Thursday, December 10, 2009
Beckett, Bernard. 2006/2009. Genesis. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 160 pages.
Anax moved down the long corridor.
The less you know going into this one the better. Trust me. What is it about? Well, it's about a young woman, Anaximander, who wants to enter the Academy. She is preparing for her four hour exam; in fact, most of the book is her oral exam. We read the examiners' questions and Anax's answers. Through this test, we as readers get introduced to this future world Beckett has created. Bit by bit. We learn about her society, its history, the wars, the conflicts, the simple (and not so simple) facts she grew up learning--and in this case--questioning. Because Anaximander is especially interested in one famous (legendary) man--Adam Forde--the novel revolves around key events in his life.
I must say this novel is unique. Mysterious and suspenseful. Thought-provoking. Interesting too. I'd definitely recommend it. It was a book that I just couldn't put down!
This one was originally published in New Zealand in 2006.
There are so many covers of this one out there--which one do you prefer?
Here are links to two more covers...that you may or may not want to see before you read it yourself! Italian cover. New Zealand Paperback.
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