On 4 November 2052 Fremder Gorm is found drifting in space a few megaklicks off Badu, a planet in the Fourth Galaxy He is the only survivor from Clever Daughter , a battered old tanker Why did Fremder survive
Fremder On November Fremder Gorm is found drifting in space a few megaklicks off Badu a planet in the Fourth Galaxy He is the only survivor from Clever Daughter a battered old tanker Why did Fremder

  • Title: Fremder
  • Author: Russell Hoban
  • ISBN: 9780224043700
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Fremder”

    1. This is a straight-up SF piece, filtered through the logoleptic marvellousness of Russell Hoban’s usual style, and staggers around like a drunken novel in search of a less excitable and distracted author. Hoban serves up a dozen SF concepts and words per page (and drops most of them after) and slings literary quotations around like a cashier in a burger bar who has cracked and decides to bring the capitalist empire crashing to its knees by nuking the restaurant in a million squashed cow remnan [...]

    2. Existentialist science fiction, with a funny touch and a bit of Old Testament philosophizing. Which doesn't really describe the book very well, since it's really about a lost man discovering small truths about his strange and broken family.

    3. It was a sad day when I finished this book as I knew I'd read all his other novels and there wouldn't be any others to come. But this was typical Hoban, bonkers and very imaginative with a few chuckles on the way. On the back of this book there is a quote from The Sunday Times ' Mr Hoban is unclassifiable, thank goodness. He is an original, imaginative and inventive' how true that is.

    4. Weird, fragmented, lonely and melancholy. More than a passing resemblance to Philip K Dick. Not sure if my rating does it justice: I suspect it has depths which I have totally failed to appreciate.

    5. "Holding on to the world is mostly an act of faith: you see a little bit of it in front of you and you believe in the rest of it both in time and space."Russell Hoban's Fremder uses the imaginative technology of "flickering" to explore existential experiences of both an everyday relatable nature and the extremes of the horrific. You don't so much as read as you tumble through the first half as Hoban recreates the disorientating nature of Fremder's somewhat schizophrenic experiences. The language [...]

    6. Not my usual kind of read. Whilst Hoban is not, I believe, generally known as a science fiction writer, this novel does have science fiction overtones. I would not, however, describe it as a science fiction novel -- more a literary novel using science fiction motifs to cleverly and entertainingly explore the nature of "being".Completely believable narrator and a clever, disturbing and often witty plot.

    7. I sped through the first few chapters, not really trying to grasp much. The story jumped a lot or should I reference the story and say 'flickered', which means it was probably on purpose that the author structured it that way. I soon found myself very interested in the story and where it was going. It created environment very well. The story exercises your imagination and pulls your senses along. Very submersing.

    8. I just did not understand the first 30% of this at all! Which considering it is a short book, is a bit of a shame. It picked up after that, when I figured out a sort of plot and some characters. I think I'd like to read it again. Reminded me of a less funny, less coherent, more science-y Douglas Adams. Which is alright.

    9. A science fiction novel where the spaceships are powered by Existentialism, Beat poetry, and the Old Testament (in particular the Book of Kings). Fragments a bit at the end, but I loved it. Mythic, comic, and full of wonderful prose, it's also short, only 190 pages.

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