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The Book of the River (Black Current #1)

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The river cuts right across the known world, from the impassable Far Precipices to the sea. The people on one bank are cut off from those on the other, for the black current has the power to stop them crossing.

Only women can travel repeatedly up and down the river, but when Yaleen joins the boating guild and becomes a riverwoman, she is singled out to follow an even more e
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1985 by Granada Publishing (Panther Books) (first published February 1984)
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Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another trilogy that I've loved since I was a teenager, though these days I detect a touch of the "man writing sexually liberated woman" about it. It's still great though.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having sorted out my bookshelves, the three Black Current books by Ian Watson caught my eye. I don't think I've read them since I was in my teens so picked this up out of curiosity to see how well it has aged. It's absolutely brilliant.

The writing is fresh, and Yaleen, the River Guild and the world of the River are incredibly well rendered and very believable.

I did actually wonder if Ian Watson was a pseudonym for a female author. I don't think I can remember reading another book written in the
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This was the first book in a series of three, and I have all three in one volume ('Books Of The Current'), so I feel compelled to read them all now. I wish I could say I loved 'Book Of The River', but I didn't. I liked it, and I like some of the social and mental explorations that occurred, but the narrative (1st person) seemed to get in its own way sometimes, just often enough to disrupt the flow of things. That's not to say it wasn't written well or wasn't interesting, just not in a "can't-put ...more
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Yaleen dreams of becoming a river woman
May 23, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned-unread
My version calls this "Books of the Black Current"
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was wonderful! It sucked me in and I couldn't put it down!
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