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Endless Things: An Aegypt Novel

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This is the fourth novel — and much-anticipated conclusion — of John Crowley's astonishing and lauded Aegypt 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 Moffett, the Aegypt 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.

Review:

"Crowley's eloquent and captivating conclusion to his Aegypt tetralogy finds scholar Pierce Moffet still searching for the mythical Aegypt, an alternate reality of magic and marvels that have been encoded in our own world's myths, legends and superstitions. Pierce first intuited the realm's existence from the work of cult novelist Fellowes Kraft. Using Kraft's unfinished final novel as his Baedeker, Pierce travels to Europe, where he spies tantalizing traces of Aegypt's mysteries in the Gnostic teachings of the Rosicrucians, the mysticism of John Dee, the progressive thoughts of heretical priest Giordano Bruno and the 'chemical wedding' of two 17th-century monarchs in Prague. Like Pierce's travels, the final destination for this modern fantasy epic is almost incidental to its telling. With astonishing dexterity, Crowley (Lord Byron's Novel) parallels multiple story lines spread across centuries and unobtrusively deploys recurring symbols and motifs to convey a sense of organic wholeness. Even as Pierce's quest ends on a fulfilling personal note, this marvelous tale comes full circle to reinforce its timeless themes of transformation, re-creation and immortality." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"John Crowley's 'Endless Things' is the fourth and last installment in a vast, intricate series of novels collectively entitled 'Aegypt.' The series (which is really one long novel) began in 1987 with the publication of 'Aegypt' (soon to be reissued as 'The Solitudes') and was followed by 'Love & Sleep' (1994) and 'Daemonomania' (2000). It was clear from the start that Crowley was on to something... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"With Endless Things and the completion of the Aegypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us." BookForum

Review:

"[A] fresh, sometimes revisionist perspective on all that has gone before....Following [Crowley's characters'] slow, uncertain progress through the course of four large volumes has been a deep — and inexhaustible — pleasure." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"[Bruno's] plotline is the one those unfamiliar with the other Aegypt books...and unimpressed by Crowley's anaphoric rhetorical flights will probably warm to most. Such Aegyptian neophytes may indeed be so bored by the rest of the book that they quit it before reaching its impressive and moving, homey conclusion." Booklist

Synopsis:

The fourth novel — and much-anticipated conclusion — of Crowley's astonishing and lauded Aegypt sequence, Endless Things is a dense, lyrical meditation on history, alchemy, and memory.

Synopsis:

A dense, lyrical meditation on history, alchemy, and memory.

Synopsis:

Praise for the Ægypt sequence:

"With Little, Big, Crowley established himself as America’s greatest living writer of fantasy. Ægypt confirms that he is one of our finest living writers, period."

—Michael Dirda

"A dizzying experience, achieved with unerring security of technique."

The New York Times Book Review

"A master of language, plot, and characterization."

—Harold Bloom

"The further in you go, the bigger it gets."

—James Hynes

"The writing here is intricate and thoughtful, allusive and ironic. . . . Ægypt bears many resemblances, incidental and substantive, to Thomas Pynchon’s wonderful 1966 novel The Crying of Lot 49."

USA Today

"An original moralist of the same giddy heights occupied by Thomas Mann and Robertson Davies."

San Francisco Chronicle

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.

"It is a work of great erudition and deep humanity that is as beautifully composed as any novel in my experience."

Washington Post Book World

"An unpredictable, free-flowing, sui generis novel."

Los Angeles Times

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"With Endless Things and the completion of the Ægypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us."

Book Forum

"Crowley’s peculiar kind of fantasy: a conscious substitute for the magic in which you don’t quite believe any more."

London Review of Books 

"A beautiful palimpsest as complex, mysterious and unreliable as human memory."

Seattle Times

"This year, while millions of Harry Potter fans celebrated and mourned the end of their favorite series, a much smaller but no less devoted group of readers marked another literary milestone: the publication of the last book in John Crowley’s Ægypt Cycle."

—Matt Ruff

"Crowley’s eloquent and captivating conclusion to his Ægypt tetralogy finds scholar Pierce Moffet still searching for the mythical Ægypt, an alternate reality of magic and marvels that have been encoded in our own world’s myths, legends and superstitions. Pierce first intuited the realm’s existence from the work of cult novelist Fellowes Kraft. Using Kraft’s unfinished final novel as his Baedeker, Pierce travels to Europe, where he spies tantalizing traces of Ægypt’s mysteries in the Gnostic teachings of the Rosicrucians, the mysticism of John Dee, the progressive thoughts of heretical priest Giordano Bruno and the “chemical wedding” of two 17th-century monarchs in Prague. Like Pierce’s travels, the final destination for this modern fantasy epic is almost incidental to its telling. With astonishing dexterity, Crowley (Lord Byron’s Novel) parallels multiple story lines spread across centuries and unobtrusively deploys recurring symbols and motifs to convey a sense of organic wholeness. Even as Pierce’s quest ends on a fulfilling personal note, this marvelous tale comes full circle to reinforce its timeless themes of transformation, re-creation and immortality."

Publishers Weekly

Locus Award finalist

John Crowley was born in the appropriately liminal town of Presque Isle, Maine. His most recent novel is Four Freedoms. He teaches creative writing at Yale University. 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.

Synopsis:

Praise for the Aegypt sequence:

"A dizzying experience, achieved with unerring security of technique."-The New York Times Book Review

"A master of language, plot, and characterization."-Harold Bloom

"The further in you go, the bigger it gets."-James Hynes

"The writing here is intricate and thoughtful, allusive and ironic. . . . Aegypt bears many resemblances, incidental and substantive, to Thomas Pynchon's wonderful 1966 novel The Crying of Lot 49."-USA Today

"An original moralist of the same giddy heights occupied by Thomas Mann and Robertson Davies."-San Francisco Chronicle

This is the fourth novel-and much-anticipated conclusion-of John Crowley's astonishing and lauded Aegypt 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 Aegypt 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.

John Crowleywas born in the appropriately liminal town of Presque Isle, Maine. His most recent novel is Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land.He teaches creative writing at Yale University. 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.

About the Author

John Crowley was born in the apporopriately 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931520225
Author:
Crowley, John
Publisher:
Small Beer Press
Author:
John Cro
Author:
wley
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
341
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Crowley's eloquent and captivating conclusion to his Aegypt tetralogy finds scholar Pierce Moffet still searching for the mythical Aegypt, an alternate reality of magic and marvels that have been encoded in our own world's myths, legends and superstitions. Pierce first intuited the realm's existence from the work of cult novelist Fellowes Kraft. Using Kraft's unfinished final novel as his Baedeker, Pierce travels to Europe, where he spies tantalizing traces of Aegypt's mysteries in the Gnostic teachings of the Rosicrucians, the mysticism of John Dee, the progressive thoughts of heretical priest Giordano Bruno and the 'chemical wedding' of two 17th-century monarchs in Prague. Like Pierce's travels, the final destination for this modern fantasy epic is almost incidental to its telling. With astonishing dexterity, Crowley (Lord Byron's Novel) parallels multiple story lines spread across centuries and unobtrusively deploys recurring symbols and motifs to convey a sense of organic wholeness. Even as Pierce's quest ends on a fulfilling personal note, this marvelous tale comes full circle to reinforce its timeless themes of transformation, re-creation and immortality." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "With Endless Things and the completion of the Aegypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us."
"Review" by , "[A] fresh, sometimes revisionist perspective on all that has gone before....Following [Crowley's characters'] slow, uncertain progress through the course of four large volumes has been a deep — and inexhaustible — pleasure."
"Review" by , "[Bruno's] plotline is the one those unfamiliar with the other Aegypt books...and unimpressed by Crowley's anaphoric rhetorical flights will probably warm to most. Such Aegyptian neophytes may indeed be so bored by the rest of the book that they quit it before reaching its impressive and moving, homey conclusion."
"Synopsis" by , The fourth novel — and much-anticipated conclusion — of Crowley's astonishing and lauded Aegypt sequence, Endless Things is a dense, lyrical meditation on history, alchemy, and memory.
"Synopsis" by ,
A dense, lyrical meditation on history, alchemy, and memory.
"Synopsis" by ,

Praise for the Ægypt sequence:

"With Little, Big, Crowley established himself as America’s greatest living writer of fantasy. Ægypt confirms that he is one of our finest living writers, period."

—Michael Dirda

"A dizzying experience, achieved with unerring security of technique."

The New York Times Book Review

"A master of language, plot, and characterization."

—Harold Bloom

"The further in you go, the bigger it gets."

—James Hynes

"The writing here is intricate and thoughtful, allusive and ironic. . . . Ægypt bears many resemblances, incidental and substantive, to Thomas Pynchon’s wonderful 1966 novel The Crying of Lot 49."

USA Today

"An original moralist of the same giddy heights occupied by Thomas Mann and Robertson Davies."

San Francisco Chronicle

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.

"It is a work of great erudition and deep humanity that is as beautifully composed as any novel in my experience."

Washington Post Book World

"An unpredictable, free-flowing, sui generis novel."

Los Angeles Times

#LINK<>#

"With Endless Things and the completion of the Ægypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us."

Book Forum

"Crowley’s peculiar kind of fantasy: a conscious substitute for the magic in which you don’t quite believe any more."

London Review of Books 

"A beautiful palimpsest as complex, mysterious and unreliable as human memory."

Seattle Times

"This year, while millions of Harry Potter fans celebrated and mourned the end of their favorite series, a much smaller but no less devoted group of readers marked another literary milestone: the publication of the last book in John Crowley’s Ægypt Cycle."

—Matt Ruff

"Crowley’s eloquent and captivating conclusion to his Ægypt tetralogy finds scholar Pierce Moffet still searching for the mythical Ægypt, an alternate reality of magic and marvels that have been encoded in our own world’s myths, legends and superstitions. Pierce first intuited the realm’s existence from the work of cult novelist Fellowes Kraft. Using Kraft’s unfinished final novel as his Baedeker, Pierce travels to Europe, where he spies tantalizing traces of Ægypt’s mysteries in the Gnostic teachings of the Rosicrucians, the mysticism of John Dee, the progressive thoughts of heretical priest Giordano Bruno and the “chemical wedding” of two 17th-century monarchs in Prague. Like Pierce’s travels, the final destination for this modern fantasy epic is almost incidental to its telling. With astonishing dexterity, Crowley (Lord Byron’s Novel) parallels multiple story lines spread across centuries and unobtrusively deploys recurring symbols and motifs to convey a sense of organic wholeness. Even as Pierce’s quest ends on a fulfilling personal note, this marvelous tale comes full circle to reinforce its timeless themes of transformation, re-creation and immortality."

Publishers Weekly

Locus Award finalist

John Crowley was born in the appropriately liminal town of Presque Isle, Maine. His most recent novel is Four Freedoms. He teaches creative writing at Yale University. 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.

"Synopsis" by , Praise for the Aegypt sequence:

"A dizzying experience, achieved with unerring security of technique."-The New York Times Book Review

"A master of language, plot, and characterization."-Harold Bloom

"The further in you go, the bigger it gets."-James Hynes

"The writing here is intricate and thoughtful, allusive and ironic. . . . Aegypt bears many resemblances, incidental and substantive, to Thomas Pynchon's wonderful 1966 novel The Crying of Lot 49."-USA Today

"An original moralist of the same giddy heights occupied by Thomas Mann and Robertson Davies."-San Francisco Chronicle

This is the fourth novel-and much-anticipated conclusion-of John Crowley's astonishing and lauded Aegypt 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 Aegypt 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.

John Crowleywas born in the appropriately liminal town of Presque Isle, Maine. His most recent novel is Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land.He teaches creative writing at Yale University. 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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