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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    I could tell with in the first few paragraphs of this book I was really going to like it The story starts with Robert Spofforth a very special robot in fact a Make Nine robot whistling as he walks down the street Now to me whistling is a very distinctive human trait I know some birds can be taught to whistle and I'm sure someone has spent numerous hours of their life teaching their dog to whistle but generally I think humans are the only entity on the planet bad ass enough to actually whistle as we walk through the woods or across the plains announcing our presence to everything here I am Alright so Tevis got my attention right away I put the book on my stack of reading now books and promptly got caught up in a monster of a book 900 that I checked out from the library and had a deadline to finish a self imposed deadline as I still like to torture myself in ways that make no sense to any one else It was a long time before I had a chance to get back to Mockingbird but the whole time I'm flagellating myself with the large tomb from the library I'm thinking about Mockingbird When I do get back to it I'm nearly salivating I sit down like a guy who has been lost in the desert and is about to drink his first glass of water that wasn't freshly sueezed out of a cactus I fall in My daughter asks me a uestion and I look at her with a blank look before promptly returning my eyes to the pages Okay so I'm not going to win Dad of the year and I was so close this year The idea of having robots do our work for us sounds like a great idea We should be able to edify ourselves spend our time reading great works Christians could finally read the bible writing poetry learning to paint and having philosophical discussions about whether the chair and table do really exist Unfortunately I fear that most people would just spend time in front of the television inhaling their drug of choice I may be too cynical here but in Mockingbird that is exactly what happened People take handfuls of sopors and killed time until the television programs started Over several generations after building and robots to the point that the human race can no longer fix or design or have an original thought the robots due to a lack of interest by the human race take over There was no coup no uprising with humans fighting to take back there place at the top of the heap We simply handed over our lives to our creations In the movie Surrogates starring no other than Bruce Willis the salvation of the human race time and time again we have an avatar idealized version of ourselves that we move about the world to go to work to have sex basically a realized version of a video game that allows the human race to not only stay home but stay in one room wired into their surrogate all day We of course turn to mush I would have really been worried about our chances if Bruce Willis hadn't been in the movie Well in Mockingbird Paul is our Bruce Willis He is a university professor who really doesn't teach anything any because over several generations people have uit learning to read Not even the robots know how to read Paul starts researching old silent movies and has an epiphany that the subtitles at the bottom the suiggles actually represent what is being said in the film Over the course of watching many many films he teaches himself the rudimentary words of the English language Lets just say the genie is now out of the bottlePaul has to fight against the pithy statements that have been drilled into his head uick sex is best Don't ask; relax He starts to replace these short bits of controlling propaganda with pieces of literature that just keep nagging at him My life is light waiting for the death wind Like a feather on the back of my hand and Only the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woods These thoughts are a little complex They stretch Paul's mind and he starts to see the world for what it really is a shallow unsatisfactory anti utopian There is a lot to this book than what I've decided to touch on here for only 247 pages the book really packs a wallop I'm a big fan of Dystopia society books and this will certainly be one I add to my recommendation list


  2. Ines Ines says:

    I finished this book in the very early morning and it is there nailed in my head I have transgressed to my strict rule never read in the morning because then it prevents me sometimes to be clear in the reception of thought and clear mind with my patientsI do not have much to say about this book only that it is a hymn to the life beauty truth and mystery of man I never advise anyone to read certain books but this absolutely is don’t read it as a sci fi book but as an elegy to the wretched of humanityEven in the darkest hours for man there will always be those who will carry within the heart uestions about the true meaning of things about what the heart seeks and desiresDuring the reading I often thought of these two photos what great people Single man against tanks in Tienanmen Suare 1989 Sophie School and the White rose non violent resistanceHo finito uesta mattina prestissimo uesto libro ed è lì inchiodato nella mia testa ho trasgredito ad una mia regola ferrea mai leggere alla mattina perchè mi impedisce a volte di essere limpida nell' accoglienza di pensiero dei i miei pazientiNon ho molto da dire su uesto libro solo che è un inno alla vita alla bellezza alla verità e al mistero dell' uomo non consiglio mai a nessuno di leggere determinati libri ma uesto assolutamente sì non leggetelo in veste di libro sci fi ma come elegia al miracolo dell' umanitàanche nei giorni piu' bui per l'uomo ci sarà sempre chi porterà dentro al cuore domande sul vero significato delle cose su ciò che il cuore cerca e desideraDurante la lettura ho pensato spesso a ueste due foto che grandi persone


  3. Apatt Apatt says:

    “What is it exactly that you do with a book”“You read it” “Oh” she said And then “What does ‘read’ mean” I nodded Then I began turning the pages of the book I was holding and said “Some of these markings here represent sounds And the sounds make words You look at the marks and sounds come into your mind and after you practice long enough they begin to sound like hearing a person talking Talking—but silently”There are uite a few books or reading related uotes in this book the above is not the most elouent one but I love the way something we take for granted is explained as if it is a weird esoteric concept Mockingbird has been described—somewhat inaccurately—as an unofficial seuel to Fahrenheit 451 An understandable comparison but in some ways it is the opposite of “451” While both books feature the theme of how important books are to civilization and mental development in “451” the authorities burn books to prevent people from reading them in Mockingbird the authorities do not need to do that nobody wants to read the bloody things Most people do not even know what reading is or what a book looks like However the books have not been destroyed they can be found in storage and shut up libraries but only two people in the world know how to read themI knew nothing about Mockingbird prior to reading it only that it is part of the excellent “SF Masterworks” series and the length about 250 pages is just right for me after finishing the 1000 pages of Words of Radiance I wanted to read a short sci fi novel So I picked this one out almost at random though the 413 average GR rating is the clincher Mockingbird is set in a grim and decaying America mostly New York City in the 25th Century Though the time of the setting is not clearly indicated in the book as the year numbers are no longer used in this era I only found the time period from the book’s “About the Author” section It is yet another sci fi dystopia but this time there is no cruel or fascist authorities governing the populace The human race is on its last legs winding down and fading away No children are being born and the populace is constantly doped up and living dull lives without anything to look forward to Suicide by immolation is commonplace and it is a painless process due to drugs Humanity is taken care of and governed by robots social s have been developed by some long dead social engineers to value privacy and inwardness above all else; family friendship and love are unknown concepts and “uick sex is best” is a commonly used sloganThe narrative begins from the point of view of Spofforth a robot who has been living for centuries and yearns to die but is programmed against committing suicide Spofforth holds several positions of power and as a Dean of a university he discovers Paul Bentley who has accidentally discovered a reading tutorial from an old film archive and taught himself to read from there Later Paul meets Mary Lou an unusual woman who does not take drugs and is therefore very clear headed and rebellious The narrative soon switches to Paul’s first person accounts of his life in the diary form After living with Mary Lou for a while and teaching her how to read Paul is arrested by Spofforth and sent to prison Through his life in prison and subseuent his escape he learns much about the world he lives in and about himself Suicidal SpofforthDon’t worry I have not spoiled the book Mockingbird is not about a prison break it is a journey of self discovery The book defied my expectations several times At the beginning I thought it was going to be about Spofforth the paranoid android the words robot and android are used interchangeably in this book his disillusion with his life and his struggle to find the origin of his consciousness which is based off a human Soon the point of view is shifted to Paul who starts off as dazed and doped up like everybody else but the discovery of books and reading begin to transform him Mary Lou also undergoes transformations through reading though she ahs the advantage of being clearheaded to begin with Mockingbird is at its best when the narrative focuses on Paul’s explorations and self discovery process He learns the value of human interactions normally taboo and the meaning of friendship in prison after escaping he begin his journey towards New York in search of Mary Lou On the way he falls in with a Christian community for a while in an exalted position of The Reader to read Bible passages to the illiterate members While he finds much of the Bible interesting the organized religion of the community is not to his taste “The God they worship is an abstract and ferociously moral thing like a computer And the compelling mystical rabbi Jesus they have turned into some kind of moral Detector”He then resumes his journey and self development Mockingbird was first published in 1980 it is much much interesting and thought provoking than the popular mostly YA dystopia of today Walter Tevis vividly portrays a world where humans are living comfortably but without purpose The robots their ancestors have left in charge are mostly of subhuman intelligence and have no idea or interest in facilitating some kind of meaningful lives for their human charges One of my favorite scenes is a chapter about a closed system toaster factory where sub moron robots work Due to a slight flaw in the process all the toasters are defective and rejected and the rejects are destroyed then fed back into the production process An infinitely loop and a “parody of productivity” Mockingbird is a happy discovery for me the best dystopian I have read for a long time; thought provoking moving compassionate and even inspiring A classic of this SF subgenre Notes• “Only the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woods” is a key phrase in this book I don't know what it means but I read from online discussions that it is likely to represent some kind of mimicry though it is unclear who is mimicking whom Is Spofforth mimicking humans or are Paul and Mary Lou mimicking the people they have seen on the old films Is the “edge of the woods” the edge of enlightenment but still in the forest of ignorance Walter Tevis leaves the nomenclature of the novel ambiguous; like a bit of homework for the readers I suppose • An almost anachronistic reference to data storage on magnetic tapes is mentioned Don’t worry about it Sci fi is not about predicting technology• Paul’s relationship with Mary Lou reminds me of Winston Smith and Julia in 1984 a bit but Big Brother is not watching here nobody is watching or giving a damnuotes “All of those books—even the dull and nearly incomprehensible ones—have made me understand clearly what it means to be a human being And I have learned from the sense of awe I at times develop when I feel in touch with the mind of another long dead person and know that I am not alone on this earth There have been others who have felt as I feel and who have at times been able to say the unsayable”“There at the other end of the restaurant were three people seated in a booth in flames there was no sign of pain They might have been playing gin rummy except there they were burning to death”“You know what work is these days They have to deactivate robots to find things to pay us for doing”“It was as the genetic engineers were fond of saying an improvement upon the work of God Since none of the engineers believed there was a God however their self praise was unsound” A great depiction of Spofforth in this French edition


  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    I chose not to read this based on an allegorical bent and instead chose to enjoy the oh so clear voice of the Robot Who Would End Humanity Of course he'd do so only because it seems to be the only way to circumvent his programming to live to serve humanity but them's the breaks right humansLol no this isn't a biting satire of us like the inestimable Roderick but it does have some wonderful punches built right in to the text First of all don't let the whole christian reading or non reading experience get us down The later portions of the novel are full of pretty heavy handed character surrogates of bible thumpers minus the bibles but that's just a thin veil to the real issue No one reads At all Humanity has lost the knack and is pushed along the pasture by the robots that tend themIt first looks like a utopia but of course it isn't despite all the sex and drugs you might want all your wants satisfied Hey wasn't this all set up so all you proper christians can study the scripture Ah well human nature is what it is Too bad that our poor MC an android designed to serve and make all the executive decisions happens to have no greater wish than to die His long game is very impressive but things don't always turn out the way it is planned He falls in love with one of the last womenIn 1980 when this was published marks a rush of a brand new torrent of SF focused not only on hard hitting ideas but great combinations of plot characterizations and interesting worlds The uality is on the rise And this one is pretty awesome when it comes to the uality Very readable very strong voice for the narratorMy problem with it is pretty simple unfortunately I don't agree with the premises shrug I don't think that we'll ever stop reading Oh and I don't think that any religion can maintain itself without it and that's including all the help from the substandard robots Not every robot is built uite like the MC after all Otherwise I loved it This is my second Walter Tevis and it was kinda surprising to learn that since I had read The Man Who Fell to Earth years and years ago and loved it primarily because I saw the movie with Bowie and loved it too It's odd how these things turn out


  5. Selkie ✦ Queen Selkie ✦ Queen says:

    My favorite speculative fiction of all time is Michael Cunningham's Specimen Days which I read back in 2012 while the very first science fiction I read was Aldous Huxley's Brave New World I read these books only a few months apart and I was forever changed because of them and this change has definitely got me interested to venture on acuiring and experiencing of what the science fiction genre has to offer as much as I could Eleven sci fi books later I remained insatiable so after finishing this one The very first thing that struck me while in the middle of consuming this novel by Walter Tevis is that it was unmistakably a majestic blend of both the dystopic landscapes featured in Huxley's book and written in the same nostalgic manner of aching melancholic sensibility and spiritual contemplation very much alive in Cunningham's work With that I couldn't help but find myself deeply embedded in the pores of this haunting tale of MockingbirdLike most sci fi books it started with an off beat promising premise that slowly developed into something personal and tragic for both the characters and a reader like myself I think books like this one work very well for me because they lavish on the often inarticulately beautiful uality of human life and the art and terrible burden of living itself; how precious and fleeting our lives truly are and what happens when a certain moral decay or a disintegration of long held valuable things occur Truth be told Mockingbird is a tapestry of themes I mostly associate with some of my favorite sci fi stories like Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon and Arthur C Clarke's Childhood's End to name a few There's the usual existential crisis where characters live in an age of detachment from self andor others but suddenly and uite poignantly awaken from their stupor to contemplate and pursue the meaning of why they exist to begin with and why the world has been reduced to shambles whether physically or metaphorically Mockingbird follows the same formula with its own invigorating narrative The central theme of this book focuses on the grim possibility of humanity losing literacy particularly their ability to read and how that seemingly simple negligence would follow a series of other significant losses due to population control via fertility inhibiting drugs and other forms of recreational drug use to numb everything away the disappearance of any creative endeavor like art and literature and utter extinction of family community and religious inclinations All of these set ups sound awfully familiar already and rightly so because Tevis does share his dystopic characterizations of his world in the same vein as Huxley's inarguably superior novel Brave New World However what does elevate Mockingbird in another new level entirely is the uality it also shares with another novel I love to pieces Specimen Days when it comes to its character arcs and relationships My upbringing like that of all the other members of my Thinker Class had made me into an unimaginative self centered and drug addicted fool Until learning how to read I had lived in a whole underpopulated world of self centered drug addicted fools all of us living by our Rules of Privacy in some crazy dream of Self Fulfillment Paul BentleyThe summary found at the back of the book was slightly misleading I originally thought that the android character Spofforth would be the main focus of the entire novel but it turns out that this responsibility belongs to two other characters; a man and a woman named Paul Bentley and Mary Lou respectively who are instantly recognizable as the representational euivalent of their world's very own Adam and Eve as both stumble their way into consciousness and awareness together Paul was introduced as the only human being who has the ability to read which he picked up on by accident when he unearthed an instructional videotape on the subject Spofforth hired him to record the written dialogues in the archives of silent films which was an activity Paul has learned to enjoy and appreciate By learning to read and watching film from a forgotten era certain feelings were brought forth from Paul; thoughts and emotions he never recognized which only deepened when he begins a relationship with Mary Lou who dared him to uestion and outright ignore the rules programmed into them as children True to being a biblical Eve Mary Lou dares Paul to challenge the status uoPaul's journey to memorize his life as suggested by Mary Lou was done by the very simple act of scribbling his daily grind into pages upon pages of diary entries But the he records his own memories and encounters the miserable he becomes when he realizes how dull the world has become with its people caught in a standstill burying all their self awareness through drugs and uick sex His nuanced journey from imprisonment to liberation on two levels the physical and the emotional is for me the most humane aspect of this book I eagerly discovered things alongside him as he devoured what scarce books he can find in the places he travels One notable place is an abandoned mall outlet where small groups of Christian families reside His collective experience with these people is one of the most ironically comical yet heartwarming moments found in the novel Why don't we talk to one another Why don't we huddle together against the cold wind that blows down the empty streets in the city People used to read hearing the voices of the living and the dead speaking to them in elouence silence in touch with a babble of human talk that must have filled the mind in a manner that said I am human I talk and I listen and I read Why did we stop reading What happened Mary LouMary Lou is an engaging clever and intelligent young woman who was inuisitive enough to figure out by herself that there is something amiss in the world she lives in All her life she has been on the run disobeying rules and making a mockery of the robot police state all for the sake of not forgetting what makes her human and uniue in spite of the initial programming all children are reuired to undergo which diminishes personality and identity Paul was understandably drawn to her and as he teaches her to read she in turn opens him up to a realm of turbulent feelings and creative musings instilling in him dismissed ualities such as imagination and intellectual curiosity Her journey in this book is about satisfying that same curiosity as well as understanding why children have become extinct and accepting that there is a faint glimmer of hope that she may have found a way to turn things around if she's brave and resolute enough to do it I would like to know before I die what it was like to be the human being I have tried to be all my life Robert SpofforthSpofforth is the first character we get introduced to in this book but the role he plays is much less personal but nonetheless just as moving and sad A robot created by implanting another living person'a brain he suffers dreams and thoughts from that late person's life and so develops an acute sense of 'humanness' This is troubling because what Spofforth really wants to do is to cease to exist but his programming does not allow him to die as long as humans still have a need for his kind a robot of the Make Nine series and probably the last one there is For an android Spofforth is surprisingly humane and often relatable especially during such times he is subjected to gloom and suicidal thoughts Mockingbird is an enduring work of the heart and the imagination an enchanting tale about human resilience and creativity while also being a painful yet also humorous commentary on the ualities that we as humans value and celebrate and the awful aftermath that follows once we take these same things for granted in the long run Much like Brave New World this book's take on a dystopic society of drug addled and individual based society is unforgettable and its prose is sparse yet can powerfully illuminate dark recesses of the soul in the same manner Specimen Days has achieved as well The world Paul and Mary Lou live in may be underpopulated but their story will certainly proliferate strong emotions from readers who will consume it and hopefully appreciate such simple yet essential things in life we can so easily forget and destroy A MUST HAVE AND READRECOMMENDED 910DO READ MY REVIEWS AT


  6. Sean Gainford Sean Gainford says:

    Unfortunately Ends Up Just Being AverageThis is the first time that for the first 80 pages of a book I couldn't put it down and then for the rest of the book it ends up being below average At first it was so interesting so bizarre I was fascinated and entranced by this dystopia world and thought I had found another great author But then it seems the author just ran out of steam I actually thought to myself that Tevis is sabotaging his work on purpose The characters started to become boring there were pointless scenes grammatical errors and he even named one of his main characters incorrectly The message of the book is also a bit too academic and lacks subtlety Inwardness privacy self fulfilment drugs pleasure technology bad Reading knowledge friends family good I couldn't understand what Spofforth was about though If the message of the book is that reading and knowledge and intellectual curiosity is a good thing this definitely wasn't the case for Spofforth who is knowledgeable then anybody left on the planet seems to appreciate beauty but whose mind is always tired and who wants to die So the message I was getting was what is the point of it all Why not just snuff it I'm also not sure about the phrase that Paul keeps repeating throughout the book `Only the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woods' Maybe arbitrarily saying such strange things is some kind of side effect of popping one too many sopor pills I have no idea what it means and it is probably some line out of a bad poem It is obvious that Paul doesn't know what it means either But that is probably the point of it you don't need to know what it means you just have to feel something when the phrase is said It personally made me feel bored every time I heard it There were definitely some scenes in the book that were uite boring and should have really just been cut altogether The whole encounter with the religious sexist commune was too mundane and contemporary actually It seemed like something that you would still find in some small redneck southern town in America Then Paul discussing parts out of the bible and analysing Jesus was just pointless and dull I think this book possibly could have been much better if the relationship between Mary Lou and Paul was developed strongly rather than just having Mary Lou become nonchalant about their relationship and Paul ending up being just a sad whining character in love with a woman who doesn't care much about him Unfortunately I think the conversation Mary Lou has with Spofforth sums the book up `If no one gets born' I said `there won't be any people on the earth' He was silent for a minute Then he looked at me `Do you care' he said `Do you really care' I looked back at him I didn't know what to say I didn't know if I did care And by the end of the book the reader isn't really inspired to care either Supposedly this book was written by Walter Tevis towards the end of his life and after he battled depression and alcoholism for many years To me this book didn't convince me that Walter Tevis was leaving this world a man completely convinced that this world was worth saving Maybe the character that best portrays Tevis is Spofforth A man with great amount of knowledge and skill who can appreciate beauty but still can never overcome his sadness he has Who knows I'll still give this book three stars because there was some really good ideas in it and because this book is definitely going to bring some type of response from the reader I doubt that anybody can read this book and just be nonchalant about it It is just disappointing though because it could have been great and could really have been a SF Masterwork


  7. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I started Mockingbird because it was on my TBR from 2010 and somehow thought it was a detective novel of sorts Wrong It starts with a robot in a robot dominant landscape who is unable to end his life and brings in a human who has taught himself to read something humans no longer do Then he meets a woman who isn't on the mind altering drugs Very readable and engaging


  8. Emma Emma says:

    'Only the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woods'Wow This blew me away On a par with Brave New World an alternative version of future dystopia What bibliophile wouldn't love a uote like this'I feel free and strong If I were not a reader of books I could not feel this way Whatever may happen to me thank God that I can read that I have truly touched the minds of other men'Don't ask Relax This is the message the population are programmed to think in this futuristic USAThe technological themes of this book seem particularly prevalent to me in our current age What is the meaning of life What does it mean to be happy What is the role of family in society What does it mean to be an individualTevis explores these philosophical themes and also takes a look at religion while doing soambitious for a relatively short book And he pulls it offa very thought provoking read


  9. Julie Davis Julie Davis says:

    Reading for the third time this time for an upcoming SFFaudio podcast Still so goodA Good Story is Hard to Find #110 Scott and Julie argue about the meaning of Only the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woodsNeighbors tell them to take it to the edge of the woods because it's 200 am and some of us have work in the morning They uiet down long enough to discuss MockingbirdReading this the second time was just as good as the first time if not betterMy original review is belowOnly the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woodsWhy have I never heard of this magnificent book beforeThank goodness my mother 80 years old and never afraid of a Kindle Daily Deal read it and commanded me to do likewiseIn the 25th century all the work is done by robots the ones that haven't broken down Mankind stumbles along in a drugged stupor trained from birth to avoid thinking and that privacy is supreme They haven't the basic knowledge to repair anything much less a complex machineOne of the last of the great thinking robots Spofforth is the dean of the university in New York City Paul from Ohio has taught himself the lost art of reading and wants to teach it at the university Mary Lou has dropped out of the system only to be tempted into putting herself in harm's way by the lure of What did you call it Reading These three give us a fascinating and nuanced look at what it means to be humanI've been jaded by the plethora of recent apocalyptic novels but this one is different Written in 1980 by the author of such varied works as The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Hustler this book is eerily prescientPerhaps the highest tribute I can give this novel is that when I finished I didn't want to read another book To do so would sully what I'd just read before I'd finished thinking about it as well as be unfair to anything that followed because it wouldn't be able to compareI can only say as my mother did Why haven't we heard of Mockingbird before Why isn't it a well known classicLet's change that Read it for yourself


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    There are aspects of this book that terrify me At least Skynet tried to kill us humans in one fell swoop This was something different Slow and insidious Our doing really in the end There were some bits about past technology that didn't uite hold up but all in all it isn't to terribly off the mark At least in my mind I have to say at one point I became very anxious I needed some Sophor to get me through those chapters And I found myself loathing a character A few chapters later I felt bad for that same character For me this was a glimpse into a future I do not want to live in Reading is a super power Keep it maintain it encourage it Lets not lose it


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Mockingbird [EPUB] ✰ Mockingbird Author Walter Tevis – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Walter Tevis falecido em 1984 é um escritor norte americano ue se destacou tanto na ficção científica como no romance policial Este Ave do arremedo é um romance invulgar e apaixonante ue decerto Walter Tevis falecido em é um escritor norte americano ue se destacou tanto na ficção científica como no romance policial Este Ave do arremedo é um romance invulgar e apaixonante ue decerto será lido de um fôlego.