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Every page I turn to of In Arcadia justifies my decision to spare myself a close reading of the last 160 pages All of my forays into the later parts and books and chapters lead me smack into the exhausting, uninvested, list making and cranky ranting that this too self involved novel obsessively churns out Okri can t seem to tell a story any his threadbare shrug towards narrative is only a convenient vehicle for his reflections on modern life, on meaning, on art, on film anything mentio Every page I turn to of In Arcadia justifies my decision to spare myself a close reading of the last 160 pages All of my forays into the later parts and books and chapters lead me smack into the exhausting, uninvested, list making and cranky ranting that this too self involved novel obsessively churns out Okri can t seem to tell a story any his threadbare shrug towards narrative is only a convenient vehicle for his reflections on modern life, on meaning, on art, on film anything mentioned in the text is then discoursed upon, tiresomely or sometimes with anger that is neither sharp nor important.What is this staccato rubbish Strangest creature I ever saw Don t quite know how to describe her Small, wiry, full of a mad quirrel like ampheteamine driven panic charged vaguely neurotic energy Nice eyes I hate to admit it, but nice eyes I like them I adore them Charming, sweet, pretty eyes Can t make out how a weirdo gets to have such nice eyes What sort of hip, chatty tone is Okri hoping to approximate Is it supposed to soften us up for passages like They gained in menace, in untrustworthiness, in depth These were thorough failures, desperate media people, haunted by the marvelous and crushing contempt that the great goddess of fame had heaped on them, haunted by their complete inability to make any sort of mark on the vile fabric of their age They were, therefore, willing accomplices of the corporation of the devil, desperadoes of fame and urban fortune I had no reason to think them incapable of anything OrJim sensed their journey was an arcane voyage, the interviewsw and places forming an inner script, a sacred script even He felt that they were all unwitting parts of a sublime riddle, a mystican conundrum, a travelling cryptograph The novel changes its narrative perspective and form and still manages not to evolve I live in a permanent existential condition most things conspire to deny me existence and historical validity Sometimes I wonder if I exist or whether I am not an invention, a nightmare invention, a regrettable invention, in the mind of societyDon t dehumanize me or insult my intelligence by trying to make up for the vile invisible laws that try to fuck up my pleasant existence Death spoke from the design, from the attempt to create Acrcadia according to one s image and command Death spoke through the geometry of it Death spoke through the excess of symbolism Death spoke through the labyrinths Death spoke through the mathematics It s sad that Okri s fiction has become an overwritten, underproven, conceptual pageantry There s not a lick of authenticity anywhere I think it may be time for me to give up on this man Ben Okri, as always writes beautifully.His books should be your only book when visiting islands in Mozambique,lodges in Zanzibar magical books for magical experiences. Cryptic, but fun Maybe you ll like it or maybe you ll find it pretentious Kinda short, so why not give it a try Ben Okri never fails to amaze me Deeply magical and fascinating, gorgeous choice of words. [ EPUB ] ☲ In Arcadia ☪ A group of angry and ill assorted people accept an invitation to make a journey Inspired by a painting and financed by a mysterious benefactor, they set off to discover the real Arcadia Or what remains of it Their journey begins in ignorance and chaos at Waterloo station and takes them through superstition and myth to harmony In the Louvre, in front of Poussin s masterpiece, they begin to understand In Arcadia takes that staple Shakespearean theme of appearance versus reality and uses it to explore the notion of paradise Scotsman From the text The perfect setting for humanity to perform the most amazing feats of history making, of self overcoming, of transcending, of momentous becoming We have the setting, Lao was thinking, we have the consciousness, but the grand event, the luminous initiation, is missing It seems we are not up to it Here we have a world of legends, of pyramids, of oceans, of mountains, deserts, valleys, meadows, volcanoes, waterfalls, colours that bring tears to the eyes, we have trees and flower From the text The perfect setting for humanity to perform the most amazing feats of history making, of self overcoming, of transcending, of momentous becoming We have the setting, Lao was thinking, we have the consciousness, but the grand event, the luminous initiation, is missing It seems we are not up to it Here we have a world of legends, of pyramids, of oceans, of mountains, deserts, valleys, meadows, volcanoes, waterfalls, colours that bring tears to the eyes, we have trees and flowers and animals of unbelievable variety, we have civilisations vanished and civilisations that are here, we have a world shining with mysteries and terrors The stage couldn t be better and yet it seems we are not up to it Our imagination is not commensurate with the splendour and potential of the stage provided Our love is not commensurate with the possibilities of the world It seems we are not up to the grandeur of the tremendous stage of nature, of the earth, of the universe We are overwhelmed by the power, the vastness, and the unknowability of it all Humanity suffers from a profound stage fright Faced with the awesomeness of it all, before the marvellous setting fit for gods and monarchs of the mind, humanity is frigid The most dramatic thing we ve been able to do, it seems, with this setting fit for masters of the spirit, is wage war There ought to be a creative equivalent of waging wars, something worthy of this masterpiece of creation, thought Lao, in a flash of incomplete illumination Okri, Ben In Arcadia Kindle Locations 1989 1999 Head of Zeus Kindle Edition There were parts of this book which truly illuminated but as much that left you wondering what Okri was aiming at A group of film makers, misfits all, set off on a journey in search of Arcadia There are mysterious disappearances and messages appearing in red ink from out of the neverwhere. This was hard going to begin withbut it was a lovely rush to the end. It started so well Loved the language and all Then it lost the wind in sails and it was just really hard to finish it. Didn t even finish it Too fat fetched, in my opinion.