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He, She and It [Kindle Edition]

Marge Piercy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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"A triumph of the imagination. Rich, complex, impossible to put down."
Alice Hoffman
In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman's marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish free town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions--and the ability to kill....
From the imagination of Marge Piercy comes yet another stunning novel of morality and courage, a bold adventure of women, men, and the world of tomorrow.


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this diverting tale of the 21st century, Piercy explores a world where information has become a commodity more precious than gold.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This is Piercy's first full-fledged foray into science fiction, although Woman on the Edge of Time ( LJ 6/1/76) flirted with the genre. In the 21st century the world has been ravaged by environmental disaster and war, with much of the populace living in corporate domes. Depressed over child custody problems with Josh, her ex-husband, Shira Shipman returns to her childhood home, one of the few free Jewish towns. There she falls in love with Yod, an illegal cyborg created to defend the town against attack. Filled with fantastic technological description, the plot zooms to a page-turning climax. A story of a golem in 17th-century Prague told by Shira's warmhearted grandmother mirrors the action. While not as visionary as Doris Lessing's "Canopus in Argos" novels, this projection of a world with a computer for a soul has the ring of reality. As usual, Piercy's women are strong and sympathetic. With the exception of Yod, her men are either frivolous or cold. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/91.
- Harriet Gottfried, NYPL
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0449220605
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (November 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BXA3A4
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read Chapter 3 and was hooked("Malkah Tells Yod a Bedtime Story" - pure poetry)! I felt right at home. Rarely have I read a science fiction novel which explores inner life so well. Nor one which so successfully analyzes its moral issues from the intelligent woman's point of view. One is reminded of Golda Meir, holding informal cabinet meetings in her kitchen while making chicken soup. The book examines the high-tech net as a tool for a simple low-tech ethnic collective which can exist on its own apart from impersonal futurist worlds nearby seeking to invade. The characters debate the destiny of their advanced, powerful protective robot. One of the robot's creators is a (high-tech) grandmother who tells the robot the Yiddish fable of a Golem who was created to protect the Jews of Prague from pogroms in 1600. We keep returning to the fable - it creates just the intuitive symbolism we need to explore the novel's ethical concepts without losing track of the action. The book unfolds as a mystery, a love story, a question - I found myself reading to answer the unexplained, enjoying the beautifully crafted journey, and staying up all night to do so.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended March 24, 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Had this book not been a gift, I would never have thought to pick it up. Science fiction, Jewish mysticism; these are not subjects which immediately draw most people in. I'm eternally grateful I did give this book a chance, however, for it is definately one of the best books I have ever read. Weaving together two parallel stories, (the legend of a "Golem" created to protect the Jews in Prague's Jewish Ghetto in the 1600s, and the contemporary story of the cyborg Yod), Piercy has created a view of the future a la Margaret Atwood. Yet Piercy's view of the future, while almost as threatening as Atwood's in The Handmaid's Tale, contains the ever present spectre of redemption. While the characters in He, She, and It may live in a forebidding time when corporations rule the world, they maintain a level of autonomy over their own lives, and the knowledge and power to someday create a world more suited to freedom than that in which they currently reside. Piercy's book is fascinating on a number of levels. It is simultaneously the story of a mother's love for her child and the lengths she will go to when that relationship is threatened, a strong community and the familial, religious, and communal ties that bind a group of people together, a cautionary tale of corporate domination, a fascinating hypothesis of both the possibilities and dangers of modern technology, and above all, a romance. The elements of Jewish history and mysticism add to the excitement and passion of the book, enabling the parallel Piercy draws between the past and the future to flow naturally, and add to rather than detract from the book's clarity. Nor are the characters sacrificed for a well-developed plot. Piercy spends just as much time creating the characters who enable her story as she does on the story itself. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He, She and It from a Technological Perspective March 19, 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
"He, She and It" is an intoxicating book about the future. From a technological perspective, the lives portrayed in the ultramodern societies of Tikva and the Y-S Enclave is right on target. How far away are we really from the Earth that Marge Piercy describes? With the impending war with Iraq on our heels, maybe the 2 Week War of 2017 where a terrorist launched a nuclear device that destroyed the world as we know it, is not so futuristic after all.
"He, She and It" is a love story between Shira, a woman of the modern world and Yod, a cyborg. Piercy cleverly parallels the story of Shira and Yod with that of Chava and Joseph. Joseph, the golem of Prague's Jewish ghetto in the 15th century. Although the stories of Yod & Joseph are the heart of Piercy's novel, let me also share with you the technological perspectives.
In "He, She and It", Piercy describes some of the most amazing technological advances. The first and most astonishing of those is Yod, the cyborg. Yod looks just like a human, yet he has the power of a large bomb within him. What is even more surprising about Yod is that he has feelings and the ability to learn from social interactions. In other words, Yod can teach himself from experiencing the environment.
Piercy also mentions many other new technologies that come about after enclaves of monolithic corporations replace governments (is this really so far-fetched?). There is a new field, psychoengineering, an interface between people and large artificial intelligences. Shira is able to tell time simply by thinking that she needed to know what time it was and then reading the internal clock on the corner of her cornea in an eye that has retinal implants, used to correct hereditary myopia!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalent you won't be... May 10, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I originally read this book as a required college text in modern literature. I've since lost the book but plan on buying a replacement copy.
I've read all 14 of the previous reviews and I have to agree with them all. Yes, feminism and an arguement against corporate - political states and male - dominated societies are present in this book. True as well that there are unfavorable stereotypes in the novel. The novel still has great merit.
At its best, "He, She and It" is a thought provoking parable about the consequences of the paths we may find ourselves on. At its worst, it's a new addition to the cyberpunk genre which is far better than anything Gibson has produced to date. Whether you agree with the views expressed in the novel or not (I personally don't), the story is still an entertaining and well-written diversion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot, but the side story didn't interest me
Characters: I really liked Nili, and I really didn't like Gadi, but otherwise I was pretty indifferent towards most of the characters. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
An amazing read to be grouped with the likes of Brave New World and We. Marge Piercy has succeeding in capturing human emotion in both the past and future with this sci-fi tome. Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Seelaus
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I haven't read it on my kindle yet but I have read it sevrral times in the past. It is one of my favorite Marge Peircy books. It is somewwhat futuristic, which she does well.
Published 1 month ago by Marcia B. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyborgs are people too
It's the near future and the Earth has been decimated by war and pollution. The world is run by huge corporations (multis) whose chosen employees adhere to rigid, stylized rules... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Saffer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story that's not just for sci-fi lovers
Marge has written an excellent novel that would appeal to anybody. My wife is not big on sci-fi but I recommended this book to her as it's so well written & the themes appeal to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars My second favorite Piercy novel
This is my second favorite Piercy novel. Woman at the Edge of Time is far and away my first. There are some very interesting parallels between the characters in the two books and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brett Portman
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Science Fiction Novel of All Time!
Originally posted at the Fantasy Literature Review Site.

He, She and It by Marge Piercy

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Published 2 months ago by Brad Hawley Brad at FanLit
1.0 out of 5 stars Great writer, bad book
Read her "Woman on the Edge of Time" and LOVED it. This one? Not so much. Stilted writing…maybe young author.
Published 3 months ago by Dacorated
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Science Fiction
I first read this book as part of college philosophy course and fell in love. I have since read it a few times and discover something new every time. Great literary work!
Published 4 months ago by K. Moser
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Marge Piercy
A wonderful story that questions the meaning of being human. I enjoyed the parallel stories of the golem and the android. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beth F Levine
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