Aegypt Alphabet

Someone at work asked me what John Crowley’s Aegypt quartet was about, and I gave the answer I’ve always given, no matter where I was in the cycle.  I said, “I have no idea what these books are about.  I love them, but I have no idea.” 

I decided I’m being a little hard on myself.  I do know some things the books are about.  Here’s a short list. 

Astrology, alchemy, angels; books, bible stories; Catholicism, clockwork, colleges, cults; demons, dementia, dominance games; Egypt, epilepsy; fathers, family, fear, failure; Gnosticism, gypsies, ghosts, Giordano Bruno; humanity, history; imagination, isolation, illusion; jesters, Jews, John Dee; knowledge; love, lies, loneliness; magic, mysteries, manipulation; nature, numinous places; oracles, old gods, origin myths; Prague, passages, poison rings; questions, quests; Rome, Romania, revelations; sex, secrets, seekers, sheep; time, thresholds, the end of the world; underworlds, unfinished works; via negativa; wizards, worlds within worlds, women named Rose; xenogenesis; youth, yearning; zealots.

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4 Responses to Aegypt Alphabet

  1. Chad Hull says:

    Honestly? I was more intrigued by “I have no idea what these books are about. I love them, but I have no idea.” than the list. None come to mind right, now but I’ve described books to people with those words too.

  2. Marion says:

    It was more the challenge to see if I could find words for each letter of the alphabet.

  3. Chad Hull says:

    Oh… I’m so lame I never put any of that together.

    Well done.

  4. Marion says:

    The interesting thing about these books is that I could actually *do* that, because he covers so many ideas and tropes. And, really, I still have only the faintest glimmering of what they are “about.”

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