|Plot Summary of The Big Front Yard|
In this classic SF novella, Clifford D. Simak examines what is important to the advancement of a culture. In a choice between money and ideas, or between peaceful communion and violent confrontation, which would you pick? Does a slow pace mean boredom, or is there virtue in patience and deliberation? Mr. Simak presents quite a sophisticated view of a pastoral man, to whom personal integrity and honesty matter greatly despite an undemonstrative exterior notable nowadays for its lack of chest-beating. Would you or I be so sanguine, if confronted with utter alienness, as was Hiram Taine? Can we resist the (subconscious, involuntary, instinctive) urge to destroy what we fear, i.e., what we do not understand? The value of ideas is of paramount importance in this famous tale.
This synopsis report prepared by Hollis Evon Ramsey
|Chapter Analysis of The Big Front Yard|
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 - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- generally friendly contact with alien(s)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- 20th century
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- inhabited by friendly aliens
- neutral aliens
- empty, or nearly empty world
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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