The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (Canopus in Argos #4)
I'm not really a very happy or "positive" person, but neither am I unaware of the fantastic hoax that attempts to convince me of the invincible hopelessness of it all... when I see the love that the people I have been blessed to meet in this life possess... when I experience their fearless creativity... the warmth comes over me...
I am reminded of this book I read years ago, about a planet that dies, full of people and life, all going to die by a gradual freezing... I remember the tediousness of...more
Come ogni libro di lessing, è straordinario.
Un racconto filosofico, sotto una coltre di gelo fantascientifico (il pianeta sta morendo nella morsa del freddo).
Si rimane avvinti da una pagina all'altra in una storia in cui tutto scompare sotto i nostri occhi: animali, natura, cibo, i nostri simili, forse l'umanità.
Bellissima l'immagine della speranza che nasce perché non vi è più speranza. Io l'ho letto come una riflessione sull'Io, ma tante letture sono possibili.
The story again is more narrowly focused in contrast to books 1 and 3. Planet 8 is entering an ice age, making survival of any species impossible. Canopus knows this and prepares to save the relevant traits of its inhabitants in selected representatives for Planet 8.
The central topic is individuality or m ...more
The afterword in which Lessing explains how she was inspired by reading about Scott's Antarctic expedition is far more engaging.
personally i really enjoy being knocked off my tracks--ways of thinking become rote, calcified.
ok so now imagine: your planet is slowly freezing, from the poles up. nevermind the science here--this isn't about science--this is about what happens when an entire planet full of people is dying.
if you believe that we leave nothing behind but meat, this book may not do much for you. if you are a firm believer in a particular heaven or other ...more
Planet 8 is besieged by drastic climate change, and the inhabitants change their entire society on the advice of Canopus, another, more advanced race. The buildup was incredibly slow, and I frequently found my eyes sliding off the page. I finally gave up when I found myself grinding my teeth at the thought of picking ...more
Quando ho acquistato "Un luogo senza tempo" senza conoscere né l'autrice né questo titolo in sè, mi sono ritrovata in mano un romanzo di fantascienza atipico ma dotato di un fascino non indifferente. Non un romanzo che parla di guerre intergalattiche, viaggi ed eroi, ma che si focal ...more
This is a quiet, elegiac ...more
Sci-fi (which I love by the way) is on the whole genre based and so generally follows a classical narrative arc but by eschewing such conventions she a ...more
It tells the tale of a personage coming from another planet to this Planet 8, telling them to prepare for something that was coming... but it never happened. He was preparing them for death: in other words, all the things they were being told were lies. Lies to ease the pain. Lies to give them false hope. Such a dark shadow of our religions ...more
Is it worth reading? If you’re in that sort of mood. If you’re tired of ordinary novels, and want to branch out into more experimental fiction. There is something haunting abo ...more
A me non è piaciuto, specialmente per il tipo di scrittura e per il modo in cui sono affrontate le tematiche: spesso da rileggere interi paragrafi, lentissimo e colloso, spiacevolmente arduo da portare a termine.