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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
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Apr 07, 2008

it was amazing
Read in April, 2008

Another re-read but always a different perspective.

The book stands alone but I recommend starting with Ender's Game - and make sure its the real version not something abridged. This lays some valuable context - not essential, but I think it makes Speaker that much better.

A difficult plot to describe so I won't try. However, the idea of someone whose job it is to speak the life of someone who has died - not the life that happens because we can't speak ill of the dead, not a recitation of the sins of the dead, but the life he lived - intrigues and possibly heals.

This read I identified deeply with Novinha, the woman who married a man she didn't love, one who was horribly brutal to her, because she could not endanger the man she did love. Her guilt was misplaced, but no less real.

I suppose its science fiction - space travel and so forth - but book deals with religion, faith, racism and redemption thoughtfully.

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