Speak

Speak

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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A young Puritan woman travels to the New World with her unwanted new husband. A Jewish refugee and professor of computer science struggles to reconnect with his increasingly detached wife. An isolated and traumatized young girl exchanges messages with an intelligent software program. A former Silicon Valley Wunderkind is imprisoned for creating illegal lifelike dolls. In dazzling and electrifying prose, Louisa Hall explores how the chasm between computer and human - shrinking rapidly with today's technological advances - echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062391193
Characteristics: 336 pages

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WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

This novel is interesting and unusual. I think it’s a very well-done multiple perspective novel, with each voice convincing. Speak is about artificial intelligence but several threads run throughout as each narrator contemplates what makes us human. Is it experience? Memory? A capacity for original words? Emotion? One last reason to pick it up: Hall is also a poet and was one of Seamus Heaney’s students---it shows in her use of precise and vivid images.

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Marge2015
May 17, 2016

Too much uninteresting rambling and repetition from each character. Some interesting ideas but so much flotsam to wade through before getting there.

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Chapel_Hill_SusanM
Nov 17, 2015

Like Robopocalypse, you slowly piece the plot together - girls are getting attached to their lifelike AI dolls, and when the dolls are outlawed, the girls seem to go into comas. But like Cloud Atlas, a wide variety of voices across many eras tell the whole story - an early colonial girl, Alan Turing, the creator of the robots, and, finally, one of the robots itself. So good. Satisfying on literary, scientific, and emotional levels. Read it!

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jdorr096
Oct 15, 2015

Very reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas in the structure and narrative voices. I loved this book and felt invested in all of the story lines individually and even more so at their intersections.

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foolaffle
Aug 04, 2015

I really liked the premise of this book, but found the execution lacking.

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