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    SUMMARY Triton by Samuel R. Delany SUMMARY ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ´ 0 REVIEW Everyone talks about how this is a political or cultural or social exploration novel and that's all true but what fascinates me about it is how incredibly PSYCHOLOGICAL it is The cultural and social stuff is pretty simple Samuel Delany has created here an honest to goodness utopia a world in which everyone can essentially be anyone they want to be You're a woman who wants to be a male homosexual? No problem There's a community for

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    EBOOK / PDF [Triton by Samuel R. Delany] Trouble on Triton is supposed to inhabit a utopian heterotopic future when Earth is no longer the only hospitable planet where personal expression has evolved through a widened acceptance of differing sexualities and gender takes on radical new perspectives I appreciated the gender exploration but found it extremely hard to sympathi

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    SUMMARY Triton by Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ´ 0 REVIEW EBOOK / PDF [Triton by Samuel R. Delany] I suspect I'm not clever enough for it but you know I hear Dhalgren is very clever but similar to this I remembered while reading it I though

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    EBOOK / PDF [Triton by Samuel R. Delany] Delany is one of my favourite writers but it has taken me a long time to get round to reading this one In fact Triton has been on my bookshelves since 1993 I think I was intimidated by the appendix on metalogic It looks like a 'difficult' novel but that's really an illusion It's a beautifully written complex bu

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    SUMMARY Triton by Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ´ 0 REVIEW SUMMARY ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Samuel R. Delany It’s been almost five weeks since I did this so let’s hope my skills haven’t atrophied too much My student teaching p

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    EBOOK / PDF [Triton by Samuel R. Delany] Samuel R. Delany ´ 0 REVIEW SUMMARY Triton by Samuel R. Delany In some ways Triton is as much about science fiction as it is about social and political modelsThe infodump or exposition is a vita

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    EBOOK / PDF [Triton by Samuel R. Delany] SUMMARY ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Samuel R. Delany i'm not sure how i feel about this at all the main character is absolutely UNBEARABLE but he is supposed to be

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    EBOOK / PDF [Triton by Samuel R. Delany] Triton is one of those books that lingers in the penumbra at the edges of my understanding like a jungle cat stalking prey carefully choosing the perfect moment to pounce And yet and yet I couldn't put it down Delany's prose is irresistible and his ideas are tantalizing even if I'm not entirely sure I walked away with a clear understanding

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    EBOOK / PDF [Triton by Samuel R. Delany] Samuel R. Delany ´ 0 REVIEW This review and others can be read on my blog Black Forest Basilisks Triton also published under Trouble on Triton An Ambiguous Heterotopia by Samuel R Delany is one hell of a trip and surprisingly relevant to modern day discourse on gender and sex Originally written as a response to Le Guin’s The Dispossessed An Ambig

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    EBOOK / PDF [Triton by Samuel R. Delany] sppoilerzzzI feel very weird about this book I love a lot of it but in the end it felt just too terrible to spend this much time with bron i kind of would have been elated with the book just ending after the spike's letter arrives and a Big Event happens in the war? the subseuent gender stuff is very gratifying

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SUMMARY Triton by Samuel R. Delany

SUMMARY Triton by Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ´ 0 REVIEW REVIEW Triton by Samuel R. Delany 100 In a story as exciting as any science fiction adventure written Samuel R Delany's 1976 SF novel originally published as Triton takes us on a tour of a utopian society at war with our own Earth High wit in this future comedy of manners allows Delany to uestion gender roles and se. Everyone talks about how this is a political or cultural or social exploration novel and that s all true but what fascinates me about it is how incredibly PSYCHOLOGICAL it is The cultural and social stuff is pretty simple Samuel Delany has created here an honest to goodness utopia a world in which everyone can essentially be anyone they want to be You re a woman who wants to be a male homosexual No problem There s a community for you You want to have scales and a tail No problem There s a community for you You re white and you want to be black or orange No problem There s a community for you There seems to be a complete acceptance of others in this world in regards to race sex gender sexuality professioneven theater artists are accepted But then what s the story Ah that s the masterstroke The thing of it is the novel is narrated by a man who hates the place He is or less a 20th century guy He could be any guy from today perhaps on the slightly conservative side And Delany places this very modern seeming man into the far future and into a world where problems of personal identity have been or less eliminated and then tells the story of how that modern man of today just can t find his place in it He doesn t fit in he doesn t get it It is the contrast between this utopia of malleable and universally accepted identities and this man s hatred of it that serves as the spine of this novel And I found it riveting The guy s impossible and yetand yet I sort of see where he s coming from Because I too am a man of today and perhaps I share some of the insecurities and prejudices of this asshole Frightening But that s why this book is so good As a reader I had to ask myself would I have been happy in this utopia Would I be okay with anyone being able and encouraged to be absolutely whatever they want to be Isn t that a bit childish This is particularly topical in today s world isn t it what with people all being encouraged to embrace their true selves whatever that may be We applaud every person who comes out of whatever dark closet they had hidden their true identities The only person today evidently who has any right to say just who and what you are is YOU This is a very new phenomenon and I know a lot of people have an instinctive and visceral reaction against it So could I enjoy a world just like that a world without stability of identity without structure and limitations and labels Or would I also be a miserable curmudgeon just like this guy The novel invites self introspection and that is a rare feat And to anyone who fears they won t enjoy the novel because they won t sympathize with the narrator protagonist just know that you aren t meant to sympathize with him He s an unreliable narrator and if you were to sympathize with him you would misunderstand the themes and purpose of the novel Feel free to hate him It s what Delany intended Even as I saw where his discomforts came from I hated him He was a joy to hate This novel is about how even in a utopia some people just couldn t be happy and that s why I say the novel is so splendidly psychological It s about how stuck we get in our own patterns how resistant to change we are how obtuse we can be about other people s feelings about how we rationalize damaging other people It doesn t deliver any pat answers this isn t Dr Phil But it does present to my mind an extremely convincing portrait of the kind of human being who is all too common today even perhaps in parts of ourselves as social and cultural barriers to happiness start falling away one by oneRead it as a psychological examination of the character s misery and attitudes and inability to adapt to a world without boundaries and I believe you will get a great deal out of it Strongly recommended

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SUMMARY Triton by Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ´ 0 REVIEW REVIEW Triton by Samuel R. Delany 100 Woman Against a background of high adventure this minuet of a novel dances from the farthest limits of the solar system to Earth's own Outer Mongolia Alternately funny and moving it is a wide ranging tale in which character after character turns out not to be what he or she seem. This review and others can be read on my blog Black Forest Basilisks Triton also published under Trouble on Triton An Ambiguous Heterotopia by Samuel R Delany is one hell of a trip and surprisingly relevant to modern day discourse on gender and sex Originally written as a response to Le Guin s The Dispossessed An Ambiguous Utopia Delany explores what it might be like to experience a progressive open society as a very traditional masculine male with conservative ideas about the roles and capabilities of men and women Where Le Guin explored life as someone who is LGBT in a predominantly straight utopia Delany explores the inverse Written in Delany s always stellar prose Triton takes on uncomfortable perspectives designed to discomfit readers The narrator Bron has much in common with the incels of today He believes that he s a good guy who deserves a chance and becomes uite angry when he is denied it He is the epitome of white male entitlement Although he lives in a world that is founded on everyone s basic needs being met including those of sexual nature he finds that the women who he wants to love him are not the ones who love him in return He pursues women who are not interested in him projecting his ideal submissive woman onto them despite it being at odds with their actual personalities He is ultimately one of the most self centered narrators I ve come across His truth is the truth and he can and will misrepresent actual occurrences in order to support it Bron meets a theatrical artist known publicly as The Spike I would have loved to read a book from her perspective She is in fact interesting than Bron in every single way and it s uite a shame that Bron himself is entirely oblivious to this fact He views himself as better than her wanting her to give up her lifestyle and dreams to come live with him and do what He never stops to think about that because her life after it wouldn t matter to him His happiness and his ability to possess her is the only thing important to him and he is aggressively jealous towards anyone and anything that stands between him and his prize In Bron Delany personifies the nightmare of every woman who has ever had a man place her on a pedestal with an uncanny degree of understanding almost certainly drawing on his own experiences as a ueer black man in the 70s Delany understands what power entitlement and discrimination looks like Bron is terrifying No he narrowed his eyes at Miriamne who was a step ahead she said the Spike was just her friend Like me and Lawrence he thought Then the sudden uestioning Does she feel about the Spike the way Lawrence is always saying he feels about His eyes narrowed further at the gray caped shoulders ahead I ll kill her he thought I ll make her sorry she ever heard of metalogics Miriamne staggering drunk in the co op corridor grasping at the Spike caught in her arms falling down soused on the corridor floor He thought I ll Miriamne glanced back You re looking preoccupied again Huh he said Oh I guess I am He smiled I will kill her I ll kill her in some slow and lingering way that will hurt amazingly and unbelievably and continuously and will seem to have no source and take years In his journey to find fulfillment and satisfaction Bron has passed through many different social sects organizations and living situations On Triton many of these groups can become uite interesting and their creeds may involve self mutilation self imposed restraints or deal with ceremonies or mannerisms that someone today would find horrifying Bron at one point joined a group called the Mumblers who panhandle in the street with their eyes blinded either with a blindfold or by keeping them shut no mutilation for these folks at least while chanting mumbles He was hoping to find a group he could meld himself into but failed to make that connection Men like Bron are the ones who are easiest prey for the alt right groups of our current political ecosystem Men who are aimless educated but self centered and entitled They don t have a support network that fulfills their need to be better than others and so they find themselves drawn into a group that tells them that they are better because of their gender or race If Triton had not so assiduously stamped out such groups Bron almost certainly would have been a part of one As it is he is fortunate enough to have a support group even if he doesn t listen to them or appreciate them It s not enough for him to have peers and friends He needs to have someone who he can feel is beneath him and under his power and control And than that he wants it to be a woman who will be both submissive while also being motherly He expects a woman to sacrifice their own wants and dreams their own emotional needs in favor of his own When he tries to force The Spike into this role she pushes back because she understands its futility and his fundamental inability to become a fully independent human being What s the difference between that and emotionally injured Emotionally crippled Emotionally atrophied Maybe it isn t your fault Maybe you weren t cuddled enough as a baby Maybe you simply never had people around to set an example of how to care Maybe because you uote feel you love me unuote you feel I should take you on as a case I m not going to Because there are other people some of whom I love and some of whom I don t who need help too and when I give it it seems to accomplish something the results of which I can see Disclaimer obviously not all men I hate that I have to add this but I know that I do If you re a considerate and kind individual you re obviously not the person this book is addressed at This book is aimed at the subset of white men who are like Bron and think it s okay to only ever talk about themselves and lecture about logic at young highly educated black women Although entitlement and privilege affect people than just white men they are a particularly privileged group wherein these issues are pervasive and encouraged in a way that is much less common in other demographics Historically they are the ones who have held power in Western civilization and this has lasting conseuences If you re aware of your privilege and do your best to use it well and to help others who face roadblocks you don t congrats you re not Bron Let me tell you a secret There is a difference between men and women a little tiny one that I m afraid has probably made most of your adult life miserable and will probably continue to make it so till you die The difference is simply that women have only really been treated by that bizarre Durkheimian abstraction society as human beings for the last oh say sixty five years and then really only on the moons whereas men have had the luxury of such treatment for the last four thousand The result of this historical anomaly is simply that on a statistical basis women are just a little less willing to put up with certain kinds of shit than men simply because the concept of a certain kind of shit free Universe is in that eually bizarre Jungian abstraction the female collective unconscious too new and too precious This book has grown on me and as I ve thought about it When I first set it down my initial impression was that I d wanted of the world and of the characters I found interesting despite understand that the point of the book was that Bron himself was too wrapped up in his own onanistic world to ever look outwards I felt a little dissatisfied I still do wish we d gotten to see of Triton its various political maneuverings and the war that sat as a backdrop to the book yet the social aspects hit closer and closer to home the I think about them Although some portions of the novel most certainly did not age well including some of the language surrounding race be prepared for slurs the underlying horror of white male entitlement remains a part of the fabric of our culture and is relevant than ever before If you enjoyed this review please consider reading others 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SUMMARY Triton by Samuel R. Delany Samuel R. Delany ´ 0 REVIEW REVIEW Triton by Samuel R. Delany 100 Xual expectations at a level that 20 years after it was written still make it a coruscating portrait of the happily reasonable man Bron Helstrom an immigrant to the embattled world of Triton whose troubles become and complex till there is nothing left for him to do but become a. It s been almost five weeks since I did this so let s hope my skills haven t atrophied too much My student teaching practicum was awesome but it left me little time for reading and no time for reviewing Now I need to catch up So please forgive me if the details in this review are sparser than ordinary there is a very good reason why I write reviews as soon as possible after finishing a bookFortunately Triton is a very memorable book which one might have expected coming from Samuel R Delany I love the edition I have another Bantam 1976 yellowing reprint similar to my edition of Dhalgren that I picked up at a used bookstore for 105 The cover alone makes me feel much connected to the zeitgeist in which Delany was immersed when he wrote this and that s crucial to an understanding of this book If you allow me to get reader response on you for a moment Triton is a book that will affect you differently depending on your generation I know I say this a lot you can call it a recurring theme of my reviews if you like but it s true in this case Politics runs through Triton like its lifeblood Sexual politics gender politics even military politics all play a role The characters themselves are like puppets in an intricate stage play of the human psyche in which they are battling for the one best way to express themselves to the outside world Hence the generational meanings someone raised in the 1960s is going to interpret the politics and Delany s themes differently than I do in 2011 However that doesn t depreciate the book s relevanceTriton is the story of Bron Helstrom s struggle to redefine his identity in order to make his life less miserable After running into a travelling actor known as the Spike and sparking up a brief affair Bron s own checkered and conflicted views on sexuality take front and centre Bron was once a prostitute on Mars where unlike Earth male prostitution is legal He had sex with both men and women for business Now he lives on Triton where people live in communes or co ops that are often divided by sex or sexuality He has chosen to live in an all male commune His next door neighbour is a homosexual man whom Bron views alternatively with respect and derision for Lawrence refuses the rejuvenation treatments that keep most people healthy and youthful Bron is much less comfortable with homosexuality with unconventional gender performance in general now that this is no longer his professionBron is also selfish He wants and wants and will often do things to get what he wants that he only perceives as harmful in hindsight mildly sociopathic would be a good term perhaps This proves ultimately to be detrimental to his relationship with the Spike a fact that becomes apparent when they run into each other while Bron is part of a political delegation to the antagonistic Earth The Spike leaves Bron with a heartfelt dictated letter that tells him in detail why she cannot like him and this acts as the catalyst for the decision that offsets the last part of Triton from everything that comes beforeI would probably have to provide a play by play summary of the entire book to describe in detail the episodes that cause Bron to make his final decision Suffice it to say Triton is an intricate book Delany really does manage to create this amazing microcosm of a possible future society one where advances in technology make it practical to alter one s sexual orientation and sexual and gender identities on fundamental biological and genetic levels Many science fiction authors create such societies in order to explore the implications of those technologies and there is nothing wrong with that but Delany elevates this exploration to another level creating the technologies to explore the issues they uncover These issues are already present simmering beneath the surface of society and occasionally bursting forth The technology of Triton makes them accessible for discussion and the uality of that discussion is what makes Triton so memorableThe subtitle of this book is An Ambiguous Heterotopia alluding to The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin I can see the similarities and this does make a good companion read Both books present competing governments whose politics are in flux with individuals undergoing moments of intense personal crisis against the backdrop of this larger conflict I admit to preferring The Dispossessed though and that might entirely be due to the portrayals of Bron versus Shevek Bron is a jerk There I said itI am even intrigued however by the connection to Foucault s ideas of a heterotopia as a type of privileged other space I suppose Delany sets up Triton itself as a heterotopia separate from the warring planets of Earth and Mars Triton is physically distant from the other two planets and the inhabitants of Triton consider people from worlds laughably different Our view of life on Earth and Mars is heavily biased of course but it seems like the moons are refuges from authoritarian regimes on the worlds For all its advantages however life on Triton is not without its hardships and its disadvantages hence the ambiguity Bron confronts this at the same time that he confronts his dissatisfaction with his own lifeI confess I didn t see the ending coming and it altered my opinion of the entire book It creates this very distinct division between what came before and what comes after I suppose the uestion which Delany of necessity leaves unanswered is whether Bron s decision will actually have the desired effect Will this dramatic alteration to his life and lifestyle change him for the better I think it was very drastic hence why I found it unexpected but it also makes a kind of odd senseLike Dhalgren Triton is another difficult book I didn t find it nearly so difficult as Dhalgren to read but it raises difficult issues and stretches the mould of the conventional plot driven narrative I m coming to see this as typical Delany and while not every writer can get away with that kind of intense devotion to themes he can Because Delany doesn t back down and the result are books that are still relevant thirty five years later He raises uestions about sex and sexuality gender identity and performance And while Triton is without uestion a science fiction novel Delany makes that seem unimportant compared to the story he s telling through his characters He makes offhand references to technology and science we don t have and sometimes it doesn t always seem plausible but it S always to a purpose Triton is a well constructed thoughtful thought provoking piece of literature