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. 2 Apr Ivan Osokin is a man in his middle twenties; he is feckless, undisciplined and broke. He’s had many chances to make good in life, but has. 11 Jun Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by P. D. Ouspensky follows the struggle of Ivan Osokin to correct his mistakes when given a chance to relive his.

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With the exception of In Search of the Miraculous, which strqnge worked over carefully and which was published under the authority of Gurdjieff himself, these later books were never intended by Ouspensky for public circulation.

Sgrange you really freely choose the career you’re in, among all the possible careers in the world? I would have awarded it five stars without hesitation except that the translation reads more like a screenplay than a novel. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by P.D. Ouspensky

The edition I read was the Lindisfarne Books edition, which does not credit a translator. Retrieved from ” https: Pife this sacrifice has to be a voluntary decision. Kitap bana cok sevdigim birinin tavsiyesi ile ulasti. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.


Notify me of new comments via email. In fact, to become a pupil Osokin has to understand there is only one way—to give his life entirely to the magician, at least for ten or fifteen years. Coming late to this thread. Only five major works exist and of these Tertium Organum for many years a best-seller in America and A New Model of the Universe were written and published in Russia before Ouspensky met Gurdjieff in Moscow in Worth a read for anyone familiar wit 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 well written analysis of an obscure figure I too find fascinating. Follow Blog Join other followers Instagram Bits and bobs. As a whole I loved the writing, but I felt that the main character made the book so frustrating to read!

Eh, not altogether bad. And I know it all by heart. In spite of the invaluable contribution they make to Gurdjieff s teaching, they do less than justice to Ouspensky as a writer. Definitely not re-read quality for me, but I’m glad I took the time to check out this little known classic.

The plot is not specially original. Trivia About Strange Life of I 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. P D Ouspenski — What, then, is the book’s central idea?

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There are few untidy ends and flaws in the book, by which a movie promoter with his flair for compromise and associative reasoning can enter the story.

I had an encounter with some Gurdjieff people once myself … interesting and strange it was. The Penguin Metaphysical Library edition.

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? When Osokin wants to finish his tragical life, he meets a magician, who can return him in time, but gives him a warning that nothing will change anway.

Or maybe the profoundly cyclical nature of early film loops to say nothing of zoetropes and praxinoscopes spoke to him. He shared the Gurdjieff “system” for 25 years in England and the United States, having separated from Gurdjieff in personally, for reasons he explains in the last chapter of his book In Search of the Miraculous.

But he never found what he was looking for. It makes a kind of intellectual sense out of life, whether you take the optimistic or the pessimistic track.

Then he lives hi I am quite perplexed about what Ouspensky’s main point was. That no film version of “Cinemadrama” yet exists— touch wood — may perhaps be the greatest tribute to Osokin. I read this for class, and I was ultimately disappointed. Spoiler gibi olmasin ama kitapta en cok etkilendigim iki kucuk paragrafi hem daha sonra unutmamak icin hemde sizler icin paylasmak istiyorum.

Apr 19, Gregory marked it as to-read. Worse, he can see his own bad choices coming, but for one reason or another cannot avert them. I just don’t think it was worked well for the novel. Be the first to ask a question about Strange Life of Ivan Osokin.

And she warns she won’t wait for him more than a couple of months. He begins to read too much, because reading is the only way to escape from his thoughts.

Thanks for stirring my thoughts, Michael! This is something each individual reader will have to make up his own mind about, because Ouspensky is reaching for a puzzle that in most of us is deeply buried. Of Gurdjieff, opinions vary depending on who you read. Kitap oncellikle benxe kult bir kitap. Right view is the start… right actions, right speech, etc.

Osokin finally catches up with himself, second time around, and the magician says that he told him so. What I will say is this book was odd, but I appreciated that it was a quick read.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Nor, of course, is it primarily intended as a book — for adults and children—about growing up, in the sense of a willingness to turn away from irresponsible childhood dreams to the reality of a humdrum life.