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I first read this on the 5th February 1991.
In this stunning debut novel, Gill Alderman sweeps us thousands of years into the
future and far from Earth, to the world of Guna
The planet Guna was settled almost 5000 years previously and civilisation spread across the
the globe. Government was and remains a strict matriarchy. Civilisation flourished
for four thousand years, but then, following a disaster, they forswore
high-technology and reverted to a medieval, theological, stratified society that
continued for the past five hundred years.
In the City, citizens are tattooed with the symbol of their caste and there
can be no hope of social change or progress.
Magon Nonpareil, the Archivist of the City, has all the secrets and glories of
the past recorded in his Archives. He knows current society is wrong and he has
decided that there must be revolution and that the archives must be opened to all.
The novel starts with the story of Cal, the brilliant and beautiful street child who
lives among the entertainers of the pleasure quarter.
This is an astounding novel, reminiscent of Delaney at his lyrical best. It's a slow
and literate wander through the world of Guna, full of beautifully-drawn characters
I loved it.
Loaded on the 14th August 2005.