|Plot Summary of Monument|
An isolated and extremely beautiful planet has a population of tribal humans, likely descended from a long-ago crashed ship's inhabitants. After an unspecified but definitely lengthy period of time they have spread and become as good as a 'native race' of humans to the planet, and for a long time remain unknown to any other civilisation in the universe.
A lone pilot crashes on this world, choosing to stay there. Loving the planet and it's people, he fears what will happen to it when the businessmen of Earth finally find it. Feeling sure the planet will be exploited for it's beautiful scenery and delicious-tasting native creatures and its people, though human, too primitive to know how to prevent this, he tries to teach them what they must do at the occurance of this likelihood. The pilot dies having tried his best to educate, and sure enough the business men come. What follows is the interplay of commercial politics and primitive culture as the ultra-rich entrepeneur Wembling and his company play out their tactics against the pilot's 'Plan' which the natives hardly understand, but follow blindly and which proves a worthy match to Wembling's business-mind.
This synopsis report prepared by Amanda
|Chapter Analysis of Monument|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
Intense exploration of society's culture?
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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