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I first read this in November 1994 and most recently on the 2nd July 2006.
This is the story of Stephen Berry Rydell and Chevette-Marie Washington.
Chevette, bicycle courier, in a tragic lapse from her customary moral standards,
has stolen a pair of high tech spectacles. Berry, an ex-cop, is hired to
track down these very special glasses. Once
they meet it's love, love at first sight. However, these kids
have missed the arrival of the new world, they're on the outside, barely able to peer
over the windowsill at what's really happening among the adults.
Gibson sneakily makes the reader feel more and more that this just isn't fair.
These kids have so little and know so little. Gibson has convinced me of the benefits of investment
in education, apart from giving me the most amazing read.
When I finished the book, I sat back and thought "Yes, Gibson keeps getting
better and better and this is the best so far".
I'm not so sure that's the case (is "Mona Lisa Overdrive" better?), but hey I'm
not so sure about most things.
It's certainly the most subtle, humorous and gentle.
Look for example at when Berry Rydell plans his payback. He has so little money
that he has to borrow: a flashlight from a old friend; a denim jacket from a new friend;
a "Eurocar", flywheel-powered and able to reach a lordly 40 mph.
And look at Skinner, one time leader of the Bay Bridge
community, now he's an old, old man subtly tended by his aging comrades.
And Yamaziki, our viewer on to this strange, collapsed and hopeless country.
Note that Tokyo, even though the big earthquake hit, has been rebuilt and
that, because of Yamaziki's presence, we can assume that Japan, and the rest
of the world, are not stuck in this failing, deteriorating limbo.
Loaded on the 16th December 2006.