Porius Porius stood upon the low square tower above the Southern Gate of Mynydd y Gaer and looked down on the wide stretching valley below So begins one of the most unique novels of twentieth century litera

  • Title: Porius
  • Author: John Cowper Powys Judith Bond Morine Krissdottir
  • ISBN: 9781585673667
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Porius stood upon the low square tower above the Southern Gate of Mynydd y Gaer, and looked down on the wide stretching valley below So begins one of the most unique novels of twentieth century literature, by one of its most extraordinary, neglected geniuses, said Robertson Davies of John Cowper Powys Powys thought Porius his masterpiece, but because of the paper sho Porius stood upon the low square tower above the Southern Gate of Mynydd y Gaer, and looked down on the wide stretching valley below So begins one of the most unique novels of twentieth century literature, by one of its most extraordinary, neglected geniuses, said Robertson Davies of John Cowper Powys Powys thought Porius his masterpiece, but because of the paper shortage after World War II and the novel s lengthiness, he could not find a publisher for it Only after he cut one third from it was it accepted This new edition not only brings Porius back into print, but makes the original book at last available to readers Set in the geographic confines of Powys s own homeland of Northern Wales, Porius takes place in the course of a mere eight October days in 499 A.D when King Arthur a key character in the novel, along with Myrddin Wyllt, or Merlin was attempting to persuade the people of Britian to repel the barbaric Saxon invaders Porius, the only child of Prince Einion of Edeyrnion, is the main character who is sent on a journey that is both historical melodrama and satirical allegory A complex novel, Porius is a mixture of mystery and philosophy on a huge narrative scale, as if Nabokov or Pynchon tried to compress Dostoevsky into a Ulyssean mold Writing in The New Yorker, George Steiner has said of the abridged Porius that it combines a Shakespearean epic sweep of historicity with a Jamesian finesse of psychological detail and acuity Faulkner s Absalom, Absalom , which I believe to be the American masterpiece after Melville, is a smaller thing by comparison This new, and first complete, edition of the novel substantiates both Steiner s judgement and Powys s claim for Porius as his masterpiece.

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    • John Cowper Powys Judith Bond Morine Krissdottir

      Powys was born in Shirley, Derbyshire, where his father was vicar His mother was descended from the poet William Cowper, hence his middle name His two younger brothers, Llewelyn Powys and Theodore Francis Powys, also became well known writers Other brothers and sisters also became prominent in the arts John studied at Sherborne School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and became a teacher and lecturer as lecturer, he worked first in England, then in continental Europe and finally in the USA, where he lived in the years 1904 1934 While in the United States, his work was championed by author Theodore Dreiser He engaged in public debate with Bertrand Russell and the philosopher and historian Will Durant he was called for the defence in the first obscenity trial for the James Joyce novel, Ulysses, and was mentioned with approval in the autobiography of US feminist and anarchist, Emma Goldman He made his name as a poet and essayist, moving on to produce a series of acclaimed novels distinguished by their uniquely detailed and intensely sensual recreation of time, place and character They also describe heightened states of awareness resulting from mystic revelation, or from the experience of extreme pleasure or pain The best known of these distinctive novels are A Glastonbury Romance and Wolf Solent He also wrote some works of philosophy and literary criticism, including a pioneering tribute to Dorothy Richardson Having returned to the UK, he lived in England for a brief time, then moved to Corwen in Wales, where he wrote historical romances including two set in Wales and magical fantasies He later moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where he remained until his death in 1963.

    199 thoughts on “Porius

    • This is a very big book, which is usually the first thing one notices about it, but I have read it and will probably read it again. To enjoy it it might help to already have an interest in Powys' particular penchant for descriptive indulgence and proliferation of weird character-types, but I could also see how it's one of his most easily accessible books, one that could be enjoyed by anyone who has an interest in Arthurian Romances, this book being Powys' addition to that canon.

    • Interim review. I'm on p. 424, but just want to get this off my chest. I have a problem with John Cowper Powys: I don't know where his allegiances are. What I strongly suspect is that he's a better person than me in that he doesn't have allegiances. In Atlantis, I was against the Olympian gods and on the side of the revolution, whether that were a revolt of women, of giants and monsters, or of an earlier set of gods. I'd have said he was, until the end when Atlantis, home of the revolution, turn [...]

    • JCP is unquestionably the finest British novelist of the twentieth century. This is the longest, most magnificent, strangest, most thought-provoking book I have ever read. Occasionally over-written and confusing, it is nonetheless a wonderful work of the imagination, marked by a depth of insight and an understanding of human psychology that rivals Dostoevsky.

    • "It came from Pelagius. He recognized that clearly enough: and now as he stared at the white foam on the river's surface he thought he knew just what it was! It was the idea that each solitary individual man had the power, from the very start of his concious life, not so much by his will, for that was coerced by other wills, but by his free imagination, by the stories he told himself, to create his future Well! the Mithras Bull might bellow and bleed till it broke the adamantine chains of every [...]

    • Holy cow! This book took some time to finish. I enjoyed it but I doubt I knew what was really going on. Everything was so symbolic and so thought deeply about and motivations changed constantly and I have no idea why some characters did what they did. But it isn't like I'm going to go back and read a 750 page book again just to try and catch those distinctions. This book took place in 499 AD so it was very earthy. The swearing consisted of the characters taking the Lord's name in vain but it was [...]

    • “Endure to the End”Tungerong larry ong — endure to the end — is both a rallying cry of the main character of this incredible, and incredibly complex, book, and a much-needed encouragement to readers. At 762 pages, each filled with epic, breathless sentences crackling with mystical subtext, unpronounceable Welsh names and a gargantuan cast of characters, this is not a book one should enter into lightly. It took me almost three months to finish, but the journey was worth it. Porius is grip [...]

    • One week in the life of a British prince in the year 399. A huge sprawling epic. I've read it three times and I'll read it again. No-one writes like John Cowper Powys.

    • Whew.h going so far, but damn'd intriguing. John Cowper Powys, apparently, was a Modernist about whom no one felt mildly. Many critics seem to think he's a logorrheic with unhealthy views on sex and mysticism - fair point - while dudes like Henry Miller adored him. Whatever the case, "Porius" is, so far, a very weird book. I have the pre-unabridged version - found it at Myopic Books in Chicago, and it appears to be printed sometime between 1968 and 1979. I'm only into the second chapter, but it' [...]

    • Why I want to read it (from the Atlantic):Porius by John Cowper Powys (Overlook Duckworth)In this novel, first published greatly abridged in 1951 and now painstakingly restored, the eccentric Powys produced a vision of northern Wales in the Dark Ages, specifically one week in October 499 A.D so packed with characters, their inner lives, and their side stories that it threatens to burst its covers despite its now-ample (more than 700) pages. Part historical novel, part magic realism, part romance [...]

    • A strange and majestic culmination of this eccentric genius' life work. As rough and heavy going as the primitive mountain landscape in which it's set, this massive novel repays the reader's effort in passages of transcendent beauty and wisdom. Certainly uneven, but at its best Powys' last major novel is an indisputable masterpiece.

    • Whew, done! I finished this book in agitation, simply to say that I've read it. First off this gigantic behemoth of a book is so full of thought, that I couldn't think what that last thought was all about. I'm not even entirely sure I know what the gist of the book meant. I don't like that much. Symbolism, I guess, but I don't find symbolism in cups and swords or chance encounters/circumstance. Second its so primitive in its Christ beginnings, so as to misconstrue the whole Christian faith it wa [...]

    • This work has it's fantastic, Powys moments. It just has 100ish page periods of writing scattered throughout that don't do much to reach any sort of these precious heightsThis work was more like Atlantis than Glastonbury Romance. The enigmatic Merlyn (can't remember if it has a different spelling in this work) and the likewise elemental Porius are definitely landmark characters in Powys's corpus. That's where you can get the most out of this tome. I'd like to return to the work and delve through [...]

    • A six month effort for med indeed, a very challenging read. There is all of the raw material for a great novel here, and many episodes of superb historical, psychological, and philosophical literature, but Powys cannot sustain these very long. The most difficult aspect is the sleepwalking narration and easily distracted internal monologues that dominate the entire narrativeeverything is many times clouded and shrouded over with very foreign symbolism. Porius reads like the Eumaeus episode of Uly [...]

    • The strangest book I've ever read A dark-age epic with a writing style that calls to mind James Joyce (my un-expert opinion) If you like history and philosophy and have a long attention span by all means go for it However, if you aren't prepared to be as confused when you finish Porius as you were at its beginning then steer clear Ultimately though, a book that deserves to be read and pondered

    • I actually read the OP Colgate version, the first uncut edition. Definitely my favorite book. Not a single wasted character, and the pace of this large novel is pleasurably slow, the way one would eat at a five-star restaurant. It's a no-pretense story set in the dark ages, subtly philosophical, rich in unique situations that reflect history, local Welsh mythology, and human nature both tragic and humorous. If there is just one book to read in the world

    • I started this book because John Cowper Powys was well regarded by intellectuals and writers that I respected and put it down because the whole first chapter was the protagonist looking out over his lands. It is true, Powys can compose an intoxicating sentence -- there were just too many of them. I read a few chapters of this behemoth but could not bring myself to plow through the other 600 pages. So sorry.

    • I'm having trouble finishing this one. I slowed, found myself having difficulty reading it, even on the toilet, and eventually ground to a halt. The rhetoric is way too cumbersome for me, and the sybolism is opaque. It does not carry a particularly Celtic atmosphere, in my opinion, and I couldn't find a character I liked. This best part, for me, is the cover.

    • I loved this book but, of course, I love all things Arthurian. It is not a fast read so, unless you are ready to commit, I would not enter into it lightly. Powys had such a knack for recreating a magical, wondrous ancient Wales similar to the world of the Mabinogi. If you like getting inside the head of a character, try this one out.

    • What can I possibly write about this book in this itty-bitty space and unleavening atmosphere. Porius is the magnum opus no one has ever heard of. Read Porius. Here are more reasons why.

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