The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss

Author: Molly Gloss. Review by Joseph Jones

‘I’m not sure I always enjoyed this picture of Quaker earnestness, but I can’t deny its plausibility.’ | Photo: 'The Dazzle of Day' book cover.

This novel about Quakers travelling in outer space, published over twenty years ago, was reissued recently in a new edition. Its author is not a Friend but, like Walt Whitman, from whose poetry the title is taken, she considers the silence ‘after the dazzle of day is gone’. What happens, in this instance, after the devastation of a planet? What happens 175 years after you’ve left it in search of a new place to call home? Is it, like for Whitman, silence that ‘moves the symphony true’?

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