(Babel 17) [PDF KINDLE] à Samuel R. Delany

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REVIEW Babel 17 CHARACTERS Ã Babel 17 CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany Babel 17 is all about the power of language Humanity which has spread throughout the universe is involved in a war with the Invaders who ha. I have always believed that the language you speak determines the way you think How else can it be really I am a trilingual person who has uite a few monolingual family members and I can t even tell you how many times in frustrated fascination I have contemplated the peculiarities of languages the plays on words that are often impossible to translate the confusing idioms and the frustrating lack of certain concepts in one language as compared to another So many times I realized that merely voicing a concept in a different language changes your understanding of it its connotation and therefore the parts of its meaning Something can be well intentioned in one language and come off as condescending or rude or dismissive in another Once you think about it how much of the stereotype of Italians being passionate and loving or the Germans being regimented and strict or the French being seductive comes from the mere way their language sounds to the ears of the observer Indeed what you speak determines in part who you are Because can you even conceive of something when there is no way to express it She taught him how to say I and you They wandered through the graveyard in evening and we hovered over them while they taught each other who they wereEver since my teens I have been fascinated by Samuel Delany s Babel 17 a sci fi classic about an eponymous mysterious alien language that Rydra Wong a poet far in the future in the middle of intergalactic war is trying to decipher This book has than just linguistic appeal however it details the futuristic society with genetic engineering changed concepts of love star ships stellar battles futuristic technology of course now riddled with unavoidable anachronisms but fascinating nevertheless discorporate members of the society all this told through Delany s vivid haunting imagery told in the language that shifts between crisp and poetic fluidly transitioning between scenes and concepts illustrated by modernistic and surreal poems at the beginning of each sectionBut even by my mid teens I have read many books that belonged to the excellent science fiction tradition What impressed me about this one what set this particular book apart for the language nerdy daughter of a literature teacher was exactly the portrayal of language in it the mystery of the highly analytical Babel 17 the allure and the power the language has over people their perception of the world even their own selves Nominative genitive etative accusative one accusative two ablative partitive illative instructive abessive adessive inessive essive allative translative comitative Sixteen cases of the Finnish noun Odd some languages get by with only singular and plural The American Indian languages even failed to distinguish number Except Sioux in which there was a plural only for animate objects The blue room was round and warm and smooth No way to say warm in French There was only hot and tepid If there s no word for it how do you think about it And if there isn t the proper form you don t have the how even if you have the wordsRydra Wong the protagonist of this short novel is a poet revered at the either side of the war known and loved by the white and blue collar people alike or in the language of this world the Customs and the Transport She is strong fiercely intelligent and competent a remarkable thing for a sci fi novel written in 1960s a time dominated by strong sci fi manly men who usually got rewarded with beautiful sci fi cardboard cutouts women She excels at reading people their innermost thoughts and desires be that through muscle movements or telepathy As she cracks open the mystery of Babel 17 she discovers about her inner world as well as some other deep secrets revealed through the sheer power of language And the way Delany gives us the glimpse into her her mind her reasoning her perceptions is so vivid and sophisticated that its almost unsettling and begs for the reread of certain sections before moving on You know what I do I listen to other people stumbling about with their half thoughts and half sentences and their clumsy feelings that they can t express and it hurts me So I go home and burnish it and polish it and weld it to a rhythmic frame make the dull colors gleam mute the garish artificiality to pastels so it doesn t hurt any that s my poem I know what they want to say and I say it for themI figured out a big part of the conflict of the book rather early on but it did not detract in the slightest from being fascinated and enthralled by it and the fascination did not decrease at all during the reread The ending is the only part that I have some ualms with it felt a bit too rushed too convenient and lacking a bit compared to the wonder of the story leading up to the resolution Thus reluctantly I have to take off a starI loved this book when I first read it as a teenager funnily enough translated into a different language than it was written in Loved it when I re read it now in its original language A masterfully written and smart sci fi book about the power of language what s not to love Wonderful vintage sci fi a classic that has aged well despite the unavoidable anachronisms 4 well deserved stars Growing older I descended NovemberThe asymptotic cycle of the yearplummets to now In crystal reveriesI pass beneath a fixed white line of treeswhere dry leaves lie for footsteps to dismemberThey crackle with a muted sound like fearI ask cold air What is the word that freesThe wind says Changeand the white sun Remember

CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany

REVIEW Babel 17 CHARACTERS Ã Babel 17 CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany Ve been covertly assassinating officials and sabotaging spaceships The only clues humanity has to go on are strange alien messages that hav. A fascinating exploration of linguistics theory than a science fiction novel Babel 17 leaves you intrigued but unsatisfied It is arguably a fantastic intellectual experiment but the literary enjoyments are few and far between Still while perhaps not a must read it is definitely a should maybe read for fans of sci fi and those interested in gaining a broader understanding of the genre

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REVIEW Babel 17 CHARACTERS Ã Babel 17 CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany E been intercepted in space Poet and linguist Rydra Wong is determined to understand the language and stop the alien threat Paul Goat Allen. Babel 17 is a standalone science fiction book from the 60 s although I m not sure I would have guessed it was from the 60 s if I d read it without knowing that It s progressive in many ways especially for its time For example the main character is an intelligent woman in a leadership role It also plays with writing styles in a way that seemed very different to me than other books I ve read from that era I had mixed feelings about the bookIt s set in the far future Humanity has encountered other races from other galaxies some of whom are part of an Alliance with them and others who are enemies referred to as Invaders The main character is a famous poet named Rydra who has some expertise in cracking code She s been asked to help crack the Babel 17 code which appears to be a code used by the Invaders during acts of sabotage At the beginning of the book Rydra has already determined that Babel 17 isn t a code it s a language Her love of languages and her fascination with this particularly uniue language leads her to get directly involved in seeking it out and learning about it and the rest of the story spurs off from thereI thought the plot was pretty thin and often the details about what was going on were obfuscated at least for me by the way the author experimented with writing styles and particularly in the way he expressed the internal thoughts of his characters The book is at least as much about language as it is anything else I enjoy occasionally learning a bit about language differences and especially how a language reflects or affects the culture that speaks it but language isn t something I have much aptitude for or a particularly strong interest in so this was a bit much for me I prefer it in smaller dosesThere was some interesting world building though It s not at all a scientific science fiction book but I enjoyed reading about how spaceship crews were formed and operated as well as the various details about how this fictional future society itself operated Some parts of it seemed pretty uniue especially considering how ideas from books published in the 60 s have often been re used and feel like old hat when one reads them for the first time in the present day I didn t get that feeling at all here I liked the characters but I wasn t terribly invested in them I think part of that was because the author s style of writing their thoughts made me feel disconnected from them So as I said mixed feelings There were a lot of interesting things here and I think somebody who is interested in language than I am andor appreciates experiments with writing styles than I do would probably like this than I did Either way it s a short and fast read and I don t regret the time spent on it


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    (Babel 17) [PDF KINDLE] à Samuel R. Delany CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany When you revisit something after a long interval you never know what you're going to get A few days ago I read The Story of the Amulet the third volume in the E Nesbit trilogy that starts with Five Children and It I had been meaning to check this out since I was about 7 but somehow never located a copy I was worried that I'd left it too late but in the event there was no problem it was terrificSo when I saw a copy of Babel 17 in a second ha

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    (Babel 17) [PDF KINDLE] à Samuel R. Delany A fascinating exploration of linguistics theory than a science fiction novel Babel 17 leaves you intrigued but uns

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    CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ¸ 1 CHARACTERS REVIEW Babel 17 Samuel R Delaney’s 1966 Nebula Award winning novel and Hugo nominated book continues to excite and baffle SF fa

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    (Babel 17) [PDF KINDLE] à Samuel R. Delany CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ¸ 1 CHARACTERS I liked this one I found it to be uirky weird fascinating and unexpected Another arrow in the Galactic secret agent uiver uest The exploration of language as an ultimate tool for conuering and domination wasreally

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    CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany (Babel 17) [PDF KINDLE] à Samuel R. Delany Surprisingly fresh for a SF novel written in 1966 It has a lot of interesting ideas the main one being the Sapir Whorf hypothesis In fact the whole story is based on the development of this idea and those passionate about linguistics will find a real gem within its pages It is even surprising that Delany was only 23 years old when he wrote it The writing is uite enthusiastic and lyrical – the main character is a poet

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    CHARACTERS Ó TRAMZ.CO ¸ Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ¸ 1 CHARACTERS REVIEW Babel 17 Samuel R Delany was on a short list of famous sf authors I have never read the list includes Cordwainer Smith Henry Kuttner

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    (Babel 17) [PDF KINDLE] à Samuel R. Delany Babel 17 is a standalone science fiction book from the 60’s although I’m not sure I would have guessed it was from the 60’s if I’d rea

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    (Babel 17) [PDF KINDLE] à Samuel R. Delany The linguistic issue introduced here is not entirely new For example in The Languages of Pao Jack Vance a similar theme is addressed Babel 17 however is considered a Science Fiction classic It was released around the same time as Dune with a y

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  • Hardcover
  • 192
  • Babel 17
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • English
  • 27 July 2019
  • 9780839823285