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The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
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Nov 28, 2007

Recommended for: heather blunk

This book was amazing - incredible. It is scifi...but its actually more of a study of language and culture. this is a book you can't set down. it's Set in the way future in a time when the earth has pretty much been divided into tribes. if i remember correctly one tribe of euroopean descent has revived the victorian culture, language and manners. a "lower class" girl who doesn't belong to that tribe and lives in the slums gets her hands on a book that's actually a computer designed to imprint itself to its owner and become a sort of teacher/mentor to the owner. it was designed by a programmer in the victorian class mentioned previously. the book teaches the girl new language skills and survival skills that allow her to leave her class. i'm not describing it adequately but its a great, great read. I've always been interested in the relationship between language and reality. the existance or nonexistance of words closes or opens the possibilities of thought. if there are no words for a thing, you can't think about those things. many times "smart people" are merely people who have access to greater amounts of words and concepts (information).

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message 1: by Heather (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Heather Oooh, nice. I don’t usually read Sci-Fi bec I’m afraid of landing on a dud or something “strange,” but I am not at all opposed to it. This'llb ea bit of a step into something different, which I likes to do. ;-) I look forward to the suggested read from a trusted resource. It sounds interesting, indeed. I appreciate the description. Now promptly adding to (lengthy) library request list...

message 2: by Dave (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new) - added it

Dave you'll like it because its got the same "enlightenment" thing with the main character that flowers for algernon did, but without the regression in the end.

message 3: by Heather (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Heather Nice. Looking forward to it. I like having something to look forward to...

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