Way of the Pilgrim

Way of the Pilgrim Shane a gifted linguist has spent his life learning the language of the old and powerful alien race that has conquered Earth He has learned it so well that the interstellar masters old hands at ens

  • Title: Way of the Pilgrim
  • Author: Gordon R. Dickson
  • ISBN: 9780312866624
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shane, a gifted linguist, has spent his life learning the language of the old and powerful alien race that has conquered Earth He has learned it so well that the interstellar masters, old hands at enslaving planets, regard him as a valuable servant.But Shane has a secret One day, in a rebellious moment, he invented The Pilgrim a mysterious figure who incites rebellion aShane, a gifted linguist, has spent his life learning the language of the old and powerful alien race that has conquered Earth He has learned it so well that the interstellar masters, old hands at enslaving planets, regard him as a valuable servant.But Shane has a secret One day, in a rebellious moment, he invented The Pilgrim a mysterious figure who incites rebellion and vanishes unseen, leaving a distinctive icon behind him.Now the human underground is preparing to rebel Shane knows how hopeless their rebellion will be He knows, as well, that he will be unable to keep himself from taking part.

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    1. It has, admittedly, been some time since I read this book. However, I remember it as Gordon R. Dickson's masterwork. For me, it was what moved him from the 'Author who writes enjoyable fiction like The Dragon and the George' shelf to the 'Author capable of deeply moving works' shelf. The Way of the Pilgrim is a deeply thoughtful book about the human penchant for rebellion and yearning for freedom. Dickson's classic uber man stars as the main character again: A highly educated analytical hero man [...]

    2. An alien super-race, Norse-god-like, has taken over the earth. They see humans as cattle, beasts to be used - along with the resources of our beast-world - in their ultimate goal of retaking their "home world" - stolen from them by an even more powerful alien race. They are cast out, roving homeless space pirates. Our hero, Shane, is a gifted linguist, one of the few (only?) people who can truly speak the alien tongue, and as such achieves an understanding and insight about the aliens and their [...]

    3. This book left me thinking for quite a while after finishing it. On the surface, it's a story about a powerful alien species that is similar enough to mankind to want our world and its resources, but different enough that the mind set for even basic communications is barely there.To these aliens, the Aalaag, humans are useful cattle. We had our chance to prove our worth in a fair fight, when they invaded. Since we lost, we're sub-Aalaag, and have no rights.Because this was a Dickson book, it's a [...]

    4. A fun, well-crafted read. I enjoyed Shane's reluctance to be the hero. This is surprisingly timely, as the U.S. prepares to possibly elect a socialist government. We need to be reminded that tyranny, even the soft tyranny of liberalism, is still oppression. From the book: "When you Aalaag came to this world, you limited or ended many things that humans thought of as evils and that humans themselves had not been able to control. You brought peace and shelter and food and medical care for all you [...]

    5. One of the best written science fiction novels I have ever read. The Earth has been conquered by an extraterrestrial race who have such an advanced technology and who are so ruthless that it is impossible to see how they can be overthrown. A human servant of theirs, who understands their way of life because he is one of the gifted few who can speak their language and thus interpret for them, sets out to play a role in the human rebellion against their overlordship. This is a highly intelligent n [...]

    6. It had a slow start, and it never turned into an action book. The end is what is really interesting. The first half is kinda boring to be honest, but it turns out to be pretty good. before the last 3 pages I thought the author was a moron who did not understand man kind, but then in the last pages I found that he did understand, it was that I did not understand Aalaag

    7. Not the most innovative or original of this type of book, except for the end, which has a very sassy twist that kind of thumbs it's nose at the reader and the expectations set up throughout the book. I kinda really loved the book for that.

    8. The way of the Pilgrim is one of the few really good alien invasion stories I have read. It takes place years after the invasion is over. We were against an alien force VERY far beyond us, we were not able to put up any real fight (Think Aztecs verses the US marines of today).There are two things that really make it stand out, the first the aliens are not just a little ahead of us. They are so far ahead of us that it could very well be possible for one of them with their weapons and gear to defe [...]

    9. I first read the short story Enter A Pilgrim in Analog magazine in 1974. It was one of the best things I had ever read. When I saw that it had been expanded into a full novel, I was excited. As I read this book, I found, however, that it fell flat.I think that the greatness of the original short story was, to a large extent, embodied in the open ended nature of it. Shane, a timid linguist, firmly under the thumb of the Aalaag, finds enough courage to start a rumor of "The Pilgrim". One's imagina [...]

    10. When I read this book, 10, I thought of the future and what it would mean if I was a hostage and we were taken over by a race and made servants of that race. It turns out it was that way after all and how many billions of natives around the world died for one races greed. I was saddened then. I hope and pray that this is a dream that I am in and the world is once again safe.

    11. I loved this book! Anyone who enjoyed V for Vendetta would like this one as well. You get a real sense of fear, and jeopardy in the story. It's another resistance movement, another underground. Very tight storytelling.

    12. This book is about Earth enslaved by an invading alien race and one man's pivotal role in leading the resistance movement in an attempt to free all of humanity . Decent story and believable characters, but way overwritten. This would have worked better as a novella or even a short story.

    13. A good novel can shatter your understanding. This one will leave you broken with a remade understanding of the world around you.

    14. After aliens have conquered Earth, Shane Evert works as a translator but risks his life to leave a message of hope on the walls of Earth's cities.

    15. I failed to connect with the story, but kept plugging along. I will say I loved the ending; what a surprise!

    16. The Aalaag have taken over the earth only The Pilgrim called Shane (a complex chap) can get rid of them. I loved it.

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