The Illuminatus! Trilogy

The Illuminatus! Trilogy

Book - 1984
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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 the coverups of our time--from who really shot the Kennedys to why there's a pyramid on a one-dollar bill.

Publisher: New York, NY : Dell Pub. Co., [1984], c1975
ISBN: 9780440539810
0440539811
Characteristics: 805 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Robert Anton 1932-2007

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Arielflint
Oct 19, 2016

I think the other reviewer might be right - that you may need to be a certain age to enjoy this trilogy. I've heard Robert Anton Wilson referenced frequently in other readings and podcasts that I listen to (all of admittedly strange topics) and felt that he was part of the "weird canon," if you will. Unfortunately, it just never clicked with me. Was it the truly Discordian aspects? Was it the flavor of the 70's that just isn't able to resonate with me, who wasn't even born at the time? I feel like I might be missing something important, but I had to give it a pass after a while... for now... It has a David Foster Wallace feel to it as far as that goes.

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waltzingechidna
Oct 12, 2013

It's entirely possible that you have to be a certain age to enjoy this trilogy. I happened to be exactly the right age--20--when I first came across it, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Conspiracy theories, Aleister Crowley and his crowd, neopagans, revisionist history, and plenty of shocking libertines to go around. A really fun romp.

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Anarchy_Bunny
Sep 04, 2009

The ultimate in conspiracy novels. Pretty much inspired the entire genre, if not a whole pile of people to formulate their own conspiracies.

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Oct 12, 2013

waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 24

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