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I knew going into Purgatory that this story was an allegory for the British colonization of Zimbabwe I ve read a few novels that have drawn on history, particularly fantasy, and evenparticularly Guy Gavriel Kay s magnificent Tigana, and The Lions of Al Rassan, which draw loosely on French and Italian histories.But while Kay s works were rich character driven reads that would rip your heart out, Purgatory readlike a fable at times.And that s okay, if that s what you re after Purgato I knew going into Purgatory that this story was an allegory for the British colonization of Zimbabwe I ve read a few novels that have drawn on history, particularly fantasy, and evenparticularly Guy Gavriel Kay s magnificent Tigana, and The Lions of Al Rassan, which draw loosely on French and Italian histories.But while Kay s works were rich character driven reads that would rip your heart out, Purgatory readlike a fable at times.And that s okay, if that s what you re after Purgatory follows a planet s takeover by the arrogant Man, and Man s negotiating his way with the inhabiting savages in a way that would fool them into believing they are benefiting while they are totally being taken advantage of.The story was interesting, presenting the facts and developments as they happened, but like I said, it feltlike I was reading a fable rather than a novel So I m afraid Purgatory fell a bit flat for me.It didn t help matters that I read this immediately after Stephen King s 11 22 63, which was one of the best books I ve read in a long time, and so a very tough act to follow.Anyways, I was bent on rating Purgatory two stars, because I was finding the developments interesting, and it cheated my way to a historical lesson on Zimbabwe, but the ending the last line, actually was pretty great, and that merited a bonus star I ll give Mike Resnick this Purgatory is the most unique sci fi novel I ve read recently The book chronicles the colonization of an alien world by the human race It draws heavily from the history of Britain s colonization of Africa Each section of the book covers an epoch of this history, so that it reads like seven interrelated novellas rather than a single coherent novel Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the book is that there are no clear good guys or bad guys Purgatory is a tale th I ll give Mike Resnick this Purgatory is the most unique sci fi novel I ve read recently The book chronicles the colonization of an alien world by the human race It draws heavily from the history of Britain s colonization of Africa Each section of the book covers an epoch of this history, so that it reads like seven interrelated novellas rather than a single coherent novel Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the book is that there are no clear good guys or bad guys Purgatory is a tale that embraces ambiguity, and that refuses to paint good and evil in the stark black and white terms employed by most fiction The novel also has a somewhat tragic surprise ending, which I won t spoil here Suffice to say, it was quite effective If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be smart I m not sure, though, that it will satisfy most readers of science fiction It does not fit the usual action packed escapist mold, it abandons characters just as soon as the reader begins to get invested in them, and the writing is frankly somewhat lackluster It is light on descriptive detail, which makes for a clean and unencumbered narrative but which also inhibits the reader from entering fully into the universe Resnick has imagined I walked away from the book feeling pleased, but a little unsatisfied Wow This is my very first Mike Resnick novel, and Wow I just finished reading this half an hour ago and my mind is still reeling, and I m still having an emotional reaction.I can t believe how under appreciated this novel is It is superbly written, masterfully crafted, and absolutely engrossing.As far as I can tell, Resnick intended this novel to be a political allegory for African countries, as he hinted not so subtly in the preface The science fiction background is a guise, although a v Wow This is my very first Mike Resnick novel, and Wow I just finished reading this half an hour ago and my mind is still reeling, and I m still having an emotional reaction.I can t believe how under appreciated this novel is It is superbly written, masterfully crafted, and absolutely engrossing.As far as I can tell, Resnick intended this novel to be a political allegory for African countries, as he hinted not so subtly in the preface The science fiction background is a guise, although a very well placed and convenient one What unfolds is a story we are all familiar with, that has played out so many times in human history It has all the potential of being trite and preachy, and believe you me I was skeptical going in So, also believe me when I say it is anything but trite The execution is flawless Every single character is believable, sympathetic, and completely real The tale is told through several points of view spanning a reaching history, and each perspective serve to show the reader different angles of the same story While I had feared that this technique will end up making each charactertwo dimensional and less believable, it is absolutely not the case here There are clear bad guys and clear good guys, and at the same time there isn t There are just people, dreams, and reality The story shows you the harsh face of reality with unflinching honesty, and I really appreciate that We can point to specific countries and say, this happened here, and we can point to a different country or region and say, this is going to happen here This isn t a book neatly wrapped up with a pretty moral of the story, or a lesson, or an empty promise, and I really appreciate that as well VOTO ALL INTERO CICLO GALACTIC COMEDY 3,8Di tutt altro tenore rispetto al ciclo Starship dello stesso autore, la trilogia Galactic Comedy presenta come tema fondamentale, trattato secondo i canoni della space opera pi classica, il colonialismo e lo sfruttamento delle risorse nonch delle popolazioni locali, alludendo chiaramente al periodo colonialista del XIX a danno di molti paesi africani.Si pone particolarmente l accento,oltre che sulla natura stessa della politica colonialista e di cosa si VOTO ALL INTERO CICLO GALACTIC COMEDY 3,8Di tutt altro tenore rispetto al ciclo Starship dello stesso autore, la trilogia Galactic Comedy presenta come tema fondamentale, trattato secondo i canoni della space opera pi classica, il colonialismo e lo sfruttamento delle risorse nonch delle popolazioni locali, alludendo chiaramente al periodo colonialista del XIX a danno di molti paesi africani.Si pone particolarmente l accento,oltre che sulla natura stessa della politica colonialista e di cosa significhi per le popolazioni che la subiscono, anche sugli effetti disastrosi che questa comporta sull organizzazione politica e sociale e sulle speranze di un futuro migliore delle stesse, una volta ottenuta l indipendenza, situazione scaturita dalla civilizzazione coatta che i popoli sfruttati sono costretti a subire, andando a cambiare radicalmente la loro filosofia di vita e il loro modo di vivere, catapultandole in un sistema che non sono in grado di comprendere fino in fondo e che spesso e volentieri non riescono ad autosostenere.Per quanto mi riguarda, il primo volume Paradise quello pi debole dal punto di vista narrativo.Gli altri due volumi, sebbene abbiano una struttura pi classica, sono senza dubbio pi coinvolgenti ed emozionanti On the planet Karimon lives a race of intelligent beings descended from reptiles Like most intelligent beings in the galaxy, they had not yet evolved beyond their stone age villages when the first shiploads of Men arrived to stake a claim on a virgin planetBut on Karimon there is a strong, brilliant leader, a chief who is able to understand that the new arrivals are not gods or demons, but mortal beings And unlike the inhabitants of most primitive planets, this leader also understood that Men had enemies too, and that those enemies could be used to gain some measure of control over the human colonization of Karimon If only for a few short years I have read several of Mike Resnick s books and enjoyed them all I enjoyed this book also but it is very different than any others I have read by Mike Resnick First of all Purgatory an allegory for the British colonization of Zimbabwe Second of all it shows how greed corrupts anyone, human or alien Purgatory follows a planet s takeover by humans, and the negotiating with the native savages in a way that would fool them into believing they are benefiting while they are totally being taken I have read several of Mike Resnick s books and enjoyed them all I enjoyed this book also but it is very different than any others I have read by Mike Resnick First of all Purgatory an allegory for the British colonization of Zimbabwe Second of all it shows how greed corrupts anyone, human or alien Purgatory follows a planet s takeover by humans, and the negotiating with the native savages in a way that would fool them into believing they are benefiting while they are totally being taken advantage of The savages are much smarter than the humans give them credit for and after many years of being taken advantage of by the humans they educate themselves and take back control of their planet Unfortunately mankind has set things up where the planet can t be run at it s current level of prosperity without human control and after only a few years the savages are savages once again When I read this book was based on British western colonization of Zimbabwe Rhodesia Africa the magic of the story was gone Translate africans to aliens, Zimbabwe into Karamon, the big 5 into some strange animals and Man as Man and tell the story of white oppression and freedom rebellion and you have the book There is hardly any added value of the Glactic environment technology , the plot was barely interesting and the characters plain and dull 2 stars. Mike Resnick books are such good reads Will always pick one up. Purgatory is essentially a long, extended metaphor for the British European occupation of Africa Unfortunately, it s not quite on the same metaphoric level as Animal Farm Resnick gets a little too caught up in his idea and forgets to tell a story.And while everything else gets some metaphoric paint slapped on it Christian missionaries are left intact, trying to convert the aliens to Christianity this element almost docked Resnick down to a 2 He secured a 3 mainly because he had a good e Purgatory is essentially a long, extended metaphor for the British European occupation of Africa Unfortunately, it s not quite on the same metaphoric level as Animal Farm Resnick gets a little too caught up in his idea and forgets to tell a story.And while everything else gets some metaphoric paint slapped on it Christian missionaries are left intact, trying to convert the aliens to Christianity this element almost docked Resnick down to a 2 He secured a 3 mainly because he had a good ending line than managed to tie all the disjointed pieces together.It s a personal pet peeve of mine to see authors drag out priests who can t defend their faith with the sort of questions a first year theology student should be able to tackle, just so the author caneasily mock Christianity It s hard to say if it slazy or insulting On one hand there are men in missionary spiritual leader roles who can t intellectually defend their faith, so on a purely character level I can accept a guy like McFarley a missionary with uncanny access to the upper levels of galactic government , but as a symbolic figure he s just wrong on so many levelsIt bothers me on spiritual level, but it also bothers me because it s just sloppy metaphor It would be like one the pigs in Animal Farm announcing his commitment to the Communist Party it breaks a fifth wall that just shouldn t be broken I have issues with the Foreword for the same reason even though it may be the best short story in the book It s Resnick explaining his metaphor, which kind of defeats the whole idea of a metaphor.But at the same time, I understand why he does Because if you don t realize it s an extended metaphor, it would be just flat out boring, seemingly pointless political mess There are no characters only caricatures.The cover is misleading Spaceships barely come into play The whole book is bound mainly to a single planet, which reads as a very earth like third world country with a thin veneer This is not by any stretch pure entertainment or rollicking, nor is it a solid story It belongs in the same category as Harafish, a lengthy extended metaphor that pokes fun at the absurdities of a culture historyonly Harafish did a better job of staying metaphoric.On one hand it s a much meatier read than I was expecting, and there s a dark, biting humor that pervades throughout Certainly some good insights, but at times the insights feel a bit juvenile.End judgment is that it is worth a read through, but it frustrates me because I feel like it could have been so much better than it was Recently read Mike Resnick s 1993 book Purgatory, the first in a three book series What a great read I couldn t put it down As you may know, Resnick is one of the most prolific and successful of Science Fiction writers His books and stories have appeared everywhere What you may not know is that Resnick, like myself, has a passion for Africa, and he uses it a lot in his work We have corresponded and chatted about this, and he sent me several stories, but this book is tops.Purgatory is the s Recently read Mike Resnick s 1993 book Purgatory, the first in a three book series What a great read I couldn t put it down As you may know, Resnick is one of the most prolific and successful of Science Fiction writers His books and stories have appeared everywhere What you may not know is that Resnick, like myself, has a passion for Africa, and he uses it a lot in his work We have corresponded and chatted about this, and he sent me several stories, but this book is tops.Purgatory is the story of Karimon, a distant planet rich in minerals, discovered by a Republic who then try and colonize it and exploit its mineral wealth They are opposed by local tribal leader Janalopi and a Republic missionary, both of whom, are eventually brushed aside by the colonists with total disregard.As the colony develops and the natives becomeandfrustrated with their low status and living conditions and the loss of 90% of their land, they start to protest, eventually launching a guerilla rebellion The Republic leaders brush it off as minor nuisance but eventually find themselves slowly becoming overwhelmed A new breed of native leader, educated in Republic schools and aware of Republic culture, take over the rebellion and lead their people with new strength.The book is rich with flavor and strong characterization The story centers around Karimoni and Colonist characters from various eras in the planet s development and their interactions Resnick uses African history here to address injustices and issues often ignored in an outer space setting The best science fiction uses the futuristic settings, technology, etc to teach us or remind us of something about ourselves or our past, and Resnick does that here to great effect.Purgatory is one of the best reads I ve found in science fiction so far, and I look foward to reading his follow up books Paradise and Inferno very soon Highly recommended For what it s worth Purgatory


About the Author: Mike Resnick

Michael Mike Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, was a popular and prolific American science fiction author He is, according to Locus, the all time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction He was the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland and has been short listed for major awards in England, Italy and Australia He was the author of 68 novels, over 250 stories, and 2 screenplays, and was the editor of 41 anthologies His work has been translated into 25 languages He was the Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon and can be found online as ResnickMike on Twitter or at www.mikeresnick.com.


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