Ice

Ice In this haunting and surreal novel the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen seemingly post nuclear apocalyptic landscape The country has been invaded and is

  • Title: Ice
  • Author: Anna Kavan
  • ISBN: 9780720612684
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post nuclear, apocalyptic landscape The country has been invaded and is being governed by a secret organization There is destruction everywhere great walls of ice overrun the world Together with the narrator, the reader is swept into a hallucIn this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post nuclear, apocalyptic landscape The country has been invaded and is being governed by a secret organization There is destruction everywhere great walls of ice overrun the world Together with the narrator, the reader is swept into a hallucinatory quest for this strange and fragile creature with albino hair Acclaimed upon its 1967 publication as the best science fiction book of the year, this extraordinary and innovative novel has subsequently been recognized as a major work of literature in its own right.

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    About “Anna Kavan

    • Anna Kavan

      Anna Kavan was born Helen Woods in France on April 10, 1901 to wealthy expatriate British parents Her initial six works were published under the name of Helen Ferguson, her first married name These early novels gave little indication of the experimental and disturbing nature of her later work I Am Lazarus 1945 , a collection of short stories which explored the inner mindscape of the psychological explorer, heralded the new style and content of Kavan s writing The change in her writing style and physical appearance coincided with a mental breakdown During this time, Helen also renamed herself Anna Kavan after a character in her own novel Let Me Alone.Around 1926 Anna became addicted to heroin Her addiction has been described as an attempt to self medicate rather than recreational Kavan made no apologies for her heroin usage She is popularly supposed to have died of a heroin overdose In fact she died of heart failure, though she had attempted suicide several times during her life.

    520 thoughts on “Ice

    • As her fate, she accepted the world of ice, shining, shimmering, dead she resigned herself to the triumph of glaciers and the death of the world Her hair was a blizzard, a shimmering cascade of pale luminous moonlight She was fragile as if made of glass and crystal, built like a waif with pallid skin and bruised eyes She is an ice sculpture carved out of a glacier that is shattered and reassembled time and time again He needs her, desires her, craves her He wants to clench the slender bones of h [...]


    • Note This was just as good on the re read I was afraid the dream might turn out to be real Something in her demanded victimization and terror, so she corrupted my dreams, led me into dark places I had no wish to explore It was no longer clear to me which of us was the victim Perhaps we were victims of one another.Stunningly surreal and chilling, Anna Kavan s final novel, Ice, is a frightening plunge into the icy darkness of the human mind and heart Written with a fitful urgency, the reader flows [...]


    • In this extraordinary novel, Anna Kavan captures the claustrophobic feeling of being caught in a nightmare The nameless narrator relates a fragmented story of searching for a beautiful, very thin woman with silver hair, who is also under the control of a powerful man, sometimes called the warden The setting is an unnamed country, in which informers hide in dark corners and people look anxiously over their shoulders for some unspecified threat The narrator provides a fragmented depiction of an is [...]


    • Ger eklik benim i in her zaman bilinmez nitelikte bir ey olmu tu Zaman zaman rahats z edici olabiliyordu bu s.22 Okurken dahi insan ten, titreten bu kitap bir bulmaca Bir labirent Nas l m A k as ben kitap hakk nda daha nce yaz lan yorumlar n o una kat lm yorum Yank Enki nin 19 Eyl l 2014 te bu kitap hakk nda yazd yorumda ad n ya da nereden geldi ini bilmedi imiz gizemli bir kahraman n aray ve yolculuk yk s n anlat yor Aray n n hedefindeyse bir ey de il, bir ki i var Yine ad n bilmedi imiz, g m b [...]


    • It s difficult to determine which parts of Ice are actually happening and which are hallucinated by our unnamed protagonist Making it even disoriented, the point of view dips away from first person occasionally, capturing events that happen maybe when he isn t present, only to snap right back to our protagonist s perspective as if nothing happened Although, maybe he was actually there the whole time, he s not really sure himself Sometimes, mid book, his character takes on attributes and persona [...]


    • I was lost, it was already dusk, I had been driving for hours and was practically out of petrol The idea of being stranded on these lonely hills in the dark appalled me, so I was glad to see a signpost, and coast down to a garage When I opened a window to speak to the attendant, the air outside was so cold that I turned up my collar While he was filling the tank he commented on the weather Never known such cold in this month Forecast says we re in for a real bad freeze up Most of my life was spe [...]


    • This book is insane That is what needs to go on the back cover blurb, not some measly reference to slipstream Christopher Priest, in the foreword, calls it slipstream and likens it to, among others, Christopher Nolan s Memento Talk about being wide off the mark Memento is fragmented, sure, but its a jigsaw puzzle with crenulated edges that can be assembled in a post mortem This stuff its a different league altogether.I need to talk about how I dream, if I am to convey the essence here I wonder h [...]



    • As soon as I started to hear about this book, I knew I had to read it apocalyptic surrealist pseudo sci fi wherein a man seeks a women in a world gradually being engulfed by snow and ice For whatever reason all consuming ice has been very prominent in my personal symbology for well over a decade now only recently noticed this trend, currently wondering how this happened And it gets justified style tone comparisons to Robbe Grillet And so it comes as very little surprise that I was totally caught [...]


    • Elimde okunacak kitaplar m olmas na ra men okuma yapamad mda baz y ntemlere ba vuruyorum Bunlardan biri de ilgimi eken herhangi bir kitab almak ve onu okumaya al mak.Ge en hafta yorumlar na g vendi im ve ilgiyle takip etti im kullan c lardan sevgiliM taraf ndan bu kitap nerisini ald m Ge en haftasonu da ba ka kitaplarla beraber sat n ald m Havan n bir anda so udu u ve eve resmen donarak d nd m, hasta olmama ramak kald bir gece ald m kitaplar ba ucumda duruyorken Buz un ns z n merak ettim ve sade [...]


    • I m writing this in Word because my computer and both die or engage in any other manner of stupid at random, which I embarrassingly admit is taking a pretty decent toll on my general state of mental well being Anyway, I will be saving every 10 to 45 seconds, so forgive me if I sound a bit Robotic MS Word does not like robotic as a sentence entire, I ll have you know save as why_world_whyc I have not been reading much lately, mostly due to a perk of my new ish job being a deluge of free newspaper [...]


    • Luminous in the DarkEarly on, the male narrator discloses to us, Reality had always been something of an unknown quantity to me It s hard to tell just how much of a dream, no, a nightmare, this novel is or will become, whether it s a recurrent dream, or whether it is than that The girl, his nameless, ageless obsession, the object of his pursuit, is brittle, fragile, shy, elusive, her skin moonwhite, her face a moonstone, luminous in the darkher hair was astonishing, silver white, an albino s, s [...]


    • The atmosphere was changing round me suddenly there was a chill, as if the warm air had passed over ice I felt a sudden uncomprehended terror, like the sensation that comes in nightmares just before one begins to fall.As if written in one long, fretful breath, Ice plunges the reader directly into the cold dark waters of confusion To say nothing is as it seems would be putting it lightly Perception changes from one paragraph to the next, keeping us teetering and anxious We meet, or think we meet, [...]


    • I chose this book because I heard somewhere that it was about ice apocalypse In snowless England I wanted to read something to make me grateful for a mild climate which I m otherwise not that happy with So yes, this book did make me appreciate a mild climate and also the fact I don t do drugs generally I am yet to read a book which was published in the 60s and wasn t completely bonkers Our generation seems so tame and conservative in comparison I can t imagine contemporary big publishers taking [...]


    • I had high hopes for this, but low expectations I d heard descriptions of it as hallucinogenic, fragmented, dislocating, with an apocalyptic but frustratingly vague background It sounds like a lot of potential after all, many of the best books could arguably be described as hallucinogenic a book and a hallucinogen both have in common the goal of transporting the subject to another reality But in practice it rarely works out like this When people say a book barely makes sense, but is still good, [...]


    • The weight of the gun in my pocket was reassuring I think I m going to be one of those famous last words people Opening lines Check what was this I was lost Anna Kavan s Ice spoke to my self destructive side The fated victim and her determined destructors There can be no joy, only a soul dark itch scratching from the feel of the blade on the skin Ice is like staring at unbroken skin and imagining the bleeding The coldness is a burn of on the verge Pursuit and no thrills The narrator and his neme [...]


    • Modern klasi e verilebilecek en iyi rneklerden oldu unu d n yorum bu kitab n Tam filmi ekilesi, birden fazla okunas bir kitap Okudu um en ilgin kitaplardan biri ok fazla hikayesinden bahsetmek istemiyorum, bence okunmal Kitapta neler yok ki distopya, bilim kurgu, korku, hayal g c , ger ekle d n kar mas , zaman kaymas , biraz Kafka tad , d nyan n sonu, iddet, kaos, sava lar, a k, so uk, buz, Ortaya kar k Ne mi yok simler yok, lkeler yok, detaylar yok Farkl , farkl Okuyun


    • I partook in figure skating from as early as I can remember up until graduating from high school for the purposes of getting into a good college For all that I have no interest in ever taking it up again, the sport of art was made up of characteristics that suited solitude, lack of sun, conditions that both pushed to movement and desensitized to pain Attested to by a multitude of scrapes, bruises, the odd broken bone and sliced up wrists of careless others, my aesthetic of action grew on a frame [...]


    • What struck me most was the violence Not the cataclysmic violence of an encroaching nuclear winter, or the senseless murder and destruction of wartime It was the hand on an arm, the psychological hold of one person on another, the deer in headlights look of a woman whose ordained profession is that of victim Science fiction Post apocalyptic thriller That was all atmosphere Ultimately, I read Ice as a book about the push and pull of unhealthy, tortured relationships It uncovers the lasting scars [...]


    • She herself did not seem quite real She was pale and almost transparent, the victim I used for my own enjoyment in dreams.Likely 2.5 stars Ice is a mess of symbols running amok amongst myriad time signatures, the headlines being transposed into morality fables and a strange girl with silver hair insisting for 209 pages that No Means No Kavan deftly assembles a nightmarish sound stage It certainly exhibits the slipping mechanics and logic of our slumbers It simply grew flat The Ice Age is coming [...]


    • The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.This is the opening line of William Gibson s first novel, Neuromancer It also sums up how I felt as I read Anna Kavan s Ice I felt like I was watching an old analog television tuned to snow If you look at it long enough it s kinda mesmerizing, isn t it You begin to see patterns, things coalescing and breaking up Kind of like the shades in this novel I can t rightly call them characters as they never felt that way to me T [...]


    • Fearsome and intense novella about obsession, searching, and war Kavan writes ruthless things here, about inner desires which consume us and the slow death of the world To put it bluntly the windchill is 20 outside right now She writes how that bitter cold feels.


    • The first few pages of Kavan s novel were poorly written bordering on amateurish If in a bookshop I was peeking in to see if I wanted to buy it I would have put it back and moved on However, the respect I have for my GR friends and their excitement over Ice pushed me forward The story of a man searching for a woman, befuddled as to the reasons why within ten pages unfolds into the intensity of Kavan s imagery The imagery opens itself up to a number of interpretations, the brutality of human nat [...]


    • This month s post apocalyptic book club selection I actually read the 1974 paperback, but that cover is so bad that I just don t want to stare at it in my book list all year images assets books 13 That edition also features an introduction by Brian Aldiss, who is responsible for convincing Kavan to allow him to market her book as a science fiction title It s kind of not, however.Also, I really wished that the introduction had been positioned as an afterword It contains biographical information a [...]


    • Zihnimde k k bir oday , g rsel d sel bir damga olarak m r boyu kalacak ekilde rezerve etmi tir Bu a dan farkl analizlerin tesinde b y l kitaplar aras nda sayar m B y k a abeyleri Locus Solus gibi, Morel in Bulu u gibi zel bir yazar, yaman bir metin.


    • Evoking a spectral spell, channeling a disorienting dream stark and ethereal, a visionary s vision of life drained of all but obsession and fear and yet, notwithstanding all of the preceding, curiously unaffecting when the gelid intravenous rush has passed Although Kavan comes with references to and I can definitely detect traces of Franz Kafka, Ice reminded me rather throughout of Ishiguro s The Unconsoled, though featuring a much darker and malignant chaotic slippage Its subzero storying spri [...]


    • Edit 104 days later Despite my initial 3 star rating, I feel compelled to give this book another star I must admit that Ice is still haunting me, as some of the strong images it aroused are still vivid in my mind Few books have this power over me While I found Ice to be an interesting read, with moments of pure beauty and originality, in the end I was glad it was over, because it had failed to keep me under its spell for its entirety While being a short book, to me it seemed awfully long, possib [...]


    • Kafka s sister is how Anna Kavan gets described sometimes, and she shares Kafka s frustration, the feeling that the world makes no sense One is not sure how to find what one is looking for one is not even sure what one is looking for One is not sure what one is doing, but it does not seem to be going well.All this was real, it was really happening, but with a quality of the unreal it was reality happening in quite a different way But Kafka s sister feels a little patronizing, doesn t it Kavan is [...]


    • Buz un ad na yara r bir ekilde insan kaskat yapan bir giri i var Hen z ilk sayfay okudu umda o kaotik atmosferin i inde buldum kendimi Kasvetli ve merak uyand r c bu d nyay ke fetmeye koyuldum Kitap d le ger e in birbirine kar t ,zamanda ileri geri atlamalar n oldu u bir yap zerine kuruldu u i in dikkatle okudum her sat r n Okuru hep diri tutan bu yap kitab sevmemi sa lad Yoksa ad n bile bilmedi im anlat c n n ok katmanl ki ili ini ve saplant l d nyas n hi sevmedim Sadece her yeni ba lang ta s c [...]


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