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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But he discovers that because human choices tend to be mechanical, changing the outcome of one’s actions is extremely difficult. But this evening, typing up my thoughts on P.

I suppose I enjoy more of a Sartre-esque novel where the lessons are there to find much like those warp whistles in S. It would also make this novel more accessible; I spent many years trying to track it down before finding it for a dollar at a clearance sale. And I guess that kind of makes sense with the story, as the main character is pretty irritated with his osoin too. Trivia About Strange Life of I To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Image from Book Zoo in Oakland.

Mar 04, Capsguy rated it liked it Shelves: The title derives the experience of Ivan Osokin living osokih then reliving his life again in exactly the osoiin way but with prior knowledge of his past mistakes the second time.

Not the most promising proposal.

Another edition with a cover graphic echoing the cyclical themes of the story. Kitap oncellikle benxe kult bir kitap. Nov 30, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 29, rodolfo avelar rated it liked it. When the protagonist realizes that he can recall having lived his life before, he decides to try to change it. Still, a osokkn read. A mind-stretching story of recurrence – the concept that we continue to repeat the same life over and over again, not quite reincarnation, actually repeating the same life.


A rather neat find; the title page to a Russian edition of the novel under its original title.

Spoiler gibi olmasin ama kitapta en cok etkilendigim iki kucuk paragrafi hem daha sonra unutmamak icin hemde sizler icin paylasmak istiyorum. Why not, if you truly have free will? Before long, Osokin is observing “It seems to me that everything repeats itself, not once or twice but scores of times, like the ‘Blue Danube’ on a barrel organ. Ivan Osokin, the memorable young Russian character living the strange life of eternal recurrence in this well written novel, seems to be someone who maybe believes in free odokin but certainly doesn’t practice it, at least not in an affirmative way.

Nevertheless, I think that detracts from what is otherwise an excellent story. Set in Moscow and Paris, Ouspensky’s osojin full-length novel explores osokinn theme of “eternal recurrence”, a theory of time developed in Ouspensky’s classic book A New Model of the Universe. Oskin 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 the book.

Behind the vague and not really exceptional story of Osokin, who has to endure ivxn and then experiences several romances, which are generally unimportant for the plot, there is a second level of the book, attempting to be highly philosophical or even worse mystical. 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.


Life is not particularly pleasant for anyone But why, has anything especially disagreeable happened to you?


But during these years you must belong to me — I mean, you must do everything I tell you without evasions and excuses. I can only guess. Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by P. Be the first to ask a question about Strange Life of Ivan Osokin.

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Snake devouring itself, and a little Finnegans Wake too. For much of the book, I found it a rather painful read. Devastated, he visits a magician he knows and, after relating the troubles of his life, expresses a desire to live his life over, but with the knowledge of what will happen, so that he can make the right choices going forward.

Two cats, one grey and white and the other yellow, sit opposite each other on the pavement, very intently and seem to converse.

He realizes that without help breaking his mechanical behavior, he may be doomed to repeat the same mistakes forever.