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Night Lamp (A novel of the Gaean Reach) [Paperback]

Jack Vance
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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6 Jan 1997 A novel of the Gaean Reach
Against the backdrop of the Gaean Reach, the widely populated region of space where the full diversity of human development is revealed, the story of Jack Fath unfolds. It traces his rise from wildling orphan to spaceship captain.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (6 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002246538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002246538
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Jack Vance is a peerless creator of strange landscapes, and in Night Lamp he conjures up a kind of Asia among the stars. Buy it. It’s cheaper and at least as exotic as two weeks in the sun’
Financial Times

‘Vance is near the top of his form in this tale of interplanetary adventure and financial skulduggery… Night Lamp yields rich rewards in its humorous complexities’
Publishers Weekly

‘He has a genius of place’
Encyclopedia of SF

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Grand Master Jack Vance's haunting tale of the search for identity across time and space. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 4 Jan 2004
This is the book that really got me hooked on Jack Vance. Beforehand, I had read some of his earlier books, and was utterly astounded at the vocabulary and detail that goes into them, and Night Lamp surpassed any I had read at the time.
The book tells of the life of Jaro Fath, found half-dead as a child on a roadside on a harsh planet, and adopted by a husband and wife, to be taken to a new world where he can recover and live in peace. But as he grows up, Jaro wants more and more to discover more about his past, to do which he must venture into space in search of the planet from which he originated.
Nightlamp must be one of Vance's richest works, and has enough twists to keep anyone interested. Of course any fan can only love the book, it is quite an incredible work and in the end can only be regarded as a true work of art, and nothing less.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to begin but great read 21 Mar 2001
By Valdo
Vance takes time to describe the background of his main character. In the case of Night Lamp, it's a slow and not too exciting part of the book. It changes however from the Demon Princes where the personality Kirt Gersen is far too thin. Once the lengthy introduction read, the story takes a very nice dimension. And again, Vance takes you to amazing regions and strange worlds. A good book, especially for Vance's fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to what I like 26 Oct 2000
By A Customer
This book is much more like the classic vance that I'm used to. It rolls along very nicely, with some sharp suprises..........very different to ports of call.
I didn't want to put it down, but I never do with jack's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic example of Vancian writing 12 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Night Lamp is highly rated by most Vance fans, some however considered it overly long a little simple in its handling of the main character.
I loved it. If you love Vance, you will love this. If you are new to Vance, I would recommend the Demon Princes or the Planet of Adventure books as a first read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 19 May 2013
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I would recomend this product to fans of Jack Vance, it is a good typical solid Jack Vance novel. His Science Fiction, has dated very well.
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