Multcolib My Library Rachael: The words are the plot
Annotation:Babel-17 is a language where the meaning is so perfectly expressed in so few words that it accelerates thought, making it possible to solve problems in a nanosecond. It is not just a language -- it is a weapon.
Annotation:Father Emilio Sandoz is a Jesuit linguist who is one of the first to visit the first planet found with intelligent life. His experience is a harrowing illustration at how deeply you can misunderstand words when they a from an experience that is alien.
Annotation:Marcus creates a chilling world where the speech of children is killing their parents. After being forced to leave their daughter Esther to fend for herself, Sam and Claire end up at a government lab intent on creating non-lethal speech.
Annotation:Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense.
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Novels where the plots are driven by questions on the relationship between language and perception, or by a wonderfully playful insight into words and the nature of narrative.