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. 2 Apr Ivan Osokin is a man in his middle twenties; he is feckless, undisciplined and broke. He’s had many chances to make good in life, but has. 11 Jun Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by P. D. Ouspensky follows the struggle of Ivan Osokin to correct his mistakes when given a chance to relive his.

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Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

Life presents starnge with the same choices, and the choices he makes are more like instinctive reactions than considered decisions. And I know it all by heart.

When lkfe protagonist realizes that he can recall having lived his life before, he decides to try to change it. Snake devouring ican, and a little Finnegans Wake too.

Jul 24, Tamas Czegeny rated it it was amazing Shelves: The prose itself is less than average in comparison to the quality of work I generally lide, in comparison to genre-fiction this would be better than averagehowever I found the little life lessons an enjoyable thing to consume this afternoon.

As mistake leads to misfortune, as opportunities fall away one by one, Osokin struggles futilely against the inevitability of recurrence. The magician assures him things will be no different, but grants him his wish anyway and sends him back twelve years. Certainly does make the reader think about the monotony of life, and how we really don’t have a choice, but it’s not something I’d live my life by.

Jun 17, Nishit Gajjar rated it it was amazing. Why can’t he change?

But whether through a fault of the author or the translation, the cinematic elements only sporadically appear, seeming more like non-sequiturs or vestiges of a defunct intent. Until Ouspenski was known as a philosopher, journalist and author of several influential works: Ivan Osokin is a man in his middle twenties; he is feckless, undisciplined and broke.


His dreams revolve around a deep truth—his previous existence—which he knows but has forgotten so often that it has ceased to act on him. Originally a novel but later rechristened “Cinemadrama” in the early days of films, Ouspensky himself set considerable store by it, perhaps because it was the only purely imaginative work by a mind that was rigorously honest in facing up to the usual ivah of human imagination.

Osokin is an artist. Trivia About Strange Life of I Is it the fact that characters in a film will play out the same actions no matter how often the film is shown, or is it an allusion to the endless repetitions of early film loops and even praxinoscopes the novel was first published in and takes place in the yearsthe very earliest years of the cinema? He does not wish to give up his dreams altogether because they are by far the most creative and therefore satisfying expressions of his psyche.

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Most of his choices are negations, the lack of action, lif 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. Then he lives hi I am quite perplexed about what Ouspensky’s main point was. Not a perfect edition of the novel, but I rather like the cover. This is a very thought-provoking story.

It may be that many of the decisions we make are indeed unconscious — but I also think the biggest mistake we can make is to hand over responsibility for personal change to someone else. How often have we done the wrong thing, knowing better and wishing we could DO better, or realizing our error so immediately after the fact that we beat ourselves up all the more brutally? Even in the case of Osokin, no attempt whatever is osoiin to explain or give psychological color to the processes of fear, suggestion and so on which act on him throughout the story and which Ouspensky understood and described osokiin such subtlety in his other books.

Strange Life of Ivan Ivvan is an early work. I am quite perplexed about what Ouspensky’s main point was.


A bit boring because you already know how this will end by reading the first dozen pages. In one of his early conversations with Gurdjieff in Oskoin Search of the Miraculous,Ouspensky remarks that he always found it humiliating not to know how much time he had and that to know the future was his aim.

Worldwide strangee of the club. Refresh and try again. Probably it reflects the enormous impression made on Ouspensky as a child of six by Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time and Turgenev’s A Sportsman’s Sketches, before he turned to poetry and od science.

Oct 31, David Lice rated it really liked it. In my opinion, it’s well worth your time. Mar 21, Marzia Giuntoli rated it it was amazing. Osorkin is very much his own worst enemy and keeps shooting his own foot off — again and again.

To view it, click here. Still, a good read. P D Ouspenski — Perhaps that’s how the original itself reads, and perhaps that was Ouspensky’s intention. And who was he, anyway? Dec 23, Bojan rated it liked it. Also the end was fittingly strange.

Strange Life of Ivan Osokin

Osokin, now about 14, has all the memories of his past-future, but almost immediately begins to make the same choices over and over again. Either way, it invites the question of why Ouspensky would tell his story in this fashion.

I would have looked for it in books, and in the ideas of others, looked for connections in the muddle of world thought that others had perhaps missed. Behind the vague and not really exceptional story of Osokin, who has to endure hardship and then experiences several romances, which are generally unimportant for the plot, there is a second level of the book, attempting to be highly philosophical or even worse mystical.

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