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Singer from the Sea von Sheri S. Tepper
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Singer from the Sea (Original 1999; 2001. Auflage)

von Sheri S. Tepper (Autor)

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An accomplished student and heiress to a great title, Genevieve has been brought up as a Proper Young Lady, carefully instructed in the Covenants -- the inflexible laws governing women of her class. But she must soon take up the time-honoured responsibilities of womanhood: that is to marry a nobleman of her father's choosing and bear a child at the age of thirty. But Genevieve has another side to her: the girl who remembers all the stories and the secret knowledge learned from her mother, now long dead, the girl who yearns to heed the call of the sea -- though she has never even seen the vast waters that cover most of the surface of her home planet of Haven. And as her fate, to marry the loathsome Prince Delganor, fast approaches, she begins to question the ties that bind her: why noblewomen must wait until thirty to have children, why so many die in childbirth, while peasants thrive into their eighties, and, most of all, why she must wed a man she detests, rather than the commoner she adores. Genevieve must uncover bitter truths about the seemingly backward planet of Haven, and fight for the rights of womankind, if she is to save her home world from total oblivion.… (mehr)
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Titel:Singer from the Sea
Autoren:Sheri S. Tepper (Autor)
Info:Orion Pub Co (2001), 544 pages
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Singer from the Sea von Sheri S. Tepper (1999)

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Not one of my favorite of Tepper's novels, this one is low on wonders and high on atrocities. More than usually improbable. ( )
  quondame | Dec 28, 2017 |
The classic horror tale, "Good Lady Ducayne" meets "Whale Rider." On an alien planet.
Yep, that about sums it up!

This was a re-read - I couldn't remember if I'd read it before, but it'd been long enough that it was still very enjoyable. This is Sheri Tepper, so, as one might expect, planets have sentient spirits, women are oppressed in creepy and disturbing ways by evil and powerful men, and a heroine fights for social justice and the environment.

If you enjoy stories that have vampires and mermaids, you will probably like this book. Not that it HAS vampires or mermaids, technically... but, sorta. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
While this book was not as good as Grass or The Companions, it did have a strong, dark-skinned female protagonist. Science fiction and fantasy novels with intelligent women who have opinions and speak their mind--Tepper's Genevieve calls it "spouting"--are what made me into the reader and writer I am today.

I began with books like the Ordinary Princess and Changeling and later progressed to Madeline L'Engle's novels and The Dragonriders of Pern, eventually arriving at the Avalon series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Tepper's Singer from the Sea is part of this inspiration; even today, my bibliophilia and my writing is nurtured by characters like Genevieve.

There are moments of lyric prose that can be compared to Grass and The Companions, and Singer from the Sea has a compelling story. I would recommend it to people who also love strong female characters in fantasy/sci-fi settings.
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
This is one of my favorite stories from a favorite author of mine. A young woman is raised on a planet where the upper class society is very traditional, and somewhat mysterious. The women tend to die very young, but the men tend to live to a great old age. That's how this story begins, but the further you get into it, the more you realize that something is not right. In fact, there are some very disturbing things going on. I won't reveal the secrets, but I will tell you that Ms Tepper has woven into her yarn some very thought-provoking statements about the social impact of wealth, the dangers of having a resource that everyone else wants (think, Arabian oil), the cost of unintended consequences, and how there's often more going on than there appears to be at first glance. Have I got you curious? Read this review again after you've read the book, and you may find yourself contemplating the story and its ending for years to come. ( )
1 abstimmen KristiCz | Nov 4, 2013 |
This is one of the strangest books that I've ever read. It's like mixing "Dune," "A Handmaid's Tale," and Fern Gully. It does beat you over the head with it's message, but Tepper creates an engaging and imaginative world. ( )
  GraceT | May 14, 2012 |
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Our teachers tell us that each world has a song that is begun with the first life on a world, a song that sounds within the world to foster life and variation. All living creatures are a part of the song which shall be sung forever, until the last star goes out. Our teachers tell us that sometimes living creatures do not wish to be part of the song, they do not hear it, they rise up against it, they cry that they are larger than the song and more important than the music, and when their words drown out the song, then the world begins to die. Within the song, we are an immortal resonance. Outside it, we are like the tinkle of a tiny bell, gone quickly into nothing. (p. 119)
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An accomplished student and heiress to a great title, Genevieve has been brought up as a Proper Young Lady, carefully instructed in the Covenants -- the inflexible laws governing women of her class. But she must soon take up the time-honoured responsibilities of womanhood: that is to marry a nobleman of her father's choosing and bear a child at the age of thirty. But Genevieve has another side to her: the girl who remembers all the stories and the secret knowledge learned from her mother, now long dead, the girl who yearns to heed the call of the sea -- though she has never even seen the vast waters that cover most of the surface of her home planet of Haven. And as her fate, to marry the loathsome Prince Delganor, fast approaches, she begins to question the ties that bind her: why noblewomen must wait until thirty to have children, why so many die in childbirth, while peasants thrive into their eighties, and, most of all, why she must wed a man she detests, rather than the commoner she adores. Genevieve must uncover bitter truths about the seemingly backward planet of Haven, and fight for the rights of womankind, if she is to save her home world from total oblivion.

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