The Years of Rice and Salt
Publish date: June 3rd 2003
Pages no: 784
Edition language: English
Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt is distinctly Robinsonian, mostly in good (nay, excellent) ways. Much like his Mars trilogy, this novel traces the development of a civilization over the course of centuries. So, there is an epic sweep to it, but the focus is not the traditional king...
In the 14th century, the plague hit Europe. But instead of killing a third of the population, it kills 99%. Islam and Buddhism rise, along with China and the Ottoman Empire. The New World is settled west to east and India becomes the country to spark the Industrial Revolution. This tale that spans c...
Now there is nothing left to do But scribble in the dusk and watch with the beloved Peach blossoms float downstream. Looking back at all the long years All that happened this way and that I think I liked most the rice and the salt. The Years of Rice and Salt is a thick, dense alternate history spa...
Excellent, ambitious, expansive book...I believe it's one that will continue to reward multiple rereadings.(Sorry for the brief review...I'll return for a proper one soon. It deserves it.)
Interesting in its own ways—especially if you like to read about reincarnation, since the book spans several centuries of history seen through the eyes and experiences of a jati, a group of people who keep crossing paths from one life to the other. There's something fascinating about how those "hero...
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