Helene Potier wrote:I dont think it was patronising. If you read them as a young teenager it really uses fantasy to bring that message across to you, and it doesnt feel patronising. if you read it at 28, of course it'll feel patronising.Capellini wrote:That's funny, I read the HDM series at 28 and thought that it was something that would really appeal to a 13 year old. My reaction was that the first book was excellent, but the second two so horrific as to make it the second biggest literary disappointment of my life.
Nothing like a guy acting like the discovery that organized religion is bad is somehow new to make me feel annoyed and patronized.
Oh, and the mulefa arent ridiculous. they're so very different from human beings, but sentient, which shows us the idea of seeking to understand those who seem very alien to us, and that being human doesn't make you a person. You need to have a brain and use it, like they do. that's why they're people, not animals.
I see you've already locked horns with Capellini... don't worry HP, the valykrie of Brooklyn occasionally descends to chastise us mere mortals with a mental age of 12... don't be scared, you'll get used to it!
I agree that the book wasnt patronising... I thought it was just a ripping yarn without too many pretensions... he was obviously trying to cater for most readers, but that doesnt necessarily mean condescension... of course he's not everyone's cup of tea, but who is? I just think he went off on too many tangents and tried to get too many ideas in there, and I guess that's what annoyed Cap.
As they say in Italy he "put too much meat on the fire".
Anyway I thought the mulefa were great! They might be implausible, but I dont really see how their existence "defies the most basic principles of evolution" as Cap states...
As she also implies there are plenty of implausible creatures on our planet, so why not on another planet?
On the theme of those who seem very alien to us I'm not reading "Comntact" by Carl Sagan... it's a lot of fun... lots of nice themes, but not " too much meat on the fire"! (altho I think he nabbed off with Fred Hoyle's idea in "A for Andromeda"... he didnt even change the constellation from whcih the aliens make contact!) It's also interesting to compare with the great R Zemekis film, which had some more implausible elements, but was successful in its own way... I still have to finish the last 20 pages of the book before I pass final judgement... I tend to read the last pages of a book very slowly when I've been enjoying it... to prolong the final drops of enjoyment!