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An instant SF Classic!,
This review is from: River of Gods (Paperback)Ian Mcdonald has quite simply written the first great SF novel of the 20th century!
First, when I mean SF, it does not mean that I am not reading this novel as closely as I would say a work of 'literature' by say Salman Rushdie. Infact be aware that this book makes substantial demands on the reader.
So why is this book a SF masterpiece? It is written in a great prose style, which perfectly realises India as a landscape. Yet it still retains it appeal to the ordinary reader. Especially, if you like the thriller, travel book, or detective genres.
But what is really important is that Mr Mcdonald has become a supreme exponent of observing humanities follies without destroying hope! Readers will return to this book to be refreshed!
I envy your first acquaintance with this book!