Babel, an Arcane History by R.F. Kuang

Babel, an Arcane History

R.F. Kuang

560 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

fiction fantasy historical literary challenging dark emotional medium-paced
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From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translat...

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Community Reviews Summary of 58,555 reviews

Moods

dark 74%
emotional 65%
challenging 58%
tense 50%
reflective 49%
adventurous 43%
sad 43%
informative 42%
mysterious 26%
inspiring 22%
hopeful 12%
funny 3%

Pace

medium 59%
slow 34%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 67% | Character: 18% | Plot: 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 32% | No: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 98%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 29% | No: 16% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.39

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