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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Sort of a combo between the film Waking LifeBeckett’s Waiting for Godotand Houllebecq’s PlatformOsokin finds himself on a repeat loop of his boring failed life, Ouspensky getting preachy in the final chapters thinly veiled through The Magician about how one should do it. Worse, he can see his own bad choices coming, but for ivsn reason or another cannot avert them.


What I will say is this book was odd, but I appreciated that it was a quick read. Most of his choices are negations, the lack of action, but worse than that is he lives his life over and over, between the ages of 14 and 26, without the possibility of changing any outcome.

A low four star rating. After three months, she stops writing back, and through a chance encounter with her brother, he learns she is going to marry another man.

Not a perfect edition of the novel, but I rather like the cover. A rather neat find; the title page to ivam Russian edition of the novel under its original title. I am quite perplexed about what Ouspensky’s main point was. Dec 23, Bojan rated it liked it.


Kitap oncellikle benxe kult bir kitap. View all 8 comments.

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

Jul osoki, Jonathan rated it really liked it. 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. Devastated, he visits a magician he knows and, after relating the troubles of his life, expresses a desire to live his life over, but with the knowledge of what will happen, so that he can make the right choices going forward.

This is a very thought-provoking story.

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. Oct 31, David Harris rated it really liked it.

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Jun 16, Wendy rated it liked it. Ozellikle Osokin ve Znaida’nin arladinda gecen konusmalarin bazi yerlerinde kendi iliskimden sahneler bulmam beni kitaba daha da cok yakinlastirdi.

Fill in your ookin below or click an icon to log in: This site uses cookies. Cool tone, very enjoyable and very fast read.

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I also appreciated the way it approached the philosophy of pre-determination vs. A book cover of the 1st English edition, Did you really freely choose the career you’re in, among all the possible careers in the world?

When the protagonist realizes that he can recall having lived his life before, he decides to try to change it. I feel like I was irritated for most of the book, as it’s just making the same point over and over. When she finally becomes engaged to another, Osokin is suicidal; he pays a visit to a mystical man in town where he bemoans the fact that he can’t live his life over.


Why aren’t we all millionaires or astronauts, or whatever? In my opinion, it’s well worth your time. Ouspensky s novel stubs. Well written and understandable but slow to get to the point.

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

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.

Some, including his close pupil Rodney Collin, say that he finally gave up the system injust before his death, but his own recorded words on the subject “A Record of Meetings”, published posthumously do not clearly endorse this judgement, nor does Ouspensky’s emphasis on “you must make a new beginning” after confessing “I’ve left the system”. Refresh and try again. No trivia or quizzes yet.

How often have we done the wrong thing, knowing better and wi Probably 3.