In a frozen, apocalyptic landscape, destruction abounds: great walls of ice overrun the world and secretive governments vie for control. Against this surreal, yet eerily familiar broken world, an unnamed narrator embarks on a hallucinatory quest for a strange and elusive "glass-girl" with silver hair. He crosses icy seas and frozen plains, searching ruined towns and ransacked rooms, all to free her from the grips of a tyrant known only as the warden and save her before the ice closes all around. A novel unlike any other, Ice is at once a dystopian adventure shattering the conventions of science fiction, a prescient warning of climate change and totalitarianism, a feminist exploration of violence and trauma, a Kafkaesque literary dreamscape, and a brilliant allegory for its author's struggles with addiction-all crystallized in prose glittering as the piling snow.
Kavan's 1967 novel has built a reputation as an extraordinary and innovative work of literature, garnering acclaim from China Mieville, Patti Smith, J. G. Ballard, AnaIs Nin, and Doris Lessing, among others. With echoes of dystopian classics like Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, and J. G. Ballard's High Rise, Ice is a necessary and unforgettable addition to the canon of science fiction classics.
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"Narrator Nigel Patterson faced a few challenges when taking on Anna Kavan's novel. First, the story is hard to classify. Is it science fiction? Maybe. Dystopian avant-garde? Yup. Sometimes difficult to follow? Indeed. Patterson does a great job keeping listeners engaged as the story shifts from a looming ice apocalypse to dream sequences and a bizarre love story. It's a difficult listen to, but Patterson keeps it interesting. After hearing Jonathan Lethem's foreword, listeners will want to stick with the book and get to the afterword, where Patterson continues his solid narration in sharing scholar Kate Sambreno's insights into Kavan and her work. Patterson's passion and ability keep listeners shivering as the temperatures in the novel plummet. J.P.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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