(urth) Thecla's fourth book
arobert at cogsci.ucsd.edu
Mon Oct 2 05:56:52 PDT 2006
On Oct 2, 2006, at 7:27 AM, b sharp wrote:
> I still have trouble seeing how Canog could write such a detailed
> book, in
> first person, based only on Severian's spoken words.
Embellishment? (Marco Polo's "Travels", anyone?) As far as the
unexpected yet coming-to-pass incident of the flood, this could be
drawn from the collective unconscious (either à la Jung or Mr.
Clarke, _Childhood's End_). Or simply consciously extrapolated --
some form of destruction occurs, fire and water are the chief
Regarding the creation of the tale itself in a closed loop, we are
told time is a river, and rivers have eddies. This analogy seems not
a stretch in the context of Severian's own semi-looping, semi-linear
travels through time.
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