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Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen
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Cards of Grief (1983)

by Jane Yolen

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This was a very good book to me. The story is of a matriarchal society where grief is institutionalized. It's a generally peaceful society without joy. Things happen in the story and the reader begins to see that things will change. The writing is lyrical and very easy to read. The culture is well developed but it isn't boring. The people in the story matter. In some ways it reminded me of Lois Lowry and GATHERING BLUE more than Le Guin. However, CARDS OF GRIEF is definitely an adult book. ( )
1 vote hazel1123 | Sep 18, 2013 |
A sort of anthropological science fiction - exploring our culture by looking at a different fictional world's culture. Similar to some of Ursula K. Le Guin's work. ( )
  andersonden | Mar 24, 2010 |
Yolen in Le Guin mode. Fascinating. ( )
  bgbooks | Aug 6, 2006 |
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For Georgia and Milton and all the cloud-filled skies
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ARCHIVIST'S REPORT

Here are the preliminary tapes and reports on our one-hundred-year study of Henderson's IV, known in the common tongue as L'Lal'lor, the Planet of the Grievers.
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It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.
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Henderson's IV: a world with tragedy in its past, an uncertain future, and a sombre present; a culture in which mourning is an art form, and truly gifted grievers are revered - and encouraged, in ways often bizarre and frequently murderous, to perfect their craft. On such a world the true tragedy is love, for it is love which makes dying difficult, and grief painful. For a hundred years Mankind has been studying Henderson's IV. And then, Aaron Spenser, Anthropologist First Class, fell in love, against all custom. And change came, and with it, danger, not only to the natives, but to the star worlds themselves.
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Jane Yolen's award-winning story about an alien civilization forever changed by the incursion of human social scientists and a mysterious ancient prophecyThe year is 2132 when members of the Anthropologist's Guild set down on the planet Henderson's IV, or L'Lal'lor as it is known to the native population. Charged with the nonintrusive study of alien cultures, the crew discovers a society containing no love or laughter. It is, instead, centered around death?a world of aristocratic and common folk in which grieving is an art and the cornerstone of life. But the alien civilization stands on the brink of astonishing change, heralded by the discovery of Linni, the Gray Wanderer, a young woman from the countryside whose arrival has been foretold for centuries. And for Anthropologist First Class Aaron Spenser, L'Lal'lor is a place of destructive temptations, seducing him with its mysterious, sad beauty, and leading him into an unthinkable criminal act.?Told from the shifting viewpoints of characters both alien and human, and through records of local lore and transcripts of court martial proceedings, Cards of Grief is a thoughtful, lyrical, and spellbinding tale of first contact. It is a true masterwork of world building from Jane Yolen, a premier crafter of speculative fiction and fantasy. ?This ebook features a personal history by Jane Yolen including rare images from the author's personal collection,?as well as a note from the author about the making of the book.… (more)

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