(urth) urth Digest, Vol 23, Issue 10
ultan01 at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jul 20 01:19:21 PDT 2006
>I don't want to try to answer questions on the cabala. I never knew a great
>deal about it and I >have forgotten most of what I knew. I have the great
>disadvantage of not believing in it and so I >can't get so caught up in it
>as cabalist really do. To me it was someplace that I could steal ideas >and
>I noticed this quote a while back and have, thererfore, avoided looking too
>deeply into Kabbalah concepts to explain BotNS and am a bit skeptical
>regarding those who do. There is another, non-cosmological, Kabbalistic
>theme Wolfe borrows which I haven't seen mentioned by any critical review,
>that being the Lilith myth. I think I hinted at that a month or two ago but
>I'm not sure. I'll try to discuss it if I can gel my ideas and if there is
If there's one thing I've learnt from reading Gene Wolfe it is to never trust the author or anything he says....
But I think GW is being disingenuous here because he borrowed the Kabbalah much as other writers might borrow from Tolkien - not as something he believes in, but something that worked well in the story.
More information about the Urth