Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history. Jacques Lacarrière was a French writer, born in Limoges. He studied moral philosophy, Durrell featured Gnosticism as a plot element in the novels of his The Avignon Quintet ( to ). He also wrote a “Foreword” to the English. JACQUES LACARRIERE. The Gnostics. Foreword by. LAWRENCE DURRELL. Translated from the French by. NINA ROOTES.

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Jul 02, Tod Jones rated it it was amazing. The Masters of Gnosis.

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City Lights Books Amazon. Paperbackpages. It was based on his walking across France inwhen he kept to small roads and byways, stopping at villages. To possess planets and stars is an incontestable triumph. Something in this immensity turns and meshes its gears with a regularity so precise as jacquess be disquieting; and exactly for whom–or against whom–this mechanism deploys its flaming wheelworks, we do not know.

It is beautifully written. To be infinite is too much. The Paths of Gnosticism. Lawrence’s intuitive recreation of the vanished Etruscans. The essay isn’t interested in being didactic or overly historical, and is written in a very personal manner which makes it very unique and more engaging.

And it seems that what struck these men most forcibly, as they watched throughout the Egyptian nights, is the dark portion of the sky–the vastness, the omnipresence, the heavy opacity of that blackness. It is as convincing a reconstruction of the way the Gnostics lived and thought as D. Amy rated it it was ok Sep 13, City Lights Open Media. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day.


If I were to teach a class on gnosticism, this would definitely be on my required reading list. This is a beautiful essay on The Gnostics leaders, groups, ideology, theology, etc.

It was reprinted by Fayard in with a postscript entitled “Memory of roads,” and addition of selected letters from readers.

The several great religions born in the wake of the Agricultural Revolution and consequent rise of Empire cannot hope to speak to a world in which Man has become an Effective Power. Christopher rated it liked lacarrierd Feb 23, City Lights Foundation Books. City Lights Pocket Poets.

The Gnostics by Jacques Lacarrière

Durrell featured Gnosticism as a plot element in the novels of his The Avignon Quintet to Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He is less squeamish about tackling the Gnostics often bizarre ritualistic practices as they come down to us through their Christian opponentsand he makes a decent case in rescuing their complex ideology from being that as simply ‘world hating’.

Aug 05, Nick Mather jaacques it it was amazing. Gnostics have always sought to “know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their lacarrieere.

Nikki Owens rated it really liked it Jan 14, Towards a New Gnosticism.

The argument laczrriere this is or lacxrriere I take Lacarriere to mean that given the radical evil of the World according to the Gnosticswe can expect no help from past religions that all spoke to a very different time. Publisher City Lights Publishers. While the next two parts of the book centre around Gnosticism’s historical origins and developments, it remains loaded with sentiment exemplified by the above, which to me seems appropriate: May 24, Seth rated it it was amazing.

Man is a mirror kacques which one can discover the reduced and condensed image of the sky, a living universe carrying within him, in his body and in his psyche, fires and dark shores, zones of shadows and of light. May 26, Steve rated it it was amazing. The Ash and the Stars. Easily read, lets you know the movement’s main branches and protagonists and keeps you curious and interested in each page.


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The Gnostics

The fourth and final part discusses Gnosticism in and for the contemporary age. Lisa rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Lacarriere is particularly well informed about the various currents and undercurrents of Gnosticism, and their perennial importance for the religious and the mystic mind.

And he maintains that this lacarriege in some ways comparable to our contemporary alienation under capitalism. Of interest to ethnographers and ecologists is his Chemin faisant: Is the ‘real’ sky nothing but its light, these winking eyes on the ocean of night, or is it at one and the same time that which shines and that which does not, a fire flaming and dark by turns?

The quotations which open each chapter give you the flavor. This book examines the information available and tries to piece together a model we can understand. It is as convincing a reconstruction of the way kacques Gnostics lived and thought as D.

I include this book in my list of books of reading for insomnia – a sort of collection gostics books which come to my mind when I think of that liminal space between dreaming and being barely awake. This book is a lyrical meditation on ancient gnosticism as the ‘betrayal’ of the physical cosmos.