Ditmar Bollaert, Annamalai Nagar, Its solitary summit reaches the sphere of eternity and its base spreads out in manifold foothills into the world of mortals. It is the way by which man can raise himself to the divine and by which the divine reveals itself to man. The patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament beheld the Lord face to face in high places. For a mountain to play the role … its summit must be inaccessible but its base accessible to human beings as nature has made them. It must be unique and it must exist geographically.
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Feb 13, Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it liked it I am convinced that some books have a specific time in the life of a reader. Once that time is gone, they loose their effect. Hell, I was even trying to write one of my own.
This was back in , when fresh out of college, I used to spend considerable time in libraries, bookshops, among roadside vendors and spent hours on the internet I am convinced that some books have a specific time in the life of a reader. This was back in , when fresh out of college, I used to spend considerable time in libraries, bookshops, among roadside vendors and spent hours on the internet searching for info on obscure books.
I responded enthusiastically to Borges every time I read the intro to The Book of Imaginary Beings, a book that was always by my bedside: "there is great pleasure in out-of-date erudition". I particularly remember an old man lovingly called Thatha who had, or probably still has, a roadside bookshop near Luz corner in Chennai.
He was a simple man whose cloths were generally soiled by sitting in dirt for long, but he was a revered figure. I had heard that he came to Chennai as a helper to a military officer in the year He had acted in few films.
He was a book tracker of sorts and had acquired a hero-like figure among the reading community in Mylapore area. Those books were okay. And as I remember Thatha from a far-off vantage point it appears like a dream to me. His shop, the streets of Mylapore, and some such places where I had the habit of loitering are the legends I have formed in my mind about my early reading life.
The books I read, and what I understood from them, was hardly as important as the fantasy of that time and place, a city which Madame Blavatsky thought well-suited to establish the theosophical society.
It was as if I had, very briefly, escaped the gravity of the everyday life. Now that the book has finally arrived it seems like a very pompous exercise.
But thankfully the book is comprehensible. A group of eight people go in search for a mythical mountain the highest there is that remains invisible to the naked eye an inspiration for the island in the TV series LOST? They take a boat journey, and their talks are singularly focused on self-indulgent intellectualism, filled with pseudo-theories. They all look like caricatures or stock-characters. One character believes in something and personifies that belief, gets almost reduced to it.
If a character is shown in great misery, it is because he is trying to solve complex optical problems. That makes you smile because you find it cute. Turns out that there is a flourishing community at base of the mountain, with a currency of its own, altered religious practices, its own understanding of law and order, linguistic and social variations.
The peak remains elusive and difficult to access. It symbolizes a spiritual experience. Everyone can start at the base ground zero but very few can reach the peak. The tension in the story comes from episodes like these: "And what if someone does not manage to pay his debts? And they work for a story like this. Umberto Eco wrote that when he tried to remove all the unnecessary words or expressions from a Dumas novel to make it slicker for his translation it had lost its effect.
And to some extend, it seems true. It is a sad novel after all, ending abruptly because the writer died prematurely. I was at my most attentive near the end. Did he plan the novel such that the group would never get to reach the peak? That would certainly have symbolic interpretations. But we can only guess. An inventive book, it dares to create its own reality. We will never know whether Daumal was another Francis Bacon writing his Novum Organum, convinced that he had hit the right notes and now had answers for us all, or someone who was ultimately planning to ridicule the whole ordeal.
That, dear friends, will forever remain a mystery and we all swallow our saliva in silence.
Overview[ edit ] The novel is both bizarre and allegorical , detailing the discovery and ascent of a mountain, which can only be perceived by realising that one has travelled further in traversing it than one would by travelling in a straight line, and can only be viewed from a particular point when the sunrays hit the earth at a certain angle. It must be unique and it must exist geographically. The door to the invisible must be visible. Father Sogol — the " Logos " spelled backwards — is the leader of the expedition—the expedition to climb the mysterious mountain that unites Heaven and Earth. In it was published in English translation by Vincent Stuart Ltd.
Biography Do you like this poet? Rene Daumal poems, quotations and biography on Rene Daumal poet page. Read all poems of Rene Daumal and infos about Rene Daumal. French novelist, essayist, poet, short story writer, translator, and playwright. Daumal is known for his writings on spirituality and perception. He spent his youth in the company of several artists called simplists, who delved into psychological exploration and used drugs.
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