BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON by Stephen Vincent Benét. The north and the w est and the south are good hunting ground, but it is forbidden to go east. It. Dec 14, Need help with By the Waters of Babylon in Stephen Vincent Benét’s By the Waters of Babylon? Check out our revolutionary side-by-side. The By the Waters of Babylon Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, by Stephen Vincent Benet.

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Themes and Colors Key. My raft went whirling downstream toward the Bitter Water. There was also the shattered image of a man or a god. It is eight suns’ journey to the east and a man passes by many Dead Places.

By the Waters of Babylon

Eventually, he reaches the sacred Ou-dis-san river, which no one in his tribe has ever seen before. There was a great spike of rusted metal sticking out into the river—I hauled myself up upon it and sat there, panting. Dec 05, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: How shall I tell what I saw? It was very dystopian but with no real suspense. May 16, Javier rated it really liked it Shelves: John wakes in the middle of the night.

John seems puzzled by his own puzzlement, too—even though he is a priest and the son of a priest, he finds he cannot completely understand his vision or the things in the apartment.

With unbelievable tools they did giant works—no part of the earth was safe from them, for, if they wished for a thing, they summoned it from the other side of the world. At the same time, this human is god-like in many ways—he seems ageless, and though he is dead, his mummified body remains miraculously life-like.

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We shall go to the Place of the Gods—the place newyork—not one man but a company.

At the top was another door—I found the knob and opened it. His face shows no fear. It was what I have always seen—a river, and, beyond it, a great Dead Place and in it the gods walking. Then my eyes grew used to the light and my ears to the sound. I really liked this short story. The current of setphen great river is very strong—it gripped my raft with wwters hands.

But if the a-bombs were dormant, then why would they explode for some people and not explode for others? Toward the setting of the eighth sun, I came to the banks of the great river. Bu author was, admittedly, a more accomplished stylist than most of his contemporary science fiction writers and, not having to write for mass-market publication, could allow himself more freedom. It leads into an apartment. He looked at me with both eyes but I had not run away. For cincent first time on his journey he feels truly alone, and he realizes that the knowledge that he so prides himself on is not enough to prepare him for whatever lies ahead.

This page was last daters on 13 Decemberat They’re like having in-class notes for every discussion! I felt the spirits about me, weighing upon me.

After John is ritually purified once again, his father recognizes him as a man and a priest. Refresh and try again. They were singing the Star song in the outer chamber and it was like the buzzing of bees in my head. It was bebet what they could do—it was magic what they did.


The wild dogs are more dangerous, for babglon hunt in a pack, but them I did not meet till later. A priest must know many secrets—that was what my father said.

I like the NYC references but not the rest of the story. He returns home unafraid, fighting off the wild dogs and Forest People.

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The rooms are also full of books, and John takes this as a sign that the apartment was once inhabited by a wise god. No man has come there before. Then the towers began to fall. I would recommend this book to anyone who not only enjoys science-fiction, but would like to see the roots of the science-fiction bbylon. It should have been dark, for it was night, but it was not dark.

If your dreams do not eat you up, you may be a great priest. I went toward this god-road, keeping to the heights of the ruins, while the dog followed. It was very silent and sunny kf I had landed—the wind and the rain and the birds that drop seeds had done their work—the grass grew in the cracks of the broken stone.

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