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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Refresh and try again. As mistake leads to misfortune, as opportunities fall away one by one, Osokin struggles futilely against the inevitability of recurrence. 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.

Mar 21, Marzia Giuntoli rated it it was amazing. I would have awarded it five stars without hesitation except that the translation reads more like a screenplay than a novel.

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Oct 31, David Harris rated it really liked it. View all 8 comments. This article about a s novel is a stub. Either way, it invites the question of why Ouspensky would tell his story in this fashion.

I found this book to be odd and frustrating.


Nov 30, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: I am quite perplexed about what Ouspensky’s main point ivann. Then he lives his unfulfilled life again the same way, but while meeting the magician for the second time, things suddenly stop repeating.

Or maybe the profoundly cyclical nature of early film loops to say nothing of zoetropes and praxinoscopes spoke to him. And I know it all by heart. 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.

Be the first to ask a question about Strange Life of Ivan Osokin. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Spoiler gibi olmasin ama kitapta en cok etkilendigim iki kucuk paragrafi hem daha sonra Kitap bana cok sevdigim birinin tavsiyesi ile ulasti.

You may find Osokin tiresome in of himself, but you may also see many of his most tiresome qualities in your own behavior. The main character has the chance to go vian 12 years in life and struggles to do anything different no matter how much he wants to. But whether through a fault of the author or the translation, the cinematic elements only sporadically appear, seeming more like non-sequiturs or vestiges of a defunct intent.

Lists with This Book. The edition I read was the Lindisfarne Books edition, which does not credit a translator. He shared the Gurdjieff “system” for ossokin years in England and the United States, having separated from Gurdjieff in personally, for reasons he explains in the last chapter of iivan book In Search of the Miraculous.


Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

Eerie when you apply it to your life, the book gets into your head a little and you start to think about in a way where this could be real, this could be me.

Still, a good read. After three months, she stops writing back, and through a chance encounter with her brother, he learns she is going to marry another man. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Did you really freely choose the career you’re in, among all the possible careers in the world? Nov 19, michel rated it it was amazing Shelves: The theme of reliving life is common in literature, but this has to be one of the more authentic ooskin life-like versions.

A bit boring because you already know how this will end by reading the first dozen pages. Want to Read saving….

Certainly does make the reader think about the monotony of life, and how we really don’t have a choice, but it’s not something I’d live my life by. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jun 12, Elena rated it liked it.