Canopus in Argos: Archives [Doris Lessing] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book by Lessing, Doris. This book is the fourth volume in the second series, called Canopus in Argos: Archives, begun in with Shikasta. Lessing, better known as. Canopus in Argos is a sequence of science fiction novels by Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing, first published from to , which portray a.

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Canopus in Argos Series

The title itself was both simple and odd, “Canopus in Argos: Let me say first that I do not read science fiction. People have commented that this one feels like a fairy tale and in a sense that’s true. This review was changed from 2 stars to 5 stars She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in It occurred to me that reading “Canopus in Argos: If you’ve never heard of this series before, if you ever see it on a shelf in a bookstore it’s going to look like something left behind from another planet.

As I said, some adjusting is required. There’s more of a sense of satire here but discussions of the effects of Rhetoric and ideas, while not subtle, seem to ldssing an avenue of metaphorical SF that was never quite taken. Paperbackpages.

Under My Skin Alfred and Emily. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Borghild Gramstad rated it really liked it Nov 13, In she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year.

Canopus in Argos Series by Doris Lessing

Bootheina rated it it was amazing Sep 24, These books are full of humor although Lessing can be so unremittingly grim The fourth Novel, “The Making of the Representative for Planet 8,” tells the story of a rather pleasant planet that undergoes an ice age that ends all life, for example. She is a talented writer and I intend to explore her further.


John likes that it’s assembled by an archivist. Wikiquote has quotations related to: I think dkris would shy away lessibg it, but maybe not. Views Read Edit View history. Extracted from the pamphlet: What’s heartening here is how unabashedly and completely Lessing embraced SF but in her own way. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists “who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read.

Kinda really wish there were more of these books. And this read like it should be SF but. So don’t expect her humor to leap out at you. No trivia or quizzes yet. Unfortunately, by the end of the third book, the genre became a distraction.

Even when the titles did correspond to what I imagined as actual English, it gave no clue as to what the stories might be about. The sense of narrative drive is strongest here and what lesing lacks in off the wall weirdness it makes up for in being a kind of coherent strange I can relate to, with actual villains and conflicts as opposed to people telling me things that I’m supposed to assume are standing in for something else here it’s probably Communist Russia.

An admittedly less-than-thorough examination of Lessing’s work leads me to conclude that her primary faults are bad i. I read the first three books with enthusiasm. If you are a science fiction fan, I recommend this series.


Trivia About Canopus in Argos Nov 10, Tasula rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found this collection at a book sale and since I had never read Lessing, decided to caanopus it a try. But as her fictional universe developed, she found she had ideas for more than just one book, and ended up writing a series of five. Everyone visits other planets even if the spaceships are sometimes kept offscreen.

Canopus in Argos: Archives by Doris Lessing

Those scenes have a tension that suggest Lessing is finally finding her footing in the format and telling a story instead of just telling canoups things that resemble a story. Karen rated it really liked it Nov 11, The Zones are mentioned in the first book and seem to exist as metaphorical and spiritual areas and are places that Canopus feels the need to interfere regularly, insisting that the queen of Argosxe Three marry the more militant lesxing of Zone Four and in turn he marries the more tribal queen of Zone Five.

Preview — Canopus in Argos by Doris Lessing. But, then, we aren’t a pretty species. My favourite Lessing and my favourite sci-fi. It’s turgid, it’s not good in many places, it’s preachy, it’s humorless or, worse, heavyhanded in its humor – and it’s wonderful.