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- ASIN : B07NMQ7XKS
- Publisher : RosettaBooks (September 28, 2014)
- Publication date : September 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 466 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 241 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #420,395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first half of the book is hard sci fi. In the best way. A spectacular journey into space in the foreground superimposing a story of desintegration of the protagonist Belson on a mission to save earth. All the while with tasteful flashbacks along the way Self involved though it may have been, the discoveries made along the way are profound and fascinating. His descent into the lifestyle of a galactic hermit is extremly poetic, pastoral, and spitlritual.
And then the second half of the book happens.
A dradtic shift into corporate espionage and redemption under persecution. All with Tevis's fantastically famous motif of addiction and recovery. And the ending? Well, even a doe hard WT fan like myself can only be left scratching his head....
I understand the negative reviews as far as narative structure. I have no idea why he decided to take the story in that oldirection at the end. But the fantastical nature of part one and the overall mesaage of healing through out the novel make this one of my favorite books of all time.
I get a distinct feeling that Walter Tevis treated this book as a giant therapy session, most likely trying to resolve some mid-life/post-mid-life crisis. Here's hoping this helped him work through those issues. And like I said, I would read it in bed to help me fall asleep, so I guess everybody wins.
I've become a fan of Walter Tevis recently. So far, I've read The Man Who To Earth and Mockingbird and both of those are excellent. Next I'll move on to The Hustler and The Color Of Money. Unfortunately, I wish I hadn't bothered to read this one.
Tevis's science fiction reminds me of Robert Silverberg and Philip Farmer - less about the nuts and bolts of future technology and more about the people who inhabit that future world. But most of this book feels like a therapy session where the main character Ben Belson recalls his loveless childhood and failed relationships to understand why he's so successful at business yet drives away all the women who try to love him. And if that's not enough grist for psychological introspection, he's impotent as well. Maudlin, self-absorbed, egotistical shallowness ensues. Near the middle of the book things try to get interesting but Ben gets in the way again by obsessing over his wasted wretch of a mother and getting bored with how easily he makes huge amounts of money. And darn it all, why won't his penis get hard?
Robert Heinlein once compared writing to masturbation by saying "Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards." This book is a perfect example of a writer not writing for his audience but for himself, trying to understand himself and soothing his own troubled soul with little concern of giving the reader a story that says something.