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By Gene Wolfe | Comments: ( 333 ) | Date: ( Jul 16, 2020 )

Weird science fiction in a contemporary setting, here is one of Gene Wolfe s major novels now back in print Four people in contemporary Chicago become caught up in searching for the lost treasure of Benjamin Free Jim Stubb, an out of work detective Madame Serpentina, the occultist Ozzie Barnes, the salesman and Candy Garth, the generous and overweight prostitute, areWeird science fiction in a contemporary setting, here is one of Gene Wolfe s major novels now back in print Four people in contemporary Chicago become caught up in searching for the lost treasure of Benjamin Free Jim Stubb, an out of work detective Madame Serpentina, the occultist Ozzie Barnes, the salesman and Candy Garth, the generous and overweight prostitute, are brought together for a time to live in Free s house, a house scheduled for demolition When the demolition occurs and Free disappears, they make a pact to continue the search.

  • Title: Free Live Free
  • Author: Gene Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780099420200
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

About Author:

Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for lifetime achievement in science fiction and or fantasy Wolfe joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as Connie Willis, Michael Moorcock, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K LeGuin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Joe Haldeman The award will be presented at the 48th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, May 16 19, 2013.While attending Texas AM University Wolfe published his first speculative fiction in The Commentator, a student literary journal Wolfe dropped out during his junior year, and was drafted to fight in the Korean War After returning to the United States he earned a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer He edited the journal Plant Engineering for many years before retiring to write full time, but his most famous professional engineering achievement is a contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato crisps He now lives in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.A frequent Hugo nominee without a win, Wolfe has nevertheless picked up several Nebula and Locus Awards, among others, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award He is also a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Famecmillan author genewolfe

Comments Free Live Free

  • Panagiotis

    Ο Γουλφ γράφει πολλά πράματα. Παίζει με το ύφος, με τη δομή - είναι ένας ευφυής συγγραφέας. Μα όπως όλοι οι άνθρωποι με όραμα, έχει τις εμμονές του. Και μία από αυτές είναι το γριφώδες, κρυπτικό γράψιμο. Αυτό που απαιτεί την ολοκληρωτική συμμετοχή του αναγνώστη.Αυτό κάνει και σ [...]

  • Bbrown

    A commonality that I've noticed in lesser Wolfe books is serious pacing problems, where little seems to happen for many pages, where inconsequential dialogue extends far beyond its needed length, and then where a rush of things is jammed into the final few pages of a section or of the book. For its first fifty pages or so Free Live Free dodges this problem, introducing us to our main characters and their situation as down-on-their-luck Chicagoans, and then having things actually happen. It's gre [...]

  • Andrew

    I read online that the ending of this book was really bizarre, but I says to myself, I says, "Andy, you know how Wolfe rolls, you're down with him, you won't think it's that weird." I was wrong.The book is interesting in part because it's written about things I don't usually associate with Wolfe. The protagonists are fairly ordinary, desperate people starving their way through a Chicago winter. They live in the America of the eighties, but it feels a little bit more like the fifties, a place whe [...]

  • Michael Battaglia

    Sometimes I think Gene Wolfe was challenged as a young author to see if he could write just about anything, and then set about for the rest of his career attempting to prove that's possible, or he often takes bets with people who believe he can't make a functioning plot out of whatever bizarre fragment they decide to throw his way. As a SF author his books tend to veer toward allusive fantasy, where it seems like magic and mysticism are happening just in the periphery but there's also a more con [...]

  • Malquiviades

    Here I have found an unexpected and nice surprise.This story is an unconventional quest taken up by the oddest characters you can think of. And here it lies its strength and charm. Because that pack of losers just made a hole in your heart and meant to stay there. You do not know why, but Besides, Wolfe shows a cunning style that easily takes you from the hilarious scene (not that I laugh so easily, but Wolfe just made it happen: my prise for that) through strange settings and spiced with Sherlo [...]

  • Paul

    It would be great if someone could explain to me how someone capable of writing The Book of the New Sun, one of the greatest works of fiction ever produced (and the answer to the question: "what if Proust wrote science fiction?"), was also capable of writing mind-bogglingly terrible garbage like Free Live Free, or basically everything else in his later career. Let's take a look at some passages selected at random from the first couple chapters of The Book of the New Sun:The space about it had be [...]

  • James Wayne Proctor

    Lovely book. Having picked up the paperback on the strength alone of the author's name, I was unsure what to make of the first hundred pages. I come to Wolfe from his dense and very serious New Sun books and could not tell if this was meant to be the same tone or something completely different. The latter, very much. The comedy achieves Rabelaisian fervor. Once the stage is set, a funny and poignant novel unfolds. From among the rough and tumble character set, one emerged for whom I developed an [...]

  • Bill Hsu

    I'm still intrigued by the central ideas. But I can't take more than 200+ pages of details of uninteresting garment choices, smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and other beverages, mundane meals, sleeping on floors, getting in and out of vehicles, checking in and retrieving items from lockers etc, sorry.Now somebody will probably point out to me that on page 359, one of those cups of coffee contained that fabled ticket to the High Country.

  • Jason

    Pretty disappointing, since Wolfe has written a great number of books I have a lot of esteem for. The setting and plot are quite grab, while the characters repeatedly indulge in one of my least favorite cliches of noir (and of Wolfe other works), which is to ramble on about what they know and how they know it. The exquisite and strange world-building and uncanny narration that characterizes Wolfe is basically completely absent, in my mind.

  • Michael Frasca

    This may not be one of Gene Wolfe's best books, but it was one of the most fun for me to read."Free Live Free" is a roman a clef of a sorts. I figured out it about a third the way through, after which everything then fell into place with a solid "click." Past that point I had a lot of fun reading along as Wolfe spun his tale.There are many clues to the key sprinkled throughout the book. In the the last few paragraphs Wolfe reveals what it is well, as much as he ever reveals anything.For those of [...]

  • Christopher

    Gene Wolfe's novel Free Live Free is a fantastical tale set in an American downtown (hinted to be Chicago) in the early 1980s. The mysterious old man Benjamin Free finds that his home is scheduled to be demolished to build a highway overpass. Seeking to put off the demolition by keeping the house permanently occupied, he places a classified ad inviting people to live there for free. Who would answer such an ad? Losers such as the traveling salesman Ozzie Barnes, the overweight hooker Candy Garth [...]

  • Eric Wisdahl

    In the novel, a group of four down on their luck strangers answer an add and soon move in with the eccentric elderly owner, Ben Free, of a house that is to be knocked down in just a few days. His only requirement of them is that they help him to try to delay the destruction of the house. From there, the story unfoldsI'm not quite sure how to set about reviewing this book. On the one hand, the portrayal of the actions and motivations of the main characters involved was very good. Quite a few scen [...]

  • Scott

    Call it 3.5 stars. This is an intriguing novel about 4 people who seem very different on the surface - a portly prostitute, a sharp yet out-of-work detective, a semi-sleazy salesman, and an enigmatic "witch". All of them share free lodgings in a dilapidated old tenement, but when the tenement is condemned & destroyed, they all work together to try and find the last "valuable" treasure of their kindly old landlord. For most of the book, this is one of the most straightforward tales Wolfe has [...]

  • Greg Curtis

    I liked this book. The premise behind it is strange, four complete strangers, all down on their luck and suffering, invited to live in Ben Free's house and try to keep it from being pulled down. Its the sort of thing you'd expect at the start of a slasher movie, but its just not. Its magical and beautiful, and completely unexpected, the ending more so.Gene Wolfe writes the charachters wonderfully, bringing them to life and even though they are not the people you'd choose to hang out with, lettin [...]

  • Tony

    Not his best in my opinion. The writing read like Pynchon written by Salinger. And I like Pynchon and dislike Salinger. I enjoyed many of the subtle and not so subtle references littered throughout the text but I'm sure I missed hundreds, which is a disheartening feeling, but one I am used to with this author. The book seems to suffer most because it is of its time and does not age well, if I had read it in the 80's or early 90's I may have enjoyed it more. It reminds me a lot of Philip K. Dick' [...]

  • Severianthelame

    As always, I loved the writing between all the dialogue. There are some very imaginative set pieces. The four main protagonists were living charicatures, but believable and filled with human flaws and hopes. On the other hand, Wolfe's conversations could be frustrating and hard to follow. YouI will say that the ending was not disappointing at all as other reviews have said; it actually resonates quite a bit with some of the concepts in Book/Urth of the New Sun. That being said, I know this book [...]

  • Ed

    The story meandered a bit more than it should have in the middle and I would have preferred a less abrupt ending, but it all paid off very nicely. As far as Wolfe's novels go, this is one of his least well understood, I think, which is saying something. A lot of readers latch on to the references to The Wizard of Oz and think that Oz is a rubric for understanding what Wolfe is striving for in the novel, but I think that's mostly just window dressing. The novel is really about America and how it [...]

  • Sheba

    I could only make it to page 179 after several good attempts. Wolfe uses almost no segues, there's absolutely no lyricism to his story, little sense of atmosphere, just a bunch of dialogue pieced together. Even half way through the book I felt like Wolfe was just moving around uninteresting and off-putting characters without an ounce of care for holding the reader's attention.

  • Martin

    Interesting read. Characters were strong and I cared about them, and Gene Wolfe's prose is always enjoyable. The ending was both too long and too simplistic but it didn't ruin the book.The character development and the way the story unfolded reminded me a lot of a Tim Powers novel, although I think Powers does it a lot better than it was done in Free Live Free.

  • Joseph

    see, a hooker, a detective, a novelty salesman and a witch are down on their luck and answer an add then it's like Tom Waits mixed with William Gibson with some Rex Stout thrown in. there are parts that are truly unforgettable.

  • Larry

    I've enjoyed other works by this author, but this was disappointing. Thefirst 3/4 of the book just drags. Clever idea is revealed in the last 50pages or so, but is just not enough to carry the weight of the whole 400page book.

  • Renee

    enjoyable without being fabulous. I am not sure why but his style reminds me very much of Heinlein but that may just be me. I have read this is not his best work, which is good because I wouldn't read another if that was the case. I might try another and just see

  • LordOfDorkness

    Had to stop reading this. I'll post more later, but for me, I don't think I was ready to read it. I would suggest this novel for those more familiar with Gene Wolfe's, a fair amount of reading under their belt. More later

  • Andrew

    Been a long long time since I read any Gene Wolfe, but was lent this book and it was totally different to his Book of the New Sun series that I read as a teenager. Quite entertaining, a bit slipshod in places, and had a clunking explanatory denouement, but ok to pass a few weeks time with.

  • Gwen

    Neil Gaiman recommended this. Before I read it, I should have remembered that I really don't like Neil Gaiman that much! Oh well. I finished it just to see what happened at the end.

  • Kurt

    Too long, Gene!

  • Mystery Theater

    Wolfe is a genius who can write any story he wants. Not sure why he wanted to write this. Way too much setup for a way too small reveal.

  • Graham

    this is an unsuccessful book, the characters are unpleasant and the story slightly to long.

  • Kerry

    Gene Wolfe is so weird.

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