A uniquely powerful novel of a society in decay. On a planet whose very nature is a mystery a massive decrepit city is pulled along a massive railway track, laying the line down before it as it progresses into the wilderness.
The society within toils under an oppressive regime, its structures always on the point of collapse, the lives of its individuals lived in misery. No one knows where they are going, why they are going or what they will find when they get there.
The ending of the novel provides one of the most profound twists in SF.
Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1974
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The inverted word
I'm afraid I found the story lacking. It went well up until it was "explained" what was happening. There was so many plot holes that it made the rest if the book a joke. No spoilers but felt it was ended with a story that bore no connection to the facts and the story so far.
Good to start with but...
I loved the concept and was fascinated by the first few parts of the story, but I'm afraid I don't share similar views on the ending. After a great build up, the resolution was a big let down for me.
Brilliantly weird archaic sci fi!!
I loved the ending, just right. Feels like a terry Gilliam movie to me.