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La era de cristal / A Cristal Age

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Durante una excursión botánica, el joven Smith se sienta a descansar al borde de un barranco y, de pronto, el suelo cede y él se precipita en el vacío. Al recobrar la conciencia, se descubre en una tierra habitada por una exótica sociedad de pequeñas comunidades matriarcales, que viven en plena armonía con la naturaleza y desconocen completamente el mundo del que Smith pro ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published November 28th 2004 by Minotauro (first published 1887)
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While A Crystal Age (1887) follows the classic structure of a nineteenth century utopia (a visitor arrives in an idyllic society), its focus on the protagonist's (Smith's) culture shock makes it a darker, less polemic version. Smith's failure to adapt to the strict mores of the pleasant, but alien, society he lands in, and his unrequited passion for one of the utopians, turns this into a utopian tragedy.

The utopian vision centers on harmonious appreciation of nature (animals works beside humans
I can add very little to Shel Graves' excellent review except to say that I was completely taken with the author's description of the utopian world he has fallen into. The gentle lifestyle of working with hands, no money, vegetarian diet, holidays based around nature, music and literature was captivating. It was difficult to tell if Smith moved forward or back in time, I kept expecting him to stumble across some relic of previous civilisations. A very interesting read and a tragic if abrupt end. ...more
I listened to this book from Librivox (the reader is very good) and enjoyed the slow pace and the rich descriptions of the strange land the protagonist suddenly finds himself in. But this early utopian (dystopian?) tale may require some patience for modern readers to wade through. The ending was a bit strange... it wrapped up too quickly and too much was left unsaid, after all the previous lengthy ruminations.
dated, slow moving narrative. His descriptions of nature are splendid, the mental machinations of the hero illustrative of the time. An interesting discourse on philosophy/religion. I was disappointed by the ending.
Catherine Gordon
This is definitely an unusual read. The main character may have woken up in a different world or time and finds himself in a utopian society. He blunders through a series of social errors that he finds immensely embarrassing. He ventures into this society at what appears to be a funeral, but his main focus is a beautiful young girl, who varies in age from his perception between 14-16, which does come across from a modern viewpoint as creepy since he is 21. I found it amusing that he ignores all ...more
I'm always impressed with Hudson's eloquent, emotionally inspired, and colorful descriptions, of which this book has many. His language is vivid, but not verbose or superfluous. The story's premise is somewhat unique, wherein, upon awaking after a fall from great heights, a young Englishman named Smith finds himself adrift in a new world. For the first time, he experiences the reality of otherness. Smith perceives his surroundings as a Utopia, or at least we as readers do. He continually thwarts ...more
Luke Sineath
I would not recommend this book except to absolute fanatics of speculative fiction or scholars. While it was humorous at times, generally it was poorly written and, well, creepy. The protagonist is *somehow*, after receiving a bump on the head, transported to a distant-future, post-apocalyptic Earth where sexual relations have been radically altered and words have taken on new meanings. He then sells himself into a year's long indentured servitude to pay for a nice new set of clothes so that he ...more
A man is knocked unconscious and wakes up to find everything has changed. Utopian fiction, the civilization might be compared with the Eloi from the Time Machine but i think this story is better written and has a more haunting atmosphere.
There are hints that the civilization might not be as perfect as it appears but then the story ends before you can get any answers. I don't even know whether my ideas about the dark elements of the civilization were actually implied or merely inferred. A frustra
I'll never get those hours of my life back....First person narratives where the narrator dies (presumably, the end is woefully unclear ) only work if there is a framing device, say an account he wrote and then an eyewitness bit, this just doesn't hang together. And the premise of this particular utopia is even more unlikely than other contemporary attempts like those of Wells or Morris. It's really not worth wasting your time on.
This was not was the dystopian book I thought it would be. It was in a recognizable future, but for me this was merely a love story.
Jason Pym
19th century utopia which feels strangely like an early Star Trek episode - but really too dated to be entertaining.
Sabra Wineteer
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Another Margaret Atwood recommendation. I hope I can find it.
very good but ends so sadly. definitely worth reading.
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