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eBook The Languages of Pao ePub

by Gray Morrow,Jack Vance

  • ISBN: 0441470424
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Gray Morrow,Jack Vance
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ace; 3rd edition
  • ePub book: 1795 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1960 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 458

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I reproach you for selling us standard models while offering the Brumbo Clan equipment against which you guarantee we will be powerless.

The Paonese sentence did not so much describe an act as it presented a picture of a situation. I reproach you for selling us standard models while offering the Brumbo Clan equipment against which you guarantee we will be powerless.

A shorter version was published in Satellite Science Fiction in late 1957. After the Avalon Books hardcover appeared the next year, it was reprinted in paperback by Ace Books in 1966 and reissued in 1968 and 1974.

Jack Vance (1916 - ) Jack Vance was born in 1916 and studied mining, engineering and journalism at the University of. .

Jack Vance (1916 - ) Jack Vance was born in 1916 and studied mining, engineering and journalism at the University of California. During the Second World War he served in the merchant navy and was torpedoed twice. He started contributing stories to the pulp magazines in the mid 1940s and published his first book, The Dying Earth, in 1950. Among his many books are The Dragon Masters, for which he won his first Hugo Award, Big Planet, The Anome, and the Lyonesse sequence.

The Gray Prince (author's preferred title: The Domains of Koryphon) (1974). The Worlds of Jack Vance (1973).

Slaves of the Klau (original title: Planet of the Damned; alternate title: Gold and Iron) (1958). The Gray Prince (author's preferred title: The Domains of Koryphon) (1974). Showboat World (author's preferred title: The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII, Big Planet) (1975). Maske: Thaery (1976).

Streaks of sooty gray and black-green ran across the gray rock-melt, where years of driven rime and sleet had left their marks.

On Pao there was small distinction between the sexes; both wore similar garments and enjoyed identical privileges. Streaks of sooty gray and black-green ran across the gray rock-melt, where years of driven rime and sleet had left their marks. As he stood, a group of boys several years older than himself came up the road from the Institute; they swerved up the hill, marching in a solemn line, apparently bound for the space-port.

Chapter I. In the heart of the Polymark Cluster, circling the yellow star Auriol, is the planet Pao, with the following characteristics: Mass: . 3 (in standard units). Surface Gravity: . 4. The Paonese sentence did not so much describe an act as it presented a picture of a situation.

Gray Morrow (Illustrator). Vance possesses one of the most gifted and subtle sense of dry humor amongst any group of writers, but this book made me think he is akin to Kurt Vonnegut in that regard. The people on the planet Pao are very docile and resistant to change but hard working.

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The Panarch of Pao is dead and Beran Panasper, his young son and heir, must flee the planet to live and avenge his father's death. It is at the secret fortress on the planet Breakness that Beran discovers the dreaded truth behind the assassination of his father-and much more. The people of Pao are a docile lot, content to live in harmony with the rest of the cosmos, but the scientists at Breakness seek to alter the psychology of the Paonese for their own purpose-and Beran holds the key to their audacious plan. Beran will return to Pao, transforming his home world beyond his teacher's wildest dreams. But though he has been fashioned into a man of Breakness, Beran's heart is of Pao. And he brings to his world the seeds of change that will save Pao...or destroy it.

Comments

Anardred Anardred
This book is thought-provoking, even if the premise is a little far-fetched. I think it actually does a good job of showing the somewhat shaky foundations of linguistic relativity, which is the main theme of the story.

The planet Pao is inhabited by a people who's defining characteristics are their homogeneity and their passivity, making them easy targets for invaders. The Brumbo clan of Batmarsh, who's name is so ridiculous they sound like they belong in an episode of 'Rick & Morty.' invade Pao with no resistance from the Paonese and demand tribute from the ruling Panarch, Bustamonte, brother of the now-deceased Panarch Aiello. Bustamonte, tired of submitting to the Brumbos, consults an academician named Palafox from the planet Breakness to mobilize the Paonese in resistance against the Brumbos. Palafox and Bustamonte agree to have a caste system created on Pao consisting of military, mercantile and laborer castes, each to speak their own respective languages that will shape their minds best for their functions. The main character, Beran, after being spirited away by Palafox in his youth and trained on Breakness, decides to go back to Pao to reverse Palafox and Bustamont's plans, believing that this new caste system will destroy Paonese culture and cause the Paonese people immense suffering.

The prose and dialogue range from absolutely terrible and awkward (mostly in the beginning) to colorful and brilliant. The world-building seems a bit rushed and wanting. The main presumption of the story is the idea that language shapes the way we think and, therefore, the way we understand and interact with the world around us (very reminiscent of George Orwell's "Newspeak"). This book does a good job of showing how this presumption doesn't hold much water by playing out through narrative what would happen if intelligent people made this same presumption and decided to use language to shape a society. The result is something pretty unrealistic. If we look to our own history for examples, caste systems such as the one that had existed in India didn't require entire and unique languages to shape each caste and uphold social order. The author assumes that the limits and restraints in a language's grammatical structure and lexicon place the same limits and restraints on the concepts we're able to form, nevermind the fact that it's possible to get around these limits, break through new ways of thinking and form new concepts, even if we have to form several sentences to do so.

I think the book is an OK read. It's pretty short, it's not very good but it's not terrible, and it is thought-provoking nonetheless. I think it's a good introduction for readers of sf to some interesting linguistic ideas.
Monin Monin
Pao is a peaceful planet of eight continents and many islands. The Paonese are gentle, uncomplicated, non-competitive, folk whose only problem tends to be famine one on or another continent at times.

Their rules is called the Panarch, named Aiello. Aiello's brother is Bustamonte, called the Ayudor, or second in command. Sitting at table, listening while his father received complaints from the citizens and tradesmen, was young Beren. During an argument with an agent from the Mercantil, the room goes dark and when light is restored Aiello is dead. Also attending the room is Palafox, a scientifically enhanced Dominie from the world Breakness. When it seems young Beren will be implicated in his father's murder, Palafox helps him escape, only to hold him hostage on Breakness.

Bustamonte, in the meantime, becomes Panarch of Pao, but is soon blackmailed so heavily by the Mercantil that he turns to Breakness to solve his problem. The Breakness Dominine from their institutes decide help Bustamonte by breaking apart the very language of Pao, since Paonese hold social caste sacred. The Paonese language was split into three new languages, Valiant, Technicant, and Cogitant. The eager students sent from Pao to the Breakness institute even created their own mish-mash language called Pastiche. And Beren learns them all. Beren steals away from Breakness and Palafox's institute, to settle back on Pao as Ercole Paraio.

But Palafox has never lost sight of the young boy he rescued so long ago, and is not finished with Beren yet. He has an alternate and selfish motivation for having saved the boy king so long ago. Does Beren have enough Paonese left in him to rule his people? Does he have enough Breakness in him to stop Palafox? You'll just have to read the rest.

This is one of Vance's older and shorter novels, but it runs at breakneck speed with Vance's amazingly realistic worlds, strange people, unique heroes, and magnificent prose. Don't miss out on this one! Enjoy!
Brakora Brakora
The storyline is unique and brilliant, complex and multi-layered, cerebral and philosophical, dark and intense. Once again Jack Vance reaches into his bag of tricks and pulls out an astonishing story about world building, war, assassination, and different societies mores. Pure genius from a master of the sci/fi adventure genre...
Jerinovir Jerinovir
Great
Kirimath Kirimath
The Languages of Pao was originally published in two differently abridged versions. The Vance Integral Edition reconstructed the full text by combining them. But the VIE was a limited edition, priced accordingly, and only available as a complete set (Pao was also included in a separate test run 'science fiction volume', also expensive, also limited, that occasionally turns up on Ebay). Thus the Spatterlight Press volumes--both paperback and ebook--are the only mass market publications of The Languages of Pao to feature the unabridged version. (I also greatly admire Marcel Laverdet's cover illustration for the paperback.)

Full disclosure: I worked on the VIE for seven years and am also involved in producing the Spatterlight Press editions of Jack Vance's work. I wouldn't have devoted that much time and effor--unpaid--if I didn't believe Vance to be one of the 20th Century's great writers, deserving of a far wider readership than he has received. The Languages of Pao, while not his very best work, is nonetheless worth the attention of serious readers. For details, see the other reviews.