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Mockingbird by Walter Tevis

Mockingbird (original 1980; edition 1984)

by Walter Tevis

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Authors:Walter Tevis
Info:Corgi Adult (1984), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 288 pages
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Tags:science fiction, robots, dystopian

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Mockingbird by Walter Tevis (1980)



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Discussed on the A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, Episode 110.

http://agoodstoryishardtofind.blogspot.com/2015/06/good-story-110-mockingbird-by... ( )
  ScottDDanielson | Oct 15, 2015 |
Curious mix of known tropes from science and literary fiction. It goes into deeper reflections than a conventional post-apocalyptic story and transmits strongly the loneliness and sadness of the setting. The idea is good and the words are well chosen, but the plot evolves in irregular steps, with big jumps between long flat stretches. ( )
  ivan.frade | Sep 4, 2015 |
Wow, just wow. Why has this work not come to my attention before? I can see now why it's in the Masterworks series.

If you're looking for adventure or a fast-paced thriller - walk away now. This is a slow-burner with a gentle pace, but it'll keep you hooked. Set a couple of hundred years in the future, the world is on a downward spiral. No great catastrophe, or alien incursion - just a running-down of humanity. A couple of sparks still exist that might rekindle the flame - a near omniscient robot, and the one man left who can read. The slow unfolding of their stories is set out in a simple and measured way: the writing is very good indeed.

I'm not going to elaborate further on the story, and you shouldn't read the blurb before diving in. Just read it. ( )
  Noisy | Sep 7, 2014 |
A classic and justly famous dystopia, written in a deceptively simple fashion and quite moving (watching the two leads rediscover literacy and love was surprisingly gripping). ( )
  salimbol | Sep 20, 2013 |
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  Saretta.L | Apr 26, 2013 |
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The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm and does not concern itself alone with stimulating arrangements of color, form, and design. Edward Hopper
For Eleanora Walker
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Walking up Fifth Avenue at midnight, Spofforth begins to whistle.
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Mockingbird is a powerful novel of a future world where humans are dying.  Those that survive spend their days in a narcotic bliss or choose a quick suicide rather than slow extinction. Humanity's salvation rests with an android who has no desire to live, and a man and a woman who must discover love, hope, and dreams of a world reborn.

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The future is a grim place in which the declining human population wanders, drugged and lulled by electronic bliss. Even Spofforth - the most perfect machine ever created - cannot bear the oppressive existence. But hope lies in the form of a man and a woman who find passion and joy in love and in books.… (more)

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