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Embassytown by China Mieville
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Embassytown (original 2011; edition 2011)

by China Mieville

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Title:Embassytown
Authors:China Mieville
Info:Del Rey (2011), Hardcover, 368 pages
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Embassytown by China Miéville (2011)

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    PhoenixFalls: Cherryh excels in writing really alien aliens and always focuses on the nuances of languages.
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    Anathem by Neal Stephenson (bertilak)
    bertilak: Miéville has written a philosophical science fiction novel that rocks and is not bloated: Stephenson please take note.
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    kevinashley: Both these books take the relationship between language and thought as central themes. They explore it in different ways but with a similar thoroughness; both really explore just how 'other' alien can be.
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Embassytown is a story set on the Embasy of a world where the inhabitant special communicate only in Language and can't understand langauge. In order to speak to them, identical sets of twins are bred and trained from an early age to speak Langauge. Everything is fine until a new ambassador arrives from the out.

This is a difficult and interesting book. There are a lot of different ideas going on in here about langauge and what it is and how we use it. Some of it, I admit, went over my head. But there's a lot in here to make you think. I found the start a little chunky, there's a lot of new dialogue and ideas but a lot of them become clearer as you read through and by the half way point I was completely imersed in the world. Brilliant world building. Well worth a read. ( )
  TPauSilver | Aug 29, 2016 |
AMAZE
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  KateSherrod | Aug 1, 2016 |
the ideas were better than the plot could support ( )
  xicohtli | Jul 20, 2016 |
As always with this favorite author, there was a lot in this book that it's going to take me awhile to get my head around. It's about language, mainly, but with a compelling story and characters as well. Not as gut-difficult as the New Crobuzon stories (thank goodness). A keeper and maybe a re-reader. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jul 17, 2016 |
Amazing world-building and examination of the importance of language. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jun 24, 2016 |
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Readers who want to delve no further than turning the pages will come away satisfied with "Embassytown," because Mieville's fertile imagination has created a fascinating alien species to go along with plenty of familiar human drama.
 
It is a miracle of a novel, one where Big Ideas cohabitate with Monsters, and neither is lessened by what academic propriety insists must be capital letters.
 
Miéville has a muscular intellect, successfully building a science fictional world around semiotics. For some readers, that will be enough.
 
I don’t hold this will to abstraction against him. Genre writers, and for that matter writers of the well-wrought middlebrow novel, mostly tell the usual stories in the usual way: narrative and character are advanced through conventional action. Miéville is up to something else.
 
In this sense, Embassytown plays out as a novel of metropolitan-colonial conflict, holding out the hope that language might not serve only as a tool of oppression, but be reclaimed as the instrument that makes resistance possible.
 

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"The word must communicate something (other than itself)."
Walter Benjamin, "On Language as such and on the Language of Man"
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To Jesse
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The children of the embassy all saw the boat land.
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"I don't want to be a simile anymore," I said. "I want to be a metaphor."
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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On a distant planet in the far future, humans and an alien race coexist in a nonviolent but nonetheless uncomfortable arrangement. In general, they don't hurt one another, but they're not necessarily happy to share the city together. It is a marriage of convenience, arranged for economic reasons. But when a new group of humans arrives on the planet, one current citizen—a young woman—begins to realize that things are about to change for the worse.
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The Hosts - who are they?
Avise the simile, all
Ends in social change.
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Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist on a distant planet populated by the Ariekei, sentient beings famed for their unique language, returns to Embassytown after many years of deep space exploration to find she has become a living simile in the Ariekei language even though she cannot speak it, and she is torn by competing loyalties when hostilities erupt between humans and aliens.… (more)

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