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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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 Thanks for stirring my thoughts, Michael! Hi Tony, nice one.

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

or Mar 04, Capsguy rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Worth a read for anyone familiar with the ideas of GI Gurdjieff, fans of Russian literature, or lkfe spiritual seekers who like to intake new info via fiction, not just holy books.

In my opinion, it’s well worth your time. Much of the book was really quite painful for me to starnge, in part because Osokin is so relentlessly pathetic — but at the same time, he and his situation are horribly relatable. To view it, click here. Is it the fact that characters in a film will play out the same actions no matter how often the film is ospkin, or is it an allusion to the endless repetitions of early film loops and even praxinoscopes the novel was first published in and takes place in the yearsthe very earliest years of the cinema?

However, was first book in long while that I couldn’t stop reading. Ozellikle Osokin ve Znaida’nin arladinda gecen konusmalarin bazi yerlerinde kendi iliskimden sahneler bulmam beni kitaba daha da cok yakinlastirdi. It is exactly these scenes, which Ouspensky — by describing them minutely —intends should be taken as fact and even as the most important fact srtange the book. Published November 1st by Penguin Books first published In the other books, Ouspensky left his personal life and opinions completely in the background.

Would I recommend it? I can only guess. Here, against a background pictured with a wealth of detail, Osokin’s hopes of finding someone with whom he can have a real exchange are at last fulfilled in the magician, who is able to speak the truth by hinting at it like a riddle and whose penetrating glance has the longed-for dimension of irony — “not an unsympathetic irony, but one full of understanding, of compassion and pity, as though he would like to help but cannot.


The preaching at the end was justified, since it was sharp and straight to the poin Eh, not altogether bad. Apr 15, mytwocents rated it really liked it.

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by P.D. Ouspensky

You are commenting using your Facebook account. The whole trick is, that nothing is done all at once; everything is done little by little. Nov 19, michel rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Ouspensky was not a prolific author. Osokin is an artist. 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. All in all, Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff system directly under Gurdjieff’s own supervision for a period of ten years, from to It is entirely possible that it uses the same translation as the first English edition, which was published in ; this might help explain the occasionally stilted and precious passages which hamper the text just a little.

But he is unable to act intelligently in the light of his knowledge, because at crucial moments he forgets, he cannot remember, he cannot follow. A rather neat find; the title page to a Russian edition of the novel under its original title. Paperbackpages. Osokin finally catches up with himself, second time around, and the magician says that he told him so.

Ivan Osokin bids the woman he loves, Zinaida Krutitsky, farewell; she is leaving on a trip to the Crimea and he is not coming, professing his own poverty and in spite of her own frustrations. 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.

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This is a very thought-provoking story. So really the sole function of the magician is to oso,in Osorkin to step down off the throne of running-his-own-show and simply ASK for help and direction. Does this seem true to you?

From a distance, he can remember the whole pattern but as events come close he can see only the separate details so that not all at once, but little by little, the trap called life closes in on him. Quotes from Strange Life of I Evidently, Ouspensky was observing himself long before he heard of self-observation from Gurdjieff, just as in Tertium Organum he had already “unconsciously” anticipated so many other of the ideas he later received from him. After three months, ivaan stops writing back, and through strxnge chance encounter with her brother, he learns she is going to marry another man.


It will be the same as the past.

Stunningly executed, and no, Groundhog Day does not equate. The prose itself is less than average in comparison to the quality of work I generally read, in comparison to genre-fiction this would be better than averagehowever I found the little life lessons an enjoyable thing to consume this afternoon. Either way, it invites the question of why Ouspensky would tell his story in this fashion. And if you’ve changed careers, or spouses, did you really freely choose these options, or were they simply ever constraining options rather than free choices?

Only at the end of In Search of the Miraculous, when he was moving away from Gurdjieff, does the author himself appear. Then he lives hi I am quite perplexed about what Ouspensky’s main point was. 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.

Behind the vague and not really exceptional story of Osokin, who has to endure hardship 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. Ivan Osokin is seeing the girl he loves off at the station; he can’t accede to her requests that he accompany her as he’s almost broke.

ooskin Lumping 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. Not a perfect edition of the novel, but I rather like the cover. He even becomes afraid to think.