Babel: An Arcane History by R.F. Kuang

Babel: An Arcane History

R.F. Kuang

fiction historical speculative fiction challenging dark reflective medium-paced

560 pages | first published 2022

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Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal. 1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese,...
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Moods

dark 83%
emotional 67%
challenging 65%
tense 53%
reflective 52%
informative 46%
sad 44%
adventurous 36%
mysterious 25%
inspiring 19%
hopeful 11%
funny 3%

Pace

medium 60%
slow 33%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 69% | Character: 20% | Plot: 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 99%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 13% | N/A: 1%

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4.62

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