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Er, Sie und Es (1991)

von Marge Piercy

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In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman's marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions - and the ability to kill... From the critically acclaimed author of Woman on the Edge of Time, comes another stunning novel of morality and courage. A Pygmallion tale for the modern age, this classic feminist speculative novel won the Arthur C Clark Award.… (mehr)
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Beautiful. I won't say much here, as I'm teaching this book in the fall. But this is a beautiful, challenging, and memorable read.

So many aspects of this book fascinate me, it would have been hard for me not to like it. There was religion, science fiction, apocalyptic fiction and themes of starting over, golems; just an endless array. There is no small irony (or pun?) in saying that what struck me as most moving was the humanity at the center of this book.

I really don't want to go on about this one, in part because I want to savor my feelings about this book for a while, but mainly because I've been taking expansive notes on this text as I read, and to start would be to not stop any time soon. So, I'll pick up the next book and head to bed, but I won't soon forget this one. Highly, highly recommended. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
Loved it, and fun to see how much of the future is now. The parallel story of the Golem is very well done. ( )
  nancymaguire | Jul 10, 2021 |
You know those books that you really didn't like...but you can't really put your finger on why so you waver back and forth between 2 and 3 stars? Yeah, this is one of those. This book tells the parallel stories of a golem and a cyborg, both created to protect a Jewish community and both of whom fall in love with human women. The conceit is fascinating...but the execution just lacks something. This book is very much of its time in terms of acid rain and plastic surgery being a primary concern of the characters, which makes it feels like late 20th Century people just ported forward in time rather than a society that truly evolved over the 100ish years that have allegedly passed. Ultimately, it wasn't a bad read, but I don't think I'm in a rush to read another by Ms. Piercy. ( )
  Jthierer | Oct 20, 2020 |
Marge Piercy tells a number of stories in He, She, and It, and none of them particularly well. All at once, you are reading a techno-futurist utopian science fiction novel, a love story between a woman and a cyborg which touches on existential questions about what it means to be human and machine, a story of the struggles faced by Jewish people throughout time, a meditation on growing older, criticism of masculinity and a celebration of femininity, the bonding of women between generations, and more that I'm not mentioning. Not only are all these themes presented at the fore of the book, but Piercy tries to make a poignant statement about all of them.

The result is what you might expect - she has little meaningful insight into any of them. Spread thin, her thoughts on what separates cyborgs from humans can be summed up in a handful of cliched examples from Shira, the book's hyper-sensitive, self-pitying protagonist. Cyborgs are just machines? Well, humans in the future have lots of implants, Q.E.D. Her interpretation of gender is even blander and less interesting, with most of her characters acting out tiresome stock roles - the wise, matronly ur-mother Malkah as the summary of all things good female, the unfeeling father-figure Avram as the summary of the distant, violent, cold masculine, and a menagerie of women who are all equally amazing, wise, scrappy, and so forth.

Piercy's characters are perhaps the weakest part of the book. All of them are superheroes, to the point where they glide through a post-apocalypic wasteland with little trouble beyond their own emotional issues. Shira, Malkah, and Avram are all considered geniuses. Gadi, the feminine (and therefore suspect) ex-lover, is perfectly equipped to guide the characters through the slums that populate much of the world. Nili and Riva are both savvy fighters, the latter of whom has evaded death numerous times, including later in the book, after which we're treated to an explanation as confusing as it is improbable. And to top it all off, there's a cyborg that is a super fighter and can navigate this world's internet with mastery. In other words, there are very few real impediments to these characters beyond their own tedious hand-wringing, which is what we're treated to for most of the book. ( )
1 abstimmen 2dgirlsrule | Jul 12, 2020 |
A strong 3.5. I think the pacing and character development could have used some work, but I loved the overlapping stories of the 1600s 'cyborg' and Yod in the book's present. I was raised Christian and know woefully little about Judaism and Jewish culture, so this book was deeply enriching in its glimpse into the depth and breadth of Jewish intellectual/mystical scholarship and historical practice. ( )
  Samberry | Aug 3, 2019 |
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Marge PiercyHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Olbinski, RafalMitwirkenderCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Zerning, HeidiÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt

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In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman's marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions - and the ability to kill... From the critically acclaimed author of Woman on the Edge of Time, comes another stunning novel of morality and courage. A Pygmallion tale for the modern age, this classic feminist speculative novel won the Arthur C Clark Award.

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