Anathem (Paperback)

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Since childhood, Erasmus has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery. There, he and his cohorts are sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, and unpredictable secular world, until the day that a higher power decides it is only these cloistered scholars who have the abilities to avert an impending catastrophe.

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061694943
SKU 211280007
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0061694940
Release Date 12/1/2010
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"Stephenson's novels have always contained more than one level, and ANATHEM continues that practice, its surface story serving as a launching pad for multiple meanings, both metaphorical and allegorical. The novel is beautifully written.... A magnificent achievement." (Starred review)
"One of Mr. Stephenson's best skills--as he has showed in QUICKSILVER, CRYPTONOMICOM and other novels--is his ability to present a puzzle, piece by piece, in such a way that the reader can gradually arrive at a solution along with the book's narrator. He is science fiction's Agatha Christie, placing a shocking revelation in full view but revealing it one small clue at a time."
"ANATHEM is that rarest of things: A stately novel of ideas packed with cool tech, terrific fight scenes, aliens, and even a little ESP."
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Annotation On Arbre, the Earth-like planet created by Neil Stephenson in his nearly 1000-page ANATHEM, a group of scientifically inclined monks have lived sequestered from the illiterate, religious, technologically obsessed masses for 3,000 years. But with a global threat hovering in the atmosphere, these scholarly aesthetes are called out from their cloistered walls. Although Stephenson unravels the mysterious threat slowly, ANATHEM is as full of action as it is of philosophizing. We follow the young, "avout" Raz as he journeys out into the realm of the "saecular" (in Stephenson's vernacular) to battle against an imminent disaster.
Editors Note Having lived in a monastery since childhood away from the violent upheavals of the outside world, Raz becomes one of a group of formerly cloistered scholars who are appointed by a fear-driven higher power to avert an impending catastrophe. Reprint. A best-selling book. 50,000 first printing.
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Number of Pages 0998
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