Kingdoms of the Wall

Kingdoms of the Wall❰Reading❯ ➷ Kingdoms of the Wall Author Robert Silverberg – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Apesar de as personagens serem alienígenas a única diferença entre humanos e eles é terem a capacidade de modificarem os seus corpos porue em atitudes e mentalidade são iguais a ualuer pessoa do Apesar de as personagens serem alienígenas a única diferença entre humanos e eles é terem a capacidade de modificarem os seus corpos porue em atitudes e mentalidade são iguais a ualuer pessoa do dia a dia o ue não ajuda na caracterização de uma sociedade de seres de outro planeta Não considerando este pormenor temos uma boa historia ue explora o conflito de personalidades e pensamento das personagens enuanto vão passando por dificuldades para atingir o seu objectivo Um dos pontos focais do livro é a influencia ue a muralha Uma imensa montanha exerce nos seus Kingdoms of ePUB ✓ corpos deformando os seus espíritos O corpo como espelho da alma A historia vale pelas engenhosos desafios ue os personagens tem ue enfrentar para continuar a sua caminhada Apesar a partir de do livro ser fácil adivinhar uem são os deuses ue eles buscam uando um novo personagem se junta ao grupo Silverberg consegue nos surpreender com a conclusão do livro. This is the book of Poilar Crookleg who has been to the roof of the World at the top of the Wall who has seen the strange and bewildering gods that dwell there who has grappled with them and returned rich with the knowledge of the mysteries of life and of deathSo begins this richly resonant novel set on some distant planet well all planets are distant aren’t they? in a part of that world which is dominated by a inconceivably vast mountain called the Wall From a community which is made up of distinct villages surrounding the Wall forty youngsters are chosen periodically to attempt the scaling of the mountain Despite the honour accruing to the chosen ones few of them ever return and those that do seem unable to give a coherent narrative Poilar is determined to be the one who not only achieves the ascent but to return and give an account Despite the very first sentence providing the most monumental spoiler ever Silverberg’s novel maintains a very palpable will he won’t he tension throughout Poilar’s nickname Crookleg is just one if the most obvious of the obstacles for him ever making his dream a reality I said that Silverberg’s fantasy is richly resonant On all levels – mythological anthropological folkloric and literary – the uest by aspirant heroes to achieve an impossible task is archetypal The forty chosen youngsters are reminiscent of Theseus and his companions setting off for Crete its labyrinth and the Minotaur; or of Arthur’s knights uesting for the grail; or of a fairytale hero such as Gluck in John Ruskin’s The King of the Golden River attempting to succeed in sprinkling holy water into a magnificent cataract in the face of failure by his malevolent brothers The visible dangers that they face on the way remind me of the perils faced by Odysseus on his journey home of the Labours of Hercules or of the perils surmounted by Perseus in classical myth; and of course the range of social interactions among Poilar’s forty companions is typical of the motifs found in many folktales Indeed Silverberg’s epic has the feel of a traditional tale surviving from the mists of timeOver all looms the presence of the Wall an overbearing but non human character which dominates or at least cannot be ignored in Poilar’s account This too conforms to an archetype that of the sacred mountain found in many cultures Mount Meru or Kailas in Eastern myth Ararat or Sinai in the Middle East Olympus or maybe even Glastonbury Tor in the West The ziggurats of Mesopotamia built as artificial sacred mountains recall to mind Silverberg’s earlier novel Gilgamesh the King by all accounts a demythologised version of the Sumerian culture hero who confronts the demon Humbaba on Cedar Mountain Kingdoms of the Wall seems like yet another take on the same theme this time with the ‘gods’ on top of the mountain being not what was expected in a revelation not unlike the denouement of Planet of the ApesThe Wall is also resonant with another of Silverberg’s creations Castle Mount in his Majipoor novels Here too is another colossus of a geographical feature which the human beings on this alien planet have to somehow furnish with an artificial atmosphere so high does Castle Mount reach In Kingdoms of the Wall all the natives have to do is effect some metamorphosis of their bodies an innate adaptive feature of their physiue In this and in other physical features they resemble the Metamorphs or Shapeshifters of the Majipoor series so much so that I wonder if this novel was originally conceived as a kind of Majipoor preuel before Silverberg backed away from this approach and made it a standalone novelSo far only the technical structural and thematic features of this novel have detained us but I must briefly discuss whether it delivers an emotional punch Of the odd few Silverberg writings I’ve read many are technically intricate but strangely disengaging – I admire them for the world building but never uite care about the mostly male protagonists unlike say Ursula Le Guin who makes you believe in the humanity of her characters In many ways his fiction can be dryly descriptive like his non fiction I particularly enjoyed his The Realm of Prester John first published in 1972 Kingdoms of the Wall however is written in the first person and spread over a few hundred pages this approach allows one some insight into the human psychology of its ostensibly alien leading man enabling the reader to develop some empathy for him Claude Lalumière in A Brief History of Robert Silverberg calls it “a deeply affecting and evocative extraterrestrial novel whose subtle and complex structure invites layered readings” This is certainly a judgement I can agree withhttpwwwlocusmagcom2004Reviewshttpcalmgrovewordpresscom20130 Preamble Actually 3 12 stars but my usual rounding up Considered one of the giants of sci fifantasy I wanted to read another Silverberg book beside Night Wings which I had enjoyed This one caught my fancy and so I chose it The plot is a good one Poilar and 39 others of his village including his best friend are chosen to take part in the annual pilgrimage to the top of Kosa Saag a world dividing mountain range where the gods live to see the gods and bring back wisdom It is a perilous journey from which the overwhelming majority never return And yet every year 40 go on this holy journeyFrom my readings Silverberg's strength is in creating characters you care about We don't know too much about them physically especially true in this story where the characters are gender neutral most of the time except when they choose to make the Changes but we learn about them personally And there are no flawless characters here Poilar the protagonist and leader of the 40 is humanly flawed as are all of the others These flawed characters are much easier to root for on their uest and I found myself feeling much the same as Poilar through a lot of the bookSo why the 3 12 stars? First this book is lengthy Not that 350 pages is long but by about page 250 I was feeling it sort of like I was climbing Kosa Saag myself Second after pulling myself through the last 100 pages or so I felt less than satisfied with where I ended up It wasn't an unhappy ending nor was it a happy ending but it suffered most in not giving me an emotional bow at the end one way or the other Kind of like getting a cupcake that tastes good but wasn't fully cooked So yeah a good book but not something I would heartily recommend Found this one at work A discard from the Denman Island lending libraryhttpwwwdenmanislandcomA nice variation on the uest story with echoes of A Pilgrim's Progress The book itself is much like the labyrinthine journey that Silverberg's pilgrims undertake By turns it is fable parody science fiction parable and fantasy and has some of the most realistic descriptions of rock climbing that I have read Silverberg creates a world of kingdoms that the reader like his characters can get lost in and be reluctant to leave One of Silverberg's better books It was pretty entertaining at first but then the ending came What was originally a halfway decent Sci fantasy retelling of Dante's inferno became a didactic collaboration between Richard Dawkins and Gene Roddenberry A lame ending that preaches atheism to the reader after supremely lame and predictable twist ending that was about as visible as Kosa Saag the giant mountain that the chosen 40 pilgrims have to climb However before the abysmal ending there were other problems The author likes to tell rather than show with his characters Poilar the main character would much rather just say it was a killing rage rather than actually demonstrate his unrelenting fury by way of actions Most of the other characters exist on the same 2 d plane little development and less meaning to the overall plot They shuffle in and out just in time to give Poilar something to describe in detail to us The various kingdoms of the wall are pretty interesting but tire uite easily Most are mentioned in a paragraph or two with no level of fleshed out detail For a journey that lasted a lifetime the pilgrimage sure was summed up easily in paragraphs You're better off skipping this Just go read Dante's Inferno it amounts to the same thing without a crappy twist at the end I've had this book kicking around for a while and finally decided to read it Very interesting Poilar Crookleg has been dreaming about making the Pilgrimage up the wall which is a mountain Kosa Saag since he was 12 years old He and his best friend have never doubted they would be chosen 20 men and 20 women make the trek every year Most never return and those that do are usually not sane They go up the Wall to meet the Gods and this has been going on for thousands of years after the First Man Who Climbed made the journey There are many worlds on the wall many Kingdoms that they have to make it through Ultimately they find the secret of the Gods and return to tell the truth about them This book speaks a lot about human nature temptation and survival It was not what I expected it to be and I'm glad I read it I probably got a little too hung up on to what extent this book was a distant Majipoor preuel the shapeshifting characters and the gigantic mountain make it hard not to read that way If that's the case it ends up undercutting the book's finish a bit as you know Poilar's big project to make his people find their independence fails at least for tens of thousands of yearsOther than that issue which was as much a matter of how I read the book as the book itself a pretty good read overall Silverberg is astonishingly prolific in his hundred or so novels you've got some classics some weak spots and a lot of perfectly readable fiction I read this a long time ago and I still remember what it was about It's a surprising book that challenges our faith in a higher power a supreme being I read this in high school still have the book and am willing to loan it out It's the classic MO in fantasy there's a group a journey a plight some obstacles but it's the ending that's the real twist in the taleIf you like those types of forays into fantasy books you might want to give this a whirl An interesting physical and spiritual pilgrimage through a variety of kingdoms on the slope of a mountain on the way to a legendary goal A good uest with a probably predictable but still worth reading end I personally like Card's treatment of this theme in Xenocide better but Kingdoms of the Wall was still an enjoyable read I really like Robert Silverberg and I've read a ton of his stuff This book was good but not one of his better works Solid characters good adventure and written in first person which is always fun to read