One of the peculiarities of Bulwer was his passion for occult studies. They had a charm for him early in life, and he pursued them with the earnestness which characterised his pursuit of other studies. He became absorbed in wizard lore; he equipped himself with magical implements,—with rods for transmitting influence, and crystal balls in which to discern coming scenes and persons; and communed with spiritualists and mediums. These weird stories, in which the author has formulated his theory of magic, are of a wholly different type from his previous fictions, and, in place of the heroes and villains of every day life, we have beings that belong in part to another sphere, and that deal with mysterious and occult agencies. Once more the old forgotten lore of the Cabala is unfolded; the furnace of the alchemist, whose fires have been extinct for centuries, is lighted anew, and the lamp of the Rosicrucian re-illumined. No other works of the author, contradictory as have been the opinions of them, have provoked such a diversity of criticism as these.
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Start your review of Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale Write a review Shelves: english-writer , , edward-bulwer-lytton , reading-focus , horror-classic , mystery , poltical-bend , religious-element-predominance , romance , tragedy It is easier to add to our read list here at Goodreads and a couple years ago if I found a book while reading or listening to an OTR Old Time Radio , I started putting a note in my comment section.
Besides those books being wonderful, the It is easier to add to our read list here at Goodreads and a couple years ago if I found a book while reading or listening to an OTR Old Time Radio , I started putting a note in my comment section. Besides those books being wonderful, the author would list books when appropriate; hence "Zanoni".
It has taken me a long time to finally pick up this story and all I can say in a few words, this story speaks to my soul! It lifts me up higher in my thoughts of life and The Almighty! Is this a religious read? It depends on what one considers that realm. This is an ultimate favorite and wonderful find for me. The reason I bring that up is a name I did this to showed up in another story in my Delphi Collection of his works.
So in my curiosity, I came up with a story that is shorter, written earlier with some of the same characters, "Zicci". Many older stories are not always talked about on the Internet and "Zicci" was that sort. So of course I will read that next and compare. Edward Bulwer Lytton was an interesting character and writer. I will be putting some quotes here from my edition. They had a charm for him early in life, and he pursued them with the earnestness which characterised his pursuit of other studies.
He became absorbed in wizard lore; he equipped himself with magical implements, — with rods for transmitting influence, and crystal balls in which to discern coming scenes and persons; and communed with spiritualists and mediums. Before the author goes into that history, he talks of the men of Enlightenment.
After reading this book, I come away with knowing more history and the men of The Enlightenment Age. The lack of belief in God is quite profuse and it is always interesting when some men about to die look for God who they denied exist. I come away after reading this with a stronger faith in God. Can one believe in God and science? Yes, there are so many wonders and unknowns that may never be explained and having a Faith in God does not make one any less of intelligent because one believes.
We have a free choice to believe or not believe, I chose to have Faith. Two quotes below are from that gentleman talking to the author and Lytton giving a history of his friend. At the same time he did not regard the crimes of that stormy period with the philosophical leniency with which enlightened writers their heads safe upon their shoulders are, in the present day, inclined to treat the massacres of the past: he spoke not as a student who had read and reasoned, but as a man who had seen and suffered.
London, January, It is original in its conception, and pervaded by one central idea; but it would have been improved, we think, by a more sparing use of the supernatural. The inevitable effect of so much hackneyed diablerie — of such an accumulation of wonder upon wonder — is to deaden the impression they would naturally make upon us.
I think the supernatural element is an important part of the story for so many reasons. It gives more of a good verses evil; the meaning of life and would one really like to live forever on Earth or look for everlasting life in Heaven. You see many characters which at the end of the story, the editor explains, though he says the reader will come away with their own ideas. Another sees humanity and science and the need to uplift others.
A character of passion and desires that does not think of consequences and not a bad person. A person with superstition that lurks in the mind and is afraid of things unknown not having Faith in what is good. I could go on and on but will rap my thoughts up soon. This is romance from start to finish. I never knew what twist and turns this book would take; the ending was all that in grandeur.
In my edition the story described- "Zanoni was published in and is often considered to be the first modern British novel of occult fantasy. The book was hugely influential on theosophists and other similar groups during the nineteenth century. Bulwer-Lytton confessed that in his younger years he took a great interest in the secret philosophical society Rosicrucianism, wishing to truly understand its theory and doctrine.
The sect was founded during the medieval period in Germany by Christian Rosenkreuz and was centred on the idea of discovering ancient truths and understanding nature and the spiritual realm that are beyond the reach of the average man. The central characters of the novel are the eponymous Zanoni, his spiritual master Mejnour, and the young aspiring opera singer Viola.
Bulwer-Lytton sets the novel in two worlds; the physical and material one, and the transcendent realm, which can only be accessed by those of the brotherhood. When the novel opens, Zanoni has already undergone the initiation into the sect and trained enough to reach the highest level of the order and become immortal. If interested, I have a lot of highlights and some notes; look on my Edward Bulwer Lytton shelf for that collection. The Ideal and Faith are one and the same.
Return, O wanderer, return! Feel what beauty and holiness dwell in the Customary and the Old. Back to thy gateway glide, thou Horror!
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Zanoni, a timeless Rosicrucian brother, cannot fall in love without losing his power of immortality; but he does fall in love with Viola Pisani, a promising young opera singer from Naplesthe daughter of Pisani, a misunderstood Italian bulwef. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton Even in the riot of their joy, they drew back in astonishment and awe. He finally marries Viola and they have a child. Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Their love flourishes, through it Zanoni makes himself vulnerable to its vicissitudes, something that makes him human again. I found the whole written in zqnoni unintelligible cipher.
The principal characters are:  Zanoni — an initiate into Chaldean wisdom Mejnour — an older companion and fellow initiate Clarence Glyndon — an English artist who aspires to the secret knowledge Viola Pisani — a beautiful and pure-hearted but unsophisticated Neapolitan Mervale — a commonsensical and conventional-minded friend of Glyndon Nicot — a debased and selfish revolutionary Plot[ edit ] Zanoni, a timeless Rosicrucian brother, cannot fall in love without losing his power of immortality; but he does fall in love with Viola Pisani, a promising young opera singer from Naples , the daughter of Pisani, a misunderstood Italian violinist. The story develops in the days of the French Revolution in Zanoni has lived since the Chaldean civilisation. His master Mejnor warns him against a love affair but Zanoni does not heed.
Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale
When he was 15, a tutor named Wallington, who tutored him at Ealing, encouraged him to publish an immature work: Ishmael and Other Poems. She died about the time that Bulwer went to Cambridge and he stated that her loss affected all his subsequent life. In August , he married Rosina Doyle Wheeler — , a noted Irish beauty, but against the wishes of his mother, who withdrew his allowance, forcing him to work for a living. His writing and political work strained their marriage and his infidelity embittered Rosina.