Review: “Solaris” (the novel, not the movie)

By Stanislaw Lem

I have something for you. It’s called Fantastic voyage into fantasy.

We have an IBCafe Book Club, (International Books Cafe) that we Zoom into once a month, so we have been reading “Solaris,” the novel by Stanislaw Lem. And what a ride!

Throughout the novel there are technical space and science [fictional] vocabulary to get through, but if you can keep your mind organized you can probably decipher the meanings.

This novel–one might say–could be juxtaposed, in an allusive comparison to a play by Samuel Beckett, “Waiting for Godot,” in that it can be construed in various ways depending on the reader, and depending on the reader’s point of view or outlook on life. Those kinds of books are always exciting because they move one to research some of the theories and the vocabulary and make it deeper than the author may have ever intended. As well, it makes for good discussions among many in either a book club or among friends at an alehouse. I might add, I love this movie… but that is beside the point. The point is, the movie makes you think beyond your boundaries of mental capacity.

In general, love is penetrable no matter what space and time one finds oneself, and that is all I will say about this. You must read the novel in order to sense the theme of “…and death shall have no dominion…” (poem by Dylan Thomas.)

After you read it, then see the movie, with George Clooney, Natasha NcElhone, Viola Davis & Jeremy Davies; a great cast.

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