A famous work of philosophy, especially because it's told using a story.
A terrible work of storytelling that entirely shrouds any philosophy it may have. From the first sentence I rolled my eyes and couldn't make it through the first half-page before setting it down in disgust. I still haven't been more than a handful of pages in.. it's just so god damned bad.
This'll sit on my shelf, among its betters, probably for years before I get around to trying to read more of it. Just as books in ancient Greek need translating, I think this needs a real writer to re-tell the story.
The earlier note ∞
I hear this is a work of philosophy disguised in a story, but I just can't tell. I hear this is a great idea but the philosophy is bad, but I haven't read enough to judge for myself.
Within one paragraph I was dismayed at how very terrible it was. I've tried to read further, but it's so awful that I don't know if I ever could. This book is an important milestone in my life. It has taught me that the opening of a story is extraordinarily important; the first impression sets the mold for the mind within which the rest of the book can be poured.