Friday, November 26, 2010

Tower of Babylon - Ted Chiang

Novelette

Number of words : 9800
Percent of complex words : 7.4
Average syllables per word : 1.4
Average words per sentence : 14.7


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 8.9
Flesch : 72.6
Flesch-Kincaid : 6.8


PEOPLE

Hillalum

A miner of Elam.

Nanni

Hillalum's friend.

Lugatum

A fellow worker.

Kudda

A cart puller.

Alitum

Kudda's wife.

Senmut

The Egyptian foreman.

Beli

The Elamitest foreman.

Damqiya

A miner.

Ahuni

A miner.


PLACES

Shinar

A country.

Elam

A country.

Karun

A river.

Euphrates

A river.

Babylon

A city in Elam.

Erech

A city in Shinar.


TECHNOLOGY

Trowel

A bricklaying tool.

Ziggurat

A big tower.


PLOT

Hillalum is an Elam miner, and working on the Tower of Babylon (which is a very very very large ziggurat) the miners eventually hit a reservoir. This flooding washes him along until he wakes after being knocked out, finding himself in another country. This leads him to realise the true nature of the local geography.


3.5 out of 5

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