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AnathemAnathem by Neal Stephenson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


At close to one thousand pages, this is literally a big book. But it is also a big book in terms of world-building, philosophy, and ideas. Fraa Erasmus ("Raz") is a 19-year-old avout, a sort of monk dedicated not to religion but rather to mathematics, philosophy, and science. Avouts like Raz only see and interact with the outside world of Arbre for a week every ten years during an event called Apert. The Apert will be the beginning of an adventure that takes Raz far beyond any expectation of his cloistered life. To try to describe the complete plot here would give way too much away. Stephenson does an amazing job building a complex world that is somewhat like ours, so it is recognizable in many ways (and this lends itself to some of the philosophical concerns of the plot) and yet also very removed. There are times some of the Dialogs (the philosophical debates between the avouts and others) go on too long and slow down the plot. Sometimes, the character of Raz is too complacent (it's told from his point of view) and not as interesting as some of his counterparts. But overall, it is a strong novel that puts forth and provokes big ideas.



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