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The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz

A Romance in Eight Days
Narrated by: John Crowley
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
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Often described as an alchemical allegory, John Crowley instead decided this is "the first science fiction novel". After all, "it's fiction; it's about the possibilities of a science; and it's a novel". No matter what else it might be, it's definitely one of the great outlandish stories in Western literature.

Public Domain (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 24-07-17

Trippy

This is considered the foundational text of the Rosicrucian order, a secret society of alchemists traveling through Europe during the 1600s. Also, as Crowley points out, this is arguably the first science fiction story ever written. I won't pretend I understand almost any of the symbolism, but I still had fun with this, especially the early steampunk-esque technologies. If any of this sounds interesting to you, check it out!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-08-19

Enchanting

It says, "Write your review here... (optional)" but then won't allow submit unless there are at least, what, was it 15 words? Well, here they are. I love John Crowley's realms, including this one he brings to life with his voice.

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  • Malachi Tate
  • 21-04-19

Clearly Esoteric

Despite the Warnings in the Introduction, and the supposed Words of the Author... This book was CLEARLY written with Multiple Layers of Meaning and Intention.

It's Hermetically important, to the Enlightened. Or those Becoming Enlightened.

But only Strange and Entertaining to those who Still Slumber.


I can't believe that as many times as I've heard about this book, I'm only just now Digesting it!

Although, as Synchronicity would have it, I downloaded it and began listening on the Day before Easter. So I'm obviously right on track.