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The Book of Lies is a witty, instructive, and admirable collection of paradoxes; however, it is not a philosophical or mystical treatise. Actually, its subtleties exhilarate. Scholars have said it is "stupendously idiotic and amazingly clever." To endeavor to translate into definite terms Crowley's aphorisms would detract from the value of the book. It is wiser for readers to make their own interpretation.

The ninety-three chapters, which may be a single word, a half dozen phrases, twenty paragraphs, or even two pages, have subjects determined more or less definitely by Qabalistic significance — for example, Chapter 25 gives a revised ritual of the Pentagram.

The Commentaries following each chapter are equally outrageously impressive. Subtly embodied in the book is the entire symbolism of Freemasonry as well as the symbolism of other traditions. Aleistar Crowley was not only a deep well of fundamental knowledge but also an even deeper well of symbolic knowledge.

The Book of Lies was first published in 1913 — far ahead of its time. The 1952 revision was significant because an additional commentary appeared at the end of each chapter. This latest reprinting is by popular demand.


An admirable collection of Crowley's aphorisms-- Witty, subtle, and instructive paradoxes that challenge and exhilarate.


A witty, instructive, and admirable collection of paradoxes.

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Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a magus, poet, sexual athlete, mountaineer, traitor, drug fiend, and Prophet of a New Eon. He has been dubbed "The Wickedest Man in the World." Author of 777, Diary of a Drug Fiend, and Book of Lies, as well as many other books, Crowley, with Freida Harris, also created the bestselling Thoth Tarot Deck.

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A lucidly written book of, for some, inscrutable content that is nonetheless as limitlessly rewarding to study as the Tao Te Ching. A well with an abysmally deep spring. Characteristic of Crowley's writing, this is clearly written, yet challenging and, as ever, enjoyable to read.
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Crowley, Aleister
Weiser Books
York Beach, ME :
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Magick Studies
aleister crowley; magick
Literary Criticism : General
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