely on South American shamanic practices for their story lines and are equally as fascinating, albeit vastly different.

    25. It was interesting if you took it from a "How much control can one person's mind exert over his or her body? Enough to change form?" perspective I also liked the idea that altering your state of mind, your consciousness, through hallucinogenic drugs can tie into how much or how little control your mind has over your body But it was a bit of a snore.

    26. Read this one in two days as it is super short, and despite it's unbelievability, was very engaging. The use of big words was a little out of control, but I suppose that went along with the intellectual brains that were the main characters. I have not yet seen the movie.

    27. I've never read a book that was so close to the movie as this one. I know the writer had something to do with the movie, but still, this book seems like a really awesome novelization. Great, fast, creepy, imaginative story. I loved it.

    28. Not a bad sci-fi book. Has plenty of the chatty calculations that you find in many books like this, but it lacked the overall experiences, plot points, very skimpy on overall adventure. Pretty meek upon reflection, which is a shame because I had a real good vibe in the beginning.

    29. Excellent book about the idea of god and love and what this whole experience of life and love is ultimately about. On a side note, I am amazed at how close Ken Russel's film follows the book, almost to a 't'. It loses a star for pages of rambling techno-science babble.

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