Anathem

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Harper Collins, Aug 25, 2009 - Fiction - 1008 pages
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For ten years Fraa Erasmas, a young avout, has lived in a cloistered sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside world. But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change—and Erasmas will become a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world, as he follows his destiny to the most inhospitable corners of the planet . . . and beyond.

Anathem is the latest miraculous invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle—a work of astonishing scope, intelligence, and imagination.

 

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Wonderfully inventive, intriguing and educational. - LibraryThing
The plot was interesting and even exciting at times. - LibraryThing
And, astoundingly, there is an ending. - LibraryThing
Captivated me with it's universe and plot. - LibraryThing
I also didn't particularly care for the ending. - LibraryThing

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There's some good stuff in this book, but you have to wade through many monotonous pages where nothing much happens in order to get to the good bits. In the end, I'm not sure that the plot itself nor ... Read full review

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

If you like Stephenson, you may think that this is his best yet. Of his really long works, it was, at the time of writing, the one that relied least on an already more or less established history. In ... Read full review

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Contents

part 1 Provener
1
part 2 Apert
55
part 3 Eliger
159
part 4 Anathem
191
part 5 Voco
243
part 6 Peregrin
323
part 7 Feral
405
part 8 Orithena
531
part 11 Advent
757
part 12 Requiem
875
part 13 Reconstitution
919
Glossary
933
Cutting the Cake
955
Hemn Configuration Space
961
Complex Versus Simple Protism
973
Acknowledgments
983

part 9 Inbrase
599
part 10 Messal
651

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About the author (2009)

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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