Ice, Paperback
5 out of 5 (5 ratings)

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In this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post-nuclear, apocalyptic landscape. The country has been invaded and is being governed by a secret organisation.

There is destruction everywhere; great walls of ice overrun the world.

Together with the narrator, the reader is swept into a hallucinatory quest for this strange and fragile creature with albino hair.

She is, we know, Anna Kavan herself. Acclaimed by Brian Aldiss on its publication in 1967 as the best science fiction book of the year, this extraordinary and innovative novel has subsequently been recognised as a major work of literature in its own right

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Review to follow - just wanting to avoid that good ol' genuine-intellectual backlash by choosing to sit on the counterfeit-intellectual side of the fence (again).

And of course if you don't agree, you know what that means, don't you?
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5

Kavan creates a nightmare world that is also reality, seamlessly shifting between a global crisis to dream fugues, from a surreal search across borders that are never defined to a man's realization that the boundaries of his identity are similarly fragile. The prose is unrivaled: it flows in and out of confusion just like the narrative's logic does.

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5

Kavan creates a nightmare world that is also reality, seamlessly shifting between a global crisis to dream fugues, from a surreal search across borders that are never defined to a man's realization that the boundaries of his identity are similarly fragile. The prose is unrivaled: it flows in and out of confusion just like the narrative's logic does.

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4

This is one of the strangest books I've ever read! This dystopian/apocalyptic novella set in an ambiguous future was both mesmerizing and chilling. In the thin plot the narrator and another man--sometimes called "The Warden" are searching for "The Girl", a waif-like creature with silvery-white hair. Encroachment of sheets of ice is covering the world little by little. A war is taking place. The story is mostly set in a Scandinavian-like country with tinges of Cold War Eastern Europe. To me it was most like Kafka, Borges, Scaramago: like series of dream images each flowing into the other. Although not an allegory, it was full of metaphors; I also feel it could have been partly autobiographical. The author had a gift with words and painted striking word-pictures.Highly recommended.

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5

When I was a kid I sometimes had the sudden fear that I could be trapped by or overwhelmed by something, usually something beautiful, and that's what Ice reminded me of, like holding a pale blue multifaceted ball up to the heavy sunlight and feeling as though I might unravel into the flat refracted color.

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