Spock top, left to right : Joe W. The Voyage Home contains a feel-good scene between father and son at least as feel-good as a scene can be involving two characters who claim not to feel anything , in which Sarek seemingly accepts Spock's decisions years after the fact.
By this point, however, it's too little too late. Their relationship remains formal and stiff, too damaged by Sarek's arrogant, single-minded stubbornness to ever truly be repaired. Thus, when an older Sarek returns in The Next Generation episodes "Sarek" and "Unification I", he is a man filled with regret at having let the rift with Spock continue. That rift, in fact, has gotten worse in the interim, with the two once again not communicating at all.
Sarek's mistreatment of Spock wasn't just limited to the latter's adult life.
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To view their fractured relationship at its inception, look no further than Star Trek V , in which Sarek, upon first viewing his newborn son, expresses no affection for the innocent, beautiful child Amanda has just bore him. Instead, he looks at the infant in disdain, then coldly, disgustedly remarks "So human"—this, despite the fact that Spock only looks human in the first place because Sarek married a human woman In short, Sarek made Spock feel inferior throughout his childhood, due to genetic factors that were entirely beyond the boy's control.
He pushed his son into following a career Spock didn't want, then cut ties when he chose not to do so.
Once the two were reunited, he refused to acknowledge Spock's accomplishments or admit he'd been wrong to let their relationship deteriorate. In human society, he'd be receiving calls from Child Protective Services, and might even lose custody. The only time we see Sarek show genuine tenderness toward Spock is in the film's alternate timeline—and it takes Amanda's death and Vulcan's destruction before he can express such sentiment. Laurence Luckinbill as Sybok, before and after the laughing Vulcan got a haircut to meet God.
Sybok Sarek's firstborn son has only ever been mentioned once on screen, in 's The Final Frontier. Given the lukewarm critical reaction to that film's creative decisions, some might say that's for the best. But Star Trek V happened, regardless of how a portion of fandom might feel about the movie. This means Spock did, indeed, have an older half-brother named Sybok—and it's a factor that Discovery' s writers could should choose to revisit, now that Sarek and Spock have both joined the show's lineup.
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Sybok, portrayed by Laurence Luckinbill, was the son of Sarek and a Vulcan princess, presumably conceived prior to Sarek's marriage to Amanda. One might wonder if Sybok were perhaps the result of marital infidelity, as the episode "Sarek" notes that the ambassador's first wife was a human Amanda , implying he and Sybok's Vulcan mother dubbed T'Rea in Star Trek V' s novelization by J. Dillard, and in the novel 'Sarek' by A. Crispin hadn't married. If he were trapped in a situation in which sex with T'Rea were necessary during an unexpected pon farr onset, for instance , he might have logically justified the indiscretion.
In any case, the novel 'Sarek' says otherwise, depicting T'Rea as a woman who'd been bonded with Sarek since childhood, and who'd had their marriage annulled in keeping with the Kolinahr tradition of severing emotional ties. Following her death, Sarek raised Sybok alongside his half-brother Spock.
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Sybok was an exceptionally gifted child of great intelligence, and many assumed he would take his place among Vulcan's greatest scholars. Much to Sarek's displeasure, however, Sybok rejected his logical upbringing and embraced emotions like their ancestors had. Sybok believed the key to self-knowledge was not logic, but emotion—a radical philosophy later identified on Star Trek: Enterprise as V'tosh ka'tur, whose practitioners felt that while logic was essential to Vulcan existence, it should complement, not exclude, emotions.
Sybok encouraged others to follow him, and was thus banished. The sons of Sarek reunite after decades estranged from their father, and from each other. Because of this, Sarek turned his back on his first son. It's a pattern with the closed-minded ambassador; one thing he would clearly not tolerate was a child daring to chart his own fate. Sarek disowned Sybok simply for wanting to pursue his own religious convictions and ideals instead of being like every other Vulcan.
This hard-headedness pushed Sybok out of his life forever, as the latter embarked upon a quest to find the fabled Sha Ka Ree of Vulcan mythology, and it also drove a decades-long wedge between Spock and Sarek. Keep in mind that Sarek has married two human women and has also raised a human child as his ward, along with a half-human son. This is the home environment in which Sybok grew up. Notes: " Starman " two page text piece with character sketches by Tony Harris.
Artwork of three headshots of Neal by Phil Jimenez. Tweet Remove Format Clean. Cancel Update. What size image should we insert? This will not affect the original upload Small Medium How do you want the image positioned around text? Float Left Float Right. Cancel Insert. While these characters still have a little over a year and half to go, the shadow of war is beginning to fall and at the end of it, is light. This review and more are can be found at Literary, etc. Jun 27, Sharon rated it liked it.
This story is historical fiction taking place in the 's in Shanghai. At that time, Shanghai had a mix of people, including Jews. But the Nazis and the Japanese who were pressured by the Nazis forced the Jews into a small, roped in, ghetto area to keep track of them. The Jews could not leave their area, without checking in and out. The Jews were hungry, poor, and many were sick. The main characters of the story were a doctor and his wife who ran a hospital for Jewish refugees. They gave the This story is historical fiction taking place in the 's in Shanghai.
They gave their lives to helping the Jews both medically and morally. The upside of this story is the strength, love, and patriotism the doctor and his wife had. The downside is learning about hatred due to religion. I know this is fiction Jan 12, Marie Reed rated it really liked it. I was waffling between 3 and 4 stars for this book, and I think it was the bits of surprise intrigue that put this book into the 4 star category for me.
I'm not sure what exactly it was about the writing, but it just didn't fully capture my interest like I had hoped. Maybe it was a bit plain and mildly choppy for my liking. That being said, this was a good piece of historical fiction based on a part of World War II we don't really see or hear much about, so that was interesting.
May 30, Mark Edlund rated it liked it. The background is the Jewish hospital they run despite persecution, bombings and supply shortages. Well done and tragic to see how hard people have to work in terrible times to live. No pharmacy references - despite being set in a hospital. Canadian reference - brief mention of Canadian nationals stranded in Shanghai. Oct 25, Marina Kantorova rated it really liked it. Very enjoyable read. Looking forward to read the last book in the trilogy. Mar 23, Applejacq rated it it was amazing. I have loved all three of the books in this trilogy. The characters were so real.
The situation so desperate. May 12, Linda Lpp rated it really liked it. I didn't read the first book, but have enjoyed this second book. Will be looking forward to reading more about the Adler family. Book was OK , fairly interesting characters. Aug 21, Pam Warner rated it really liked it. Liked it! Not a WOW! Mar 11, Kristen rated it really liked it.
I couldn't wait to read the second and it did not disappoint. I look forward to reading the third in the series. Jan 23, Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing. Although this sequel can be read on its own I strongly suggest reading the first to connect with the characters and understanding them better while each is coping with a shattering loss.
During the Second World War Shanghai was one of the last havens for Jewish refugees, after the Japanese occupation the Jewish population was forced into the squalid ghetto of Hongkew. Life was no picnic……. There is a fair amount of characters to get to know and once I shorted them all out it was easy to let my imagination follow the tempo as the story moved along at a briskly pace. When the Nazis tighten their control on Japanese officials, tension in the ghetto mounted and life for the residents became hell.
We follow the Adler family, their friends and allies in their struggle, living in deplorable conditions and forced to confront one dilemma after another in order to survive. Each moment fearing the Kempeitai, as well as the Nazis, hiding in basement, and defying each other in order to join the Resistance, some had to run the Jewish hospital and give lifesaving surgery to their tormentors while the young smuggled cigarettes and jewelry for some extra money.
The author has built tension throughout his words and captured the sounds and smells and tastes of Shanghai during this terrible time, creating an incredible and terrifying world. This emotional thought provoking tale of love and loss, courage and betrayal tells how far people will go to save those they love. The story is very character driven and focusses mainly on their interaction and how they coped. This is an exciting page turner very hard to put down. I am happy to know there is a sequel in the making.
Feb 07, Carla rated it really liked it Shelves: suspense , historical-fiction , la-2 , world-war Unfortunately some of the characters did things that seemed implausible Sunny getting involved with the underground and the daughter smuggling stuff in and out of the ghetto As Jewish refugees in Singapore are herded into the ghetto, Dr. Franz Adler and his wife, Sunny, struggle to keep their hospital afloat.
The medical drama in the ill-supplied hospital is as fast paced and detailed as that of the best hospital television shows, and, although the characters run to types, Kalla manages to capture variations in their levels of ability and endurance. Despite its grim subject matter, this gripping historical novel communicates a hopeful message about the power of love and friendship to overcome hatre Oct 28, Annie rated it it was ok. There are frequent short summaries of events from the first book that caught me up. Japan has invaded and is enforcing their rule mercilessly.
Kalla takes us to Shanghai, where a small group of Europeans lives in exile. Some of them are British and French diplomats that are now cut off from their governments. Others are White Russian refugees that have been in the city since the Revolution. And a few are Jews that fled central Europe, looking for safety Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration. Aug 31, Catherine rated it liked it. This book, although I've only given it 3-stars, is really refreshing to have in historical fiction.
Typically when we read about WW2 it's about how things were in Europe in the trenches and concentration camps, etc. I think this presents a part of history that we should also focus on because the war really was a world war, not just Europe and North America. My reason for giving it 3-stars was that I didn't like the way the author wrote the This book, although I've only given it 3-stars, is really refreshing to have in historical fiction. My reason for giving it 3-stars was that I didn't like the way the author wrote the story.
I felt at times things were drawn out too much, a bit pedantic even. It also didn't make me feel as much as I would expect about a novel set in this time. However, I still think it is important to read because it gives different perspectives which is always good to have. Oct 07, Niya rated it liked it. Despite the emotional density of the subject matter the text is a surprisingly quick read. This is because it is very well paced and leaves you wanting to know more. Kalla build intrigue and develops the characters just enough to engage you with them while focusing on moving the plot forward.
Towards the end this results in characters that seem more stock than real, and one wishes for a better understanding of motivation, or for deeper complexity that would make them seem more three dimensional, Despite the emotional density of the subject matter the text is a surprisingly quick read. Towards the end this results in characters that seem more stock than real, and one wishes for a better understanding of motivation, or for deeper complexity that would make them seem more three dimensional, but it is the sort of thing one could forgive if one went into the reading with no expectations.
I'd almost suggest it as more serious beach reading, so long as you have someone to remind you to flip over and even out your tan. A story of love, loss, and life living just outside of the edge of humanity. You can feel the plight of the German and Prussian Jews, settled as refugees in Shanghai - still hunted by Nazis.