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Travels in Elysium (英语) 平装

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  • 语种: 英语
  • ISBN: 3952401528
  • 条形码: 9783952401521
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  • 商品重量: 676 g
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平均5.0 星 A wonderful novel 2013年11月1日
评论者 Cathy Murray - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
版本: Kindle电子书
I don't usually pay anywhere near this amount for Kindle books but after reading the free sample I had high expectations that this book was going to be worth the outlay! I was engaged with the story; intrigued by where it might be going; fascinated by the details about the island and Greek culture and absorbed by the emerging characterisation and looking forward to reading the remainder of the novel which is a good 500 pages in total. And I wasn't disappointed: this is one of the most complex, interesting, challenging and thought provoking books I've read for ages and I thought it was brilliant. Author William Azuski has taken the long route to explore his story and given himself the time to let the story build up slowly to its amazing denouement. That's not to say that the novel is in any way boring: to the contrary in parts it races forwards with an almost frenzied need to get to the answers. Which brings me to possibly the most interesting aspect of the novel: the way the author has handled time. It wasn't until I'd got right to the end of the novel that I realised how cleverly this had been done; while reading it there were places where I thought some tough editing was needed and as everything else was so good couldn't understand why it hadn't been done. But at the end I realised what a masterly trick the author plays with time and how cleverly he uses it to take the reader into other worlds with complete conviction and credibility. The writing in places is beautifully poetic and the descriptive passages conjure up vivid and original images. This novel isn't a quick, easy read; you have to concentrate and at times work quite hard to follow the plot and understand the significance of events but it is well worth the effort. Travels in Elysium really is a wonderful novel and I don't regret spending (in terms of both cash and time) much more than usual on the book.
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平均5.0 星 A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY 2013年7月26日
评论者 Dianne Harman - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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I must admit, this was new territory for me. I have never read anything quite like this. Mythology and Atlantis never particularly interested me. The book was recommended to me as a blend of spiritual and mythology.
This was one of the best books I have ever read. The story, while long and needing the reader's attention, is riveting. The descriptions of the island and the digs are phenomenal. I could not put it down. I believe this to be a story that will become a classic. I am not one to re-read books. Too many I haven't read. This book makes mockery of that rule. It is well worth a second read and a... You get my message. But I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the writer's gift of description. His way with words is simply wonderful. For the first time ever, I kept notes on turns of phrases. Yes, they were that beautiful and well done.
This is not a book to be taken to the beach for an afternoon read. It's way too meaty for that. Forget a couple of the "feel good" books and in their place, put this one. It will be some of the best time you will ever spend.
Mr. Azuski,you are to be complimented on giving us this tour de force. Thank you!
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平均4.0 星 In-depth review: the sorcerer's apprentice 2013年7月24日
评论者 John L Murphy - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
版本: 平装
This philosophical thriller mixes a novel of ideas with a mystery plot on the Greek island of Santorini. The site of an immense volcanic cataclysm recorded about 3600 years ago, wiping out this bastion of Minoan civilization known once as Thera, at the village of Akrotiri (where real-life digs began in 1967) around the time of the military junta forty-odd years ago, a group of archeologists convene. They hack into the tephra, to claw into what some imagine might be remnants of Atlantis.

Whether this is metaphor or "Trojan Horse," farce, mass hypnosis, wish-fulfillment, or some "echo" of the "Perfect Form" perplexes student Nico Pedrosa. From England, he's recruited hurriedly to take his place alongside the scholars under the supervision of Marcus James Huxley. On this island, names and much more suggest hidden meanings. As Nico learns more about the rivalries, factions, and uses to which he and his fellow enthusiasts are applied under Huxley's charismatic but unsettling power, the novel burrows into the possibilities that the excavation appears to reify or which appear to recur. Frescos appeal to the imaginative, and Platonic forms appear as if to revive, deepening the uncanny.

The plot must be left somewhat vague to remain surprising to you, but this suspense earns genuine engagement by the reader. It's not easy going; characters needed development and early on the style appeared too awkward. The book takes its time, and it's longer (I was asked to review an e-book) than I expected. Often, the style felt overwritten. However, in conveying Nick's own youthful bewilderment and eagerness it makes sense for awhile, to portray an student in his early 20s plucked from British academia to be plopped onto a sunny island. His predicament, and his difficulty in deciding whom he can trust, enable this novel to be a coming-of-age tale, set among a lively and vivid locale, but one with its own spirits which may be emanating from its mythical shadows. This grounding in place, stranded on an awesome otherworldly terrain, heightens drama effectively.

It reminded me of some Iris Murdoch or Charles Williams storyline, or Stanislaw Lem's "Solaris." A character wonders if this isn't all an "archetypal Greek tragedy." For the Mediterranean setting, compare "Ghosts" by John Banville in a similar motif. Or even Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Abzetis manages to hold his own with a narrator who never lets on where he is ahead of the moment; this verisimilitude lets the reader along with Nico as "sorcerer's apprentice" listen to back-stories and lore.

Plato's conundrum, optical illusion, necropolis, Isles of the Blest, Oracle of the Dead, and/or the Burnt Islands: Santorini resembles other islands towards or beyond the sunset, a feature in mythological landscapes the world over. Why this attracts seekers, such as the Friends of Orpheus, and how near-death experiences may intersect with what Huxley and his rivals and supporters investigate draws in both Azuski's reflections in this intellectual whodunit, and Nico's own quest to figure it out.

Doppelgangers, ignis fatuus, wish fulfillment, Critias and Socrates, Solon and Plato: these inspire new allegories of these caves below Santorini. One character responds with a lovely analogy to coming back from the dead: "siphoned back into my body like a captured cloud," and Azuski does strive for fresh imagery. The second half of the novel does slow, as Huxley's motives keep shifting as Nico and the reader struggle to keep up with this enigmatic antagonist. He's not necessarily evil, but he's the type of elusive antagonist that compels the outmatched protagonist Nico to pursue him.

Certainly, near the end, Azuski packs a wallop. I think to enhance this impact, earlier sections needed trimming, and sharper arcs of maturation for supporting characters. Certain people come and go as if to prop up the meandering, repeatedly delayed or attenuated plot. Still, as an intellectual project, this must have consumed him as much as Huxley regarding the grand metaphor underlying, physically and psychically, this complex story. "The final deception is not the deception that comes last, but the metaphor that makes sense of all the others." Nico tries to figure out Huxley and the increasingly bewildering or dazzling insular swirl around him and emanating behind the entrance marked #34.

I would have advised stronger delineation in terms of the supporting characters in terms of this penultimate situation and how they respond--the prose does not distinguish a range of personal testimonies although a shared education may elide or mask their respective tone and fluency. While the ending does keep its own enigma that causes one to rethink the entire novel, the value of immersion in a thoughtful if sprawling examination of Thera's mythic power is ultimately evident.