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Book Review #27: Rendezvous With Rama

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Arthur C. Clarke

Rendezvous With Rama

Publisher: Orion Publishing Group

Pages: 254

One word review: Celestial!

Did you know?

Ever since Arthur Clarke moved to Sri Lanka in 1956, he lived in the country until his death in 2008.

Rendezvous With Rama is a science fiction suspense novel written by one of the most popular science fiction authors Arthur C. Clarke. The highly acclaimed Hollywood movie 2001: A Space Odyssey was his prodigious creation. Rendezvous With Rama is the first book in the Rama series which consists of four books. The story is intriguing and suspenseful leaving us spellbound and mesmerized at the end.

Favorite lines from the Book:

They were bound to it in an intimate love-hate relationship - as the Vikings had once been linked to the sea, the Nepalese to Himalayas, the Eskimos to the Tundra.

The first chapter serves as an elaborate exposition to the readers about the world which we are about to get into, the future. And then from Chapter two we are transported to this imaginative world with a gripping story line that is mysterious in a myriad ways. One of the highlighting aspects of this book is the suspenseful story that constantly keeps the readers enthralled. As the chapters progresses a plethora of questions keep arising in our mind; some of them are answered through the characters in the book but plenty of them leaves us baffled.

'If Galileo had been born in this world,' said Mercer at length, 'he'd have gone crazy working out the laws of dynamics.'

Character definitions are apropos since the crux of the story is centered around an objective idea rather than a character driven story. In fact there are couple of characters whose courageous acts and amusing dialogues gives you thrills and laughs which gets etched in your memory. The whole story centralizes on figuring out a mystery that is inundated with awe inspiring wonders. Eventually, along with the characters even we will start to solve the puzzles and answer the riddles.

He was only fifty-five, but he felt he had left his youth down there on the curving plain, among mysteries and wonders now receding inexorably beyond the reach of man.

Science-Fiction is an interesting genre in books. Arthur C. Clarke has spun a mesmerizing tale with all the nitty-gritty of story telling that will surely leave the readers want for more. With so many questions unanswered and an insurmountable urge to figure out the mystery presented in the story, I ordered the second book in Rama series: Rama II immediately after I finished reading this book. I am confident that all the readers will be left with the same state of flummoxed mind as I was.

Long ago, the astronomers had exhausted Greek and Roman mythology; now they were working through the Hindu pantheon.

Verdict: A must-read for Sci-Fi lovers!

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