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Child of Fortune by Norman Spinrad
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Nov 06, 2009

it was amazing

A flawed jewel. Narrated by a young woman from a privileged family in a future, interplanetary society, it is basically a soul-searching travelogue - in space. Just to funk it up a little, Spinrad gives her a sort of futuristic, neo-Edwardian/Cajun dialect. Yes, really. It borders on extreme silliness too many times to mention, especially in descriptions of tantric sex, of which there are many (oddly enough, though they are wordy and elaborate, they don't actually "show" much).

There is so much about this book which is awkward...and yet...and yet...I read it five years ago, and a week hasn't gone by where I didn't think about it. Spinrad's imagination is rich and deep. But, in additional to being wonderfully strange, it is guided by moral and spiritual issues at the center of all the best storytelling. This book is like Siddhartha, except good.

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