Moonchild

Aleister Crowley, a prolific writer, wrote only a few novels in his lifetime Moonchild is his most famous First published in 1917, Moonchild appeals to the new generation of readers who recognize Crowley as one of the most unique thinkers of his era The book deals with the endless battle between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness A young girl is drawn intoAleister Crowley, a prolific writer, wrote only a few novels in his lifetime Moonchild is his most famous First published in 1917, Moonchild appeals to the new generation of readers who recognize Crowley as one of the most unique thinkers of his era The book deals with the endless battle between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness A young girl is drawn into a magickal war between two men and is forced to choose between them As the story unfolds, the reader is taken through an incredible series of magickal intrigues involving a Black Lodge.Writing from his own experiences, Crowley describes the methods and theories of magickal practices, managing to persuade us that magick is a scientific reality and that it works Crowley s own personality reveals itsef in the characters of the Good Magickal Masters.
Moonchild Aleister Crowley a prolific writer wrote only a few novels in his lifetime Moonchild is his most famous First published in Moonchild appeals to the new generation of readers who recognize Crow

  • Title: Moonchild
  • Author: Aleister Crowley
  • ISBN: 9780722127032
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Moonchild”

    1. This book makes two things clear: one, that Crowley was an intensely brilliant man, a genius in fact; and two, that ordinary intellectual pursuits such as mathematics, literature, or science were not enough to satisfy him, and therefore he created fantastic justifications for the existence of supernatural phenomena.I don't mean that he is wrong to say that firmly stating "magick" does not exist is foolish, since of course we have no evidence to the contrarybut I don't believe that he truly manag [...]

    2. This guy is such a dumbass. It's so bad I nearly pissed my pants. As if he didn't annoy the world so much with his dorky occult shit, he has to offend the world's good taste with this terrible literary endeavor. Oh man this book blows. A pathetic, fat, little-dicked wizard.

    3. A novel by the Great Beast himself, the “wickedest man in the world”. I’m told it helps a great deal if you have some familiarity with Crowley’s magical system (about which I confess I know very little), but Moonchild is still surprisingly entertaining. It tells the story of a magical operation to secure the influence of the moon on the birth of a child who is to become a great redeemer and spiritual being. The white magicians trying to bring this about find themselves in conflict with b [...]

    4. Well. Its a whole lot of Crowley. Crowley the showman, crowley the charmer and of course, Crowley the narcissist. Its charming, old-fashioned, florid, descriptive prose, the kind they don't do anymore. He gets away with long, meandering, philosophical digressions that you just can't get away with in the terse, efficient world of the 21st Century. Of course, he also spends a fair bit of time telling us, more than showing, although he also does a fair bit of that as well, how his own personal 'Mar [...]

    5. i think i liked this book a lot though i was in a different head and heart space then so can't retrospectively give an accurate reviewe time of life was very spiritual and occultly and synchronisticis book reminds me of 2 things:1. brea gable - my good friend in college my first year. she was an exchange student from new mexico. she was an angel and into crowley.2. moonchild was the name of the childlike empress in the neverending story, which i never realized till i read this book.3. not telli [...]

    6. The book is well-written and engaging. I learned a lot in this book and the premise is very interesting. I think writing a novel to preach and teach some very good concepts and beliefs is a good way to let people know. This book reminds me of Sophie's World.

    7. I read this book many, many years ago and thought it was a fair book back then. But upon rereading it recently I have found that there is just so much more to the book than my first reading. Of course I have had over the last couple decades been able to read much more about Crowley and his exploits and the Golden Dawn and its people who were in it and I would highly recommend reading a great deal more about all of these folks before reading Moonchild. Having done that the book definitely becomes [...]

    8. This was easier to read than most of the Crowley I've read. It is also a bit over-written.The writing is not as bad as some critics would claim, but too much for me.

    9. The whole reason I read this book is because the word "moonchild" literally popped into my head the other day and I wondered if it could be the title of a book. And turns out it is! What's weirder, this is the type of stuff I really enjoy but have a hard time to find! I love the cover, too, by the way. What an amazing cover. When I first started reading it and saw the first chapter is called "A Chinese God" I thought, this is not what I was expecting at all. And I continued questioning this all [...]

    10. I do not know a man more in love with himself than Aleister Crowley. Putting a self insert into a book is egotistic enough, but Crowley felt he needed two. One of them is an idealised Mary Sue, strong, charming, intelligent, ten steps ahead of his opponents. The other one is even better. And not even tangentially related to the plot. Oh yes, there's a plot in this book, about a gang of magicians trying to give birth to a Moonchild, except at the end they're not, but the book is not really about [...]

    11. If it has one star I liked it a lot If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend itIf it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it If it has five stars it was life changing

    12. very difficult to follow sometimes because of crowley's intense magic theories, but rewarding for the glimpses of deeper meaning that pop up occasionally.

    13. I started reading Moonchild after discovering it through The Secret History of Twin Peaks. As such, I came into it prepped for a lot of strange and mysterious things to happen in it. In that sense I was not disappointed. For sheer entertainment and intrigue value, I have to admit that it's unfortunate that Crowley's remembered primarily as a very outspoken occultist and "The Wickedest Man in the World" since this book was very readable despite its age.Along with appreciating its overall readabil [...]

    14. Perfect reading for Halloween. This is an interesting novel that seems to lose and gain trains of thought several times, and ends with a non-sequitur abandonment of the entire premise of the novel. Maybe it was setting up for a sequel that never came?

    15. A tiresome potboiler in many ways, caught between proto-fascist wartime propaganda and an attempt to convey Crowley's 'Magickal' ideas, this book is neither particularly exciting nor illuminating.The bulk of it was written in 1917 allegedly to help bring America into the First World War but was only prepared for publication in 1929 very much later when Crowley's game was getting funds on his notoriety. This is not to say that there is not merit in the writing once you get past the late Victorian [...]

    16. I wasn't expecting that much, and the first few chapters weren't that amazing, but I persevered and by the mid-point I was forced to admit that Crowley was actually pulling it off: he had written a very decent novel, with a number of interesting bits, and philosophical digressions which neither jarred the reader nor distracted from the plot itself. And infact, there were genuinely funny bits, some honestly deep, philosophical bits, and the plot was interesting and believable enough (within the r [...]

    17. Tenía ciertas expectativas con "Moonchild", pero se han ido rebajando progresivamente conforme avanzaba la lectura. Al final resulta una novela simplemente correcta, que se hubiera beneficiado de una buena revisión y edición antes de ser publicada. Los momentos oníricos y surrealistas que contiene, sin embargo, se disfrutan mucho.Como novelización del pensamiento metafísico de Crowley es bastante recomendable, pero sus pasajes abstrusos y en ocasiones recargados e innecesarios hacen la lec [...]

    18. Not as bad as everyone is making it out to be, but not as good either. the men are all terrible people. the women all act like typical "sensible" women, and always predictably in the men's eyes. They're sort of charmingly empty-headed. The men often have a low view of women so the female characters are the few "sensible" ones. Still they abuse them and use abuse and manipulation as a way of controlling them. And even give the reader tips!But anyway the magic is fun to read about. the dialogue is [...]

    19. An interesting interweaving of novel and magical philosophy. It tells the story of a woman drawing into the life via a love affair with a magician. From there she is initiated into an organization and is embroiled in a feud between Black and White Lodges, while she specifically is involved in a great work to give birth to a spiritual being embodying the moon.Chapters tend to go back and forth between story and long exposition of theory, which can be hard to get through if they don't particularly [...]

    20. I was led to this book by a circuitous route, having first read the works of Rabelais (who was an inspirational figure to Crowley), inspired by the music of Gentle Giant. To appreciate Moonchild requires, if not an actual belief in Crowley's ideas about Magick, then at least the willingness to suspend disbelief for a while. But little more so than for many other works of imaginative fiction.Moonchild is alternately insightful, haunting and satirical. There is no doubting Aleister Crowley's keen [...]

    21. I really enjoyed this book by Crowley, a true genius. The characters lead you through a tale of magick and mystical events. Crowley knew how to combine the mysitcal with science and math that eventually went on to be a basis of chaos theory as well. Originally written to try and bring the US into WW1. You truly get a glimpse into Crowley's world and his mind. The version I read was the kindle version, and my only complaint was the typos, though not so bad that you can't figure out the actual wor [...]

    22. Sharp, witty and satirical take on the world of feuding magicians in the age of the Golden Dawn, as thinly-disguised versions of Crowley's friends and foes battle it out at the start of the 20th century. Bonus star for his cynical, perceptive wit, and another for the completely unexpected direction taken by the plot.Whatever you might think about Crowley, who was clearly a master manipulator of the media, he wears his heart on this sleeve and he can clearly write far better than you might expect [...]

    23. One of those books that, if I cared enough to get it, would require a second reading. Aleister Crowley, a talented writer certainly, inhabits a parallel universe and does his best, it seems, to portray it, but it does not translate well into this one. Unfortunately, not driven to reread it right away, but I'll keep it around in case I want to try again sometime. I had hoped it would contribute to a research project I was working on otherwise but that didn't happen. I fault my familiarity with hi [...]

    24. The Beast is a Bore. Crowley's fiction writing is medicore at best. As is the case with Crowley, he tends to believe he is cleverer than he actually comes across in his work. There are parts of the novel where his philospophy and magickal wisdom shine through, which makes the book tolerable. But the plot and complete lack of character development make this a story to avoid. If you are interested in Crowley, read his autobiography instead - not surpisingly he is much better when speaking about hi [...]

    25. What a strange novel! Crowley wrote this (or finished it) in 1917 during WWI. The novel, ostensibly about a magician trying to channel a soul through a magickal pregnancy, suddenly veers away from this plotline and becomes about WWI and the same magician serving as an intelligence aide and warning the French about a German advance on their flank. Enjoyable if you like novels that aren't very concerned with their own coherence and like didactic novels. I, obviously, fall into both of these catego [...]

    26. I've read Diary of a Drug Fiend by Crowley and I liked it. I thought Moonchild had to be cool, I mean, that's a cool cover and title. It just never clicked for me. Started into it last summer and every page was like sitting in first period high school math class. I made it about halfway through and decided to shelve it and dive into my new books waiting for me on my nightstand. Maybe i'll come back to it. I don't like having unread books on my shelf.

    27. I read this years ago and almost none of it stuck with med at the time I was greatly enamored with Crowley. To me that says something. I can recall a heroine with no emotional depth and a lack of insight into the female mind. Something Crowley lacks in most of his writing. The story is diluted and not very interesting. Best part of the book is the cover. It is not a terrible read, just not a very good one. Other books by Crowley are far more interesting.

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