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A utopian novel. Julian West falls into an hypnotic trance near the end of the 19th Century and awakens more than 100 years later
(right around now) to find America transformed into a socialist utopia. Bellamy uses the conceit to explore his ideas of how to improve society.
The books tells the true story of attacks by man-eating lions on the Uganda railway in Tsavo Kenya in 1898.
Over one hundred people were killed in under a year. The attacks stopped only after the all the lions had been tracked down and killed by Patterson.
In the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer played Patterson.
Set in the world of authors, artists, and their patrons this novel explores the conflict between art for art sake and art for profit and fame.
It was quite controversial in it's day; some accusing Wright of preaching and others supporting his observations.
"Kessel proves himself again a master not just of science fiction, but also of the modern short story, crafting compelling characters and following them through plots that never fail to please - or to defy prediction."
"Kessel's blend of dark humor and reality-stretching scenarios is consistently mesmerizing."
"One of the best collections of the year."
"These well-crafted stories, full of elegantly drawn characters, deliver a powerful emotional punch."
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