(urth) Clute review of PF in NYRSF
David.Duffy at qimr.edu.au
Tue Feb 5 14:02:57 PST 2008
On Tue, 5 Feb 2008, David Duffy wrote:
> Has he reviewed it elsewhere? It doesn't go too deeply into analysis
> (after all it is a review), though he mentions the possibility of 3rd or
> 4th iterations of Chris.
Actually, he doesn't mention further iterations and says the maze is
OK. This is in the NYRSF Jan issue, only one page. Generally liked it,
though found a bit Catholic ;) "Angriest and most fun"
most amusing claim: "any character in any Wolfe novel whose emotional
response to any event is deeper than seems exactly appropriate is fairly
likely to be the protagonist of that novel in a guise we have not yet
encountered". So, he implies that as he read it he was suspicious of
i) Ignacio crying;
ii) "We are almost dead certain" that on P 23-24, the man whose chicken is
stolen is Chris [see P 310].
comparisons: Severian - tall and thin, seen as dark; excel in
fighting; charismatic; repressed extreme emotions; attractive to
(untrustworthy) women; torturers; God speaks to them directly; inhumanly
acure moral judgements; write confessions. It seems to me this equally
applies to Latro and Able though.
difference: too certain in faith, "Savaranola-intense"
reason for confession: convince the reader that "life as a pirate [is] a
good preparation for becoming a priest". Well, self-justification anyway.
"The reader may envy the sea-foam and clarity of that past, and would be
there with him in a flash of trance, if given entry. But the reader may
also take [the] final sentence as a dreadful warning: Danger! We are the
people. We are you." Well you either like Clute's writing style or you
Cheers, David Duffy.
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