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Solaris by Stanisław Lem
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Dec 15, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: science-fiction
Read in December, 2009

Interesting read, when you consider its publication date (1960). Kelvin's entrance to the Station, discovery of its crew and their Visitors and finally his encounter with his own Visitor (and his reaction of denial, anger/fight and then acceptance and love)are the most engaging passes of the book. The historical recounting of the expeditions to Solaris and the search for communication with intelligent life in the living ocean lost the narrative momentum for me, and probably contributed to my initially putting the book down several years ago. Also, these long expositions, although providing context and background to the story, interrupt the tension of Kelvin, Rheya, Snow and the others trying to deal with their realiy (or unreality), contributing my two stars rating, when I really wanted to give it three stars. Finally, I have seen the movie one late night around the time of previous reading attempt, but I will have to revisit the cinematic adaptation again.

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