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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.; 1st edition (July 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385124805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385124805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a book I will never forget. It's one of those ones you recommend to everyone you think is worthy of it, but don't want to actually lend out for fear you won't get it back. It's a great story if you're open-minded, a Freudian, a not-exactly-Christian, or any combination thereof. How nice to find an enjoyable piece of fiction that actually makes you think about your life and personal philosophy. And from a pure story-telling standpoint, there is a GREAT twist at the end.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for a copy of this book since I read it several times (and subsequently gave it away) years ago. Especially fascinating is the authors' use of a "border-crosser" or guerrilla-type figure who, as one of the main characters, crosses boundaries between hyper-city and rural community in a post-Apocalyptic age, thus allowing us to reflect upon our own circumstances, plight, and so on as people caught between and inside fractured communities of all shapes and sizes and flavours. The book is imbued with Nietzschean values and has a tinge of Orwell's Burmese Days to it, in the sense that it conveys a tangible feeling of exile throughout (which 1984 does, as well). The authors have a gift of expressing philosophy in a novel that is both provocative and a joy to read. Write more, guys!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Carlberg on May 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
CHARACTER SUMMARY
Garick- money-savvy god of the Shando, one of the covens; people of covens possess telepathy ("lep")
Jenna- Goddess of Shando; second wife of Garick
Judith- Born in City; deceased; former wife of Garick
Singer- Wanderer; son of Garick and Judith; possesses the ability to possess others
Arin- Shando leader; son of Garick and Jenna; sent on quest by Garick to unite covens
Uriah- Leader of Kriss (future Christians); plots to subjugate covens with bubonic plague
Jeremiah- Kriss; son of Uriah; leads "merks" (mercenaries) and pays them to kill coveners
PLOT SUMMARY
Garick, educated by Judith about the technology and medicine of City, aims to obtain City cooperation, education, and technology for his people. For this reason, he sends Arin to unite the covens. He also asks that Arin go to the dead city Lishin, in the land of the Kriss, to find the location of the Girdle of Solitude, a device that makes the wearer completely undetectable. With this device he hopes to pass the Self Gate, a force field around City that annihilates all that pass through it by canceling out their brain with negative complementary signals. When Arin enters the Kriss city of Salvation, he meets Uriah. After being detained for weeks, he finally goes to Lishin and faces the formless horror that lurks there-and discovers that the horror is rats. Rats that carry plague. He is driven insane by the rats, then drives one of the Kriss insane to discover Uriah's plot. When Garick learns of it, he mobilizes the covens that have joined him and slaughters the Kriss in the night. Then comes Jeremiah. He hires every merk in the South and mobilizes to destroy Garick and get revenge.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maury Markowitz on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's been a long time since I last read this book, and time does have a tendency to change one's perceptions, but I still remember this one fondly. It blends any number of features that alone would make a great story into a complete whole, something so few books do.

I particularily liked the quality of the writing. The narrative as Arin "goes sane" with the help of an imaginary friend always struck me as particularily well written, and his emergance as an instrument of retribution afterwards a particularily believable bit of character development.

A thought provoking read all around.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings on June 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
From my blog:

The Masters of Solitude by Marvin Kaye and Parke Godwin is a classic science fiction with a bit of fantasy that isn't very well known; it explores a post-apocalyptic world of magic users and a city of technology that has turned its back on them

There are books everyone knows about, and there are books no one has heard about. The Masters of Solitude is definitely in the latter category, but it really doesn't deserve that category! It's a hybrid of sci-fi and fantasy and set in the. The story follows some of the people from these tribe structures, who have religious beliefs that seem to be rooted in the pre-Christian religions, and I have to say it was interesting the way the authors portrayed them running into the Judeo-Christian rooted religion for the first time. I read it a while ago and the thing that stands out the most is that it was an amazing read, so the details might be scarce, but you really should read it if the setting doesn't bother you.

Title: The Masters of Solitude
Authors: Marvin Kaye and Parke Godwin
Length: 397 pages (hardcover)
Genre-ish: Classic Sci-Fi with a bit of magic
Rating: ''''' - if you're tempted to try some classic sci-fi, read this!
Setting: Set in a post-apocalyptic far future where the cities have force field type stuff around them and are generally completely removed from the tribal people living outside of them, who have several interesting psychic abilities.
Premise: As I said above, the story follows several of the tribal people as they are forced to explore further around them and run into plague lands and an isolated group with beliefs obviously based on the Judeo-Christian belief system of today.
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