Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta by Doris Lessing

Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta

Canopus in Argos #1

Doris Lessing

365 pages first pub 1979 (editions)

fiction fantasy science fiction challenging reflective medium-paced


The Devil's supreme achievement is that nobody believes in him. There is a Deity, certainly, but one to be seen within the terms H.G. Wells suggested, that when man cries out his little gimme, gimme, gimme, it is as if a leveret snuggled up to a l...

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challenging 100%
dark 66%
mysterious 66%
hopeful 33%


slow 100%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 66% | A mix: 33%

Strong character development?

No: 100%

Loveable characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 100%

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