Review: Anathem by Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson’s speculations on language and philosophy impress Christopher Brookmyre. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson, is one of my favorite books of all time—a thousand-page journey to another world that feels just a step removed. how about: “Anathem is a big novel about the history of philosophy and Some of the niftiest people ever live in Neal Stephenson’s head.

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Maybe more like, “Hmmm. Also, I’m given to understand that some people would prefer not to have to think about polar coordinates, geometric proofs, bubble universes, string theory, or relativity in their pleasure reading.

anathe, Anathem suffers some of the same pretentions as The Baroque Cycle Quicksilver, The Confusion, and System of the Worldbut not nearly to such an extreme and will likely be much more enjoyable to most readers. I’m glad too, at the end, to see the Millennium Clock acknowledged.

The parallel development of science and humanities and constant interaction and mutual inspiration permeate the work. For example, the continuing literature, encyclopedias and underlying philosophies of the schools of thought created by Stephenson.

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Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Stephenson acknowledges the work of author Julian Barbour as the source for much of this material. I think this novel is wonderful. The second most salient feature of the text is the frequent employment of invented technical jargon – SF bullshyte, if you will – as it is employed by the residents of the world of Arbre, and in particular, the cloistered Mathic world of Arbre.

This is the kind of book in which characters often make jokes that are not actually funny, requiring the narrator to explain to the reader that a joke has been made — the point being not to make the reader laugh, but to convince the reader that the characters are people and not robots. Retrieved from ” https: The characters talk on and on about the Hylaean Theoric World, but it is never clear exactly what the term means.


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Taking ideas that might not get a lot of traction beyond really specialized groups of philosophers, and introduce them to a larger public by creating a narrative that folds them, bends them into coherent stories. I decided that the audiobook format might be the best way for me to take on this behemoth.

While the mathematical and philosophical elite naturally are the heroes of his story. This review has been hidden because it stephensob spoilers. It remains unclear which or how many of these contradictory narratives is real, and what may have happened in different worldtracks that have crossed and overlapped. Oder sie in die Zukunft bis zu einem fiktiven, erneuten Zusammenbruch weiter spinnen. The first pages can be a bit of a slog, as you’re introduced to quite a few new words and concepts, and have to constantly go back and forth between the narrative and the glossary.

It’s a damn near perfect story, including great characters, pacing, reveals, science, politics, philosophy, and even religion and poetry. The only catch to reading a novel as imposingly magnificent as anatyem is that for the next few months, everything else seems small and obvious by comparison.

As a long-time Stepehenson fan, one could say I’m slightly biased.

What’s disappointing and perplexing is how flimsy Anathem ‘s delivery system is, how little appeal it has on the level of pure story. Heck, I think we can say it belongs on any Philosophy shelf, too, and I defy anyone to not laugh their heads off at the haircuts or Rakes or so many beautiful easter-eggs of ideas studded through anzthem opening couple hundred pages. And at times there are scenes that go on for pages and pages where people mostly just brainstorm and talk.


Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I still love it. Fearing alien attack after Durand has been exposed, the avout evacuate Saunt Tredegarh and all the other concents on Arbre simultaneously. It does help that he seems to have fixed his previous problems with abrupt endings that plagued some of his earlier books–he supplies us with a dozen-page epilogue that ties up all the loose ends the main plot left hanging–but still, it’s always tough separating from one of these anatthem novels.

This was disappointing to me, because I went based on reports I’d heard expecting a full blown stfphenson language on par with say the street slang of Burroughs ‘Clock Work Orange’ or even the elvish languages of Tolkien. Granted, I really enjoyed the characters, and once the plot really got rolling around page or soI was totally hooked.

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Erasmus is a young avout in the Concent of Saunt Anatnem. Wells’ fear of humanity split between the Morlocks and Eloi but without the eugenics.

The infamous neologisms of Anathem intimidated me also but after reading Embassytown I felt I was ready to tackle Anathem. Cover of the hardcover first edition, featuring an analemma behind the author’s name.

They can only emerge from their Concents for ten days every one, ten, hundred or thousand years, depending on their order. More dense, less accessible, and somehow not as interesting as Cryptonomicon, it’s a book that almost violently defies categorization.