The Face of God is what every young saurian learns to call the immense, glowing object which fills the night sky on the far side of the world. Young Afsan is privileged, called to the distant Capital City to apprentice with Saleed the court astrologer. But when the time comes for Afsan to make his coming-of-age pilgrimage, to gaze upon the Face of God, his world is changed forever- for what he sees will test his faith...and may save his world from disaster!
©1992 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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I found the story fascinating, but not easy to read – I really had to stretch my imagination in order to go along with a community of sentient dinosaurs.
I had trouble thinking about how their bodies worked, how their furniture was shaped, how their buildings looked, what their clothes covered… but those difficulties aside, the story was great and I’m in for more instalments!
"Science versus Religion anyone?"
First - the narrator did a fantastic job with the multiple characters. Not much more to say, other than I did not spend one moment lamenting how awful the marrator was, which oftentimes takes away from the story. No worries here!
Second - the story ... well it is kind of like Aesop's Fables where we have animal characters painting a picture that should be so obvious, that sometimes we have to look at in a different context to appreciate or learn from it. Such as we have here with a young brilliant mind using facts to try and help save his people when religion is damning them not to move forward in science and as a species. Living on a planet doomed for destruction, our hero pays a heavy price to help save their world.
"A great book with a great performance."
Well, it's unabridged, so I'd say "no". Just as good, mind you - just a different experience than reading it to one's self.
Afsan's commitment to rational scientific inquiry in the face of willful ignorance was quite compelling overall. I wish more humans held his principles!
Easily Afsan - he is the protagonist, after all; and gets most of the attention in the book.
Yes. This is one point where I might prefer the print edition, as I can read more quickly than I could listen to the audio version!
Sawyer is a great author - seek out his other books! You won't be disappointed.
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