Norstrilia

Norstrilia

by Cordwainer Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781612422169
Publisher: Arc Manor
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 696,688
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Norstrilia 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a teenager in the 1960s, and an avid reader, particularly of SF, I noticed a paperback with a peculiar title on the rack at our small-town drugstore: 'You Will Never Be The Same.' After buying & reading the book I realized I truly would never be the same. I also realized eventually that, like Hemingway and Pynchon, Smith is a very imitatible and impossible to really emulate talent. Cordwainer Smith is arguably the finest SF writer of the 20th Century, or at least ranks among the top ten along with Chip Delaney and a handful of others, perhaps including JG Ballard. The standard here is both literary and 'sense of wonder.' All of Cordwainer Smith's stories (and the canon is small, but wonderful) are must-read. Many times over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cordwainer Smith's Classic Science fiction Novel-is a real piece of work-about a place where giant sheep have spores growing on them that make you live for nearly eternity And a Boy Wants to own Earth-He Travels there From Norstrilia-but may not get what he bragained for-Cordwainer's Writing is Very Lyrical... Dylan Thomas Meets Philip K. Dick-Or something... !
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recon77 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
What an absolutely delightful science fiction novel. Smith is one of the best. Like Lewis only much more interesting as far as the science part.
clong on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the only full length novel published by Smith, and after reading this you can understand why. As a full length novel Norstrilia is only marginally successful. It's more a series of related short vignettes, that move along in jumps and starts (indeed two were previously published as short stories). There is little sense of structure (although the very ending brings us back to where we started, providing a rather effective as a denoument). The dialogue tends to be stilted, and the descriptive prose is nothing to write home about. So why read it? Smith is an amazingly inventive author, who describes myth-making galaxy changing events that no other author could have conceived. Norstrilia, like virtually all of Smith's fiction, is part of the "Instrumentality of Mankind" storyline, recounting important actions by characters who play key roles in the evolution of that fascinating tale of our future.