(urth) Lake of Birds

DAVID STOCKHOFF dstockhoff at verizon.net
Tue May 22 09:56:15 PDT 2012

Yep. I take it to be a reconstruction myself, but I can't argue against it being the real thing.

In fact I think this is one of those points where I can hear Wolfe chuckling at his postmodern joke, because it was of course Wolfe himself who "made the Lake of Birds to look like" Avernus.

> From: Bruno de Albuquerque Furtado <meuemaildobruno at gmail.com>
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>Subject: Re: (urth) Lake of Birds
>"Yes, but that award should not be a significant plot point.  More resemblances to the original Lake Avernus are fine, but one should stop short of drawing conclusions about the characters."
>While in the subject of more resemblances to the original lake, I'd like to point out that Hildegrin explains that the Lake of Birds is "made to look like the mouth of a volcaner", and Lake Avernus is indeed the crater of a volcano. In my opinion, there are too many similarities not to make a direct identification. As I see it, the Garden of Endless Sleep is either a reconstruction, by some Autarch, of the region around Avernus, or the place itself. That is, if you presume that Urth is actually Earth, or something very similar to it, millions of years in the future.
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