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All Flesh is Grass

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,958 ratings  ·  123 reviews
A mysterious invisible barrier suddenly encloses a small, out-of-the-way American town. It's been put there by a galactic intelligence intent on imposing harmony and cooperation on the different peoples of the universe. But to the inhabitants, the barrier evokes stark terror.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published 1985 by Methuen (London) (first published 1965)
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Bradley
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016-shelf
It's 1965, so there's a general sense of small town glorification and everymen are everywhere. This novel happens to be one of Simak's most firmly grounded in modern ('60's modern) society, and that's the expectations I had when I began reading.

And then we've got our WTH moment. How many impenetrable domes encapsulate small towns in SF, anyway? Stephen King did it twice, first in Tommyknockers and then in The Dome, but is there a direct line connection to this tale or how far back does the conce
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Sandy
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the 1966 3-D movie "The Bubble," later rereleased as "Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth," an impenetrable and transparent dome of unknown origin encases a small American town, trapping its residents inside. Forty-three years later, in Stephen King's doorstop best seller of 2009, "Under the Dome," another American town, Chester's Mill, is similarly and mysteriously ensnared. Beating both these projects to the punch, however, and a possible inspiration for both of them, was Clifford D. Simak's ...more
Donna
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Clifford D. Simak was an American science fiction author, writing from the 1930's-1980's. He won numerous honors including three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award, plus he was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, as well as receiving recognition in the genre of horror. He was also a person who was very concerned about the fate of mankind in light of the rise of nuclear weapons during his time, and the turmoil of nations at war, as well as the violence within people's ow ...more
Clouds
[the interesting words are in the comments]

This is a book.
Filled with words.
One of those words is spleen (which is an innately funny word).
Another of those words is pandemonium (which is one of my favourite words - I'm going to name a puppy Pandemonium one day, and call him Pan for short).

Mr Simak knows many good words and arranges them into a story, with a beginning, a middle and end.

It is a good book.

I highly recommend you spend your dollarpounds on this product at Amazon.com (or .co.uk, or wh
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Stephen
3.0 stars. I am a fan of Cliff Simak's work and really enjoyed Way Station, City and The Goblin Reservation. I liked this book too, but not quite as much as the three previously listed.

In typical Simak fashion, we have aliens arriving at a small rural town (in this case an invisible barrier completely cuts off the town of Milville from the rest of the planet) and introduce humanity to the wider universe. Well written with decent characters and Simak's trademark "small town" feel, it was a good,
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Петър Панчев
Отново всичко живо е трева
Цялото ревю тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.com/2015/...

Колко е хубаво да се завърнеш в един прекрасен свят, особено ако е с мирис на хартия и още нещо - свят, сътворен от Саймък и пълен с чудесата на класическата фантастика. „Всичко живо е трева“ навърши 50 години, откакто украси за пръв път лавиците в книжарниците, откакто читателите за пръв път почувстваха магията на историята в нея. Аз също си спомних за трепетното разлистване на страниците, когато страстта ми към
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Христо Блажев
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Всичко живо е трева” и с аромат на цветя: http://www.knigolandia.info/2011/09/b...

Пореден роман на Клифърд Саймък (след “Гробищен свят” и “Градът”), който чета със закъснение и съжаление за пропуска през тийнейджърските ми години. И отново се изумявам от умението му от една дребна идея да създаде нещо голямо и мащабно.

   Във “Всичко живо е трева” малко градче се оказва впримчено в прозрачна, но много реална непробиваема преграда (много ми любопитно какво е направил Стивън Кинг с подобен сюжет в

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Благовеста
"Никое друго живо същество не е развило понятието красота. Само човек от земята би изкопал някъде от горите две-три самотни цветенца, би ги донесъл вкъщи и би се грижил за тях заради красотата им… А до този момент и на самите Цветя и през ум не им е минавало, че са красиви. Никой дотогава не ги е обичал и не се е грижил за тях. Също като жена, която не знае, че е красива, докато някой не й каже, и като самотно сираче, което се скита по чужди къщи и изведнъж намира родния си дом."
"И повече няма д
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Maria Stancheva
Обожавам Саймък за това, че е написал "Градът" и "Резерватът на таласъмите", но "Всичко живо е трева" си беше едно разочарование. Началото беше горе долу добре, средата биваше, но краят се оказа неочаквано глупав. Все едно е написан от надрусано хипи през Лятото на любовта.
Knigoqdec
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Саймък отново успя да ме впечатли. Всичко изглежда простичко, може би дори не толкова оригинално, може би даже банално, но въпреки това "Всичко живо е трева" е изключително вдъхновяваща. Това е може би втората ми среща с автора, но, да, оставам си необяснимо и дълбоко впечатлена.
Имаше и друг въпрос, който основно ме занимаваше през цялото време, а именно - изключителното сходство между "Всичко живо е трева" и "Под купола" на Стивън Кинг. Въпреки че черпя информация за второто произведение за мом
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Vincent
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
A decent effort but with a flawed ending.

Brad is a likeable enough character who behaves in a believable way, not too smart or dumb or heroic, a reasonable everyman.
The other characters are the usual Simak mixture of small town life, some nice some not.

The pace is good, lots of things happen in a short space of time so there is plenty going on, not action in the adventure sense but never dull.

The plot is also good with a few twists and turns, it uses a recurring theme of Simak's with time treate
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Kristīne Dz.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kā gan es par šo grāmatu neko neuzrakstīju?! Ak. Šī bija dikti laba. Negribu būt spoilers, tāpēc vienkārši iesaku izlasīt tiem, kam varētu patikt zinātnieciski fantastisks romāns par dimensijām un laiktelpām, pasaulēm un dzīvībām, mieru, psiholoģiju, arī politika, nodevība un cilvēku savstārpējās attiecības ar viens otru un dabu. Bija interesanti un aizraujoši lasīt. Šizīgi, fantastiski, pat dziļi. 🌻
Apatt
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First sf book I ever read, stumbled upon it in the local library, got me totally hooked on the genre. Great sf starting point for any young reader (not actually YA). A little bit like Stephen King's Under The Dome but without the violence. Simak's compassion shines through in all his stories.
Милена
Саймък разказва хубаво, безспорен факт. Ала очаквах нещо по-различно от „Всичко живо е трева“. Дали защото имах твърде големи очаквания, или може би представата ми за извънземни не съвпада с някакви лилави цветя, но откровено казано, книгата не ме впечатли толкова, колкото се надявах. Все пак финалът ми хареса и някак осмисли времето, което смятах, че съм загубила с прочита на цялата история.

Има нещо красиво и обнадеждаващо в замисъла за мир и хармония вместо война. Има нещо вълшебно и мистично
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Kirsten
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an engaging and absorbing book! Written in 1965 - many years before Stephen King's Under the Dome - it posits a very unusual first contact scenario, not from outer space, but from another dimension. Not another animal species but from a plant. Fascinating!

Clifford Simak's language and story building I was first exposed to in Way Station (1963) but it was so much more advanced by the time he wrote this one. Just incredible.
Metaphorosis
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2012-rev
I recently re-read this, and discovered what I'd forgotten - what a consummate literary writer Simak could be. This story, while it's about an invisible barrier and the aliens that create it, is a classic exploration of small-town America. Extremely readable, with likeable characters that consider problems the way you and I might. The language and story aren't zippy action sequences, but flowing prose about real people. Definitely worth reading if you like intelligent writing.

This story reminds
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Oct 26, 2013 marked it as filmed


One of the Greatest Works of All=Time ::

Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras.

Und dazu :: text.
Deborah Ideiosepius
This is a classic old Sci-Fi from one of the original, award winning authors of the genera. Simak starting publishing in the 1930's and Flesh was published in 1965 (I think) so let that stand as a warning to people who are used to modern Sci-Fi; it is low on the Sci, high on the Fi and might be classed as fantasy if it was written today. Also, the people and society are 60's not modern.

Simak was known for having a few repeating themes and the ones that are most obvious in this one are a rural A
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Xabi1990
6/10. Media de los 7 libros leídos del autor : 6/10

A todos y cada uno de los libros de este autor le puse un 6/10. Más normalito -pero constante- no se puede ser.
Mawgojzeta
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Tidbit of information on the title: "All flesh is grass" is a phrase from the Old Testament in Isaiah 40:6. The interpretation is that human life is transitory.

Mr. Simak comes up with some of the most interesting and unique stories. To top it off, his writing style is warm and inviting. In this book, extraterrestrials attempt to impose social harmony on a small rural town which they have enclosed in an invisible bubble.

Read this excerpt:

I wasn`t driving fast and there was a lot of room for the
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fromcouchtomoon
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Seems like a proto-Way Station, but this came a couple of years AFTER the more famous Way Station, which leads me to conclude that Simak was still working out his thoughts about human entry into the greater galactic culture via the hands of a more powerful alien race. Less contemplative than its predecessor, the aliens in this novel are a meadow of flowers that promise humanity everything in exchange for giving up nuclear power, but at the same time, trap a small town beneath a dome, making the ...more
Radoslav
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Доста готина книга, разглеждаща първия контакт.

+ Интересна история
+ Изцяло от гледна точка на човека с нулева информация за това кое е истина. Това от своя страна води до различни теории и главоблъсканици
+ Типично за Саймък историята е леко абсурдна

-(?) Действието е по-спокойто и липсват динамични ситуации
- На моменти филостването ми идваше малко в повече
Jacob
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well Simak, you tried. With the grace and follow through of someone still in high school, but you tried.

You started telling me a story about people. Small town folks with the usual archaic mannerisms and ways of speaking and then when the strange started to happen, instead of running straight to the answer you and I both know you had up yourself we pulled back to the human aspect of suddenly be surrounded in a bubble from which they could not escape. We heard them talk a great deal, got to watch
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Ints
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turpinās mans Fantastikas pasaulē sērijas projekts. Šoreiz lasīšanai izvēlējos vienu sava favorītautora darbu, par kuru neko daudz neatcerējos. Varu derēt, ka esmu lasījis šo mazpilsētas stāstu pāris reizes, bet ļoti, ļoti sen.

Kādā mazā ASV pilsētiņā kādu dienu sāk notikt dīvainas lietas. Neredzams kupols, kas norobežo pilsētiņas iedzīvotājus no apkārtējās pasaules. Bankrotējušam apdrošināšanas aģentam Berdam ofisā uz galda pēkšņi parādās telefons bez vadiem un ciparnīcas. Paceļot klausuli Breds
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Kristina
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Интересна книга, чете се изключително бързо. Голяма част от героите са доста клиширани характери, но това помага да се наблегне на това колко различен е новият народ, с които се сблъскват те.
Radi Radev
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Клифърд Доналд Саймък е най-големият пацифист между писателите-фантасти. Добре е човек да се замисли върху колко милиона читатели е повлиял със своите вселенски послания за мир.
"Всичко живо е трева" е произведение в жанр "мека" научна фантастика. Книгата донякъде прилича на други много популярни творби на Саймък - "Човекоядци" и "Резерватът на таласъмите". За пореден път авторът разсъждава как хората приемат чрез враждебност и агресия евентуалната среща с извънземен живот.
Брадшо Картър тъкмо изл
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Latoya Faraday
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
.."- Ведь только за последние две тысячи лет или около того люди научились чувствовать красоту, увидели прекрасное в природе. Пещерному человеку и в голову не приходило, что цветок - это красиво...

- Верно. Больше ни одно живое существо, ни одно племя не додумалось до такого понятия - красота. Только у нас на Земле человек возьмёт, выкопает где-то в лесу несколько цветочков и притащит к себе домой, и ходит за ними, как за малыми детьми, ради их красоты... а до той поры Цветы и сами не знали, что
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Blagoy Nikolov
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Класическа фантастика за първия контакт с разумна извънземна форма на живот, която обаче е с толкова необикновен и невероятен вид и пристига по същото толкова неочакван начин, че човешките възприятия и разум са победени от първичните страхове от неизвестното и необичайното. Откритието, че не всичко може да се вмести в рамките на нашите представи и че човекът не е център на вселената, плаши мнозина, като моралните въпроси и разнопосочните реакции, които възникват, са чудесно описани по страниците ...more
Benjamin
Captivating first contact tale like no other. Simak's trademark 'personal' style is in full effect: compassionate without becoming too cloying. Beautiful stuff.
Elena Vladimirova
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Simak is one of my favorite sci-fi authors - he never disappoints. This is probably one of his best books.
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"He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 1977." (Wikipedia)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford...
“Не, мислех си, не можеш да тръгнеш назад през праха на миналите години, през спомените, през събитията, през промените, настъпили в теб и нея, и да се опиташ да си върнеш някой ден или дори час. А и да ти се удаде това, няма да можеш да го очистиш от наслоилия се прах и никога не ще му върнеш предишния блясък. Но може би той никога не е бил бляскъв? Може би ти сам си го измислил такъв през дългите часове на самотата…
Нищо чудно, ако такъв светъл ден или час идва само веднъж в живота на човека, и то не на всеки човек. Възможно е да съществува закон, който да не позволява той да се повтори.”
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“Our computers have no purpose. They are not alive.” “But if they were alive?” “Well, in that case, I suppose the ultimate purpose would be the storage of a universal data and its correlation.” “That perhaps is right,” they said. “We are living computers.” “Then there is no end for you. You’ll keep on forever.” “We are not sure,” they said. “But …” “Data,” they told me, pontifically, “is the means to one end only—arrival at the truth. Perhaps we do not need universal data to arrive at truth.” 0 likes
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