History Literature / Illuminatus

22nd Jul '16 9:31:34 PM foxley
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* LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt: Five assassins were actually gunning for JFK, although only one succeeded, and one other (Oswald) got caught.
12th Jun '16 12:47:53 PM Doc_Loki
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: George Dorn's dogs.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: George Dorn's Joe Malik's dogs.]]
8th Jun '16 10:46:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Postmodernism}}: While the book is frequently categorized as Postmodern literature, Postmodernism is deconstructed and parodied throughout. Whether that qualifies as TakeThat or SelfDeprecation depends on how much of the authors' MindScrew you feel applies; however, Creator/RobertAntonWilson has published more direct deconstructions of Postmodernism (e.g. ''Maybe Logic''), so it's more likely to be the former than the latter. (Then again, the authors were apparently pretty big fans of ThomasPynchon and JamesJoyce, so take that how you will).

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* {{Postmodernism}}: While the book is frequently categorized as Postmodern literature, Postmodernism is deconstructed and parodied throughout. Whether that qualifies as TakeThat or SelfDeprecation depends on how much of the authors' MindScrew you feel applies; however, Creator/RobertAntonWilson has published more direct deconstructions of Postmodernism (e.g. ''Maybe Logic''), so it's more likely to be the former than the latter. (Then again, the authors were apparently pretty big fans of ThomasPynchon Creator/ThomasPynchon and JamesJoyce, Creator/JamesJoyce, so take that how you will).
23rd Apr '16 12:40:33 AM AgProv
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* WakingUpElsewhere: * In the Historical Illuminatus series novel ''The Widow's Son'', lead character Sigismundo Celine is consigned to the Bastille. He ends up under a heavy security regimen after escaping and being recaptured, effectively confined to his cell where he has ample opportunity to memorise all the details of his room. One day he wakes up after a deeper sleep than normal to realise he is on the ceiling and looking down at his room - the floor has become his new ceiling. Gravity has seemingly reversed itself in the night. But he looks carefully and sees small inconsistencies in placement and arrangement of furniture. He also realises the window has suddenly been boarded over. He deduces he has been drugged and moved to an elaborate hoax set-up, for reasons as yet unclear.
21st Apr '16 12:29:33 PM AgProv
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* MegaMicrobes: Leviathan, the "other half of creation" that sustains itself by having grown, whilst remining a single-celled organism: he is the brother of Mother Nature, who grows by having divided into all the millions of discrete species on Earth. After millenia and aeons, Leviathan is ''large''.
20th Feb '16 8:55:53 PM Roland_Dhalgren
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* As Himself: Timothy Leary shows up a few times, and he and Wilson were friends in real life.

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* As Himself: AsHimself: Timothy Leary shows up a few times, and he and Wilson were friends in real life.
20th Feb '16 8:54:44 PM Roland_Dhalgren
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* As Himself: Timothy Leary shows up a few times, and he and Wilson were friends in real life.


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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the appendices.
7th Feb '16 9:46:45 PM Roland_Dhalgren
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* DepravedBisexual: Harry Coin.
7th Feb '16 9:41:16 PM Roland_Dhalgren
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* AnachronicOrder: The story, [[MindScrew if you really wanna call it that]], jumps back and forth between plot threads as well as points in time in a seemingly random fashion, with the narrator even recounting events that [[CallForward haven't happened yet]]. Surprisingly though, it's easy enough to keep track of when compared to, say, [[Literature/GravitysRainbow Gravity's Rainbow]].

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* AnachronicOrder: The story, [[MindScrew if you really wanna call it that]], jumps back and forth between plot threads as well as points in time in a seemingly random fashion, with the narrator even recounting events that [[CallForward haven't happened yet]]. Surprisingly though, it's easy enough to keep track of when compared to, say, [[Literature/GravitysRainbow Gravity's Rainbow]].Also happens with [[spoiler: Joe Malick]] [[InUniverse In-Universe]].



** Given the [[ShownTheirWork massive amount of research]] that went into the trilogy, not to mention its [[UnrealiableNarrator contradictory]] [[MindScrew nature]], this could count as [[FridgeBrilliance Fridge Brilliance]]. Whether or not it's intentional, though...



** There's also Timothy Leary, Adam Weishaupt, John Dillinger, [UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf Hitler]], George Washington, Dutch Schultz...



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharactersLoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: And that's if you don't count [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real-life historical figures]]!


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** Several characters compare Hagbard to [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]].
3rd Feb '16 8:38:31 PM darthpaul
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* HippieVan: Subverted and Lampshaded when Hagbard Celine criticizes George Moon's VW, pointing out that a bunch of hippies in a VW Microbus will be stopped and searched EVERY time, while a white guy in a suit driving a BMW will never be stopped by the police. This is Hagbard's method of choice for drug transportation, and George admits he never dares have anything on him when he's in his VW.

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* HippieVan: Subverted and Lampshaded when Hagbard Celine criticizes George Simon Moon's VW, pointing out that a bunch of hippies in a VW Microbus will be stopped and searched EVERY time, while a white guy in a suit driving a BMW will never be stopped by the police. This is Hagbard's method of choice for drug transportation, and George Simon admits he never dares have anything on him when he's in his VW.
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