Wolfe - The Wizard

March 05, 2005

Gene Wolfe
The Wizard
New York : Tor Books, 2004.

This is the sequel to The Knight.

What can I say - partway through this I realized that I had no idea what was going on, was having trouble keeping track of the characters and more importantly of the characters motivations, and that the only reason I was turning the pages was the power and beauty of the language.

So, I put it down after about 100 pages and picked up Joyce's Ulysses. I did not finish that either, but I got another couple of chapters in and it was actually an easier read with more sentences that were more compelling. I really like the famous "Mr. Leopold Bloom ate with relish the internal organs of beasts and fowl."

At least I figured out the justification for the stylized simplicity of Wolfe's narrative voice - our hero has spent time in the next plane of existence and only returned from ecstasy to the ordinary recently. As a result his memories are odd, his perceptions are odd, and his narrative voice combines the simplicity of a stylized child with the detailed recollection of a mature mind.

Did not finish, probably will never pick up again.

Posted by Red Ted at March 5, 2005 11:05 AM
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