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Rupetta af Nike Sulway
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Rupetta (udgave 2013)

af Nike Sulway (Forfatter), Timothy Parker Russell (Illustrator)

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Four hundred years ago, in a small town in rural France, a young woman creates the future in the shape of Rupetta. Part mechanical, part human, Rupetta?s consciousness is tied to the women who wind her. In the years that follow she is bought and sold, borrowed, forgotten and revered. By the twentieth century, the Rupettan four-fold law rules everyone?s lives, but Rupetta?the immortal being on whose existence and history those laws are based?is the keeper of a secret that will tear apart the world her followers have built in her name.… (mere)
Medlem:susanramirez
Titel:Rupetta
Forfattere:Nike Sulway (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Timothy Parker Russell (Illustrator)
Info:The Tartarus Press (2013), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:to-read

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Love the writing and a lot of the ideas here. An alternate history following a mechanical woman created in the 1600s and the technological, religious, and political changes that result, with lots of concern for construction of History; the writing is often sensuous, with a wonderful level of detail and texture, alternating with lyric/mythic chapters.

The novel as a whole feels rough though, as though it didn't go through enough of a revision/editing process. Strange changes in tone and level of realism, unnecessarily-confusing action and plot holes.

This was a Think Galactic selection; my meeting notes are available on Positron. ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
“History was an art form — the delicate, dangerous art of creating the past.”

Science fiction writers have long used visions of animatronic machines and robots to questions the nature of humanity and god and to explore what constitutes a soul. In this beautiful and strange alternate history, N.A. Sulway performs a similar exploration while also taking into consideration how history is shaped and how the creation of history through carefully selected "facts" or stories shapes a society.

Rupetta is an animatronic object, constructed in the 1600s by a young French woman out of brass gears and cogs and leather fittings to resemble a human being. She shares souls and consciousness with the women who wynd her. As Rupetta recounts her own story, in which she witnesses centuries, from her creation to the formation of a new society with her image at its center, she reveals the ways she has been loved, hated, and used by the women she is bound to, as well as the ways she herself has loved.

Alternating with her own story is Henri’s tale, a young woman living in the “present” day society formed out of the devotion to the Fourfold Rupettan Law — “Life is Death. The Earth is a Grave. The Body is a Machine for Dying. Knowledge is the Path to Imortality.” Henri longs to be a historian of the Penitent order and to give up her human heart for a mechanical one that would extend her life. In her researches on the Salt Lake Witches, she uncovers a hidden secret that could shake the stability of the current societal order.

This was a strange and wonderful read with beautiful language. I loved the varying relationships between each of these women, based on kindness, love, friendship, and trust, as well as pain, betrayal, and anger. At it’s core this is a love story interweaved with the histories that shape society and the intellectual rebellions that threaten to undo it.

The hardback edition is out of print and expensive to purchase, but I recommend picking up a digital copy. ( )
  andreablythe | Aug 17, 2015 |
This was an utterly beautiful book, with a unique central idea. In the seventeenth century, a woman-scientist creates Rupetta, an woman-automaton imbued with a kind of life none of the other creations even approach: she is real, and intelligent, and living. Her creator keeps her going by winding her mechanical heart, a process that links the two women together by the soul. Over time, Rupetta's caretakers seek to use her for their own purposes, eventually establishing a Rupettan Empire, based around the Fourfold Rupettan Law: Life is Death. The Earth is a Grave. The Body is a Machine for Dying. Knowledge is the Path to Immortality.

In the present day, Henri is a History student, following in her mother's footsteps and hoping to become an Obanite, a Rupettan scholar awarded the high honor of having her organic heart replaced by a sacred, mechanical one. She adopts for her thesis project the history of two heretical women known as the Salt Lane Witches, but in the course of her research (and her increasingly passionate relationship with Miri, a woman of the botany college) she discovers truths that shake the very foundation of the Rupettan Empire.

I absolutely loved reading Rupetta, and I didn't want it to be over. I do think the pacing fell apart just a little at the very end - the breakdown of the Rupetta/Henri narration pattern was jarring, and introducing a whole new city thirty pages from the end of the book was a little much - but overall it was a terrific experience and I highly recommend it. ( )
1 stem jen.e.moore | May 17, 2014 |
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A stunning masterpiece of modern fiction, Rupetta pulls the reader into Sulway's world, and emotionally engages them in her life and struggles.
 
Rupetta is a rich, complex work wrapped in an engaging style. It is not a book that can be pigeonholed. It has elements of fantasy, romance and even gothic horror in the mould of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. At the same time, it contains lengthy discussions on questions such as the meaning of knowledge. It is unlike any other book that you will read this year.
tilføjet af karenb | RedigerThe Australian, George Williams (Jul 6, 2013)
 
Sulway's refreshingly original fantasy is spun from two alternating story lines whose expertly plotted convergence spans 400 years of an imaginative alternate history.
tilføjet af karenb | RedigerPublishers Weekly (May 13, 2013)
 
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Four hundred years ago, in a small town in rural France, a young woman creates the future in the shape of Rupetta. Part mechanical, part human, Rupetta?s consciousness is tied to the women who wind her. In the years that follow she is bought and sold, borrowed, forgotten and revered. By the twentieth century, the Rupettan four-fold law rules everyone?s lives, but Rupetta?the immortal being on whose existence and history those laws are based?is the keeper of a secret that will tear apart the world her followers have built in her name.

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