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EBOOK Ü Aleister Crowley: The Beast Demystified Ø The wickedest man in the world, as the contemporary press labelled him, self proclaimed black magician and great beast, Aleister Crowley was a mystic, writer, poet, sexual revolutionary, and painter This fascinating appraisal lifts the smokescreen of mythology to reveal a truly astonishing figure Borrowed this book as part of a halloween theme When I was younger I read a few too many books around the supernatural which often brought up Mr Crowley as a powerful exponent in occult circles Reading this book helped break down a lot of the BS that exists around the man He was brought up in a sect, his dad died when he was fairly young He inherited a great deal of money which enabled him to travel the world, hanging out with fellow artists, spend a lot of time navel gazing He was the ulti Borrowed this book as part of a halloween theme When I was younger I read a few too many books around the supernatural which often brought up Mr Crowley as a powerful exponent in occult circles Reading this book helped break down a lot of the BS that exists around the man He was brought up in a sect, his dad died when he was fairly young He inherited a great deal of money which enabled him to travel the world, hanging out with fellow artists, spend a lot of time navel gazing He was the ultimate hedonist which led to excessive self aggrandizing and a preoccupation with magic.The writing style was fairly good, but got a bit flowery at times which tired me a bit Still, it was a great book for the commute A no bullshit look at Crowley from a realist perspective Too bad the author isn t a very interesting writer. Expanding on the end of his life and muchconcise than The Confessions of Aleister Crowley An Autohagiography FYI The term hagiography may be used to refer to the biography of a saint or highly developed spiritual being in any of the world s spiritual traditions Hutchinson spares no one nor anything in his path of showing how The Beast lived his debaucherous life and the simple and sad end to his life Crowley fashioned an empire where he was not only running the show but was a sel Expanding on the end of his life and muchconcise than The Confessions of Aleister Crowley An Autohagiography FYI The term hagiography may be used to refer to the biography of a saint or highly developed spiritual being in any of the world s spiritual traditions Hutchinson spares no one nor anything in his path of showing how The Beast lived his debaucherous life and the simple and sad end to his life Crowley fashioned an empire where he was not only running the show but was a self proclaimed god at the center of its universe but in the end, died a penniless pauper, alone and devoid of faith in his own abilities Aleister Crowley was once considered by some to be The Wickedest Man in the World This book takes an objective stance toward Crowley in order to demystify him The emphasis is on historical facts and published statements Crowley s sinful behaviors and mystical ideas are frequently mentioned, but the details are largely omitted Crowley was a fascinating person, no doubt I was somewhat disappointed by the author s efforts to depict Crowley in a manner emphasizing hisordinary qualit Aleister Crowley was once considered by some to be The Wickedest Man in the World This book takes an objective stance toward Crowley in order to demystify him The emphasis is on historical facts and published statements Crowley s sinful behaviors and mystical ideas are frequently mentioned, but the details are largely omitted Crowley was a fascinating person, no doubt I was somewhat disappointed by the author s efforts to depict Crowley in a manner emphasizing hisordinary qualities This is an interesting book from the point of view of history, but the author s perspective tends to dull the subject matter This book has a no nonsense approach to Crowley s life If that s your preference, then you ll think this is an excellent biography Personally, I would have preferreddetails about his evil behaviors, mystical practices, and depraved philosophies