Speak

Speak

Book - 2015
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A young Puritan woman travels to the New World with her unwanted new husband. Alan Turing, the renowned mathematician and code breaker, writes letters to his best friend's mother. 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. Each of these characters is attempting to communicate across gaps -- to estranged spouses, lost friends, future readers, or a computer program that may or may not understand them.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062391193
0062391194
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hall, Louisa
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 24 cm

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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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