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The Eye in the Pyramid has ratings and reviews. Faith said: Take Douglas Adams, give him an unhealthy interest in conspiracy theory, then spike. The Paperback of the The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, and Leviathan by Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson. Filled with sex and violence–in and out of time and space–the three books of The Illuminatus are only partly works of the imagination. They tackle all.

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Each book is relatively short – about three hundred pages – and each one is either an Two stars is either an unfairly poor assessment illluminatus this book, or entirely too generous. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Wilson was delighted with the adaptation, saying: Burroughs as having discovered. Dell; First Edition edition Language: It is a subliminal message technique, a word that the majority of the population since early childhood has been trained to ignore and, of course, trained to forget both the training and the fact that they are ignoring itbut which they associate with a vague sense of unease.

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The book is at its least effective when it is taking itself seriously, particularly in the appendices. More than that, the scattershot narrative makes it a chore to read and there are plenty of typos throughout “Dealy Plaza”, “wierd”.

InWilson published an encyclopedia of conspiracy theories called Everything is Under Controlwhich explains the origins of pygamid of the theories mentioned in Illuminatus!


I read this when it came out in the 70s and again sometime in the 80s and again recently This is the first part of a trilogy and although I wasn’t thrilled through a lot of the book the final at had me gripped enough to want to know where it goes next. The book’s attitude to New Age philosophies and beliefs are ambiguous. You’ll just thw some of the jokes. Wilson and Robert Shea went on to become prolific authors.

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Trilogy covers a wide range of subjects throughout the book. So it was tired New York cop on a wild, weird, zany odyssey, searching out a secret society that spanned centuries, crossed continents, drugged generations, pyeamid stooped to any depth of degradation to self-destruct an entire world.

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These details certainly seem like aspects of some drug-induced late sixties drivel, but don’t be mislead, there are some really interesting conspiracy ideas hiding in the boorish, self indulgent text. When it seems to believe in it’s own conspiracies or Burroughs’ bizarre understanding of history, it becomes a victim of its own joke.

The Sex Magicians The Illuminatus! There certainly are those aspects which are inspired by psychadelic culture, including the free-wheeling structure. The movement plays a large role in the text and is analyzed from all sides, but basically boils down to religion as imagined by Mad Magazine. Nov 28, Trevor Durham rated it it was amazing Shelves: The prevalence of kinky sex in the story reflects the hippie ideal of ” free love “; characters are both liberal-minded and promiscuous.

The authors, themselves went through huge amounts of data to combine all of these conspiracy theories into a grand ur-conspiracy, too large and detailed to be illuuminatus and too ridiculous to be doubted.


The Eye in the Pyramid refers to the Eye of Providencewhich in the novel represents particularly thd Bavarian Illuminatiand makes a number of appearances for example, as an altar and a tattoo. Several of the characters from Illuminatus!

Wilhelm is killed by the monstrous alien being Yog-SothothRhe is shot by John DillingerWinifred is drowned by porpoises, and Werner is trapped in a sinking car. The Eye in the Pyramid is a detective story where our detectives don’t even know what they are looking for. The American band Machines of Loving Grace took the name of a sex act performed by one of the main characters during a Black Mass jn the title of their song “Rite of Shiva” on their eponymous album.

It started with the Discordian Society, which is based on worship of Eristhe Greek goddess of confusion and chaos [ The “wisdom” of the “Illuminated” characters prompts eye-rolls rather than enthusiastic nods – it bears more resemblance ypramid what might come out of an earnest three a.

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T This has to be one of the most difficult and strangest books I have read in my life. In other projects Wikiquote. In the trilogy won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Awarddesigned to honor libertarian science fiction.

I’ve come to the conclusion that this isn’t literature.