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The Sykaos Papers Hardcover – 26 May 1988

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (26 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747501173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747501176
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,094,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of those rare books that can be regularly re-read for years to come. I came across this by accident maybe 15 years ago, and bought a second-hand copy when I saw one. Written as a mixture of journal entries from various characters, Oi Paz's reports home showing his initial bafflement at his surroundings slowly changing to become comprehension (laughter is continually referred to as the "incongrous noise") and news reports following the initial discovery of this traveller and his effect on society. This is an utterly unique book which deserves a wider audience.
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This is a superb retelling of Gulliver's Travels for a 20th Century readership. Witty and profound by turns, it savagely demolishes the modern cult of celebrity media "personalities", and rips into all the superficial and transient triviality of our gadget obsessed age. Part Swift, part Huxley, part Hesse, and all Thompson. Highly recommended.
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What a refreshing book!! Entertaining and more. It enables you to look at the world with fresh eyes. It is fun with it though. I can thoroughly recommend it.
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HASH(0x9a02ac9c) out of 5 stars IN A FORGOTTEN CAUSE 6 Sept. 2002
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on
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This book is a political tract. E.P.Thompson was a Marxist historian but most famous in Britain as a leading campaigner against nuclear weapons. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament dated back to the 50's and ran out of steam gradually until the strategy of stationing nuclear-armed cruise missiles in England as a response to the Soviet SS20 abruptly revived it. Everything in the story is a mere lead-up to the heroine's account, viewed from the moon, of the nuclear big bang. The tone of the writing here is like nothing else in the book and made my blood run cold when I read it while sunning myself on a rooftop in Malta.
The rest of the book is -- well, what exactly? Thompson was no novelist, although the book is very enjoyable and in places very funny. Oi Paz must be the least intimidating alien invader there ever was. He gets stuck in a tree when he first tries to land, he speaks in a contralto voice until his testicles finally descend helped by the prosperous terrestrial conditions, he disapproves of the boozy ways of the academics until he discovers whisky, and a certain amount more of this sort of thing. I suppose you can find some social satire in it, but not a lot and not consistently. There is probably a bit of Gulliver in it all, but it reads more to me like a flight of fancy rather than anything with a consistent thread through it other than the growing menace of the nukes.
With the cold war and the Soviet Union now behind us Sykaos is worth reading 'lest we forget'. The filthy things are still with us, as we get periodic reminders supposing we need them. In his politics Thompson was neither pro-Soviet nor anti-American: the man who was both of those was England's most famous right-winger of the time, Brigadier Enoch Powell, another opponent of nuclear weapons in or for Britain but all from a different standpoint. The whole issue has rather dropped below the horizon in recent years. Now when there is little or no mileage in trying to pin communism on opponents of nuclear arms and when the status of NATO is getting increasingly problematical we might be collectively capable of some rational thinking about how we extricate ourselves from the mess we have got ourselves into. To say the least, we have been lucky so far and our luck can do without being pushed.
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HASH(0x8fdd3554) out of 5 stars This story will change your mood - you'll live in it 13 Sept. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Despite the appearances this isn't a science fiction story. You'll find in it many question about our way of living, about what is considered rational, what is freedom and what is love. This story will change your mood, you'll feel dropped in it. You'll also learn how our world could be doomed.
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HASH(0x901b9dec) out of 5 stars Geez, what a piece of junk 24 Sept. 2002
By David Myers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Satire is really really really rilly rilly hard to get right. People whose name is not Vonnegut, Heller, etc. should not bother to try, thankyouverymuch.
Look, I understand what he was trying to go for, but it doesn't cut the mustard. Try Lem instead. Or try Canticle for Leibowitz... Sykaos is compared to that book sometimes and it is not a decent comparison-- Canticle is actually good, and Sykaos is very limp.
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Thank you very much, I was looking for this item and you were my last chance to get it, I'll enjoy it until last page, Norma.
HASH(0x8fea7c3c) out of 5 stars I am very happy with my order 8 Oct. 2014
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This is a very interesting book by an important author it is also difficult to find. I am very happy with my order.
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