Take a Victorian scifi premise, say, a trip to the center of the earth, and by the way, it's hollow. Add a tale of a soul condemned by the Illuminati to a perilous underground quest to find the Goddess of Love spoiler alert: spell Aphrodite backwards. Top it off with a wild magic mushroom trip. That's Etidorhpa!
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It has been ordained that a select few must from time to time pass over the threshold that divides a mortal's present life from the future. Written well over a century ago, John Uri Lloyd was a visionary who spoke of far distant worlds, dead civilizations, other dimensions and in particular, a world few of us will ever get to visit.
A world hidden beneath our feet inside t It has been ordained that a select few must from time to time pass over the threshold that divides a mortal's present life from the future. A world hidden beneath our feet inside the earth.
Inspired by the fantastic -- in particular the art of alchemy -- the author reveals in this long lost manuscript how he joined a secret society and was introduced into the sphere of mysticism. A part of this spiritual journey included the opportunity to establish contact with a super-human, eyeless being, inside a cave in Kentucky. Together they journey to another realm filled with magic and wonderment.
Some have placed it in the category of Alice in Wonderland; where does the mind magic start and end? You decide. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 1st by Inner Light Publications first published More Details Original Title.
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More filters. Sort order. One of the most strange books ever. It isn't only the problem, myth and theory of the Hollow Earth that is developed in extence; apart from the excelent and brilliant first chapter, where the famous quote from Seneca is referred, and the metamorphoses of the hero that follows, there are so many scientific paradoxes, strange explanations of geological phenomena, informations on chemical reactions, unorthodox physical appearences in the Earth's entrailes, and of course the teacher and quide of the One of the most strange books ever.
It isn't only the problem, myth and theory of the Hollow Earth that is developed in extence; apart from the excelent and brilliant first chapter, where the famous quote from Seneca is referred, and the metamorphoses of the hero that follows, there are so many scientific paradoxes, strange explanations of geological phenomena, informations on chemical reactions, unorthodox physical appearences in the Earth's entrailes, and of course the teacher and quide of the protagonist, the asexual creature, who is neither alien, nor terrestial, reminder of what one would have been if he lived in Earth's internal, that make this book exceptional.
One of the first fantasy books, by a farmacist and botanologist, written in , very infuencial, and very infuenced by so many Poe, Lytton, Vern , which for a modern reader seems extraordinary. I must confess that reading this book, I was feeling very strange, in a sense of a mixture of curiosity and repulsion. Curiosity because of the so many interesting theories, connected with alchemy, apocrypha, secret societies etc.
The utopia inside Earth, isn't ideal, but really unknown. Yes, indeed, it is a terra nova. It isn't the known Earth of the surface. Not again the Underworld of mythology. It is like to be in another planet, totally different, alien, without any obvious relation with the known Earth.
With regard to the supposed spiritualization of scientific information this is really what should matter. But it isn't as one would expect. Nature even if it is supposed that have been changed to something better, new, rather seems to be neutral, without soul.
A scientific vision, infuenced by apocryphal knowledge, deprived from every human trace, cold, remote. Oct 20, John Willemse rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. I recently acquired a rare first edition of this book, published by the author, complete with John Uri Lloyd's signature and side notes.
I had already read the book before I got my hands on it, but I was eager to read it again. The latter relates his personal life story to Llewellyn and begs him to publish the manuscript after keeping it safe and secret for 30 years.
Alleg I recently acquired a rare first edition of this book, published by the author, complete with John Uri Lloyd's signature and side notes. Allegedly, Llewellyn decided to burden John Uri Lloyd with this task and Etidorhpa is the end result.
The book starts with a hand written prologue, telling the story of the secret manuscript and Llewellyn Drury. After a short introduction of the author the fantastic story of I-Am-The-Man begins. The book contains two related stories which are woven into a compelling journey. I don't want to spoil the read by telling how it ends, but I can tell you you're in for a big surprise. A must-read in my opinion. View all 6 comments. I read this in Greek translation.
Very interesting book, which touches upon themes such as alchemy, science, morality, geology, human nature, secret knowledge, religion. In addition to a wealth of ideas on various topics, it touches upon a very crucial topic: Spiritualization of science and knowledge in general, it touches upon knowledge in a deeply moral and religious sense and, thus, offers a bridge between science and religion.
This was a trippy, trippy book! Written at the turn of the 19th to 20th century by a native Cincinnatian it explores science, religion, and the issues of the day particularly the Temperance Movement. Most appealing was the visit with the title's character Etidorhpa. The writing in this section, to me, was brilliant I can see many quotes from this section in my future.
Immerse yourselves in this one and give me This was a trippy, trippy book! Immerse yourselves in this one and give me a shout! I finally finished "Etidorpha" after having had the book off and on for forty years, give or take a year! Extremely complex read and at times difficult to comprehend I think it could be read more than once to get all the nuances from it. Amazing that many of these scientific impossibilities, as described by the main character, I-Am-The-Man, have come to pass.
Mar 18, Ronald rated it liked it Shelves: hollow-earth. I bought a used paperback version of this book at the Printer's Row Book Fair, held in Chicago, one summer. This a quite a unique novel. It first came out in , and it clearly falls within the "Hollow Earth" sub genre of fantastic fiction. But it is not only that. The author, who was trained in science and taught and practiced pharmacy, expounds in this novel his views on science, philosophy, and the occult.
For example, Chapter XXX is about an experiment where one can observe a small portion I bought a used paperback version of this book at the Printer's Row Book Fair, held in Chicago, one summer. For example, Chapter XXX is about an experiment where one can observe a small portion of one's own brain. Jumping from a cliff yet falling slowly to the ground; a forest of colossal fungi; a great variety of stony figures; monstrous cubical crystals; beings with distorted body parts.
Neal Wilgus, in his introduction to this edition, thinks that this novel was based on Lloyd's own experience, for his life long pharmaceutical research must have brought him in contact with hallucinogenic substances. If so, I want what he had! Feb 16, Gary D. It's been many years, but I still remember the instructions for looking at my own brain with a candle Pseudoscientific claptrap, the dullest acid trip ever committed to paper.
A loner receives a spectral visit from a bigbearded slaphead with a remarkable story to tell. Falling foul of a secret society, the storyteller had been taken down into a magical world of zero gravity beneath the Earth, with a half-man, half-newt for guide. After betraying the alchemist's Illuminati he was kidnapped, thrown into a coach with a corpse strapped down on the seat next to you, taken to a cabin in the wood Pseudoscientific claptrap, the dullest acid trip ever committed to paper.
After betraying the alchemist's Illuminati he was kidnapped, thrown into a coach with a corpse strapped down on the seat next to you, taken to a cabin in the woods and threatened by men in masks who say "You will now go into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and learn the mysteries of life.
Instead his captor's plan to "annihilate you as a mortal being, and yet you will exist, suspended between life and death. The listener remains incredulous pretty much throughout, sensibly enough. However, receiving a visitation from a ghost who can read his mind who tells him a story about journeying into a hollow earth with a bizarre mockery of humanity gave him less cause for doubt than being informed that water can travel above its source.
The only positive thing I can say about Etidorpha is that it's not quite as ridiculous as A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future by John Jacob Astor IV, a similarly stupifying fantasia on scientific progress which which published a year previously.
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Etidorhpa End Earth by John Uri
Etidorhpa, or, the end of the earth: the strange history of a mysterious being and the account of a remarkable journey is the title of a scientific allegory or science fiction novel by John Uri Lloyd , a pharmacognocist and pharmaceutical manufacturer of Cincinnati , Ohio. The word "Etidorhpa" is the backward spelling of the name " Aphrodite. Eventually a popular success, the book had eighteen editions and was translated into seven languages. Drury's adventure culminates in a trek through a cave in Kentucky into the core of the earth.
Etidorhpa, or, The end of earth
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Etidorhpa: Strange History of a Mysterious Being and an Incredible Journey Inside the Earth
To Prof. Venable, who reviewed the manuscript of this work, I am indebted for many valuable suggestions, and I can not speak too kindly of him as a critic. The illustrations, excepting those mechanical and historical, making in themselves a beautiful narrative without words, are due to the admirable artistic conceptions and touch of Mr. Augustus Knapp. Structural imperfections as well as word selections and phrases that break all rules in composition, and that the care even of Prof. Venable could not eradicate, I accept as wholly my own.