Michel Faber The Book of Strange New Things

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'I am with you always, even unto the end of the world . . .' Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. It is a quest that will challenge Peter's beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea. The Book of Strange New Things is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart. This momentous novel, Faber's first since The Crimson Petal and the White, sees him at his expectation-defying best.
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  • Michael Faber - The Book of Strange New Things

    The Book of Strange New Things

    miss_mesmerized

    26. March 2016 um 15:43

    Peter Leigh has been selected, chosen to go on a trip to another galaxy and to explore the beings there. For the missionary this is not only a very interesting expedition, but also a way to earn money of which he and his wife are in desperate need. Bea remains at home and takes care of their cat Joshua while Peter is on his trip with USIC, a rather odd and ominous company. Yet, after he has settled in his new environment and got used to strange things like greenish water, Peter soon finds out that there is some exploration to be done and when he encounters for the first time the friendly native people, he is fully encompassed in this new world – while in the old world, things slowly fall apart.“The Book of Strange New Things” is a very peculiar story which cleverly crosses genre types and again and again can surprise you. The protagonist Peter – a well chosen name for a Christian missionary with a mission – is a lovable character, albeit a bit naive. Yet, maybe this is the reason why he can easily get in touch with the indigenous population and enquire them without prejudice. Through his child-like eyes we can get to know this weird culture which Faber has fully developed (although I could have done without the part of the dying mother). Apart from this, the second interesting story line is Peter and Bea’s relationship which suffers from the separation and what Bea has to endure at home. Faber surely put a big effort in designing the strange new world, yet, what he makes of the old planet earth is also very remarkable, especially since this is not far-fetched and unrealistic but all to believable. There was just one single aspect which makes me award four and not five stars: the book, especially towards the end became a bit foreseeable and repetitive, I had some difficulties sticking with the story, a bit less would have been perfect here. 

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  • A Mind-Blowing Journey

    The Book of Strange New Things

    darklittledancer

    16. March 2015 um 16:37

    When Peter Leigh is chosen to be the new minister on a planet in another galaxy he and his wife Bea are sure that this is the Will of God and a chance to spread The Word. Unfortunately, Bea has to stay on Earth because she didn’t pass the selection process. As Peter’s contract is limited to a few years and the two of them can communicate through a long-distance messaging system, Bea agrees that Peter should go. What the two of them don’t know is that the physical distance is accompanied by an even bigger emotional distance that threatens their relationship. I was a little concerned about Peter being a Christian missionary, but this book is not about religion. It is about freedom, friendship, and trust. When Peter arrives on Oasis, he is a very obedient Christian who never strays from the path. This also makes him open to embrace other peoples like the Oasans, the natives whose priest he is to become. Soon, Peter decides to live with them and that changes him as well as some of the Oasans. Speaking of the Oasans: We all know all sorts of aliens from various movies we’ve seen. The Oasans are different and they are very hard to picture, probably because our brains aren’t capable to do so ;). With his description, Michel Faber does the best anyone can do to make them imaginable by the human brain. To Peter’s eyes, and to those of the other humans on Oasis, they all look the same except for their differently-colored robes. They also hardly show any feelings or signs of personality, which basically makes them indistinguishable until you get to know them better. But when the Oasans and Peter finally warm up to each other, Michel Faber’s brilliant characterization of this unique people becomes visible. Even though The Book of Strange New Things is almost 600 pages long it never feels like it. Michel Faber transports you right into this engaging, gripping and simply mind-blowing story about a man who does something most of us wouldn’t have the guts to do.

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