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Review: Patterns Recognition by William Gibson | Manuals
After all, William Gibson's stories are about sorrow - a very own and special sadness: the technical melancholia. The first page of Pattern Recognition introduces us to one of his key concepts, a "theory of Jetlag". Gibson's protagonist, Cayce (pronounced Casey) Pollard, has just flew from New York to London and senses that "her dead body is behind her, wrapped on a spooky navel in the lost track of the airplane that took her here....
" No matter what he wrote, Gibson has never given up the notion of a "mortal soul," a man that loses us the pace of our universe or its imaginary future, even if only for a short time. A lot of sci-fi writers have been writing about deserted environments, about bots fighting against bots, but to make these stories pay off for man (and bots aren't a very big deal at the moment), they always have to put at least one of the bots with the characteristics of man into it.
Without the spirit there would be no melancholia, and without the melancholia the books would not be well-written. Patterns Recognition would very much like to be a novel of inspiration. Gibson sees the idea as our po-mo logo/no logo concept.
" Cayce Pollard sees "a bar that has such a quintessence that she believes that it is only a few months old". "What's interesting today is that Gibson doesn't have the mental power to think the novel beyond. The Cayce Pollard is "a myth in the field of advertising" - it has the unbelievably precious property (both for companies and for the novelist) of being brand-conscious.
In the beginning of the novel she was flew over from New York to say yes or no to the new badge of a shoe producer in which she invested heavily. If Cayce says no, the company will scrap the company name. "Pattern matching is what homosapiens is all about..... "Cayce lives from pattern matching, from "finding whatever's next." She's a slayer.
It may or may not have an action, it may or may not be exhaustive; what all who see it accept is that it has an awed, melancholic force. We encourage Cayce to make her profession out of her passion, and in search of the "Creator" she goes around the atlantic.
It' a good chance for Gibson to do what he does best, the crazy itinerary. Gibson's attention to detail and his way with a catchphrase remains exquisite: "Dear Gibson users will experience pattern matching at this time. Gibson's imaginative hero, Cayce Pollard, receives enormous ressources in Pattern Recognisance from an untrusted company, Hubertus Bigend, to find the creator of enigmatic and melancholic film material.
Gibson's imaginative hero, Marly Krushkhova, receives vast amounts of resource from an untrusted conglomerate, Mr. Virek, to find the producer of enigmatic and melancholic cartonry. They are both a search for the artists who are able to invest pure material with souls.
The pattern cognition as a man becomes something else when it goes too far; it becomes "apophenia..... the spur-of-the-moment awareness of contexts and meaning in incoherent things". Just considered a mystery story, it lasts too long until Pattern Recognize starts, reveals its great mysteries and never puts the character in credible danger.
When Cayce gains exposure to the vast ressources of Bend's business, the crucial point comes. One of Bydgard's glamourous staff, Pamela Mainwaring, presents Cayce with a gift certificate. THE POLLARD EXP. When Cayce puts the map face down on the desk, she puts her maiden back on it. Cayce is presented at the end of the novel with a "Louis Vuitton slim-line attaché, his gilded clips shiny", which contains "in densely wrapped lines, strands of strings of white with crunchy new notes".
You could hardly find an 80s picture, and Gibson's whole aesthetics are still definitely bogged down in this century. His love for glossy things, dull blacks, things that open with a purr and a click, things that people feel and do. Completing Pattern Recognition represents the final imaginary end of the 80s - the character has been lucky without being sold, has maintained her dignity, but has nevertheless become wealthy.
Gibson gave the currency to Cayce as a gift as a sign of the new millenium's changing atmosphere. Your gestures are not convincing; Gibson's spirit is unfortunately not there. Order pattern recognition for 14. 99 plus p&p by calling the Guardian Book Services on 0870 066 7979.