Endless Things: A Part of Ægypt

Endless Things: A Part of Ægypt

by John Crowley

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This is the fourth novel—and much-anticipated conclusion—of John Crowley’s astonishing and lauded Ægypt sequence: a dense, lyrical meditation on history, alchemy, and memory. Spanning three centuries, and weaving together the stories of Renaissance magician John Dee, philosopher Giordano Bruno, and present-day itinerant historian and writer Pierce Moffitt, the Ægypt sequence is as richly significant as Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet or Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time. Crowley, a master prose stylist, explores transformations physical, magical, alchemical, and personal in this epic, distinctly American novel where the past, present, and future reflect each other.

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ISBN-13: 9781618730183
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 341
File size: 471 KB

About the Author

John Crowley was born in the appropriately liminal town of Presque Isle, Maine, in 1942, his father then an officer in the US Army Air Corps. He grew up in Vermont, northeastern Kentucky and (for the longest stretch) Indiana, where he went to high school and college. He moved to New York City after college to make movies. His most recent novel is KA: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr and a short story collection is forthcoming. In 1992 he received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He finds it more gratifying that almost all of his work is still in print.

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Endless Things: A Part of AEgypt 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Gwendydd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Endless things" is certainly an appropriate title for this, the 4th book of the Aegypt cycle and the culmination of 30 years of Crowley's work. This is the most self-conscious and self-referential of the four books: all along, the reader has had the sense that the unfinished book by Fellowes Kraft and the unstarted book by Pierce Moffet are actually the books of the Aegypt cycle, and Endless Things confirms that suspicion, even offering some criticism of itself. And, like the unfinished books within the book and like the lives of the characters in the book, it doesn't really have an end as such. We have had four volumes of Crowley's amazing writing to get to know the characters in depth. They seem so real that it would be corny if their story came to a story-book conclusion with a happily ever after. Instead of ending, with a conclusion that wraps everything up and makes sense of the previous four volumes, the story simply stops at a relatively settled and peaceful moment in everyone's lives.I was hoping that this volume would make sense of the previous three books, and tie together their rambling and desperate plot-lines into a more unified whole. It doesn't, but I don't think I'm disappointed by that. Crowley's writing is such a delight to read: he uses simple vocabulary and simple sentences, and yet he can pack more meaning and emotion into a simple turn of phrase than any other author I know. Over four volumes, he has managed to tell us so much about Pierce and the other characters, and to make them so real: it is like getting to know a really close friend and learning their entire life history. I found the whole series incredibly enjoyable, even if I wasn't sure what (if anything) Crowley was trying to say.I think, like all of Crowley's books, I need to re-read these over the years. I think I will uncover more and more layers of complexity the more I revisit them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago