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The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 by Doris Lessing
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Nov 19, 09

bookshelves: sf-and-fantasy
Read in November, 2009

A fairly slight tale which, if you edited out all the repetition and digression would be better as a short story a third of its current length. A couple of interesting ideas are briefly raised, but it's all very limp and wispy, and the ambiguous, quasi-mystical ending falls flat.
The afterword in which Lessing explains how she was inspired by reading about Scott's Antarctic expedition is far more engaging.
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