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Song of Kali (1985)

by Dan Simmons

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A very good book, great story teller!
But, as i have been living in India and been in Calcutta, and though I find it a city difficult to stay in, I have to say that these =sleeping dead= are people, with an history, an extended family life, a biography, feelings also as much of any Us citizen, and for sure even if conditions of living are =tough= they deserve life and understanding!
Anyway liked this book a lot. ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
The indian poet M. Das, long thought to be dead, has mysteriously reappeared, and Robert Luczak is commissioned to write an article on him and to negotiate for the new poem that Das has written. so Luczak, his Indian wife and their baby daughter are soon engulfed in the foul, teeming, crime-ridden city of Calcutta, confronting the appalling possibility that M. Das really has come back from the dead to proclaim a new and horrific age and to sing the savage song of Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
undecided about how I feel about this book. perfectly ambivalent. ( )
  lyrrael | Oct 17, 2015 |
Poor. Part of the Fantasy Masterworks series, but a compete mis-nomer, It's barely fantasy, and while it may have been a masterwork at the time it doesn't come anywhere close now. It comes across as racist, ignorant, and silly.

The story is set in Calcutta, where an american poet brings his family to try and find the author of some modern re-interpretations of Indian religious poetry - relating to the death god aspect of Kali. However he finds this disturbing. Listens to some incredulous tales with no evidence, has a mystical experience and flees back to the US none the wiser. Having suffered the loss of his only baby daughter. It isn't clear if the latter is related in any way, although the supposition is that it's supposed to be revenge by Kali on him not bringing her "song" to light.

Where there weren't ebook formatting issues, the prose was actually not bad, it's just the subject matter, plot and general ignorance that failed to entice. ( )
  reading_fox | Aug 15, 2014 |
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"For HARLAN ELLISON,

who has heard the song,

And for KAREN and JANE,

who are my other voices"
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Some places are too evil to be allowed to exist.
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"O terrible wife of Siva / Your tongue is drinking the blood, / O dark Mother! O unclad Mother." It is remarkable that prior to writing this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent only two and a half days in Calcutta, a city "too wicked to be suffered," his narrator says. Fortunately back in print after several years during which it was hard to obtain, this rich, bizarre novel practically reeks with atmosphere. The story concerns an American poet who travels with his Indian wife and their baby to Calcutta to pick up an epic poem cycle about the goddess Kali. The Bengali poet who wrote the poem cycle has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Horror critic Edward Bryant calls Song of Kali "an exactingly constructed, brutal, and uncompromising study of the degree to which an evil place may permeate and steep all that makes us human" and writes that it embodies "the stance of a psychologically violent novel about a violent society as a defensible and indisputably moral work of art." Song of Kali won a World Fantasy Award. --Fiona Webster

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Robert Luczak, sent to Calcutta to interview the mysterious poet, M. Das, who has been missing for ten years, discovers that the missing man is mixed up in the death-worshiping cult of of Kali

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