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A Stranger in Olondria

von Sofia Samatar

Weitere Autoren: Keith Miller (Map)

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Jevick, the pepper merchant's son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, Jevick's life is as close to perfect as he can imagine. But just as he revels in Olondria's Rabelaisian Feast of Birds, he is pulled drastically off course and becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl. In desperation, Jevick seeks the aid of Olondrian priests and quickly becomes a pawn in the struggle between the empire's two most powerful cults. Yet even as the country shimmers on the cusp of war, he must face his ghost and learn her story before he has any chance of becoming free by setting her free: an ordeal that challenges his understanding of art and life, home and exile, and the limits of that seductive necromancy, reading.… (mehr)
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'A Stranger in Olondria' is painstakingly written, overflowering with beautiful passages and nostalgia-tinged prose about places and cultures lovingly described. In the end, however, it failed to move me. Plot can be secondary or tertiary, etc. to other goals of the writing, but in the end I couldn't keep abrest of what was going on and I had to give up and flip to the end. It seems like a powerful book, just not for me.

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  ManWithAnAgenda | Jan 18, 2022 |
Started well, with vivid descriptions of dreamlike, exotic places (I quickly gave up on trying to map these places to possible real world counterparts). But then it meanders beyond belief. We get the narrator backstory but never his motivation. Draws you in and then leaves you waiting for a worthwhile story to begin. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Sep 15, 2021 |
Intensely inhabited imaginary landscapes. Melancholy journeys internal and external. A sweet/sad human creation myth. These are good things in this book. I felt impatient with its melancholy and the foot dragging of the narrator by halfway through. I think I need a bouncier book. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Neither the protagonist, characters, plot nor world are interesting. There is a lot of pretty description, but it doesn't gel into a believable world. The main character is will-less and drifts around, curiously passive. The most interesting character in the book is dead for most of it. The most interesting place in the world is not 'Olondria' which is a blandscape, but the 'Tea Islands' which in this fantasy world are the source of all 'exotic' foods: coffee, tea, guava, coconut, cassava, millet. There are elephants there. The map in the front of the book is unused and we never find out about most of the locations on it. There are many 'boooks within books' mentioned in this story, but they are as boring and un-illuminating as their parent. I struggled to finish this book. ( )
  questbird | Aug 4, 2021 |
beautifully written but I got pretty bored with it about half way through. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
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As I was a stranger in Olondria, I knew nothing of the splendor of its coasts, nor of Bain, the Harbor City, whose lights and colors spill into the ocean like a cataract of roses.
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Jevick, the pepper merchant's son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, Jevick's life is as close to perfect as he can imagine. But just as he revels in Olondria's Rabelaisian Feast of Birds, he is pulled drastically off course and becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl. In desperation, Jevick seeks the aid of Olondrian priests and quickly becomes a pawn in the struggle between the empire's two most powerful cults. Yet even as the country shimmers on the cusp of war, he must face his ghost and learn her story before he has any chance of becoming free by setting her free: an ordeal that challenges his understanding of art and life, home and exile, and the limits of that seductive necromancy, reading.

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