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The Cyberiad Paperback – December 16, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Lem is clearly having fun with The Cyberiad, and it's contagious.Read more ›
understands the unique potential of the Science Fiction
depictions of non-human intelligences, whether alien or
artificial, are consistently compelling. His insight into
humanity and our role in the Cosmos is unmatched (at least
among SF authors). As far as I can tell, Lem has never
written a bad book, and his reservoir of fresh ideas is
However, this is a review of a book, not an author :-),
I have read and enjoyed most of Lem's work, but I still go
back and re-read The Cyberiad every year or so. I always
hope to find something new, and I am never disappointed. It
amazes me to see how many of the deepest ideas from Lem's
other books are echoed somewhere in these stories. And
their style is Lem's best: The futuristic "fable", mixing
intellectual slapstick, brilliant wordplay, and deep
philosophy as only Lem can.
I guarantee The Cyberiad will make you laugh hard and think
harder. What more could you want from your reading?
Greatly written prose in both languages - the translator into English deserves much credit. When you read it, you will taste every word and find it synonymous with fresh rasberries with whipped cream and chunks of pistachio nuts (or whatever floats your boat).
The Cyberiad is a mixture of humor parallel to one exhibited in the creations of Julio Cortazar and Douglas Adams. To ponder the existence of things as well as the presence of the most common objects is Lem's domain. Although I do not usually like to provide quotations for take out of context, they do not mean much, this one provides a great example of Lem's clever style:
"Everyone knows that dragons don't exist. But while this simplistic formulation may satisfy the layman, it does not suffice for the scientific mind. The School of Higher Neantical Nillity is in fact wholly unconcerned with what does exist. Indeed, the banality of existence has been so amply demonstrated, there is no need for us to discuss it any further here. The brilliant Cerebron, attacking the problem analytically, discovered three distinct kinds of dragon: the mythical, the chimerical, and the purely hypothetical. They were all, one might say, nonexistent, but each nonexisted in an entirely different way ... "
In addition, if you as a reader know anything about the social attitudes of the late 70's in Poland, you will find this book to be a weird and exciting commentary on the Polish people of that particular period.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the Futurological Congress but it was worth the read. Lots of great satire just maybe a bit darker tone which may have affected my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MorrisLH
The language barrier makes the technobabble break down from time to time, but the ideas presented in the stories are often unique to sci-fi.Published 4 months ago by D. Johnson
Unique in its category or a category of its own? Delightful sifi/fanatsy, wise & sly commentary on human nature.Published 5 months ago by Drea Siebert
This is one of my favorite books of all time. If I were stranded on an island, this is one of the 5 books I would want.Published 6 months ago by Cynde Route
This is one of Lem's funnier books; to me it's like Doug Adams meets Tolstoy. Trurl and Klapaucius are the intellectual's Laurel and Hardy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rich M.
Lem is streaching the boundaries of creativity here. Smart and funnyPublished 6 months ago by Amir Buchvalter