Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Themes & Motifs

Robin Sloan
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Old vs. New

The theme of old vs. new is evidenced throughout the novel. During one of their first conversations, Clay and Kat discuss OK vs. NK (old knowledge vs. new knowledge). This compares what people used to know to what is known now.

The bookstore is filled with old books. Clay creates a program to build an interactive database for the bookstore. This combines old technology – books – and new technology – computers.

This comparison is further developed during discussions between Penumbra and Corvina. While at first glance Penumbra may seem reluctant to embrace technology, it is revealed that Penumbra does have an interest in technology. He has an old computer in his office and uses a Kindle as well as a new prototype of a screen reader.

Penumbra’s perceived reluctance to technology stems from the influence Corvina holds over the fellowship of the Unbroken Spine. When...

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