- Taschenbuch: 306 Seiten
- Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16. September 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1460959892
- ISBN-13: 978-1460959893
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.519.160 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Prospect of My Arrival (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. September 2011
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Dwight Okita lives in Chicago where he designs websites and drinks way too much coffee. He has a great circle of friends & colleagues. His poetry book Crossing with the Light was published by Tia Chucha Press. His plays "The Rainy Season" and "Richard Speck" are published and were performed to acclaim in Chicago. THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL was chosen by Penguin editors as one of the Top Ten novels of 5,000 in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest in 2008.
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Glimpses into future developments are given but only as far as they are needed to create a world in which a Pre-Born would be possible. Otherwise this world is still a mirror of the world we live in now. The focus is more on the people than on technological gadgets which are only a means to make the plot possible.
And, not to forget, Dwight Okita has a way with words!
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Prospect, the first in an experiment to determine if a pre-born human would choose to be born or not, the premise being that choosing to be born would produce happier humans. Prospect meets Referrals, people intended to give him an overview of how they see life and get along. After three weeks, there's a big press conference for Prospect to deliver his decision.
Happiness isn't all it's cracked up to be. Nor are humans. Good and bad, we have to take it all in and decide what to do about it.
The book was merely okay until the last 10-15 pages or so. The idea of the consciousness of an embryo in the womb simultaneously existing in an artificially-created body and able to react as though verging on adulthood is, frankly, loony. But, you know, wave your hands with some advanced magic tech and you can kind of ignore it. Really, don't think too hard about it because it will break your brain.
Lots of parallels in the story about choosing to take one's life or the life of another, when all we really want is to not be alone. Happiness comes in many forms, but really, is happiness the ultimate goal? 84 people killed in Nice last night -- happiness gone: do we off ourselves in retailiation because we're not happy? Yet life continues, and something deeper, more profound must be discovered as the purpose in life.
Though sad, the ending of the story makes the rest of it worth reading. Not high on my list of recommendations, but not a waste of my time.
The writing itself varies from clever and compelling, to long sections of boring exposition that left me wondering "so what?" At times I found myself wondering how far I could skip without missing anything important. It turns out, pretty far. I wanted to like Prospect, the title character, but he read too much like Edward Scissorhands.
Negatives aside, the premise of the story is very interesting: if a person could preview life on earth before being born, would they still choose to be born? I don't know if it was the author's intention, but the book is a classic study in selfishness. Everyone Prospect encounters is driven entirely by selfishness, even though their purpose is supposed to be helping him. Ultimately, what Prospect learns is how to be selfish, and his final decision is entirely that.
For me, it was easy to hate the "bad guys" because they were so overtly self-serving. But it was hard to like the "good guys" because there was no meaningful self-sacrifice. In the end, I didn't care one bit what happened to anyone because their selfishness made them so unsympathetic. Maybe that was the author's point, we become apathetic towards anything that doesn't meet our needs or expectations.
If a feeling of complete indifference was the author's intent, this is a masterpiece. If not, this book is an epic fail.
I really enjoyed reading it. The book is a light read with heavy, thought-provoking undertones.