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El Orgullo de Chanur (1982)

por C. J. Cherryh

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Series: Chanur (1), Alliance-Union Universe (16), Alliance-Union Universe: Publishing order (8)

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No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company, a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown and he was a prisoner of his discoverer, captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur. Little did he know when he threw himself upon the mercy of The Pride and her crew that he put the entire hani species in jeopardy and imperiled the peace of the Compact itself. For the information this fugitive held could be the ruin or glory of any of the species at Meetpoint Station.… (más)
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A strange creature is skulking around the loading bays of Meetpoint station, a creature that none of the intelligent species making up the Compact had ever seen before ...

‘There had been something loose about the station dock all morning, skulking in amongst the gantries and the lines and the canisters which were waiting to be moved, lurking wherever shadows fell among the rampway accesses of the many ships at dock at Meetpoint. It was pale, naked, starved-looking in what fleeting glimpse anyone on The Pride of Chanur had had of it. Evidently nobody had reported it to station authorities, nor did The Pride’

The Hani, a leonine species who operate the spaceship The Pride of Chanur are inclined to ignore the creature until it finds a way aboard their ship, when a decision by the Hani captain, Pyanfar Chanur, has far reaching consequences for her people. For the creature has escaped from the Kif, who may be members of the Compact, but are always trouble, and they want him back...

This is a human alien encounter told very much from the point of view of the aliens, and more interesting for it. In fact there is a complex web of alien species in [The Pride of Chanur], which adds a level of complexity requiring the reader to concentrate. Not the first time in reading C.J.Cherryh novel, I realised halfway through that audio was probably not the best format! It would have been much easier to refer back to remind myself which species was which if I’d had a hard copy. That proviso aside, this was really enjoyable, and I’m certainly going to carry on with the series. I’m just going to buy the paperback copies first. ( )
  SandDune | Mar 10, 2021 |
I am shocked to realize that it has been nearly 40 years since I first read Pride of Chanur. I enjoyed the rereading. My taste has changed during that time but it was fun making the reacquaintance. I see why it won the Hugo. It is a first contact story from the non human perspective. The characters are well developed. I was surprised to see it reflected a feminist perspective ahead of is time.
I was happy to discover it as an audiobook ( )
  waldhaus1 | Sep 2, 2020 |
I have complete respect for Cherryh. I've been reading her for almost thirty years and I've made it through most of her novels, but as with most writers and their works, there are a few you can immediately connect with and a few you can't.

Don't get me wrong, I think this novel is pretty solid when I think about it in isolation with the rest of Cherryh's work, but I don't think I'd ever call it a classic. It definitely has some really cool elements, however, which is somewhat marred by my enjoyment of her other works (like the Foreigner series)... namely, the first contact and the focus on language, translation, and cultural misunderstandings. Add that to the fact we're reading this entire novel from a lion-like humanoid, it seems like it could be a winner, right?

Well, yeah, I suppose it could be... assuming Cherryh hadn't completely outdone herself with Foreigner. :)

Or the fact that there were a few weak aspects of the Hani worldbuilding, or Captain Pyanfar herself and her choices...

Or the fact I never really got into any of the other characters... Tully the human, included.

Even so, there's lots of space action and more alien action. What starts out as a benevolent turn then becomes a huge political disaster for the Hani. It just gets worse when the ramifications threaten to topple the peace between all the aliens in this far-flung corner of space. All in all, I think it is deep-down impressive as a novel of ideas, exploration, and events. It should be mentioned that it connects with the rest of Cherryh's expanded universe, as well.

I just wish I had connected more with the characters! ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
This caught my interest when reading an article about 5 books about leaning to communicate with aliens. In this case the human is the alien. Great idea, that could perhaps have fallen flat, but this was really well done. Really interesting society and world building. Cool other species that I'd like to read more about. ( )
  MargaretAnnC | Mar 23, 2020 |
Love this series of a Cat race. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Sep 4, 2019 |
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C. J. Cherryhautor principaltodas las edicionescalculado
Cherry, DavidArtista de la Cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Cherry, David A.Mapautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Pearlman, DinaNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Whelan,MichaelArtista de la Cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company, a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown and he was a prisoner of his discoverer, captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur. Little did he know when he threw himself upon the mercy of The Pride and her crew that he put the entire hani species in jeopardy and imperiled the peace of the Compact itself. For the information this fugitive held could be the ruin or glory of any of the species at Meetpoint Station.

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