Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Silence of the Tomes



Girl in Landscape is full of talk, but it is perhaps, at the same time, the most silent book I can easily remember ever reading.

-- John Clute, 1998


Most alternate histories – Arabian Wine is, barely, one of these – sing the wrath of change. They are all about getting somewhere by other means. Arabian Wine does not so utter. Its lips are sealed. It is the most silent work of sf I think I may have ever read.

-- Ibid., 2005

8 Comments:

Anonymous Matthew Davis said...

Well, it’s a complement given the accusations Clute typically makes against other writers of blather, chatter, noise, babel, yak, gabfest, etc. There’s also his curious resorting to metaphors about pheromones and the way he makes “Body English” sound like something that can be cured with a good deodorant (maybe cause for a good critical essay on the topic of “my 15 minutes in an enclosed space with John Clute and the importance of discrete mouth-breathing”).

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Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Greg! Where was the review?

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Blogger Derryl Murphy said...

Shh! Be vewy vewy quiet; I'm writing SF.

D

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