sleeping-car. Among them Ivan Osokin, a young man about twenty six. Osokin is visibly agitated although he tries not to show it. Zinaida is talking to her brother. Strange Life of Ivan Osokin. Commentary by John Pentland. Although so deeply committed to writing that he often said, not altogether jokingly, that it was. But this evening, typing up my thoughts on P.D. Ouspensky’s Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (I’m not sure why there’s no definite article, but no.

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This is a very thought-provoking story. Igan edition with a cover graphic echoing the cyclical themes of the story.

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Sort of a combo between the film Waking LifeBeckett’s Waiting for Godotand Houllebecq’s PlatformOsokin finds himself on a repeat loop of his boring failed life, Ouspensky getting preachy in the final chapters thinly veiled through The Magician about how one should do it. A book cover of the 1st English osokim, What Richard Bach could never achieve. To conclude, this book is neither a philosophical guide, nor a romantic Russian drama, for me it represents an indistinct mixture of author’s impressions after having read Nietzsche and Tolstoy.

If we have free isokin to make free choices, why aren’t we all the best reviewer on goodreads? I feel like I was irritated for most of oso,in book, as it’s just making the same point over and over. If he only had his time again, he’d avoid expulsion from school, alienating his rich uncle, bad behaviour in the army and frittering away a life-saving inheritance in casinos.

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Trivia About Strange Life of I I guess that the key to redemption is supposed to be the proposed sacrifice of his free will, but it is not explained well enough why only this one magician has the power to decide what sacrifice can bring what goals.


Life is not particularly pleasant for anyone But why, has anything especially disagreeable happened to you? Aug 12, Flowquietly rated it it was amazing.

I can only guess. Contemporary writing with timeless truths, although the mysticism isn’t too well incorporated into the novella form.

Quotes from Strange Life of I Well written and understandable but slow to get to the point. A low four star rating. Mar 04, Capsguy rated it liked it Shelves: Osokin, now about 14, has all the memories of his past-future, but almost immediately begins to make the same choices over and over again.

Most of his choices are negations, the lack of action, but worse than that is he lives his life over I don’t know if we have free will, I wonder about it, and there are many philosophers and scientists on both sides of the arguments, so I’m not alone.

Worse, he can see his own bad choices coming, but for one reason or another cannot avert them. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Or how often have we done the wrong thing and realized it only a moment too late to do anything about it, beating ourselves up all the more because our error was so obvious, so avoidable in hindsight?

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

Either way, it invites the question of why Ouspensky would tell his story in this fashion. Also the end was fittingly strange. Dec 25, Julio Loo rated it it was ok.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lumping them toward the end of the book as a lessons to learn list made me feel as though I was reading for a school course, though in truth it did directly state the author’s intent for writing th A low four star rating.


And I guess that kind of makes sense with the story, as the main character is pretty irritated with his situation too. The whole trick is, that nothing is done all at once; everything ozokin done little by little. Moscow is waking up. You can help by adding to it. A mind-stretching iavn of recurrence – the concept that we continue to repeat the same life over and over again, not quite reincarnation, actually repeating the same life.

Much of the book was really quite painful for me to read, in part because Osokin is so relentlessly pathetic — but at the same time, he and his situation are horribly relatable.

Nov 30, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: The main character has the chance to go back 12 years in life and struggles to do anything different no matter how much he wants to. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I don’t know if we have free will, I wonder about it, and there are many philosophers and scientists on both sides of the arguments, so I’m not alone.

You have the freedom of information, you have the brain, why don’t you have everything that you supposedly want? I just don’t think it was worked well for the novel. Nov 19, michel rated it it was amazing Shelves: