Way of the Pilgrim Paperback – Jan 1 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
The oppressive imperialists and rebellious colonists familiar from Dickson's previous work return in this novel of the Earth's conquest by aliens. The nine-foot-tall Aalaag, members of a warrior society, use their advanced technology to treat humans like cattle. As one of the few people who can speak the alien language, linguist Shane Evert comes to know and understand the Aalaag even as he hates them. His gesture of protesta graffito of a pilgrimis picked up by the scattered, disorganized Resistance, and before long Shane finds himself leading a worldwide movement for freedom. Although the usual Dickson weaknesses of simplistic characters and verbose storytelling handicap the novel, his balancing strengthsthe use of historical parallels (here, Nazi and Soviet occupations) and righteous moral fervormake this one of his better recent books.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Dickson is among the best storytellers we have ever had.one of the finest
makers that our field has ever known." --Poul Anderson
Top Customer Reviews
If you wish to stop the constant chatter of an out of control
If you wish peace.
If you seek the stillness, calmness and strength that you
know lives in your heart that seems to be just outside your
If you seek to become that which you truly are, which happens
not to be who you think you are.
If you want the only thing that is worthwhile.
Then read this book.
If you want your life to change forever, then "live this book".
This is a book from the heart to the heart.
That is all that matters.
No matter what you believe or what you think you believe
read this book.
"Pray, and do not labor much to conquer your passions by your own strength. For 'greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world,' (1 John 4:4), says holy Scripture."
Written by one or more monks (author(s) unknown) in the very accessible way of one's life adventures.
It is a great read for people who reached the age of questions and above and definitely for those willing to try more than hockey/footbal, mortgage and cars/cooking as a topic.
The teaching is simple, one single prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!"
The effect of this continuous prayer, observed not only on the story teller himself, but mostly on other people whom he interacts with along his journey, is amazing and varied.
If this book resonates with you, so help you God, then you will re-read it a good number of times.
If it doesn't, you didn't loose anything, you just found out what the continuous prayer is and what miracles prayer and Christ can make.
Sectarians won't like it, but for this exact reason it is a very good read for people looking for the roots of christianity, for the orthodox christianity.
But here is something altoghether different. Perhaps it is because Dickson is trying to tell the story from the viewpoint of the protagonist, Shane Everett. Little Shane Beast is a translator working for the nine foot tall alien occupiers of earth. Cold dispassionate and unemotional beings, Shane must behave like them to survive. And not only does he survive, but he excells. Is this why the whole story is told in such a cold, logical and dispassionate prose?
The plot is simple and bare, as clean as the cities in the Aalaag occupied world. There are no plot turns, no multiple plots, no side character, no maturing of the hero. Nothing. The tale is simple to the point of starkness. Something that I found to be unsatisfying in the extreme.
The premise of language as a route to understanding has been done far better in "Fine Prey" by Scott Westerfield. There are many more interesting and uplifting novels about alien invasion of earth.
What this book does deliver on is the horror of earth being occupied by a race who are so far above us that we cannot reach an understanding of their technology. A race that does demote us to the status of beasts. As top dog on our planet we have a dreadful superiority complex. We imagine that eventually we would get the better of any alien species we encounter. But what if we couldn't. Dickson's Aalaag are so superior to us that a single fully armored warrior would not be in danger should the whole planet rise against him. Humans become as powerless as a hive of bees to him. As long as we produce output we achive the status of being useful. Otherwise we are little more than pests. Perhaps it is this very vision that makes this book so unsettling?
Most recent customer reviews
These reviews are not for this book. The Way of a Pilgrim and its sequel, The Pilgrim Continues His Way, are Eastern Orthodox classics about a religious pilgrim who wanders around... Read morePublished 5 months ago by xmanforever
As it is well known, this book is a great spiritual classic. However, it should never be used by people outside the Orthodox Church. By "used" I mean applied to real life. Read morePublished on June 14 2003
This is one of the best science fiction novels written since the 1950s. The premise is brutally simple, and utterly plausible. The time is the near future. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2002 by Roger J. Buffington
I liked this book for its honesty and simplicity. For me, it wasn't about Chrisitianity, or looking for God, or finding greater meaning in life, or all that bs. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2001
This a pretty decent book about a Russian pilgrim on a journey to search for the proper means of continuous prayer. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2000 by A. J. Valasek