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La casa dalle finestre nere

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  9,132 ratings  ·  347 reviews
Un veterano della Guerra Civile americana, che non invecchia mai, una fattoria dalle finestre indistruttibili, un'intera cittadina sfrattata da un misterioso acquirente, un allevatore di puzzole che possiede, senza saperlo, un'arma decisiva: sempre, nei romanzi di Clifford D. Simak, i vasti temi della fantascienza, viaggi nel tempo e nel cosmo, invasioni di extraterrestri, ...more
Paperback, Urania Collezione #011, 248 pages
Published December 2003 by Mondadori (first published January 1st 1963)
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This spare little story is set in a small Wisconsin town. Despite the pastoral setting and the narrow-minded, clannish inhabitants of the town, Enoch Wallace, keeper of an intergalactic transport system known as the Way Station, is a very likeable and open character.

This wonderful, thought-provoking book is a fast and easy read. There is no action, no alien battles in the stars, no government agents surrounding the Way Station and bundling Enoch off in an unmarked van. Way Station is a very quie
I am going to cheat and give a picture of one of the book covers which summaries the main idea perfectly:
Way Station the book
Rarely do I see such a fitting cover picture on a book: it does not show any particular scene, but the plot itself.

There is a way station for intergalactic travelers somewhere deep in the rural USA. The following picture shows exactly what I think the inside of the said station looks like:
Way Station the place inside
And this is outside view:
Way Station the place outside

The book is interesting in the sense that it packed a lot of interesting idea
The first science fiction book I have ever read was All Flesh Is Grass by Clifford D. Simak. I was so astonished and entertained that I immediately looked for more sf to read and to this day I still prefer reading sf than any other form of fiction. Yes, I should broaden my horizon and read more literary fiction or classics which I do from time to time but I will always favor sf. So I owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Simak for helping me find my reading comfort zone. Any way, All Flesh Is Grass is ...more
Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
Teenage Tadiana: YES! Way Station! All the stars! I love this story of Enoch Wallace, a Civil War veteran whose home is being used as an interstellar way station, a stopping point for alien travelers journeying from one part of the galaxy to another. As part of the deal, Enoch never ages while he is inside his home. For 100 years Enoch isn't bothered by anyone--he lives in the backwoods and the local people leave him alone--but eventually the government becomes suspicious of Enoch's agelessness ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Carol. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: classic sci-fi; gentle readers
Recommended to Carol. by: I have no idea, but thank you!

Four paragraphs:

"And there she sat, with the wild red and gold of the butterfly poised upon her finger, with the sense of alertness and expectancy and, perhaps, accomplishment shining on her face. She was alive, thought Enoch, as no other thing he knew had ever been alive. The butterfly spread its wings and floated off her finger and went fluttering, unconcerned, unfrightened, up across the wild grass and the goldenrod of the field."

"They would say he was a madman; that he had run them off at gu
Way Station by Clifford Simak is a very good, classic science fiction yarn.

A bit dated, just a little and not hurtfully so, similar to a more modern language than that used by Edgar Rice Burroughs.


A great mix of hard science fiction and the softer social sciences cousin of the genre; like Heinlein, without the sexual aggression and with an almost Bradburyesque idyllic sentimentality. Way Station was first published in 1963 and won the Hugo Award for best Novel in 1964. This was certa
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Clifford Simak deserves to be remembered along side the giants of Science Fiction writers. His unique blend of pastoral settings, "middle America" characters and deeply emotional plots that explore important questions about the human condition is something special and places him firmly within the "must read" category. This is arguably his finest novel (along with the excellent City) and I highly recommend it.

Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1964)
A thought provoking, Hugo award winning novel by a Grand Master of science fiction, this novels harkens to the Golden Age of SF. It is a terse, third person exploration of what to means to be human and alienated at the same time. Reading this for the 1st in my autumn years, it brings back the need to escape from Earth and from the adolescent that is mankind. I am left full of if onlys. Tis not your typical SF from any period.
Undying Enoch Wallace lives a solitary life in his ancestral Wisconsin home since the Civil War to the present day, somewhen in the 1960s. Some hundred years ago, Wallace was recruited by Ulysses, a friendly alien Galactican Commissioner, to operate Earth's first galactic way station, welcoming alien visitors and managing the transport. He has contact to only a few humans - post officer Winslowe, deaf-mute Lucy and a pair of virtual sentient holograms. But not all is happy as it seems - neighbor ...more
Predivna knjiga puna finih ideja koje nisu često korišćene. Interesantni likovi, priča koja drži pažnju i što je najbitnije iako stara knjiga nema klišea ili sličnih gluposti i stvarno se nema ideja kako će se priča završiti ili šta će se sledeće desiti.

Po meni pravi klasik SF-a i nešto što bi trebalo svako da pročita.
More than once, I have read an author's most celebrated work only to consider it their weakest. At the same time, I understood why it attained its popularity. Simak's Way Station is unfortunately another such book.

It starts off with a typically imaginative scenario by the science fiction great; Enoch Wallace is a 140 year-old who fought in the Civil War, but has the appearance of a man of 30. That's because his house is a rest stop/way station for intergalactic travelers, and inside of it, he d
Oct 20, 2010 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Adam by: Alex Hiatt
Shelves: science-fiction
Way Station is an exceedingly charming science fiction story. Enoch Wallace, the protagonist, is a very earnest, endearing character made eccentric and quite wise by years spent alone or in the company of traveling aliens. Finishing the book, I was left most strongly with this impression of Enoch's character. There are several other levels on which this book is brilliant. It is not, as I was led to believe by a miscommunication, a mere exposition of Enoch's unique character and situation. It is ...more
Enoch Wallace es el guardián de una casa algo especial que permite el paso de viajeros de otras partes de la galaxia en dirección a sus destinos. Como muchas novelas de esta época (1963) tiene muy presente las tensiones generadas por la guerra fría y sus posibles consecuencias. A lo largo del texto encontramos reflexiones sobre la guerra, sobre el hombre y su posición en el Universo, lo insignificante de las diferencias humanas comparadas con ese algo superior que el autor denomina conocimi
Amy Sturgis
What a beautifully wrought story. Simak's story about a U.S. Civil War veteran who seems to live a prolonged hermit's existence in the house his parents built in rural Wisconsin, but in fact manages a busy way station for intergalactic travelers, is deceptively cozy and simple on its surface. Yet in his gentle, pastoral narrative, Simak couches a serious meditation on war and human frailty. My tastes usually run darker, to the dystopian and apocalyptic, and yet I found myself welcoming Simak's q ...more
A true classic of the genre. This is the best Simak novel I have read so far. It has its faults, there were a few wonky items such as characters that ought been further developed and some hastily thought out solutions to crisis, but those aside, there is here some of the most beautifully passages ever written by Simak. The very idea of a civil war vet being selected by an alien to man a way station on earth for travellers traversing between the stars is as charming as it sounds.

"Way Station" won
Mary Catelli
This opens with a Civil War battle, and then with a discussion of how a veteran of it is one hundred and twenty-four years old.

And then we come to him. He lives in a shack off his father's old home. This is because the home has been transformed into a way station. Aliens from all over transmit to it, to go on. Sometimes they bring him gifts, or they can talk.

Meanwhile, his human contacts are pretty much limited to the mailman. He ages only when he is not in the house, which is about an hour a da
The book is touted as a sci-fi classic, which is what initially drew my interest. It's important to take the date of authorship into consideration when reading the book, since sci-fi typically betrays the imprint of the author's own socio-cultural moment. But the book has aged well and hold its own fairly well against more recent works. Sci-fi at its best raises important questions about ethics and the nature and destiny of humankind, and Way Station is no exception. It's a hopeful book, not wit ...more
Karen Mardahl
This is one of the freshest SciFi books I have read in some time, and it is a 52-year-old story! The entire concept of the way station was a brilliant construction, I thought. Then, the character of Enoch Wallace is added, and the story comes to life. I listened to the audiobook and found the narrator, Erik Michael Summerer, to be perfect. The listening was pleasurable, and the story really caught my imagination. I really liked the descriptions of other worlds and other beings. Enoch Wallace had ...more
I consider myself an avid sci-fi fan, but I had never heard of Clifford D. Simak before I decided to read every novel to win the Hugo award. This novel took the prize in 1964, but it turns out Clifford had novels nominated for consideration in 1962, 1969, 1973 and 1988. He was the third Grand Master of science fiction. And yet: I'd never heard of him.

It's really sort of sad--and quite sobering as an aspiring author--to realize how quickly you can be forgotten even by those in your own genre and
Julie Davis
Rereading this for A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, where Scott and I will be discussing it next week.

Here's what I said when I named it among my top fiction for 2009:
From SFFaudio's review: This story spans more than a century, but most of the ‘action’ takes place in the middle of the 20th century, over a couple of months. See, a friendly alien recruited Enoch Wallace to become something of a galactic station master shortly after the American Civil War. Now, with his neighbors generally ac
Clark Hallman
Way Station (1963), by Clifford D. Simak, is one of the classic science fiction novels that all fans should read. It is a well-written and very enjoyable novel, which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1964. Enoch Wallace, a Civil War Veteran, was chosen to be the keeper of a way station on Earth for interplanetary travel by aliens. He has been administering the way station for about 100 years or so, which has prevented him from having much of a human life on Earth, except for daily walks to m ...more
Fungus Gnat
Not long after the Civil War, Enoch Wallace, who fought in it, is approached by a space alien to serve as the custodian of a way station (his house) for interstellar travelers from a variety of alien races. Now, almost a century later, Enoch’s pleasant existence is threatened by neighbors and intelligence agents who wonder at his reclusive existence and his failure to age like everyone else.

With the exception of a few of the book’s short chapters in the early going, the story is told entirely f
My first Simak novel I was quite impressed. The first half of the book is setting up the situation, back story and character. The plot only begins to unfold in the second half.

The book culminates in a global and (unbeknownst to the rest of humanity) a galactic crisis at which the protagonist Enoch Wallace finds himself the centre of.

Enoch single handedly mans a way station on a galactic highway in which a galactic confedation of alien beings traverse at faster than light speeds, that have techno
Another in my gleefully rediscovered "S-F from the 70's" collection. This one, like most of them, does not dissapoint, a clever tale of a Civil War fellow who seems to be living a very long time, and whose cabin has become a Way Station for a great number of aliens going hither and yon in the Galaxy. But it's more complex than that, with a befriended alien named Ulysses, meticulous journals, a woodcarving mailman, a deaf-mute woman who is MUCH more than she appears, a Talisman and world/galactic ...more
Luke Burrage

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #220.
Clifford Simak was a Wisconsin-born science fiction writer who passed away in 1988, and has become largely forgotten. His native Millville, along the Wisconsin River bluffs of the unglaciated southwestern part of the state is the setting of this contemplative novel. Enoch Wallace, a Civil War veteran has been selected to be the only human being who knows of the existence of aliens. His remote homestead has been converted into a Way Station along an intergalactic route, and he appointed as its ne ...more
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I re-read it every couple of years. It is great!
Stephen Goldin
I always wanted to be the guardian of the way station.
This book was amazing and made a good change of pace from epic, gritty, or intricate science fiction. This is the "bottle show" of the science fiction world. Set on 1960s Earth* (and written on 1960s Earth*) it is about a civil war veteran (not the grizzled type though, or, if he ever was, it has long smoothed over into a man full of wonder and love of life) who mans an interplanetary stopover station. This is the story of the upsetting of his routine.

I enjoyed the sense of wonder and the warm,
Many readers consider Way Station to be Simak's best book. After all, it beat the much more popular Dune in the Hugo awards for 1964. While I prefer City, I still think Way Station is a marvelous merging of science fiction and subtlety. Again, the setting is Simak's much beloved rural Wisconsin. Enoch Wallace is manning a way station on Earth for galactic civilizations yet Earth is still oblivious to their presence. The fact that Wallace hasn't aged for a hundred years does nothing to hide certa ...more
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