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The Book of Strange New Things

review The Book of Strange New Things º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Lcanzar años luz Con una ambición tan vasta como el espacio en el ue ambienta su relato Michel Faber vuelve a la larga distancia de su obra mayor Pétalo carmesí flor blanca para enhebrar una reflexión acerca de nosotros mismos de los demás y del modo en ue nos acercamos y alejamos de ellos; de la identidad la alteridad la empatía y sus retos; de amor a la fe y de fe en el amor Sensible adictiva y alérgica a las respuestas fáciles; intrigante magnética y multiforme El Libro de las cosas nunca vistas aborda con sabiduría y compasión algunas ue por verlas todos los días nos uedan bien cerca y así sentimos su lectura como algo ue nos atañe y nos apela de una vibrante humanida. UghI hated this I absolutely loved Under the Skin but this was a huge disappointment It was endlessly tedious the protagonist was not very likable and the plot itself just never really came together It s amazing because the reviews on GR have been largely glowing but this was just a huge bust The Book of Strange New Things More like The Endless Book of Tedious Plot and Lame Characters

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review The Book of Strange New Things º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Cuando este libro arranca el devoto pastor cristiano Peter Leigh está a punto de soltar la mano de su mujer Bea ue lo rescató de una existencia errática de drogas y alcohol y embarcarse en un reto evangelizador a la altura del siglo XXI El destino ue le aguarda Oasis no está en esta Tierra para llegar hasta él tiene ue subirse a una nave y dar el Salto Uno ue le lleva a un lugar donde el aire se siente incluso cuando está uieto donde todos los alimentos salen de una sola raíz y donde el día y la noche no son como los ue conocemos Un lugar ue se reparten unos nativos bondadosos y henchidos de fe y unos colonizadores perfectamente entrenados ue en el ejercicio de sus labores han a. Sometime in the future humanity has discovered they are not alone in the universe on a distant planet named Oasis dwells a race of supremely ugly aliens their faces are described as two foetuses fused together and they LOVE Jeebus So much so that they re withholding food from the handful of human colonists on their planet until they get a replacement missionary Enter Peter Leigh a former homeless junkie thief turned born again Christian minister selected by the USIC Corporation to be sent to Oasis and preach from the Bible which the Oasans refer to as The Book of Strange New Things But why are the Oasans so enamoured with Christianity And what happened to their last minister That s the setup for Michel Faber s latest doorstopper sized novel and it s actually uite enticing and original seeming at first Except that summary is misleading because this book is actually about how long distance relationships don t work I know pick your jaw up off the floor because that s revelatory information right But that is essentially the whole book which wouldn t be so bad if I cared a bit about either Peter or his wife Bea but I didn t Peter heads to Oasis while Bea remains on Earth Things go well for Peter the Oasans are receptive and he enjoys his time on the planet things for badly for Bea as the world around her falls apart China invades the Middle East and ends up controlling their oil supply global supermarket chains go bankrupt freak weather decimates countries wars erupt governments topple it s the complete and total collapse of Western civilisation Make no mistake though The Book of Strange New Things is an utterly tedious read Beyond the novelty of meeting the Oasans there s nothing much to them They re around five feet tall they re ugly they re a very simple agrarian based culture and many of them believe the word of God completely Little is added to this knowledge as the novel progresses The only conflict Peter encounters is trying to make the Bible stories work for his new flock as they have trouble pronouncing s and t in their tongue as well as understanding some of the imagery they don t have sheep or fish so wouldn t know what stories involving them would mean so he rewrites them to make it easier for them to speak and grasp He doesn t have to try to convert them as a large number are already devout Christians and he doesn t encounter the ones who aren t Easier and easier He gets on with his fellow humans on the USIC base for the most part They re a gentle but soulless bunch consumed with work they are the best in the professions engineering geology biology medicine etc A giant read evil corporation behind this space endeavour Never seen that in a sci fi alien story The only thing missing was the meat head soldier archetype but there are no weapons or fighting in the book so they re absent Wondering where the dramastory here is There isn t any Maybe you re thinking Oasis is some wonderful vista paradise like Pandora in Avatar Think again It s a completely flat landscape with no discernible features The Oasans are completely isolated besides some weird duck creatures who appear a couple times so how did they evolve exactly their simple huts and their fields of whiteflower which they grow to trade for medicine with the humans I don t need the landscape to be extraordinary I just wish Faber would give me something anything than nothing This is barely genre writing Because it s set on an alien planet doesn t make it sci fi or at least it s not a good representation of that genre s heights despite the way some readers look down upon sci fi as a lesser genre Good sci fi is imaginative The Book of Strange Things is not Peter s wife Bea though extremely whiny and annoying tells Peter and the reader through her emails sent via the Shoot why did they rename a computer a Shoot What was wrong with computer of troubles on Earth which I mentioned earlier These emails are the only real conflict in the book by the wayIt seems that her story would ve been much interesting to read than Peter s Instead we re subjected to the most monotonous non story ever Peter telling the Oasans some Bible stories Peter helping them harvest the whiteflower crop Peter trying to learn their language Peter having trouble sleeping and looking at the stars Peter walking across a flat landscape drinking melon flavoured water Peter staring blankly at nothing This book is nearly 600 pages long Cut out the tedious crap and you ll have a mediocre 100 150 page novel instead of an awful 600 page one And speaking of Bea s increasingly difficult life on doomed Earth USIC do their best to censor their off world staff from news of Earth s collapse by ripping out pages of magazinesnewspapers arriving at the base but they don t censor Bea s emails even though they have the capability to do so Her emails contain the most damning information I will say that Faber s prose is for the most part clear and accessible He may not be able to tell a tight fast moving story any but he can still write uite well And I did like some scenes in the book particularly with the former minister who went native and Grainger the USIC pharmacist as she fell apart on Oasis I had her and Peter pegged to have a rushed embarrassing affair though Faber thankfully steered clear of that though he did everything he could to hint at its possibilityAnd I liked how many of the USIC characters were named after Marvel Comics writers from the Silver Age in particular Jakob Kurtzberg the missing former minister who mirrors the real name of Jack Kirby technically a Golden Age creator Who was Jack Kirby non comics reader Creator of much of the Marvel Universe Captain America Thor Hulk Fantastic Four and the X Men to name a few and a preacher of a kind himself who lived in the stars Faber s look at Christianity is just not insightful What do we learn That Bea converted Peter when he was a troubled criminal He bought into the religion and became a personable minister Away from his wife her troubles overwhelm her and she loses her faith And Also how easy is it to write a devout Christian character Jesus saves God has a plan for everything Trust in the Bible and our Lord he shall provide etc This isn t great writing or characterisationThe Christian overtones to the story were too on the nose and weren t enough to redeem it The book has 28 chapters like the Gospel of Matthew which is repeatedly referenced Peter is bitten by an animal seeming to die in the eyes of the Oasans and return a la Christ after the crucifixion not really but to the Oasans perhaps the walking through the wilderness with Grainger temptation Does Peter become like Christ to them Is this how Christ was to us an alien Is this how religions start Maybe some people will be blown away by these aspects of the book but I could not care less I was beaten into apathy at this point by the slug like pacing As there s no real story the book doesn t build to a big finish or any kind of finish at all really and simply ends It couldn t be dissatisfying or anticlimactic Faber s Strange New Things is a deeply unimaginative novel The sci fi element is poorly conceived and uninteresting Oasis and the Oasans could not be dull The book drags on for hundreds of pages without a plot with barely any character development and with hardly a thing happening to break up the boredom The whole Earth s collapse felt forced done because Bea s life needed to get worse so that she and Peter could fight via email not because it was convincing on any level I mean China invading the Middle East what I ve enjoyed Faber s work over the years from Under the Skin to The Fire Gospel to his short stories in Some Rain Must Fall but The Book of Strange New Things is gimmicky and horribly boring It s far too long with much too little substance Arguably this is his worst novel I can see why he s saying he s giving up on writing any of them seeing how uninspired this one turned out Unlike the Oasans and the Bible most people will have than enough of this book long before its end It was a real struggle to get there and not really worth it Side note there s some uestion among some reviewers as to why the Oasans would so readily accept Christianity though Faber does explain this in the book Here s why and it s actually one of the few parts of the novel I likedview spoilerIf humans are cut the wound stops bleeding scabs over the platelets in our blood do their work maybe some pus follows but we soon heal If an Oasan is cut and the cut becomes infected they die Their bodies are completely defenceless Christianity preaches healing and rebirth The Oasans are a race who cannot heal naturally and take everything literally so they would embrace Christianity s message of healing as a solution to their plight hide spoiler

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review The Book of Strange New Things º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Prendido a dejar todo auello ue los hace débiles –humanos– atrás Poco a poco Peter aprende a comunicarse con los oasianos; les lee la Biblia el Libro de las cosas nunca vistas y construye una iglesia con ellos Y a medida ue descubre ue su misión es más sencilla de lo ue preveía los problemas empiezan a surgir de rincones inesperados; en la base no todo el mundo es tan impasible y los correos de su esposa Bea hablan de una Tierra ue va de mal en peor se hunde azotada por desastres naturales carestía y conflictividad social y Bea se hunde con ella Y cuando Peter abstraído no logra darle el consuelo ue necesita el matrimonio tendrá ue enfrentarse a una brecha ue se abre hasta a. Alienation We re the aliens here This book can easily be mistaken as generic sci fi exploring the impact of colonialism on the existing inhabitants as well as the newcomers in the near future a Christian minister leaves his beloved wife and travels through hyperspace to a human colony on another planet where his role is to evangelise to alien beingsThat is the medium but it s not the message The message isn t even the Biblical one that saved Peter from drugs and homelessness and led him to this mission There is no messageThis is not a preachy book even though it s about a preacher Rather than a message it s an open minded open ended exploration of separation dislocation translation miscommunication God faith truth addiction madness scars healing the techniue of Jesus loss and what it means to be human Alienation in every sense of every senseIt is profound and disturbing without being horrific It s a slowly told story that s nevertheless a page turner Like physics it focuses on the big Bea s situation on Earth and the small Peter s on planet Oasis Ultimately there are few answers is that like physics too There was a red button on the wall labelled EMERGENCY but no button labelled BEWILDERMENT Alienation by Miscommunication He opened his mouth to reply but found the part of his brain where he went to fetch the answers was filled with incomprehensible babble Most of us take language for granted except when we re abroad or if we have an impairment But there are many ways to be misunderstood Problems with language of all kinds are at the heart of the alienation pumped through the veins of this book Although some of the examples seem extreme they all have implications for ordinary lives on EarthOasans have no identifiable eyes no readable facial expressions and no discernible variations of intonation to indicate their mood Peter can t tell what gender they are or even how many genders they have They look so similar the only way he can distinguish them is by the uniue colour of each one s garments hooded robe soft boots and gloves although eventually he can recognise some by their voices Of course he finds this bewildering with very little idea of how he s being received and understood But on the phone online or if talking to a woman in a bura we cope without facial expressions and body language The Oasans language sounded like a field of brittle reeds and rain sodden lettuces being cleared by a machete Some can speak reasonable English though they all struggle to pronounce T and S sounds They are reluctant for Peter to learn their language let alone translate the Bible into it In foreign phrases exotic power lurked Thus Peter embarks on a Bible paraphrase in English that omits T and S sounds as much as possible as well as eliminating things they have no experience of such as fish sheep and money But can truth survive through multiple translations and paraphrases conducted over millennia through the lenses of different cultures Peter notes that the Old Testament phrase for of old or long ago is closer to from afar which is apt for an intergalactic missionary Distance reliance on technology and conseuent time delays are a huge source of alienation and misunderstanding Much of the story is epistolary messages between Peter and Bea and the gradual but seemingly inevitable increase in misunderstanding foreshadows their deepening alienation from each otherAlienation from Others He was not ready to face her not even through the veil of the written word He needed to adjust to the complicated trivia of human intercourse When communication is impaired relationships change invariably for the worse If you re alienated from one group perhaps the only way is to integrate with others What then is otherness Who is the alienUSIC the corporation that created and runs the colony is suitably mysterious as is the base on planet Oasis and its bland unemotional staff There is rudimentary email but no internet or phones not even phones within the base photography is not practicable and there are no locks on personal uartersThe planet itself has a strange climate and beauty that only Peter appreciates and the native inhabitants are welcoming but mysterious strange and new The result is a benign but sinister setting veiled in secrecy and evasion that numbs the mindSome aspects are gradually revealed but much of importance is never explained If this is sci fi it s very light on the sci and even on the socio political angle It s the medium not the messageOne striking feature is that Peter comments on the presumed race of everyone literally everyone he encounters And yet he s by far the most accepting of the Oasans Maybe he s excessively difference aware rather than anything worse though variations in pigment aside humans were all part of the same species and some dubious observations about gender and sexuality don t really clarify matters Maybe it s just another aspect of his own otherness Alienation from Self The pain of useless empathy When you ve lost your partner home culture language food and climate and you re even doubting your faith what s left but your sanity And how can you keep that in the absence of the othersWatching a disintegrating mind is probably the most painful vicarious experience as anyone who s had a loved one with Alzheimer s or mental illness knows The helplessness of the observer and the seeming inevitability of the decline is agony I m not suggesting that applies in all cases with all conditionsFor me that was the most powerful aspect of the book It is gradual unsentimental sympathetic powerful Faber wrote it while his wife was dying but he s not and never has been religious He asks where God is when tragedy strikes but suggests no answeruotesLong Distance Relationship via Email I miss living through the visible moments of life with you To his wife these messages were already history To him they were a frozen present His heart and mind were trapped in his body and his body was here The rains were indescribable but seeing them would leave a mark on him that would not be left on her Humid Climate The rain wasn t falling in straight lines it was dancing elegant arcs a leisurely sweeping from one side of the sky to the other He was enveloped in a moist warm breeze a swirling balm The air lapped against his cheeks tickled his ears flowed over his lips and hands The air here was a presence a presence so palpable that he was tempted to believe he could let himself fall and the air would simply catch him like a pillow As it nuzzled his skin it almost promised that it would The air currents so similar to water currents could not move silently but must churn and hiss like ocean waves The warm air embraced them with balmy enthusiasm The moist atmosphere was enjoyable but also an assault the way the air immediately ran up the sleeves of his shirt licked his eyelids and ears dampened his chest They truly were rains plural The air all around him was ecstatic with water bursting with it Silvery lariats of droplets lashed against the ground lashed against him Oasans The Oasan settlement wasn t what you d call a city More like a suburb erected in the middle of a wasteland Where the S should have been there was a noise like a ripe fruit being thumbed into two halves King James Bible verses were like a particularly mellow alcoholic drink whereas Peter s paraphrases were like local home brew a moonshine compromise So maybe he shouldn t dilute its strangeness Trying to explain the Oasans is like trying to explain what a smell looks like or what a sound tastes like Corporate Outpost and its Personnel The bigger the company the less you can figure out what it does A curious absence of any image that evoked a specific currently existing spot on Earth or a passionate emotion That of a corridor plastered in a wide variety of posters You cannot create a thriving community let alone a new civilisation by putting together a bunch of people who are no fucking trouble You want to build Paradise you gotta build it on war on blood on envy on naked greed Her boringness was so perfect that it had transcended itself to become a kind of eccentricity He did not lose his temper He had no temper to lose That was his tragedy and his mark of dignity too His calmness had impressed them Without knowing it he d always been an honorary alien Other The pungent odour of Tartaglione s loneliness dispelled some of the fog in Peter s brain Scars were not suffering but triumph triumph against decay triumph against death not a disfigurement a miracle Belief was a place that people didn t leave until they absolutely must The Oasans had been keen to follow him to the Kingdom of Heaven but they weren t keen to follow him into the valley of doubt Easter EggsThe Book of Strange New Things is what the Oasans call the Bible However in Faber s short story collection Some Rain Must Fall published in 1998 and reviewed HERE there s a piece called Toy Story about God s childhood It includes the line His eyes would goggle at the strange new things he found there in the abandoned universe bottled gases which plumed out in the shape of a star when smashed free huge fluffs of sliver fibre spilling out of the bins like foam enigmatically specific crystal implements and broken engines of paradoxPerhaps in a nod to Under The Skin reviewed HERE on the second page Peter and Bea discuss whether to pick up a hitchhikerOne of the characters is called Billy Graham but not the minister In the Acknowledgements Faber says many of the names are from or loosely based on Marvel Comics but surely Billy Graham conjures an early televangelist in most people s minds I wonder if the ubiuitous and multi purpose whiteflower is a nod to the Wompom of Flanders and Swann Lyrics HERE and FS singing it HEREFor a very different take on the missionary experience as suggested by Caroline in the comments see Barbara Kingsolver s The Poisonwood Bible reviewed HEREPicture source for man in space suit in ruined church

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  • The Book of Strange New Things
  • Michel Faber
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  • 18 October 2018
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    [Pdf Read] (The Book of Strange New Things) Free download The Book of Strange New Things Of course everybody on earth had the power to reshape reality It was one of the things Peter and Beatrice talked about a lot The challenge of getting people to grasp that life was only as grim and confining as you perceived it to be The challenge of getting people to see that all the immutable facts of existence were not so immutable after all Sustaining a relationship over a long distance presents serious c

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    Michel Faber î 0 review [Pdf Read] (The Book of Strange New Things) UghI hated this I absolutely loved Under the Skin but this was a huge disappointment It was endlessly tedious the protagonist was not very likable and the plot itself just never really came together It's amazing because the reviews on GR have been largely glowing but this was just a huge bust The Book of Strange New Things? More like The E

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