Early life[ edit ] House No. According to his own account, he was actually born on the 13th of September, but the date was changed to the 12th on his birth certificate because of superstition. I knew that my ancestors were Jews, but I knew nothing of the Mosaic faith and, regrettably, nothing at all of Jewish culture. So it was, strictly speaking, only the Nazi legislation that brought home to me the realization that I had Jewish blood in my veins. During that time, Lem earned a living as a car mechanic and welder,  and occasionally stole munitions from storehouses to which he had access as an employee of a German company to pass them on to the Polish resistance. Lem said that the sight of blood was one of the reasons he decided to drop medicine.
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However, greedy kings, cruel and hungry for power, stem from our very own world. The case with us — suggests Lem — would be very similar, since neither evil nor fortunately good cannot be eradicated.
And we will never give up telling tales. Reviewed by G. Moses "theonlytruegeo" on Frank Baum, Dr. Seuss, Lewis Caroll, and perhaps a little Philip K. The sheer virtuosity of the language is breathtaking: the book is packed to the gills with puns, rhymes, nonsense words, and general verbal japery. Huge amounts of credit must of course go to the translator, Michael Kandel, on this score.
I wish the book included translation notes; he must have had to rebuild innumerable language formations from scratch in order to make them work--and work dazzlingly well--in English. If Sam Beckett had turned his hand to science fiction, this is what he would have written. Finally, some mention must be made of the highly stylized illustrations by Daniel Mroz scattered throughout the book; they complement the action to perfection. Moses "theonlytruegeo" Rating: 5 5 Absolutely the best book I have ever read.
Reviewed by Connor on Lem is able to create an utterly imaginative and creative universe. The cover intrigued me,so I bought it and took it home. As I started to read,I realized the philosiphical genius cunnily mixed with a strange sci-fi universe.
They are very complex and creative. The book and the drawings fit together perfectly. It really makes one think about robots and their intelligence. So you have to first have imagination before you read this book. I hope that his other novels will be as good as this one. Rating: 5 5 Extremely funny and witty Reviewed by on Extremely funny and witty. I laughed and laughed while I was reading this. Rating: 5 5 An instant classic and a unique, unforgettable adventure!
Reviewed by Derek Tyler on Clever, witty, intensely creative and original, packed full of plot lines and surprises that will keep the reader turning the pages late into the night.
There are not many sci fi books which also demonstrate a brilliant and imaginative sense of humor which is woven into the fabric of the stories and makes them a pleasure to read. You will not go wrong with either this or "The Star Diaries", by the same author. Rating: 5 5.
However, greedy kings, cruel and hungry for power, stem from our very own world. The case with us — suggests Lem — would be very similar, since neither evil nor fortunately good cannot be eradicated. And we will never give up telling tales. Reviewed by G. Moses "theonlytruegeo" on Frank Baum, Dr. Seuss, Lewis Caroll, and perhaps a little Philip K.
Essentially it is a matryoshka of stories. For instance, on one occasion Trurl creates an entity capable of extracting accurate information from the random motion of gas particles, which he calls a "Demon of the Second Kind". On another, the two constructors re-arrange stars near their home planet in order to advertise. The duo are best friends and rivals. When they are not busy constructing revolutionary mechanisms at home, they travel the universe, aiding those in need. As the characters are firmly established as good and righteous, they take no shame in accepting handsome rewards for their services.
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