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  • Copertina flessibile: 164 pagine
  • Editore: Spatterlight Press; 1 edizione (22 dicembre 2016)
  • Collana: Alastor
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1619471183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619471184
  • Peso di spedizione: 304 g
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5.0 su 5 stelle Memory Loss Culture Shock 1 febbraio 2015
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Fast, active read. People live their culture with very little introspection, but what if they lose their memory. Such is the characters delimma, whether to pursue his lost memories and regain his perspective or start again. Possibly a simple choice, since most would NOT have the ability to regain his 'wits'. But, is memory genetic and ingrained in the cells, such is the author's assertion and the character's constant struggle to regain his life, but alas NOT without the loss of his cultural innocence. Vance shows an intricate culture that intrigues and entertains one to the fullest, yet in the end life goes on and the character reflects on this. One of the best of the best. Unfortunately, Vance never revisited the Rhunes of Marune and the Alastor Cluster only yielded three stories, but they were/are epics. My reason for reading a 'Coronet' copy was to find out if there were differences between the British and American versions. Alas, only a spelling error or two and the use of defence instead of defense. Oh la. Highly recommended in either version or in the omnibus. Alastor Thanks, Harry!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Marune; Alastor 933 is within a system of 4 stars, each a different color. 24 agosto 2012
Di Paul F. Brooks - Pubblicato su
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"I must cite an intrinsic condition of the universe. We set forth in any direction which seems convenient; each leads to the same place: the end of the universe."
Jack Vance

"Marune: Alastor 933" (1975) is the second of three novels written by Jack Vance in his Alastor series. For those new to writings of Vance Alastor is a star cluster ruled by the mysterious and all knowing Connatic. Those stars with inhabited planets are named and numbered. Vance wrote three "Alastor" books the other two being Tullion: Alastor 2262 (1973) and Wyst: Alastor 1716 (1978).

In "Marune: Alastor 933" a gentleman, a Mr. Pardero, finds himself at the spaceport on Brusetansel Alastor 1102 in the worst predicament imaginable: no identification and no memory of who he is, where he came from or where he's going. In a very logical manner Pardero is psychologically "matched" with a world and society within the Alastor Cluster.

In short order Pardero finds himself to be a clan-king among the Rhune of Marune; Alastor 933. The Rhune, an isolated and clannish folk, are repulsed by the common display of animal functions [sex, eating etc], adhere to strict codes of behavior and maintain an elaborate feudal hierarchy. Marune; Alastor 933 is within a system of 4 stars, each a different color. The various combinations of solar illuminations have a direct effect on the Rhune behavior pattern. As with most Vance fiction resolution of the mystery of who stole his memory and for what purpose is interfused brilliantly with the fascinating cultures and societies that are a major charm of Vance's writing.
4.0 su 5 stelle A lesser book by Vance is still worth the read 15 luglio 2012
Di Mithridates VI of Pontus - Pubblicato su
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Even though I've previously read only three of Jack Vance's lesser known works, The Showboat World (1975), The Blue World (1966) and City of the Chasch (1968) I've come to appreciate his world building and solid story telling abilities. Marune: Alastor 933 (1975), although not the best of his Alastor trilogy, is no exception. I recommend the work for all fans of space opera, "fantasy in space," and fans of Vance's more famous works who haven't yet tracked down other works of his substantial catalogue.

Brief Plot Summary (limited spoilers)

This work of space opera takes place in the Alastor Cluster, a node of thirty thousands live stars, ruled by the mysterious Connatic from his palace on Numenes. On the planet of Bruse-Tansel, Alastor 1102, a man arrives at the spaceport with no knowledge of his past, his own name, or shred of memory. The doctors suggest that he take a journey the hospital on Numenes. However, unable to pay for the fair he works at a labor camp and is referred by the name Pardero (given to him by the superintendent of the spaceport), a famous sports figure on the planet.

On the planet of Numenes the hospital is unable to treat his condition. Instead, he's taken to the facilities in the Connatic's palace - a massive multi-domed structure rising from the ocean. His reactions to a vast variety of subjects (art, music, women, sounds, etc) are documented a profile computer. The computer's conclusion: he's a native of the unusual planet of Marune, where a vast number of moons, other planets, and stars modulate the color and intensity of light on the surface. Night comes infrequently to Marune.

The culture of Marune is varied as well. The Majar, the original inhabitants of the planet, reside in a decaying town. The Rhunes, the colonizing species, of which Pardero is a member, live in palatial complexes away from the spaceport (Port Mar) in the hills. The Rhunes engage in ridiculously complex rituals, esoteric activities, highly regulated warfare with each other, and have no appreciation for music (except in its mathematical properties - I suspect the Rhunes would adore the player-piano works of Conlon Nancarrow).

Rhunic men learn metallurgy and spend their time cataloguing gems or writing histories of their own families while women learning to mix scents (among other similarly time consuming and esoteric activities) which are unleashed in unusual combinations as entertainment and relaxation. The only time the Rhunes engage in carnal relations is during Mirk, the Marune's infrequent nighttime. During this time, the men dress up in breastplates, man masks, without trousers and run around their castles and their neighbor's castles while the women either bolt their doors or wait for the men to come... Their "marriages" or trisme are for political purposes only. Many aspects of Rhunic culture are inspired by European chivalry (although it was never practiced in such a codified manner) - Vance takes great enjoyment highlighting the more absurd elements and extent to which the Rhunes adhere to them.

The third race is the mysterious Fwai-Chi. They live in the mountains and go on pilgrimages to their holy places. They are ascribed various pseudo-magical powers (the ability to discern that a crime has happened, magical properties to their shag, etc). They are of paramount importance to the narrative by reside off in the background - heightening their mystery.

When Pardero, our amnesiac hero, returns to Marune he comes across various friends of his in Port Mar. From them he realizes that he's the Kaiark Efraim, the ruler of one of the many realms of the Rhune. He couldn't have returned at a more opportune time as a new Kaiark was just about to be installed. He attempts to regain his inheritance amongst the continuous plotting and intrigue of his enemies. And, looing over his head, is the quest to find who drugged him, removed his memory, and shuttled him off planet. Of course, with no memory of the complicated Rhunic customs, he must relearn his previous ways. But, with knowledge of the outside world, he is more inclined to bend the rules.

Final Thoughts

Marune: Alastor 933 is an engaging read throughout (I read it in one sitting) due to the fascinating world of Marune. Unfortunately, our hero Pardero (a la Efraim) comes off as rather bland. Yes, he doesn't ascribe to Rhunic customs, yes, he experienced the outside worlds and the "passion" of Port Mar but there was something less than convincing about how he re-integrated himself in his previous home. The plot itself is straightforward and predictable which always isn't major problem considering the seductive nature of Marune and its mysteries. Vance is at his best developing the societal ramifications derived from the nature of a planet that is seldom dark and often decked in a variety of different colors due to the confluence of planets and stars. There are moments in the narrative when the world feels vibrant and alive, unfortunately, most of the characters do not.
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5.0 su 5 stelle on this sebalic world 21 giugno 2000
Di Christoph Steininger - Pubblicato su
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jack vances instalment about marune depicts a very strange culture, where the process of eating ist compared to the process of defecating and therefore done only in toiletlike compartments and alone. also musick is to be despised since it is uncontrolled emotionality. You need to have your emotions in check in the culture of the rhunes. this also applies to sexual practices, which indeed are exercised sweating and grunting, like swine and therefore must be banned. to propagate the race it is necessary to wait for absolute night when none of the suns or moons of marune is visible in the heavens. this period af absolute darkness is called "Mirk" and this is the time when the male rhune dons a bodyconcealing mask, that leaves only the gender uncovered and sneaks und lurks in secret passages to catch any female unawares. yet the rhunes posess other qualities, they are constrained courteous, distant and edeucated in their cogences, fields of sience or craft in which they excel.
vance is forever looking for aristocratic lifeforms with or without poultroonery, buffoonery and comes in this book and in others to the sad conclusion, that true aristocracy does not exist.
5.0 su 5 stelle Five Stars 20 novembre 2016
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Formato: Formato Kindle
Jack Vance is an absolute master.

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