DIVINE ENDURANCE. London Boston Sydney: George Allen & Unwin, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Signed by Jones. "In a far future Southeast Asia, a girl and her cat set out on a quest to discover the true nature of their world. It reads like a sensitively written fantasy, but there's an sf underpinning. Jones's first adult novel." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 101. "Engages a deft political conscience with wry spiritual insight." Colin Greenland, British Book News. "On a far future Earth, in an isolated citadel in central Asia, live the immortal cat Divine Endurance and the last of the manufactured humans, Chosen Among the Beautiful. When the machines that imprison them finally cease functioning, they venture forth into the wasteland to see the world. In Southeast Asia they find what might well be the last human civilization on Earth. Cho was created with the need to fulfill human desires, but the people she meets find her presence to be at best a mixed blessing. A densely written and difficult novel, with a touch of Jack Vance, though lacking his wittiness and exhibiting a radically different political sensibility. A fine sequel, FLOWERDUST, appeared in 1993." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-574. Hartwell, 200 Significant SF Books by Women, 1984-2001. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#157370).
"First published 1984" on copyright page.