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This Census Taker Read & Download ↠ 104 characters á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ China Miéville D his uestions Is he friend Enemy Or something else altogetherA novella filled with beauty terror and strangeness This Census Taker by China Miéville is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity. 45 starsI have not read enough China Mieville This one is a fairly brief novella which is set in a post apocalyptic society although that part is much understated and you pick it up from clues along the way The beginning of the Guardian review sets the scene very well Any story that on its very first page redefines its protagonist from third to first person flips forward in time to offer a view of him from elsewhere makes a subtle alteration of tense and announces that the character s age in the story is a matter of speculation even to the older self doing the narrating is going to be a story about perception whatever else it is The boy who narrates lives with his parents in isolation on a hill near a run down town His father makes keys for the townspeople these seem to have unusual properties which are never entirely defined My father made keys His customers would come up from the town and ask for the things for which people usually ask love money to open things to know the future to fix animals to fix things to be stronger to hurt someone or save someone to fly and he d make them a key His father sometimes kills animals which he throws into a hole in a nearby cave These killings are disturbing and without reason The boy feels that sometimes people are thrown down there too One day the boy runs into town saying his father has killed his mother and he saw it His mother is nowhere to be found and his father says she left and produced a goodbye letter The boy remains in town for a while living with a group of street children Eventually his father fetches him back Life goes on and then the census taker arrives It is worth noting that the boy is not an entirely reliable narratorThe whole is rather eerie with lots of asides that don t lead anywhere but are interesting in themselves Devotees of Mieville have argued that this is a Bas Lag story Mieville has written three novels in the Bas Lag series and will produce a great deal of evidence to make the argument There are nods in the book to Kafka and Borges and there is mystery suspense and magic and of course there is an element of fairy tale as well The narrator is writing as an adult and his circumstances are unclear as well Because Mieville is writing and telling through the eyes of a child there is a great deal left unasked and unexplained and the whole can feel sparse at times But then Mieville can also become almost baroue in its descriptiveness There I who d known only the fierce spine backed fish of the mountain streams and their animalcule prey came to a sudden stop slack with awe before a glass tank big enough to contain me transported at some immense cost for I don t know what market full not with me or with any person but of brine and clots of black weed and clenching polyps and huge starfish sluggishly crawling feeling their way over tank bottom stones like mottled hands There is plenty of symbolism and the whole left me feeling that I do need to read by Mieville

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This Census Taker Read & Download ↠ 104 characters á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ China Miéville In a remote house on a hilltop a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event He tries and fails to flee Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent he dreams of safety of joining the other children in the town be. I knew that by whatever means he d killed it it was not to eat I wanted to cry I stood still He had it by the neck Its brown body was bigger than a baby s Its shovel head lolled and its nasty hook beak twitched open and closed to snap faintly with each of my father s steps The bird s broad feet dangled on the ground and bounced on stones as if it were trying to claw itself incompetently to a stop There have been wars Civilization has fallen backwards and stalled in place People are getting by but others have lost everything and are on the verge of losing what little life they have remaining A haggard man used one of the huts as a home He lay on a sagging mattress his head on his pack surrounded by rubbish paper porcelain shards food remains and unidentifiable debris His hand was over his eyes He looked like a failed soldier Dirt seemed so worked into him that the lines of his face were like writing There are also orphaned kids living together in town who band together for mutual survival The boy s father is a key maker He makes keys to fit old machines He makes keys to change the weather He makes keys that turn the locks on hearts There is a mysticism about what he does Superstition has become almost a religion but like Voodoo it only works if you believe The boy lives on the hill He is an uphiller He has seen things He knows things about his father that others need proof to believe There is the hole in the cave a deep hole A hole that might go to the center of the earth When his mother disappears the boy has nightmares I thought of my mother s hands hauling her up Of her climbing all grave mottled and with her face scabbed with old blood her arms and legs moving like sticks or the legs of insects or as stiff as toys as if maybe when you die and come back you forget what your body is But his father insists his mother is still alive When the man who counts people arrives he might be the only chance the boy has to find out the real truth about his father This is a very strange novella with many of the Kafkaesue aspects of being trapped into circumstances that seem inescapable I was freuently confused for the first third of the book but after reading numerous China Mieville novels I knew I just needed to hang in there and eventually this world he was creating would become substantial and the clouds would part enough for me to see the ground By the end of the book I wanted I wanted to fold the book out like an accordion and find the rest of the story I wanted the lost notebook with the feverous scribbles of the where what and when I can see it in my mind s eye written in faded red and blue ink whose words map out the future There are Gothic elements to the book the shapes in the shadows the menacing unknowable which also helps ratchet up the ever heightening sense of terror I felt my own tension increase as I too tried to find a way that the boy could escape a fate too unmentionable to put into words This is not the place to start when reading Mieville but it is a fascinating new wrinkle in an already outstandingly creative career This book shows Mieville s ability to stretch his already prodigious talents into worlds beyond where he has already been beforeIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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This Census Taker Read & Download ↠ 104 characters á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ China Miéville Low of escapeWhen at last a stranger knocks at his door the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries What is the purpose behin. You ll write it not because there s no possibility it ll be found but because it costs too much to not write it China Mi ville This Census Taker LORD if you were to record iniuities Lord who could remain standing Psalms 1303 International Standard VersionI would probably consider this to be a bridge novella spanning the gap somewhere between the shores of novel and novella a scandal with gravity perhaps It weighs in at just a uinternion over 200 pages in a 575 x 75 format For Mi ville this book is a surprise as much as any thing new with Mi ville is ever REALLY a surprise It has the tone and feel of his earlier novels but this one is uite Spartan and reserved A couple stories in Three Moments of an Explosion hinted at this styleHe has really dialed back his normal complexity his labyrinthian plots and prose This is a guy who knows he can dervish dance and dive with his prose and now KNOWS you know but is comfortable just sitting there like a jaguar all potential energy ready to pounce You can feel that confidence and almost relaxed alertness in his prose and in this story Anyway I expect I will be pointing to this novel in the future and saying this marks the beginning of a mature Mi ville He isn t content to just dazzle us with his brain and unleashed torrents He s good now He will now slowly unsettle us with his art his craft the fog at the edge of our field of view and the cracks in caves that hold dark storiesI think part of this is due to time spent at the MacDowell colony reading John Hawkes and perhaps hanging with Denis Johnson


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  • Hardcover
  • 140
  • This Census Taker
  • China Miéville
  • English
  • 15 July 2020
  • 9781509812141