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Paradise: A Chronicle of a Distant World Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Paradise: A Chronicle of a Distant World

On the surface, the story deals with the travels of a writer who becomes interested in the romance and mystique of pioneers and hunters who "tamed" the alien world of Peponi. His interviews and publications lead him to undertake an even deeper view of the planet's history, culture, and relationship with humanity.
This report prepared by Paul Green



This book starts with a young man writing a thesis on the colonization of a new primative world called Peponi (Paradise). The man then interviews people and over the years writes a number of books about the evironmental destruction of the planet and what part 'man' had in it. This is not a shoot-em-up space opera, it is a history (or chronicle) that in many ways parallels that of many colonized civilizations.
This report prepared by Shane Tiernan








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Plot & Themes

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    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Intense exploration of society's culture?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   60's-90's

Setting

Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   neutral aliens    -   primitive aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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