For some reason, perhaps influenced by its gratifyingly Hermetic elements, I suspected its entire content was essentially true.
Despite the strangness of such a belief, I eventually articulated a kind of reasoning about why I feel this way, which, tonight, I have edited and pasted below. It is probably best appreciated after reading the story itself, but who knows what is best anyway? Yet, I did not articulate to myself just how it did so, and it was apologetically that I read and described it as non-fiction, sure that I must seem insane or tricked.
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In this S3 we have first the Preface, wherein the alleged author Lloyd eloquently introduces the work while he puts great distance between it and himself. Then the account of the primary narrator alleged author Drury begins, wherein also he attempts to distance himself from the manuscript itself, though he himself is featured in the interludes. The narrative unfolds, and Drury is eventually told the story of Etidorhpa by an enigmatic figure with great abilities but no name, who states that their strange and desperate story is true, and is to be published only after 30 years have passed.
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Keep reading. Dawn was reading Etidorhpa, which pleased me since I talked it up for awhile. Etidorhpa, or, the end of the earth: the strange history of a mysterious being and the account of a remarkable journey is the title of a scientific allegory or science fiction novel by John Uri Lloyd , a pharmacognocist and pharmaceutical manufacturer of Cincinnati , Ohio.
The word "Etidorhpa" is the backward spelling of the name " Aphrodite. Eventually a popular success, the book had eighteen editions and was translated into seven languages. Drury's adventure culminates in a trek through a cave in Kentucky into the core of the earth. Ideas presented in Etidorhpa include practical alchemy , secret Masonic orders, the Hollow Earth theory, and the concept of transcending the physical realm.
Etidorhpa: The Strange History of a Mysterious Being
Etidorhpa belongs to a subgenre of fiction that shares elements of science fiction, fantasy , utopian fiction , and scientific or pseudoscientific speculation. It imagined another world in the center of a hollow earth. Since Lloyd was a pharmacologist, his novel has provoked speculation that drug use contributed to its fantastic and visionary nature. The complex structure of the books begins with a Preface signed by Lloyd, which presents the frame concept, that Lloyd has discovered a thirty-year-old manuscript by Llewellyn Drury in a library.
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