(urth) Marcus v. Franzen

aramini1 at cox.net aramini1 at cox.net
Thu Oct 27 12:31:51 PDT 2005

After looking over the discussion on the latter blog, I am a bit amazed to see how preoccupied with the idea of Severian as a Torturer these critics are, and how quick to castigate Wolfe for his authorial choices (Wolfe isn't a great author because he stoops to fetishism? what? what about James Joyce?)  What about characterization and dialogue and atmosphere - all, IMO, unparalleled in TBOTNS.  The beauty of the langauge alone in many of the scenes screams out for admiration.

I, for one, always wanted Severian to be crueler.  Severian's repentance always brings a tear of regret to my eye.  Throw that girl off the cliff!  Kill Agia, torture her, too.  And Hethor was a neat character, too. Why are they ragging on him as some kind of undesirable? Can't ever please some people. 

Marc Aramini

On the personal blog of the person who wrote that post, there are two other 
>posts on Wolfe:
>Both are followed by contentious discussions (the latter of which I 
>participated in).

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