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Old 10-24-2021, 12:06 PM   #346
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Which reminds me of the refreshingly slim and lively A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne, which I may also read again.
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Escapist fiction -- Dead Eye by Mark Greaney
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Recently finished reading The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh.
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I HIGHLY recommend a book by Anthony Doerr called Cloud Cuckoo Land. It's one of the very best books I've read in years. I think you'll enjoy it.
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I am currently re-reading Stanisław Lem's Eden for the third time.
It has always been my favourite Lem novel. It's mainly an exploration of an alien planet with a clearly advanced alien civilisation, the impossibility of understanding what's going on, how utterly unfamiliar everything is.
Lem's descriptions are wonderful. He always tries to see everything with a cool, scientific eye, without anthropomorphising.
He does not resort to those well-established crutches most SF writers use even today, he creates his worlds "from scratch" so to speak.
The book is not about alien hostility and if anything it's the astronauts' own fear that makes them lash out violently.
They are overcome by their morals and ethics and desperately try - and fail - to understand the perceived horrors around them.
Critics say this isn't Lem's best novel - it may be flawed because its 6 characters remain a little flat and not as mature as in e.g. Solaris, and the story, sans the descriptions of this truly alien planet, doesn't amount to much, but for me it is a masterpiece precisely because of that. It concentrates on this one topic: trying (and ultimately failing) to grasp with human perception something that is truly alien.



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