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2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
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Feb 12, 10

Read in February, 2010

Stories about the deep space secrets and marvels always fascinated my mind. The book A Space Odyssey by Author C. Clarke changed a lot of people’s view about space. The book focuses on themes of evolution in the beginning of the book. By describing the evolution of men Clarke tries to introduce the plot and grab the reader’s attention. The fact that he writes about this one can predict what the book will be about early on. The book was written in the 1960’s before the actual movie came out. In the novel Clarke explains the science behind his story and his attempts at characterization. In addition Clarke strongly focuses on a detailed description of the solar system, the asteroid belt, Jupiter and Saturn, with a sense of wonder. Even though Clarke never set foot on a different planet his descriptive ability allows many readers to visit other planets and moons. What I enjoyed about the book was the fascinating and descriptive detail the author uses. Clarke writes: “The stars were thinning out; the glare of the Milky Way was dimming into a pale ghost of the glory he had known—and, when he was ready, would know again. He was back, precisely where he wished to be, in the space that men called real.” One can infer from that quote that Clarke writes very descriptive. Further more a lot of people argue that Clarke apparently could predict what would happen in the future. After reading this book I thought about the possibility and a lot of real time events came into my mind. One of these events could be the modern exploration of space and many other specific events. Perhaps the weakest part of the book is the ending. One example would be that Clarke tries to describe something totally magical and outside of human experience. Further Clarke unfortunately gives a little detail on what happens to specific characters at the end of the novel. Other than that the book is great for science fiction lovers who enjoy or are interested in space and the many mysteries it holds.
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