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A Woman of the Iron People Paperback – 1 Dec 1991

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Product details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: e-reads.com (1 Dec. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759224161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759224162
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,572,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book after reading a short story by Eleanor Arnason that I could not put down. This novel has the same engrossing style and much of the same appeal, but by comparison `A Woman of the Iron People' is quite a dense, extremely well- researched book that explores alien societal structures, cultures and interactions between individual members in a hierarchy. Certainly I admired the flowing prose and range of vivid characters evident in `A Dog's Story', but this book is in a completely different league.

If I could give one piece of advice about this book it would be not to expect to finish it in any short space of time, which will be very difficult advice for you to take after reading the first chapter, which is utterly engrossing, exploring as it does the life of one of the major characters (Nia), an alien inhabitant of another world on which a group of human explores arrive to research the indigenous lifeforms and possibly create a settlement in order to make the research easier. The first chapter not only follows an incredibly appealing female protagonist and the complications she encounters in her local village as she develops into womanhood, but the culture of this alien species and their customs that Arnason has created feels completely unique, authentic and totally compelling.

Unfortunately, less compelling is the female protagonist of the human expedition (Lixia) whose journey the reader follows through the course of the novel. In comparison to Nia, who before long is accompanying and acting as a guide for her on her journey, Lixia as a character feels a little two-dimensional and is not particularly sympathetic or admirable.
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