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  • 152 pages
  • Beggars in Spain
  • Nancy Kress
  • English
  • 09 August 2016

10 thoughts on “Beggars in Spain

  1. says:

    I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand at 17 during my freshman orientation at UT I knew nothing about Ayn Rand or objectionism and read it because I had it and loved it because I was a bitter young girl and a huge fan of dystopian fiction I could identify with the characters and I found it intriguing but I did not take it as dogma I read it as fiction the way I read other dystopian fiction or science fiction Later that year when I learned a little about the author and her philosophy I vehemently objected to thatI read Beggars in Spain and it's seuels when they first came out shortly after I also loved them That was two decades ago and I recommended the series to my brother in law so I decided to get them for him for Christmas and was surprised to find out that they were no longer available So I purchased the original novella that they were based on to give to him and decided to read it myself before passing it onIn reading this version which seems like the first part of the novel that I remember the thing that struck me was how much of objectionism is in the book The difference is that the main character has feelings and empathy and understands that those that have gifts should share them and not write off those without It is almost an answer to Rand's selfishnessPutting that aside after reading the novella I can see why the novels are no longer in print Even this small short story is riddled with things we know not to be true now both the psychology and hard science That doesn't deter from a fairly engaging novella that is a uick easy read I imagine that it was much easier for me to relate to as a minority in the early 90s than it would be to a young person of current day because while we still have racism and hatred and the fear that results from that it isn't any where near as prevalent as it has been in the past Reading it again now I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as I did reading it the first time


  2. says:

    Original impressions I feel like I need to flesh this out later Because of advances in science subgroups of people are genetically engineered not to need to sleep Sometimes this ability is added to other traits such as superior physical ability I felt like Ayn Rand could have been in this book with the Yagaiism a renaming of objectivism as the idea of individual effort and accomplishment was highlighted as the main advantage of not needing to spend any time sleeping I thought Kress made interesting choices as far as how society dealt with the sleepless group as well as the longterm effects on the people I expected that to go differently I'd be interested in reading the fully fleshed out novel that she turned this intoOther books that kept coming to mind Sleepless by Charlie Huston although in that book they were trying to cure sleeplessness not cause it on purpose; and The Girl with the Silver Eyes a book about a group of special young adults who end up with special abilities and seek each other out so they feel less alone I read that book a hundred times when I was young


  3. says:

    355I liked it I’m sure it seemed much daring in the ‘90s but it still engages entertains and gives food for thoughtLeisha Camden daughter of a wealthy businessman is one of the Sleepless genetically engineered prodigies endowed with remarkable intelligence and no need for sleep Instead of sleeping and dreaming she learns to become the best at anything she doesIn just 100 pages we observe her childhood coming of age and struggles with accepting brutal reality in which Sleepers regular people hate fear envy Nonsleepers While I enjoyed Leisha I can’t say the same thing about thinly drawn secondary characters They lack complexity and they rarely speak like real people dialogues remind stilted philosophical arguments than the real speech between real human beings Part of the story felt didactic preachy even and the bitter sweet ending disappointed meThat said Leisha’s voice alone suffices to make it an interesting and thought provoking read It’s not perfect but it still packs meat in 100 pages than many books in 500 pages I read it as a second novella in my self imposed 10 days 10 novellas challenge Eight to go


  4. says:

    After I finished this marvelous novella I read other reviews to see if anyone else thought it was a literary response to the philosophy in Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' Not only did I see a review that saw what I saw in the story but I found it be a really terrific review Roger Camden and his wife Elizabeth want a child but not just any child He has contacted Dr Ong to arrange for a genetically enhanced baby She must have green eyes blonde hair a slender build and be tall when she grows up The Camden's also want musical ability and intelligence But in particular she must be 'sleepless' Since creating Sleepless humans humans who stay awake 247 is a top secret beta program Ong is annoyed by their reuest However the financial inducements and a threat to sue for discrimination that Roger Camden presses on Ong overcome his annoyance and Elizabeth's eggs are changed genetically as directed Unexpectedly after implantation the couple learns they will have twins; however only one will have the enhancements The other will be a normal 'sleeper' born of a naturally implanted egg from a normal monthly ovary release Elizabeth Camden is overjoyed by the normal baby Roger only wants the enhanced child An abortion would remove both fetuses so they continue the pregnancyLeisha is a superior human being in every way smarter faster stronger and she never sleeps Alice is normal in every way a lively baby but her father barely takes any notice of her He lavishes every attention on Leisha The girls love each other and play together until their natural gifts separate them Leisha goes to a private school while Alice finds happiness in an ordinary public school The Camdens divorce unable to agree over Roger's intense and deep belief in Yagaiism and his pushy preference for LeishaRoger as a Yagaiist and a personal friend of Kenzo Yagai believes that Excellence supported by individual effort is all that counts Truth and individual meritocracy and the euality of trading favors are all that's of value to society and in relationships Man should rely only on himself for dignity and worth and not what he thinks other people should do or feel The basic tool of civilization is the contract Contracts are voluntary and mutually beneficial as opposed to coercion which is wrong Only freedom the freedom to achieve the freedom to trade freely the results of achievement creates the environment proper to dignity and spirituality of man Force is not honorable in any circumstance There is no distinctions made between the strong and the weak so nothing will be available to the weak if they have nothing to trade Later the Sleepless discuss Yagaiism as extrapolated to 'Beggars in Spain' or anywhere in the world along with the deformed the handicapped the sick and the lazy should they be taken care of? Is there any obligation or any circumstances people with nothing to trade should be helped?As Leisha becomes an adult she meets other Sleepless most as young or younger than herself Only 19 Sleepless are older Altogether they total several thousand The social conseuences are as varied as are people's reactions as the existence of such people becomes known but generally people become frightened Even some of the parents who paid to have a Sleepless child are unable to finish raising their Special child because of unforeseen issues such as 247 fussing or jealousy of the extraordinary mental talents their children exhibitEventually violence towards the Sleepless builds and they must decide how to protect themselves until Sleepless are born and until state laws settle down into consistent rationality irrational and discriminatory laws are passed everywhere reducing the rights of the Sleepless A hopeful sign of unintended conseuences is Sleepless genes are dominant so only one parent need be Sleepless for Sleepless children to be conceivedThis is a wonderful story Many ideas are explored and yet it is a high uality read and an interesting plot I read it straight through tense with hoping everyone would surviveview spoiler I'm happy that Leisha has a rethink about Yagaiism through the courage of her normal sister Alice who saves a Sleepless child selflessly sacrificing her career without concern of a trade of eual benefit I despise Ayn Rand's books hide spoiler


  5. says:

    There are two version of this novel the original novella and the expanded novel This is the review of the original novellaI am beginning to like Nancy Kress very much Her idea of a sci fi novel is always interesting She always has something new inside her pocket and she presented it beautifully She stands at the pinnacle of the what if sci fi Unfortunately she also almost every time fails the final execution Just like you already dribble the ball beautifully but fail the final shot I am not saying that the ending ruin everything but I certainly hope that she can write a better endingThe big what if in this novella is a genetic engineering A high end research succeeds to bring a new human generation that DO NOT REUIRE ANY SLEEP Wow how cool is that I always think that my sleeping time is too much And the side effect is even shocking view spoilerThose sleepless human do not just reuire no sleep but they are emotionally and intellectually advanced than average human Therefore they are super mind human Imagine them like mutants X Men and their power is that they are super bright and calm hide spoiler


  6. says:

    Beggars in Spain is amazing I'm giving it five stars for being both smart and engaging I read the original award winning novella of Beggars in Spain not the later series of novels that expands the story The novella version was first published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and went on to win Hugo and Nebula awardsThe characters grabbed me from page one Nancy Kress made them so real I felt like I was in the room with them and then she dropped the bombshell that the couple talking to the doctor have come to order a genetically modified baby one who never has to sleepThe conflict of this story centers on the divide between 'haves' and 'have nots' which in this case are the high performing and high achieving Sleepless versus the ordinary Sleepers whose resentment grows into violenceNancy Kress manages in 98 pages to create characters I care about who face a thought provoking moral uestion as well as a real danger In this world the main character Leisha believes as her father taught her that a successful society is based on individual achievement So she works hard and is joyful in her advancements and mystified by resentment she sometimes gets in return The title of the story comes from a heated debate Leisha has with another Sleepless that a reasoned societal contract can not stand up to the reality of people who have nothing to work with whether by choice or otherwiseKress does not solve the world's problems at the end she lets her character grow and understand and take what action she can That's the best kind of storytelling


  7. says:

    This was pretty great It's about genetically engineered kids focusing on how their superiority separates them from others as they grow up and become adults It turns out their differences set them apart enough to make them hated and feared so that in the end they have to separate themselves from the world that created themI kind of wish that instead of piling on extra super powers toward the end it had just stuck to not needing sleep and all the ramifications of that Then again I suppose in the real world doing without sleep would just give most of us opportunities to be stupid whereas the kids in the book are all super geniuses Still having a few extra hours a day would be helpful in a lot of ways It's interesting to think about


  8. says:

    This is uite an interesting story not only for the initial idea of having some people that don't need to sleep but also for the characters and the troubles they have to face for being different In specially liked how Kress depicts Leisha's inner landscape in contrast to the world that surrounds her


  9. says:

    So I didn't even know this book was a book when I went to read it I bought the novellla a few months ago because it won the Nebula and I like the title The rest of the review will be about the full novel that I was able to pick up later and readThe novella begins in a doctor's office in the nearish future less nearish at the time of the writing of the book where an officious rich man is berating a well known geneticist as he and his wife design their designer baby He wants all the standards potential vast intelligence potential musical talent and creativity etc etc The reason I say potential is because as the doctor mentions he can only guarantee predispositions not outcomes So the man a well known financier needles the doctor a little and demands that his child also be given the ability to be sleepless The doctor demurs but gives in So Baby doesn't need to sleep It turns out however there's twinsSo as we move forward what we understand is that while the sleepless children and there's many of them are not necessarily geniuses and some are they are especially efficient because of the additional time they have So everything is all a little accelerated And of course regular people hate them It leads to so many problems in the early We leave on a bit of a drop off but an exciting oneThe overall effect is a lot like an Octavia Butler novel series So far so good


  10. says:

    We are all Beggars in Spain Since at some point just about everybody has resented the talents of others this is a tale to help us recognize that lurking smallness in ourselves and maybe check it One doesn’t have to be a genius of course to be made to feel alien by the herd uite the opposite usually but this story contemplates how differences that confer advantage can lead to a prejudice that is just as virulent as racism We rarely discuss this side of the uestion We seem to feel justified in ostracizing the gifted and feel little guilt for it I guess we expect they have the means to defend themselves and recover At times the story reminded me of Atlas Shrugged with its economic spirituality ideas and a cast of exceptional characters being tempted to withdraw from society And there are some lines that would not be out of place in Ayn Rand’s work; like when Kress writes that beggars in Spain are ‘furious at the strong because the beggars are not’


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Beggars in Spain[PDF / EPUB] Beggars in Spain Please Note This is the original Hugo and Nebula Winning NovellaLeisha Camden is a genetically engineered ‘Sleepless’Her ability to stay awake all the time has not only made her productive but the Please Note This is the original Hugo and Nebula Winning NovellaLeisha Camden is a genetically engineered ‘Sleepless’Her ability to stay awake all the time has not only made her productive but the genetic modifications have also given the ‘Sleepless’ a higher I and may even make them immortalAre they the future of humanity Or will the small community of ‘sleepless’ be hunted down as freaks by a world that has grown wary of Beggars in Kindle - its newest creation.


About the Author: Nancy Kress

Beggars in Spain which was later expanded into a novel with the same title In addition to her novels Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest She is a regular at Clarion writing workshops and at The Writers Center in Bethesda Maryland During the Winter of Nancy Kress is the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Beggars in Kindle - Leipzig Germany Excerpted from.