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Publisher's Summary

This collection of short stories centers around one character, space traveller Ijon Tichy. In these stories, Stanislaw Lem's "Candide of the Cosmos" encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride.
©1976 The Seabury Press, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Antons on 01-31-18

No 24th voyage.

There is no 24th voyage, which IMHO, is the best and the most intimidating of them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By GREGORY on 11-10-16

Story of a space-traveling Candide

One of the most entertaining and insightful satires written in any genre. I've read only maybe half a dozen books that made me LOL and this one is one of them. I read it some thirty years ago and much of the satire was lost on me but know in my late fifties I can appreciate every reference. Very good translation which is a feat in case of Lem's satirical writing because it relies heavily on made up names and words. The subject matter, the human condition, is universal. I love how he ignores the details that so many writers are overthinking and give their books pedantic and overworked quality. If there was ever a movie made I would see it done in a steampunk fashion. I recommend this book to older readers who enjoy deadpan humor delivery and lived long enough to need a less than serious approach to our human foibles.

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By Bianca on 12-12-13

Makes one think, laugh, and imagine...

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It was an unexpected book, but maybe this was so because I am not as yet very familiar with Lem's works, just his popularity. It made me think of Gulliver and his travels, who by a series of encounters recalibrates his thoughs on human nature, leading him to despondency and alienation. Tichy is different in that he is terribly good-natured and not easily perturbed by what he discovers in space, time and the character of himself or other species, perhaps leaving the audience to carry the thought further. Richly imaginative, and highly recommended.

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