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Inverted World (1974)

de Christopher Priest

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The city is winched along tracks through a devastated land full of hostile tribes. Rails must be freshly laid ahead of the city and carefully removed in its wake. Rivers and mountains present nearly insurmountable challenges to the ingenuity of the city's engineers. But if the city does not move, it will fall farther and farther behind the "optimum" into the crushing gravitational field that has transformed life on Earth. The only alternative to progress is death. The secret directorate that governs the city makes sure that its inhabitants know nothing of this. Raised in common in crèches, nurtured on synthetic food, prevented above all from venturing outside the closed circuit of the city, they are carefully sheltered from the dire necessities that have come to define human existence. And yet the city is in crisis. The people are growing restive, the population is dwindling, and the rulers know that, for all their efforts, slowly but surely the city is slipping ever farther behind the optimum. Helward Mann is a member of the city's elite. Better than anyone, he knows how tenuous is the city's continued existence. But the world--he is about to discover--is infinitely stranger than the strange world he believes he knows so well.… (més)
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3.5 ( )
  TheScribblingMan | Jul 29, 2023 |
Très agréable à lire. L’idée n’est pas mauvaise du tout. ( )
  ours57 | Jul 27, 2023 |
A group of Earthlings living precariously on an impossible world must go to great lengths in order to survive, until they discover just how impossible their world actually is... I didn't realize a book could still take me by surprise but despite a slow first half describing the mundane day-to-day workings of an enclosed mobile city, Christopher Priest ends his novel with a one-two punch of physics and psychology that had me rereading paragraphs just to fully appreciate the twists. A sci-fi mystery that also serves as a timely allegory in this age of social polarization and conspiracy theories. ( )
1 vota NurseBob | Jul 21, 2023 |
Fundamentally this is an interesting and well written post-apocalyptic story. It tells the tale of a city that is constantly on the move because of what it sees as the fundamental nature of its world. When the world view clashes with another, one is left to wonder about the nature of subjective vs actual reality. ( )
  TomMcGreevy | May 12, 2023 |
This was probably a good book by 70s standards; it's still not a bad scifi and I did read it to the end (and the Grand Idea is captivating, though it had been redone several times since then); but for the modern reader, 50 years later, it also feels terribly slow, too straightforward and too dragged on - it was honestly a slug and I kept at it only for the explanation, which came too abruptly and too "told not shown" ( )
  milosdumbraci | May 5, 2023 |
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"... it is certainly one of the strangest SF novels of all time. Unfortunately the ending lets you down almost as badly as the traditional dream in Nineteenth Century stories."
afegit per RBeffa | editaAnalog Science Fiction/Sciencd Fact, P. Shuyler Miller (Nov 7, 1975)
 

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Christopher Priestautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Cap, YomaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kurz, KristofTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lye, MichaelAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Martin, BrunoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Moore, ChrisAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nenonen, KariTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stephenson,Andrew M.Autor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Whereso'er I turn my view,
All is strange, yet nothing new;
Endless labour all along,
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— Samuel Johnson
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To my mother and father
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The city is winched along tracks through a devastated land full of hostile tribes. Rails must be freshly laid ahead of the city and carefully removed in its wake. Rivers and mountains present nearly insurmountable challenges to the ingenuity of the city's engineers. But if the city does not move, it will fall farther and farther behind the "optimum" into the crushing gravitational field that has transformed life on Earth. The only alternative to progress is death. The secret directorate that governs the city makes sure that its inhabitants know nothing of this. Raised in common in crèches, nurtured on synthetic food, prevented above all from venturing outside the closed circuit of the city, they are carefully sheltered from the dire necessities that have come to define human existence. And yet the city is in crisis. The people are growing restive, the population is dwindling, and the rulers know that, for all their efforts, slowly but surely the city is slipping ever farther behind the optimum. Helward Mann is a member of the city's elite. Better than anyone, he knows how tenuous is the city's continued existence. But the world--he is about to discover--is infinitely stranger than the strange world he believes he knows so well.

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