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Nekropolis - Maureen F. McHugh
Nekropolis
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An extraordinary literary artist offers a powerful vision of tomorrow in a world barely touched by the passing centuries.There is life in the Nekropolis — but no future. Hariba spent her youth here, among the exquisite paper flower wreaths her mother meticulously constructed, playing... show more
An extraordinary literary artist offers a powerful vision of tomorrow in a world barely touched by the passing centuries.There is life in the Nekropolis — but no future. Hariba spent her youth here, among the exquisite paper flower wreaths her mother meticulously constructed, playing contentedly with other children around the rows and rows of old buildings housing the crumbling bones of the dead. But when an older brother's criminal indiscretion robbed Hariba of any possibility of a husband, she agreed to have herself "jessed" — submitting to the technoblological process designed to render her docile and subservient to whomever has purchased her service. In this way, Hariba could escape the confinement of her surroundings and hopelessness of her fate...though she could never again be truly free.At the age of twenty-six, she enters the house of a wealthy merchant as an indentured servant. It is a new world for Hariba, filled with many wondrous objects and strange amusements that she has never before seen. But there is one thing in this place that greatly disturbs her: a harni, an intelligent, machine-bred creature of flesh and organs, a perfect replica of a man. A menial, like herself, it calls itself "Akhmim." And it unsettles Hariba with its beauty, its naïve, inappropriate tenderness — and with prying, unanswerable questions like "Why are you sad?"But slowly, almost imperceptibly, Hariba's revulsion metamorphoses into acceptance, and then into something much more. For Akhmim, like her, is a nonentity at the very bottom of the social order — and the harni's gentle concern for her is real. And if she shuts out the accusing voices inher head, Hariba can even forget that Akhmim is less than human.Dangerous thoughts, however, must inevitably lead to dangerous actions — and outlaw emotions can breed an unholy love defying the strictly enforced edicts of God and man. Soon feelings Hariba can neither control nor
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780380974573 (0380974576)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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rameau's ramblings
rameau's ramblings rated it
4.0 Nekropolis
I never do this, but lists. You’re getting lists this time:What I liked: • The subtlety. I’m not a jaded scifi reader, so all the scifi elements introduced were suitably familiar, but not too incomprehensible to me. • Prejudices. • The exploration of inequality in a relationship. Whether the inequal...
notyourmonkey
notyourmonkey rated it
3.0 Nekropolis
I. Hm. I don't know. This book is very much science fiction, very much not in the style of science fiction, and that's both its strength and weakness. The SF elements are used as constructs for the story, which is all about people. This is good, because I care more about people than I do about techn...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
This book, set in a future Morocco, shows that, regardless of advances in technology, the basic human experience often changes very little. Her main character, the young Muslim woman Hariba, has voluntarily sold herself into servitude; her loyalty to her employers assured by chemical/biological mean...
The Zoe Zone
The Zoe Zone rated it
I enjoyed this book much more than I was expecting to. Certainly, I was hoping to enjoy it--wouldn't have bought it otherwise--but the reviews on Amazon had me wondering if I would. I have a feeling it'll be one of those books I'll be thinking about long after I've read it.
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