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5.0 out of 5 stars An author who deals with big ideas, 3 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Dark Eden (Hardcover)
I loved this book. This author is not scared of taking on big ideas and he then explores them in a story that is absolutely gripping. I actually couldn't put it down for the last 100 pages or so.

I have read the other reviews here, and they tell you a lot about the story, the situation on Dark Eden and so on, so I won't go over that again. By setting up this planet and the story Beckett is able to delve into the origins of religious ideas and myths that are the fundamental glue driving societies all over the world today. Because the characters are involved in events that are the building blocks of the society that is to come on dark Eden, at various points they become aware, even as they take part in these happenings, that their actions and words will be mythologised by future generations. The effect of these scenes is extraordinary, bringing the reader up against the raw materials, the human experiences that create myth.

Think of the Jesus myth, the Buddha myth and so on, and imagine that you are right there with the people who took part in the original events that were later given significance via the religious stories and rituals that whole societies now relate to. This is the experience that this book gives you.

Oh, and by the way, there is a sub-theme on gender relations which is pretty interesting too - how a patriarchal society is born from the ashes of a matriarchal one, and what drives that development. Oh and another theme about leadership, the delusions of leadership, and the qualities of character that make a person worth listening to. And about stories and story-making... and about human-animal relations... and about love and sexuality... and about loss...

Where is this story going to go now? What will happen next on dark Eden? I am longing to know.
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