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Monday Starts on Saturday (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Kindle Edition
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"A comic commentary reflecting Russia of the 60s, the Strugatsky brothers wove a clever tale that made it one of the most popular books in their country, ever."--Geeks of Doom
"This melding of bureaucracy and the numinous is highly enjoyable and impossible to compare to any other work."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00VRT937E
- Publisher : Gateway; 2 edition (11 August 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1812 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1473202213
- Best Sellers Rank: 155,104 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'd given this edition 4.9 if I could since this new translation has some oddities. E.G. My 1977 DAW Books edition says "hours, minutes, seconds and tertia" where the SFM edition says "hours, minutes, seconds and third"... though they both include a definition of 'tertium' in their glossary. The SFM edition consistently refers to water of life as "living water". I had to look 'ughu' up on Google Translate.
Anyway, it's still a great book.
The postscript supposedly written by the protagonist has an extra section in the SFM edition, commenting on the illustrations... which is odd because the book doesn't *have* any illustrations. (The DAW edition only had one, not counting the much-more-relevant cover.)
There's also a postscript by Boris Strugatsky about how the book was written.
This book is a major disappointment. It is unnecessary, meandering and pointless. There are some very funny moments and (to me) one laugh out loud moment, but they in no way make up for the general sense that this is plainly not a well developed story.
I became an instant fan of Roadside Picnic. this was a major letdown. I am starting "Definitely Maybe" now. Let's see how that one goes.