(urth) The poor Aelf

Michael Straight mfstraight at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 11:16:24 PDT 2007

On 9/27/07, Chris <rasputin_ at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I am not sure I can buy into the Wizard Knight as a treatise on metaphysics.

I don't think it is either. I was trying to explicate the inner logic
of the fictional metaphysics within the story.

> ...I thought that what this inverted order was really supposed to illuminate was the >glorification of our baser drives and desires within the individual. And particularly Able's >worship of Disiri as a sort of glorification of Romantic love in all its more degenerate forms. >Able has love, but it is fixated on all the wrong things and there is, at bottom, nothing (but >garbage) once you're able to see through its surface glamour. The interesting twist is of >course that Able is able (heh) to uplift this love to something genuine in the end.

> In any event I read WK on sort of a double level as a story in which the protagonist needs to not only overcome (and restore to their proper order in the soul) the darker instincts and desires that drive him, but also in a way reconcile himself to their existence - not to suppress them but to integrate and uplift them. I think you can see this process going on over the course of the books.

And I agree with what you're saying here (although I might object to
saying this has nothing to do with metaphysics!)


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