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Travels in Nihilon

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published September 13th 1971 by W.H. Allen / Virgin Books (first published 1971)
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More than a tad baffling, this book, which may have been the author's intention. And yet it's a very simple story. Five people set out from the fictional land of Cronacia to the neighbouring republic of Nihilon, charged with writing a guidebook to the only nihilistic state in the world. Setting out by five different routes - bike, ship, train, plane, and car - they arrange to meet in the capital. But instead they are all caught up in a violent political upheaval as the more conventional forces o ...more
Billy Pilgrim
I remember reading this first time it came out, and for some reason decided I would like to revisit it 30 years later.
It concerns the planning of a guide book into as the largely uncharted Nihilist republic of Nihilon, and whilst it has some nice comic touches in the inverted logic of the Nihilists and a precursor of Douglas Adams Babelfish (the Tonguemaster) it doesn't seem to know where it wants to go.
The characters start of as would be guidebook writers, but change into Revolutionaries. The
Rob Wiltsher
Nov 10, 2011 Rob Wiltsher rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rob by: Mr Peters, my English teacher at school
Finally finished it and ended up less than satisfied with the ending, it has to be said. Lack of sympathy with most of the characters didn't exactly help.
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