Vow of Silence

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Trytium Publishing, 2008 - Imaginary places - 203 pages
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"Vow of Silence" is set in an alternate society-described with its history, geography, economy, technology, laws, arts and civilization myth-in which literacy has not been invented because a substantial minority of people can be taught to develop perfect recall. The narrator is a man who was inducted into this special caste that records and passes on the permanent and ephemeral knowledge of the world. As his power matures, he realizes it is more a curse than a gift because he cannot forget disruptive memories of pleasant and painful experience--they are always with him. After he finishes the course of mental training, he perpetrates a devious and horrific revenge on his former teachers, to strike back at a society he feels has cruelly used him to service its needs. His personal regeneration is made possible only by a chain of events that also changes his society for the better.

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Karlan escapes the drudgery of his family's farm and gets to move to the nation's capital when it is discovered he's one of the few possessing a memory strong enough to join an elite group who through ... Read full review


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