First printing of this bleak future fiction from the author of cult classics QUEEN'S GAMBIT and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
"I think if I had not learned how to read I would not have been interested in her. Only frightened."
Nebula Award-nominated science fiction novel of a melancholy android who remembers how to read when the human masses have forgotten everything but their credo of "Inwardness, Privacy, Self-Fulfillment, Pleasure." Far from the worst set of values to hold: but a world of "Pleasure" that excludes novel-reading is an inherent dystopia, if one is an depressive android, or a novel-reader. Called an "unofficial sequel to FAHRENHEIT 451" by a contemporary reviewer for its thematic concerns, which include an old-style post-'60s moral panic over too much birth control and too many readily available good drugs, along with a genuinely moving romantic spirit. Tevis, whose novels had an astonishingly high rate of brilliant film and television adaptations – THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, THE HUSTLER, THE COLOR OF MONEY, and most recently QUEEN'S GAMBIT, long-beloved as a novel and newly beloved as a series – had a rare near miss with MOCKINGBIRD, which was once under consideration for adaptation as a TV movie, and still offers great rewards to the discerning reader. As James Sallis wrote in his review of a new edition, Tevis "collapses the whole of mankind's perverse, self-destructive, indomitable history, cruelty and kindness alike," into his remarkable narrative.
Read more: Sallis, "Books," Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2000.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1980. 8'' x 5.5''. Original quarter black cloth with dark green boards. In original unclipped ($10.00) dust jacket, illustrated by Fred Marcellino. , 247,  pages. Minor edgewear to boards. Faint spotting to front endpaper; pages slightly toned. Light scuffing and creasing to jacket edges, mild toning to jacket flaps.
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