Powerful prose produces perfectly poignant play
I arrived at Koestler via Huxley's BNW and Orwell's 1984 - that is to infer I was lead here by supposed similarities in subject matter (despotism) viewed through a distopian lens. I would, however, state that any parallels are rather an artifice and 'Noon' is quite a different narrative altogether, different in plot, different in tone and quite different in motivation. Sliding BNW aside and slotting in Animal Farm (keeping the Orwell thread alive) would also prove fruitless in my opinion, such a cheap trick might get you a GCSE in English Lit. but no applause on stage. No, D@N needs to be viewed for what it, a stand-alone masterpieces (not that the aforementioned aren't also) - it is as much about the human condition as it is politics or 'Russia.' It is much more than a political novel set in a mythic communist locus and time, No.1 is so much more than Stalin and the 'missing photo' is so much more than a real gathering of the Central Party. D@N is really a narrative of the human condition, of faith, belief, conviction and how these notions ebb and flow over time, how they shift in and out of focus and how all such notions are essentially various degrees of fiction that suit the individual creating their narrative of truth in their own space and time.
The prose Koestler pens here is magnificent for it transposes the reader not only into the mind of an'other' but also rocks us gently back and forth between present and past (all past). In addition, Koestler's cast of characters are incredibly well drawn, believable and speak with an authentic voices to create a performance that is immensely rich and dense - so dense in fact that it will probably visit you in your dreams (it did I!).
To summate, an outstanding read by any measure. If the human condition interests you, if you like well-written novels of substance, beauty and authenticity, then I suggest you purchase this - I can't see how you would be disappointed!
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 1416540261
- ISBN-13: 978-1416540267
- ASIN: B001OW5NNW
- 発売日： 2006
- 商品パッケージの寸法: 20.3 x 13.7 x 1.6 cm
- おすすめ度： 1 件のカスタマーレビュー