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Quicksand de John Brunner

Quicksand (original: 1969; edição: 1976)

de John Brunner (Autor), Paul Lehr (Ilustrador)

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Autores:John Brunner (Autor)
Outros autores:Paul Lehr (Ilustrador)
Informação:DAW (1976), 221 pages
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Quicksand de John Brunner (Author) (1969)


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This is a strange book that doesn’t really know what it is. Ostensibly it’s the story of a psychiatrist who finds a wandering naked girl in the woods who can’t communicate and appears to not have no experience of everyday objects and events. You get the feeling that Brunner wanted to do a deep examination of the psychology of the human condition until someone at the publishers went “hang on a minute, you’re an SF writer. “ As a result the majority of the book plods along in introspective musings, and suddenly in the last thirty pages or so takes a sudden turn into something completely different as the protagonist starts acting out of character and the story resolution comes out of nowhere. And as for that cover? The story takes place primarily in 1960s Wales - which I don’t recall looking like that! ( )
  gothamajp | Aug 10, 2020 |
Quicksand, by John Brunner is a short book for this author. It is by no means a short read. The story revolves around Paul Fidler, a man working as a Therapist at a mental hospital in rural England. Paul, who was briefly institutionalized years ago, is married to Iris who is not present for most of the book. However, she plays a critical role by her absenteeism and in Paul's continual struggle to maintain his sanity.

One night a young woman is found wondering around the countryside, naked, after a man claims she assualted him and broke his arm. She is a diminuitive person who looks much younger than she is. She doesn't speak English or any other known language. She is terrified, Paul is able to "talk" her into coming with them to the hospital where she is admiited as a patient as she is considered to be dangerous.

As the story unfolds, Paul becomes more and more obsessed with the patient they call Urchin. She begins to learn English, displays an amazing aptitude for it, has a few other instances where she shows her unusual strength. Paul uses hypnosis to find out more about Urchin and gets an amazing surprise.

I like reading John Brunner. His writing is almost impeccable and the story flows well. Keeping in mind the time period in which the story is written, Quicksand is a very disturbing tale. Brunner has us following a man, slowly, into the abyss of his madness with an ending that is completely unexpected. ( )
  shelbel100 | Sep 19, 2013 |
Having serious trouble getting this book started! ( )
  dragonasbreath | May 11, 2010 |
Interesting premise, but the ball is dropped at the end. There's no convincing punchline, and much hangs on there being one. ( )
  arthurfrayn | Jun 12, 2007 |
A beautiful girl is discovered naked near a mental hospital, she speaks a language no one understands and she quickly becomes an obsession to one of the psychiatrists there.

The plot seems to be about P.F. the psychiatrist having to question everything he knows to be real as his undeniably intelligent patient slowly reveals herself to be neither insane nor from this time. By today's standards he is most definitely a loony himself and I'm inclined to read this as a descent into madness as the patient is revealed to be ultimately sane and her therapist a man with serious reality problems that culminate in crisis. Or it was written in 1969 and P.F. is supposed to be a normal man driven to the brink by an insane contradiction.
  Black_samvara | Oct 10, 2006 |
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Nome do autorFunçãoTipo de autorObra?Status
Brunner, JohnAutorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gaughan, JackArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lehr, PaulArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Pukallus, HorstTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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