The Gradual

In The Latest Novel From One Of The UK S Greatest Writers We Return To The Dream Archipelago, A String Of Islands That No One Can Map Or Explain Alesandro Sussken Is A Composer, And We See His Life As He Grows Up In A Fascist State Constantly At War With Another Equally Faceless Opponent His Brother Is Sent Off To Fight His Family Is Destroyed By Grief Occasionally Alesandro Catches Glimpses Of Islands In The Far Distance From The Shore, And They Feed Into His Music Music For Which He Is Feted But All Knowledge Of The Other Islands Is Forbidden By The Junta, Until He Is Unexpectedly Sent On A Cultural Tour And What He Discovers On His Journey Will Change His Perceptions Of His Country, His Music And The Ways Of The Islands Themselves.Playing With The Lot Of The Creative Mind, The Rigours Of Living Under War And The Nature Of Time Itself, This Is Christopher Priest At His Absolute Best.The Gradual

Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full time freelance writer since 1968.He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children s non fiction.He has written drama for radio BBC Radio 4 and television Thames TV and HTV In

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  • Hardcover
  • 346 pages
  • The Gradual
  • Christopher Priest
  • English
  • 07 April 2017
  • 9781473200548

10 thoughts on “The Gradual

  1. says:

    A mind expander and a mind blower After reading and reviewing Inverted World, The Affirmation, The Prestige, The Islanders, The Space Machine, The Glamour, I was wondering if Christopher Priest would continue to amaze and confound He did Matter of fact, The Gradual might count as one of the most memorable, magical and beautiful novels I ve encountered Here are a number of highlights Island World We are on a planet very much like Earth with our familiar modern technology, things like automobiles, computers, email and cell phones but with one colossal difference in geography rather than continents, there are thousands and thousands of islands, some as large as Madagascar but most small, even tiny, spread across the oceans Alesandro Sussken, music man Our first person narrator begins his story when a boy on a northern island, the Republic of Glaund The most important part of Sandro s life is music he is a gifted classical composer and highly accomplished musician, playing both piano and violin Sandro s reflections and inspirations on everything musical adds great charm and lyricism The Archipelago was in my dreams, and every morning I would rise from my bed and go straight to the piano, ...

  2. says:

    Spiritual Relativity The Gradual is an allegory, and a fairly complex one at that As with any allegory, it remains impenetrably obscure without some hint as to the key for its interpretation I think the key here is medieval monasticism, specifically Gregorian Chant as the undisclosed but barely hidden theme of the book.The first clue is of course the title itself It refers to a time gradient which affects travellers as they move about in Priest s decidedly dialectical world from evil and ugliness to peace and tranquil beauty But a Gradual is also a liturgical book of the Catholic Mass it typically contains only the musical parts of the ceremony and not those that are merely spoken Most of the music is ancient and anonymous, passed down and progressively modified with no accreditation by generations of monks The music is written in Gregorian notation which uses four lines and three spaces as the range of average, probably untrained, voices without instrumentation The protagonist of The Gradual, Sussken, is a composer who travels from his homeland to the Dream Archipelago, first for business, then for refuge..The set of four lines in Chant rather than the five in modern music is a musical stave upon which the square shaped notes are placed ...

  3. says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Reality Transforming SF The Gradual by Christopher Priest Published September 2016 There s a problem with time and I don t know how to explain it to you repeated several times In The Gradual by Christopher Priest I just put down the book Blew my mind I m kind of seeing things at the moment When Phil Dick died only Christopher Priest remained to explore similar themes Despite exploring similar literary veins, Priest was always less concerned with the trappings of the SF genre than Dick was Anyone seriously interested in SF for grown ups should read him in his own right I ve said elsewhere that if I m a fan of any genre, it d have to be SF It s my first love, and it ll always remain so When I was a young SF neophyte and I discovered Phil Dick, I felt that my kind of soul had made contact with his work It was a very defining experience, and it felt like it was innate It s hard to explain my feelings at the tim...

  4. says:

    For once a highly expected novel which delivered.First person narration from musician Sandro Sussken, native of the Glaund Republic, a military dictatorship on the Northern mainland in a permanent war with the Faianland Alliance, war that after a while moves into ritualized combat on the uninhabited Antarctic continent but the world of the novel is the Dream Archipelago one of The Affirmation, The Dream Archipelago collection, The Islanders and Adjacent first and last here having dual action on Earth and there , where the huge, mysterious Archipelago, neutral, strange and protean occupies most of the world, while Glaund and Faiandland are side stories, so everything in the book ultimately relates to the Archipelago and its strangeness, while the action also mostly takes place there some of the islands appear in the previous works which are useful to have at hand, especially The Dream Archipelago and The Islanders, though the story makes sense by itself , some being newTravelogue, meditation on life, fate and art, The Gradual unfolds slowly but builds tension from the first page, with the first paragraph, one for my collection of memorable openings did a post on such on FBC a long time ago I grew up in a world of music, in a time of war The latter interfered with the former After I became an adult, a composer, many pieces of my music...

  5. says:

    Superb Recreates the haunting feeling of strangeness seeming totally normal for the protagonists living in the world Christopher Priest creates effortlessly Inverted World 70s is still one of my all time favourites and here again there is the same delicate, subtle, pervasive otherness that seems so normal So many authors embark on world building with a heavy hand They either over explain or leave the reader totally lost Here it is perfectly achieved, so skillfully that it seems as if this world is real and we are travelling in it ourselves It harks back to the atmosphere of the great writers of the 60s and 70s Sturgeon, Aldiss, Knight, Pohl, Priest and of course others of the generation that conceived Strange Visions.I am so tired of cloned post apocalyptic dystopias and asteroid belt deep space almost but not quite earthlike but unimaginative planet lone hero ine against auth...

  6. says:

    I pondered over this book for 5 months this is how the slippery descent into being a Reader starts, where books plague your mind months after you read them and I still am not confident that I know what the heck was going on in the book to write a coherent review Part of it was because t...

  7. says:

    Books do not get beautiful than this one Everything about it is at superlative the theme centered around fate and the meaning of art, the rich and tormented characters even the secondary ones , the beautiful structure that takes the central character into one journey and the readers into another one and without being too complex , the plot that makes you want to turn just one page, the wonderful prose and style that are at the same time extremely clear and superbly rich.And what a great opening chapter I grew up in a world of music, in a time of war The latter interfered with the former After I became an adult, a composer, many pieces of my music were stolen, copied or rehashed by a plagiarist I lost my brother, my wife and my parents, I became a criminal and a fugitive, I travelled among islands, I discovered the gradual Everything affected everything else, but music was the balm, the constant.When I went in purs...

  8. says:

    The Gradual is aptly named.Christopher Priest s 2016 novel takes its sweet time, gliding only gradually into focus, quietly insinuating itself into your synapses There s nothing very odd about it, to start with Alesandro Sussken begins his narration with a summary of commonplaces, common nouns that could describe many places, many lives I grew up in a world of music, in a time of war The latter interfered with the former After I became an adult, a composer, many pieces of my music were stolen, copied or rehashed by a plagiarist I lost my brother, my wife and my parents, I became a criminal and a fugitive, I travelled among islands, I discovered the gradual Everything affected everything else, but music was the balm, the constant p.7From that quiet beginning, though, The Gradual takes us far away from Sussken s dour and gray homeland of Glaund which is where, exactly Nowhere on this Earth , on a journey several journeys, really through the Dream Archipelago that Priest described so well in The Islanders a fictional gazetteer, which I read back in 2015.Sussken s first departure from the Republic of Glaund feels like an escape his homeland is in the grip of a military junta eternally at war with Faiandland that s all too similar to our own world...

  9. says:

    I don t believe I have ever been so disappointed in a book.When I came across Christopher Priest s new novel, THE GRADUAL, I thought two things 1 OMG, this guy wrote THE PRESTIGE, one of my favorite novels of all time and 2 OMG, a book about a music composer who discovers time travel while traversing mysterious islands THAT SOUNDS AMAZING What I found upon reading THE GRADUAL, however, was a novel broken in every way The story itself was rambling, disjointed, at times laughable and at times frustrating and the rest of the time, just plain boring The worldbuilding could have been brilliant, but instead Priest chose to write a sci fi in which nothing makes sense, nothing is explained, and yet the main character never questions nonsensical plot devices that are wrecking his entire life Further, the ending made absolutely no sense and was not satisfying to the reader at all I m aware that Priest is a writer of ambiguous endings, but there is a difference between ambiguous and poor storytelling THE GRADUAL is the latter.The writing the writing, the writing, the writing Priest is clearly an adept writer of fiction, and yet he made two decisions that render this book, in my opinion, almost unreadable FIRST he writes almost the entire novel with narration, telling the reader the story instead of showing the reader the story Never have I ever come across such a clear example of why it is so important in fiction that the writer shows and does not tell Th...

  10. says:

    just couldn t get into this book, the idea was good but sadly the book didn t carry it off though.

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