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Los lenguajes de pao by Jack Vance
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Los lenguajes de pao (original 1958; edition 1987)

by Jack Vance

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When the Panarch of Pao is assassinated, Beran Panasper, his son and heir, must flee to the planet Breakness where he finds the truth behind his father's death...and much more. Reprint.
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Title:Los lenguajes de pao
Authors:Jack Vance
Info:Barcelona : Ediciones B , 1987
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The Languages of Pao by Jack Vance (1958)

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    Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany (burschik)
    burschik: If you are interested in the linguistics, that is.
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In this 1958 novel, when Pao is unable to repel a military invasion, an adviser from the technocrat Breakness planet advises setting up restricted areas for military, mercantile, and technician castes, each with their own language. Of course, the members of these castes will need specialist training from Breakness advisers.

The book could have done with more examples of the different languages showing how they work rather than abstract explanations. On the other hand, where one planet consists of undifferentiated masses of people and the other consists of extreme individualists who barely interact, it is difficult to care much about the characters, so it was a quick read but an uninvolving one. ( )
  Robertgreaves | May 25, 2022 |
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  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
This offers less action but more thought provocation than your typical Vance story, with interesting concepts and societies and characters. I found the ending not particularly satisfying. ( )
1 vote clong | Jan 18, 2016 |
Very interesting novel, with the easy majesty of Vance's descriptive writing and a well thought out plot hinging entirely on the form and use of language. Not the normal space fare, compromise features prominently--characters using patience and compromise? How speculative is that!? ( )
1 vote thesmellofbooks | Aug 27, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jack Vanceprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kresak, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrow, GrayCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sneibjerg, AgnetaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Dongen, H.R.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the heart of the Polymark Cluster, circling the yellow star Auriol, is the planet Pao, with the following characteristics:
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