|A 16th century depiction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, by Martin Heemskerck, with Tower of Babel in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"The sinuous black power sweeping them down the road slowed under the arch and glided out over a vast mall of inlaid colored stone, still transmitting none of the seams in the pavement to its occupants. Through its windows the Tower loomed beyond imagination. There: a black opening, skyscraper-tall and the width of a city block--
"The New Babylon," said the driver.
The low angle of the sun lit the cavern and the bustle of men and machines within and without. The white of delivery trucks, the yellow of construction arms, the glitter of glass, the melee of moving bodies--
"The Department of Public Health is moving in today..."
|English: The Tower of Babel|
"The world of the arts is courting you here tonight, Mr.Feckidee, and that's why I'm here. Doubtless these pretenders have already made you offers for staggering sums. But if you have any wisdom, Austin, you'll refuse them all." His voice fell. "Babel will offer you a thousand, ten thousand times more." A flickering glance, and then he was studying the drink in his hand...
"Austin pondered the comment. "Are you making me some kind of offer?"
"I'm only the instrument...only the messenger. But yes, I'm making you an offer. Your little commission from the Museum of Modern Art--God, even the sum Reynolds paid--it's all a fraction of what we're prepared to grant you." His gaze turned piercing.
"And who are you? Who's offering me a commission?"
"Babel? What is Babel? Is it this city? Is it the tower? Is it something else?
"The city, the tower, the something else, they're all one
in purpose. Regardless, it's above your concern..."
~~~ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By G. T. Anders
The back cover reveals that The Tower of Babel is part political thriller, part apocrypha, and part Little Shop of Horrors...
What it doesn't say is that the main reason for reading this novel is the author's writing...Ok, I'll add, that is my opinion...
Anders hooked me, hooked me, hooked me...he just kept at it, without trying, just by telling us his story... I tried to get irritated that he took so long to get me into the "meat" of the story, but all I could do is just keep on reading, willingly allowing him to keep hooking... Anders says so much but keeps you hanging on, in suspense, waiting. You absolutely must grasp at each clue he hands out...
Now don't plan on this tower being related to the other story you may have heard...this is surreal, fantastic in its allegorical tale--or at least that is what came to my mind because I'm not sure that I even understood everything that was to be given to its readers.
But I realize that the Tower could very well have been started at that time, probably even earlier, as we will learn just how far under the ground that building went--in order to support what was built above???
Or to provide the room for what was below?
But some time during that period, four individuals began in earnest to destroy that structure that was now underway.
One was a former president who had been kicked out of office. One was a scientist, who even now was working to continue construction... There was a woman...and a young man who loved her...
The four stayed at L'Hermitage at one time, but they had all left except Stella.
Austin had been trying many years to develop a career as a sculpture, seeing the visions, starting the work...but never able to complete it...
Now Stella had called the other three back...something had happened...
And she led them into the area, where the plant was growing and asked them to see! But they were confused. So a plant is growing? What of it? And they looked at Stella. She explained just what plant that it was--it was the one that they had brought back!
Austin could smell the plant, but nobody else seem to notice. He drew near to it--he had to pluck a leaf then he went away and bit off a piece of that leaf... without telling any of the others. And afterwards, after he had slept and awoke, he saw the first sculpture, totally complete, finished...
And still the Tower construction continued...
Fantasy, SciFi, or Reality envisioned...Quite a literary triumph in my opinion...One that should be chewed a little at a time, rather than with a handful of leaves...If you don't? Watch out, you may find out the hard way...
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