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What sets Babel-17 apart from others in this genre is that it is a poetic exploration of language—how it shapes our thoughts, our actions, and our relationships—but is disguised as a sci-fi novel. The central character, Rydra Wong, is an accomplished poet whose work is adored across the five known galaxies, who is telepathic, a polyglot, and has a strong sense of self. The novel tangentially explores sexuality, body transformation, and interperso ...more
Maugham gives us an under-the-covers look at a writer's life at a certain period in England as the literary landscape was changing. HIs novel is seasoned with autobiographical details, including his being an orphan raised in the country by his conservative aunt and uncle, his attraction and daliances with "unsavory" people, and his having attended medical school before becoming an author. Also included are thinly disguised (and not terribly flatt ...more