- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1632 KB
- Print Length: 397 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481032461
- Publisher: QTP (6 May 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008144G9I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #610,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was 16 when I first read 1984. I loved it. As I grew older, each time I re-read Orwell's book, I saw a story that was subtly altered. I drew different comparisons, based on the way my life was changing, and my new experiences.
Although Kuan's Wonderland has a less straightforward narrative arc than 1984, it's the same kind of book: there are so many layers of meaning, intertextuality, and interwoven themes, that a reader will be able to return again and again, and see fresh details each time. As soon as I'd finished Tam's novel, I had a huge urge to go back to the beginning and start all over again.
Although this book may on cursory inspection seem like a science fiction novel, it's a lot more than that. Even if you don't usually like the genre, if you're interested in society and politics, you're likely to be hooked right up until the end.
I can't remember the last time I was so gripped by a book. It kept me up late three nights in a row while I finished it. Indeed I contemplated abandoning work for a day just so I could find out what happened next. It's a very seductive read - you don't have to suspend your disbelief for very long before you're a part of its world. And the main characters are so carefully drawn that you engage with them immediately, so you want to find out what happens to them.
It's clever without being clever-clever. It covers a range of emotions without being melodramatic. It's by turns funny, moving and frightening. And the end, and the book's message, are very powerful. (The message is lightly delivered though - this isn't a tub-thumper.)
I've just read this back and seen the words "this isn't really the kind of book I would normally go for". The fact of the matter is I don't know another book like it. I don't think it has a "kind". Get reading. You won't regret it.
In short a very enjoyable, stimulating and worthwhile read.
defiantly worth a read.
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