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If I had a paid membership I'd poll for who has read this and what they remember about it. I read it several times in youth, and rereading it now was a strange experience: some scenes and sentences remembered across twenty years, others completely as new.

Is there anyone who doesn't remember at least something about Baby is Three?

The time is the years around World War II. The place is not named but fairly obviously US mid-West. Three novellas trace the birth and adolescence of a gestalt being, born of humanity but transcending it, struggling to grow to maturity in an unfriendly world.

And now I think I'm going to go away and think about it a bit more.


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23rd Feb, 2009 17:51 (UTC)
Read it. Probably 5 years ago.

I remember not being as impressed as I generally was with his short stuff.

I have a couple of vague memories (visual (that's odd)) of plot points without thinking about it two much. Enough that I know most of it would come back to me while reading it.

I mostly seem to recall that the "family" dynamics of the gestalt, were disturbing.
23rd Feb, 2009 21:09 (UTC)
I read it in my young teens, a family copy of the book. It's the only Theodore Sturgeon I've read. I don't remember a whole lot of it. The story of the guy and his incorporation is all that really sticks with me - especially the scene where his bladder is emptied for him. I think there's an implied rape scene early on in it too?
24th Feb, 2009 06:23 (UTC)
Yes - there is implied rape. Almost all of the children in the book are abused, one way or another. I'm not sure I noticed that on previous readings. One of the reasons I went away to think about it.
23rd Feb, 2009 22:04 (UTC)
I only read it when it was on the Retro Hugo list in 2004, and because of the way my memory now works have only the haziest memory of it; but I'm sure it would come back to me with a quick skim. Which I therefore need to give it...
24th Feb, 2009 13:17 (UTC)
I think it's a very low blow, picking a novel by one of my all-time favourite writers for the panel ;) How am I going to argue against that?

Looking forward to re-reading it, especially as I actually remember very little about it.
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