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I'm a Stranger Here Myself   By: (1917-1983)

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Mack Reynolds' "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" is a fascinating exploration of a future world that is simultaneously familiar and alien. Set in a time when humans have colonized various planets, the book takes us on a journey alongside protagonist Gerry Carlyle, a human raised on a distant planet who finds himself returning to Earth after many years away.

One of the standout features of this book is Reynolds' vivid and imaginative world-building. He creates a universe where humanity has expanded across the galaxy, with each planet developing its own unique culture, customs, and social structures. It's fascinating to see how this interstellar society functions, and the attention to detail in describing each planet's distinct characteristics adds depth and richness to the narrative.

As Gerry returns to Earth, he struggles to adapt to the societal norms and expectations that have evolved during his absence. Reynolds uses this premise to explore themes of identity, belonging, and the idea of what it means to be a stranger in your own homeland. The protagonist's feelings of displacement and isolation are palpable, and the author does an excellent job of conveying the inner turmoil Gerry experiences as he navigates the complex web of Earth's society.

Reynolds' writing style is engaging and easy to follow, with a good balance of dialogue and descriptive passages. He effortlessly blends elements of science fiction, social commentary, and introspection, creating a thought-provoking narrative that keeps the reader invested throughout. The pacing is consistently strong, with a steady progression of events that keeps the story flowing smoothly.

Moreover, the character development in "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" is commendable. Gerry Carlyle is a well-rounded and relatable protagonist, whose growth and transformation as he reconciles his identity with his surroundings is compelling. The supporting characters are equally well-drawn, each with their own quirks and motivations, adding a layer of complexity to the overall narrative.

If there is one minor drawback to the book, it would be the occasional tendency for the author to delve into lengthy expositions that slow down the pace. However, these moments are few and far between, and the strength of the overall story overshadows these rare instances.

Ultimately, "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" is an engaging and thought-provoking read that will appeal to fans of both science fiction and introspective literature. With its well-developed world, relatable characters, and thoughtfully explored themes, Mack Reynolds delivers a captivating narrative that prompts the reader to reflect on the nature of identity, society, and the ever-evolving nature of our world.

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One can't be too cautious about the people one meets in Tangier. They're all weirdies of one kind or another. Me? Oh,

I'm A Stranger Here Myself


The Place de France is the town's hub. It marks the end of Boulevard Pasteur, the main drag of the westernized part of the city, and the beginning of Rue de la Liberté, which leads down to the Grand Socco and the medina. In a three minute walk from the Place de France you can go from an ultra modern, California like resort to the Baghdad of Harun al Rashid.

It's quite a town, Tangier.

King size sidewalk cafes occupy three of the strategic corners on the Place de France. The Cafe de Paris serves the best draft beer in town, gets all the better custom, and has three shoeshine boys attached to the establishment. You can sit of a sunny morning and read the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune while getting your shoes done up like mirrors for thirty Moroccan francs which comes to about five cents at current exchange.

You can sit there, after the paper's read, sip your expresso and watch the people go by.

Tangier is possibly the most cosmopolitan city in the world. In native costume you'll see Berber and Rif, Arab and Blue Man, and occasionally a Senegalese from further south... Continue reading book >>

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