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  • In order to fully appreciate this work I think the reader would need to be familiar with highly advanced mathematics and/or and understading of encripted messages

    • by Megan Gault
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      This is a book by Neal Stephenson, who wrote other novels such as Quicksilver. This book is a towering 130 pages in paperback form.

      Mostly it is about World War II, cryptology, and treasue hunting.

      It comprises of several small sections, or chaters, that alternate between the time of World War II and the present


      time.

      Well, more the present time of when the book was written: 1999.

      The alternating times throughout the book kept me very interested in the story.

      Not until later in the book did I discover that the idividuals in the war were the fathers or mothers of the individuals in the more contemporary story line.

      The ...


      • novel overall is somewhat difficult to understand because of the cryptology portions because it is very heavily math based and somewhat difficult to understand.

        In order to fully appreciate this work I think the reader would need to be familiar with highly advanced mathematics and/or and understading of encripted messages.

        Since the chapers were so

        short it almost builds an element of suspense at to what is going to happen to the other characters in the different time.

        Each time the narrative changes back into the World War II era, the character in the narrative changes.

        This also keeps the suspense going and keeps the reader interested to the very last page.



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