Apprendre, si par bonheur

144 pages

français language

Published Nov. 12, 2020 by L'Atalante.

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4 stars (4 reviews)

« Nous n’avons rien trouvé que vous pourrez vendre. Nous n’avons rien trouvé d’utile. Nous n’avons trouvé aucune planète qu’on puisse coloniser facilement ou sans dilemme moral, si c’est un but important. Nous n’avons rien satisfait que la curiosité, rien gagné que du savoir. » Un groupe de quatre astronautes partis explorer des planètes susceptibles d’abriter la vie : hommes et femmes, trans, asexuels, fragiles, déterminés, ouverts et humains, ils représentent la Terre dans sa complexité.

4 editions

Apprendre, si par bonheur

4 stars

Un très court roman que je qualifierais d'exploration écologique (ou scientifique). La lecture est très agréable et la science il est instillé avec délicatesse. Le ton est apaisé, nous cheminons avec bienveillance dans ces explorations, sur la pointe des pieds, planète après planète, mais également dans une forme de voyage intérieur.

It's been a journey!

5 stars

When i started reading this novella, I falsely assumed it was part of the Wayfarers cycle. It's not, but it's also not important.

The book recounts the journey of four astronauts from earth. It tells of their struggles and joys, their passions and woes. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story unfolds, the characters are painted and the way they are interacting with each other. And, without spoiling it, I really loved how the author decided to end the book.

I finished the book two days ago. I am still enchanted.

A human adventure in space, in four acts

4 stars

I finished this book a couple of weeks ago. Like all of Chambers's books, it feels as though nothing much is going on in them at any given moment, but in a good way. There are interpersonal relationships continuously developing and evolving, there's the discoveries about the planets that the explorers land on, and then there is the revelation about events back on Earth which the explorers, 17 light years away, can do nothing about.

For such a simple and shortish story, I found the revelation at the end to be suitably profound, as well as the way Chambers left unanswered, but in a satisfying way, some of the questions about what had happened back on Earth.

A deeply personal plea for space exploration funding

4 stars

Unlike the super-high-tech far future of her Wayfarers series, Chambers focuses on just the near-future of the human race. Seen from a team of exoplanet explorers surveying alien life, To Be Taught paints a future where governments fail in the mission to space but the human spirit leads ordinary people to crowdfund the mission instead. And when the interstellar mission outlasts human lifespans, government lifespans and even societal lifespans, Chambers leaves us with a deeply personal question, ask from both her perspective and that of the protagonist, chronologically ancient, barely human and too distant to ever return home: how much is space exploration worth?


  • science-fiction