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Stand on Zanzibar Paperback – August 16, 2011
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“A wake-up call to a world slumbering in the opium dream of consumerisum; in the hazy certainty that we humans were in charge of nature. Science fiction is not about predicting the future, it's about elucidating the present and the past. Brunner's 1968 nightmare is crystallizing around us, in ways he could not have foreseen then. If the right people had read this book, and acted in accordance with its precepts and spirit, our world would not be in such precarious shape today. Maybe it's time for a new generation to read it.” ―Joe Haldeman
“A quite marvelous projection in which John Brunner landscapes a future that seems the natural foster child of the present.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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One of the triumphs of Brunner's book is that it can be read on any number of levels, which is probably why it seems to resonate with readers of extraordinarily divergent tastes. Having read it twice (once as a bookwormish Valley brat and now twenty-odd years later as a still-bookwormish publishing professional), I am not surprised that this book might be entirely different beasts to different readers; the enthralling, bewildering thriller I remembered from my adolescence has somehow transformed itself into a darkly sardonic political and social commentary--and I like both versions just fine.
The novel is not, at first, an easy read. Its "unique" jump-cut/collage structure, its pseudo-hip prose style, its fabricated lingo--all are modeled rather precisely on John Dos Passos's classic American classic trilogy, "U.S.A." Like Dos Passos, Brunner interlaces chapters in several strands. The bulk of the storyline appears in the "Continuity" chapters, which detail the misadventures of secret agent Donald Hogan and corporate executive Norman House, and the "Tracking with Closeups" chapters, which describe two dozen characters who are peripheral to the action. The other two strands--"Context" and "The Happening World"--provide background material (film descriptions, encyclopedia entries, song lyrics, document excerpts, advertising jingles, news stories, etc.Read more ›
Science fiction which attempts to forecast the near-future often fails as the prophesies are either too obvious or fail to come to life. In this case John Brunner demonstrated - in 1967 - an extraordinary facility the understand and describe issues which the rest of us did not catch up on till 20 or 30 years later.
The writing technique used is quite unique and requires considerable concentration and participation by the reader, who is rewarded as the book progresses with the answers to the puzzles which emerge.
Finally a word on Brunner's marvellous capacity for believable characterisation. The characters in this fast-moving story are alive and highly motivated.
I don't agree with reviews which pigeonhole and classify this unique book with lesser genres. It is far above that.
I learned only recently that John Brunner had died a few years back. This is a great loss to the world but his books prevail.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this when it was first published - of course I was MUCH too young (lol) to understand much of it.
Now? I am understanding too much of it. Read more
This book is an old friend that got lost a long time ago. When someone re=recommended it, I needed to find it once again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
For a 43 year old book it he was very perceptive about the future. It has a more realistic view of the future than 1984.
"What in God's name does it mean to be human if we have to be saved from ourselves by a machine? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Phil Wernig
Great book....I just didn't like the way it was written....The second novel after this one " The Sheep Look Up". Is a great novel...very scary... Read morePublished 8 months ago by lani Knowlton
Scifi classic of a dystopian future where the world is run by a master computer, all manner of sexual escapades are the norm and marijuana addled corporate players scheme their way... Read morePublished 12 months ago by George