The Great Wheel

The Great Wheel

eBook - 1997
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A novel on missionary work in the future. The protagonist is Father John Alston, a priest who works in a Third World country plagued by pollution and disease--from which he is immune because of an implant. The year is 2170. Through his eyes is seen the technological gap between the rich West and the world's have-nots.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., c1997
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 458 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 21, 2011

The last hundred pages are amazing, but the rest moves very slowly. You can tell that this is a short story author's first attempt at a novel. The descriptions in this novel have some interesting quirks. The descriptions of sensations and feelings are really good. The visual descriptions are a bit... near-sighted. Most of the time only the things that were very close to the main character were described with any detail. It gave me the feeling that there was never enough description when, in fact, there was probably too much given how slow the beginning was. Also, the timing felt a bit choppy.

This is certainly a good book, but if you want to read a better novel by Ian R. MacLeod I would recommend "The Light Ages".


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