Briefing for a Descent Into Hell
In this ambitious novel of madness and release, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Doris Lessing imagines the fantastical "inner-space" life of an amnesiac.
Charles Watkins, a Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has suffered a breakdown, confined to a mental hospital as his friends and doctors attempt to bring him back to reality. But Watkins has embarked on a tremendous pyschological adventure that takes him from a spinning raft in the Atlantic to a ruined stone city on a tropical island to an outer-space journey through singing planets. As he travels in his mind through memory and the farther reaches of imagination, his doctors try to subdue him with ever more powerful drugs in a competition for his soul. In this provocative novel, Lessing takes us on a harrowing voyage into the rarely glimpsed territory of the inner mind.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lrcaborn - LibraryThing
Reminds me so much of Carlos Castaneda in some parts. Unfortunately, I don't dig him much. Apparent stream of consciousness writing doesn't do much for me, in a similar way that many of Dream Theater ... Read full review
BRIEFING FOR A DESCENT INTO HELLUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The briefing, one of a very few fixed points in Miss Lessing's self-styled "inner space fiction," takes place well above the clouds at a conference where Minna Err and Merk Ury (oh dear) decide to ... Read full review