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Greybeard Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00J3EU324
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (April 1, 2014)
- Publication date : April 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2471 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #720,835 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I wasn’t sure what to expect with Greybeard, but in hindsight it’s one of those books I should have read ages ago. Aldiss is an excellent storyteller who’s created an intricate world, displaying the beauty and the grotesque with bittersweet grandeur. There’s a lot of thought in Greybeard, not just about the lack of children but about aging and dying, and those themes of entropy work wonders when combined with the spectacle of apocalypse.
The two main characters, Greybeard and his wife, are immensely likeable and realistic. Unlike some of Brian Aldiss's later works, this is an old fashioned book, easy to read and well plotted. The most interesting feature of the book is the immensely sad world created by the author; what's the point to life if you can't pass on your genes to another generation?
The characters must figure that out along the way.
If you like John Wyndham's and John Christopher's end of the world stories, you're bound to appreciate this one as well.
Top reviews from other countries
"And twice a week we drive out to Rock Creek Park for lessons joying it. There’s a dedicated feeling about here that gives in self-defense from a judo expert. It’s tough, but I’m en-everything meaning. I’m out of the war, too, which means life again makes a little sense.’"
It took me a little head-scratching to work out that this should be:
"And twice a week we drive out to Rock Creek Park for lessons in self-defense from a judo expert. It’s tough, but I’m enjoying it. There’s a dedicated feeling about here that gives everything meaning. I’m out of the war, too, which means life again makes a little sense.’"
Still doesn't explain the American spellings used in the book, but heigh-ho.
Normal programming now resumes.
Fantastically, Aldiss almost predicted a nuclear leak two decades before Chernobyl with great success. Most adults are unable to produce kids. Algy's journey is both physical and spiritual when he goes down the river Thames with his wife. Well nothing dramatic happens but enough happens to force them to see the world differently.
This is a more mature sounding novel from Aldiss.
Each zesty, colorful vignette is beautifully realized by Aldiss, and one is quickly immersed in the wholly absorbing narrative of Greybeard, and his delightful wife Martha's stoic exodus through the myriad adventures they have along the Thames estuary, and the much hoped-for sanctuary of the sea.
I'm sure Greybeard must be one of the most elegiac journey's into the inevitable demise of our natal planet; as there is such a grand wit and effervescing, searching mind at work behind this exemplary novel.
Mr. Aldiss I salute you! 'Greybeard' has not not only proven to be an inspirational tome for generations of writers; it is also an earthy, impassioned, richly woven tale which shall remain a must-read for all those who genuinely appreciate great literary art.