Shame of Man by Piers Anthony

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"Anthony clearly cares about this book and, as in Isle of Women, the first volume in this series, imbues its serious, ambitious text with the frenetic action and joie de vivre for which he is known. Covering several thousand years, Anthony presents sets of similarly named characters in assorted situations and cultures." – Publishers Weekly

Piers Anthony’s SHAME OF MAN is a towering saga of remarkable scope, retelling the story of humanity in a daring and exciting way. At once grand in scope and intimate in human detail, SHAME OF MAN recounts the stunning journey of a single family reborn again and again throughout history. Beginning in the earliest origins of our ancient ancestors who emerged from the Eden of Africa millions of years ago, SHAME OF MAN follows two lovers-Hugh, a dreamer and musician, and his beloved Ann, a beautiful dancer-as they struggle to preserve their family and their way of life during some of the most turbulent periods of our savage past.

Their saga takes them from the caves of prehistoric Europe to the Holy Land in the time of King David, through the imperial court of third century Japan, and Damascus in the early days of Islam, to Central Asia in the era of Genghis Khan, and the fallen paradise of Easter Island, concluding with a harrowing glimpse of our future, in the wreckage of a world devastated by global ecological catastrophe. Through their eyes we experience humanity’s greatest triumphs, and witness its greatest shame, the relentless exploitation of nature that now threatens our very survival.

"The use of similar names for the protagonists in each tale evokes the universality of the human experience, while the author's choices of locale-the Orkney Isles of 1500 B.C., the Levantine Coast of 1000 B.C., southern Japan of the third century A.D.-provide a refreshing smorgasbord of cultures. Filled with fascinating anthropological speculation, Anthony's latest novel showcases both his passionate convictions and his storytelling talent. This deserves a wide readership." – Library Journal

"Anthony weaves strands that stretch across all human time into tales that exemplify the changes wrought by evolution and cultural development. The characters in any one chapter are reincarnated in the next, so that the main character here, originally prehuman Hu, becomes Hue and Hugh and Hu'o and Huu as time and change march on. It's an interesting device to meld essentially divergent narratives, some of which are really rather static illustrations of imagined history and others conventional well-wrought short stories." – Booklist

Piers Anthony is a prolific fantasy author who has written 140 published works over 53 years. Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works, including: Bio of a Space Tyrant, Eroma, E.S.P Worm and the heart warming Letters to Jenny. He has also won critical acclaim for his mainstream fiction.

About Piers Anthony

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New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony has written over one hundred books. His first fantasy, A Spell for Chameleon, won the August Derleth Fantasy Award for best novel in 1977, and commenced his acclaimed Xanth series.
Published August 23, 2012 by Premier Digital Publishing. 452 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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