The Claw of the Conciliator



✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Claw of the Conciliator By Gene Wolfe ⚣ – E17streets4all.co.uk Severian is in possession of a gem considered to be The Claw of the Conciliator , a powerful relic of the Master of Power, a legendary figure of mythic proportions Armed with his sword, Terminus Est, Severian is in possession of a of the eBook ↠ gem considered to be The Claw of the Conciliator , a powerful relic of the Master of Power, a legendary figure of mythic proportions Armed with his sword, Terminus Est, and the Claw, Severian continues his journey to Thrax, the city of his exile Bizarre apes, strange cannibalistic rituals, and the foreigner named Jonas The Claw ePUB Æ all lie in his future.The Claw of the Conciliator

Gene Wolfe was an American science of the eBook ↠ fiction and fantasy writer He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic He was a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the fieldThe Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award The Claw ePUB Æ is given by SFWA for lifetime achievement in science fiction and or fantasy Wolfe joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as Connie Willis, Michael Moorcock, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Joe Haldeman The award will be presented at the th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, May , Claw of the PDF/EPUB ì While attending Texas AM University Wolfe published his first speculative fiction in The Commentator, a student literary journal Wolfe dropped out during his junior year, and was drafted to fight in the Korean War After returning to the United States he earned a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer He edited the journal Plant Engineering for many years before retiring to write full time, but his most famous professional engineering achievement is a contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato crisps He lived in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of ChicagoA frequent Hugo nominee without a win, Wolfe has nevertheless picked up several Nebula and Locus Awards, among others, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award He is also a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fametp uscmillan author genewolfe.

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  1. says:

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.The Claw of the Conciliator is the second book in Gene Wolfe s The Book of the New Sun quartet If you read The Shadow of the Torturer and felt like you were lost or drunk , and weren t sure whether things would get clearer in the second book, I have to tell you that no, they don t But if you, like me, enjoy that dreamy I m not sure where I am or how I got here or where I m going but everything sure feels fine literary experience, then read on, because S ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.The Claw of the Conciliator is the second book in Gene Wolfe s The Book of the New Sun quartet If you read The Shadow of the Torturer and felt like you were lost or drunk , and weren t sure whether things would get clearer in the second book, I have to tell you that no, they don t But if you, like me, enjoy that dreamy I m not sure where I am or how I got here or where I m going but everything sure feels fine literary experience, then read on, because Severian s head is a strange and fascinating place to be.The Book of the New Sun is one of those works that some people think is ingenious and others suspect is just drivel This is not the series for a reader who wants a quick paced action filled story with a concrete beginning, middle and end This is for someone who s in the mood to be open minded and has the time and patience for some experimentation with character, setting, and theme And, perhaps, some mind altering drugs might help You don t need to worry about all of the religious imagery to enjoy these novels, but it s there if you want to look for it Most obvious are the themes of healing and resurrection and the allusions to the Second Coming, and it s clear that Severian has some sort of role in that though he may be completely oblivious There is also the fascinating issue of Severian being an unreliable narrator I m not prepared to call him a liar as some readers have done because I can t find much evidence that he purposely lies to us I think, rather, that his perceptions and memory are faulty His claim that his memory is perfect may not be a lie, but rather his own misperception.Gene Wolfe doesn t much care for a traditional fantasy setting and he also doesn t respect the traditional mechanics of storytelling Tight plot Why bother This story wanders seemingly aimlessly all across the country or maybe not, because we may have ended up where we started, but who knows Characters, conversations, and events that appear to be significant may mean nothing There are hints of lost races, species, technologies, knowledge, and allegorical meaning that may never be explained and connected for us at the end There is plenty of bizarreness even an Ames Room , which is what I enjoy most.Wolfe s world is rich, most of what happens is unexpected, and the reader feels completely helpless to predict anything or even to be assured that things that will work out as they re supposed to in a fantasy novel Imagine that you re reading one of those epics where you ve cleverly figured out that the orphan boy hero is really the long lost son of the king, but the author won t acknowledge this That would be weird and somewhat disconcerting That s how it feels to read The Book of the New Sun How strange and refreshing At the end of The Claw of the Conciliator, Severian says just as he did at the end of The Shadow of the Torturer that he doesn t blame us if we don t want to continue walking with him it is no easy road But we re in Gene Wolfe s creative hands, so it s not the destination it s the journey that s paramount If you re ready to embark on this strange trip, I recommend Audible Frontiers audio version Jonathan Davis is a favorite of mine and he does an amazing job with this difficult piece

  2. says:

    I have the same feeling about The Claw of the Conciliator as I had about the first part of the Book of the New Sun This series is meant to be read for the second time.And to be able to do that, I have to get through the tedious journey to the end

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    People tell me that Gene Wolfe s tetralogy The Book of the New Sun is a fantasy masterpiece, but after completing the first two volumes, the jury at least this particular one man jury is still out.In my review of the first volume, The Shadow of the Torturer, I praised the superb prose, the vivid descriptions, the realistic evocations of a pseudo medieval world, and the tantalizing possibility that it may be the culmination of a great civilization possibly ours in decline.All this is equally tr People tell me that Gene Wolfe s tetralogy The Book of the New Sun is a fantasy masterpiece, but after completing the first two volumes, the jury at least this particular one man jury is still out.In my review of the first volume, The Shadow of the Torturer, I praised the superb prose, the vivid descriptions, the realistic evocations of a pseudo medieval world, and the tantalizing possibility that it may be the culmination of a great civilization possibly ours in decline.All this is equally true of The Claw of the Conciliator, and it has beenthan enough to keep me reading But there is something about the studied guardedness of Severian, protagonist and narrator, that wearies me I like a hero who, however flawed, I can identify with and root for, and the chilly precision of Severian s voice frosty even in his frankest revelations prevents me from fully committing myself either to his story or his fate And, not being fully committed, I have come to view Severian s journeying however unfairly as picaresque meanderings, not a quest Besides, an event I d looked forward to Dr Talos play disappointed me I understand it is founding myth, and a commentary on the characters, but it was very long, and I have concluded pace Gene Wolfe that Dr Talos is a very poor writer Still, there are plenty of individual scenes that pleased me here, scenes that remain in the memory Severian s interview with the green man from the future our hero s use of the Claw to fend off the man apes, while something leviathan stirs the waters below a midnight supper with Vodalus, where Severian consumes a lover s flesh and enters into a kind of communion the notules, small things that fly through the forest air and try to suck the life force from Severian the grotesque diminution of the gorgeous Jolene after the single bite of a blood bat and the final spectral dance in the streets of an ancient stone town.As I said, my jury is still out Well, let the deliberations begin again On to The Sword of the Lictor

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    Wolfe has an almost legendary status amongst fellow authors Gaiman called him a ferocious intellect , Swanwick said he s the greatest writer in the English language alive today , and Disch called this series a tetralogy of couth, intelligence, and suavity.You can rarely trust the popular market to single out good authors, but you d think it might be safe to listen to the opinions of other writers especially an assemblage of Nebula and Hugo winners in their own right I will give his fans Wolfe has an almost legendary status amongst fellow authors Gaiman called him a ferocious intellect , Swanwick said he s the greatest writer in the English language alive today , and Disch called this series a tetralogy of couth, intelligence, and suavity.You can rarely trust the popular market to single out good authors, but you d think it might be safe to listen to the opinions of other writers especially an assemblage of Nebula and Hugo winners in their own right I will give his fans one concession Wolfe is an author who defies expectations Unfortunately, I was expecting him to be remarkable and interesting.This book had been sitting on my shelf for months, along with other highly praised works I ve been looking forward to, but I bade my time, waiting for the mood to strike Few live up to their reputation, but most at least deliver part of the promise.I would expect any author mentioned in the same breath as Peake to have an original and vibrant style, but I found Wolfe s writing to be simple without being elegant His language and structure serves its purpose, only occasionally rising above mere utilitarianism, and then he rushes to florid flourishes that fall flat as often as they succeed Sometimes, it is downright dull The prose of the second book is stronger than the first, but its plot and characters arelinear and predictable.I appreciated his created languagethan most fantasy authors, but I didn t find it particularly mysterious or difficult, because all of his words are based on recognizable Germanic or Romantic roots Then again, after three years of writing stories about Roman whores in Latin, I had little problem with meretriculous Even those words I wasn t familiar with seemed clear by their use.The terms are scattered throughout the book, but rarely contribute to apervasive linguistic style, as might be seen in The Worm Ouroboros, The Lord of the Rings, Gormenghast, or The King of Elfland s Daughter Wolfe s terms pepper otherwise and unremarkable modern style, which hardly helps to throw us into a strange world.He is better than the average fantasy author, but he resembles themthan he differs from them His protagonist started off interestingly enough an apparently weak and intelligent man, which made it all thedisappointing when he suddenly transformed into a laconic, wench loving buttkicker who masters sword fighting, finds the Super Magic Thing and follows the path of his Awesome Foretold Fate Again, I must agree with Nick Lowe Wolfe s plot owesto magic and convenience than good storytelling.It relies on the same tricks over and over any time a character is about to give important information to us, there will be a sudden attack or other interruption, as convenient and annoying as the moment when the dying man says I was killed byaargh We also get problems solved by divine intervention whenever things start to slow, which doesn t leave the characters much room to be active.He also seems to suffer from the same sexual discomfort that plagues so many fantasy authors There is an undercurrent of obsession with women and their sexuality, complete with the sexualization of rape and murder It s not so much a case of misogyny as it is an inequality in how characters behave.The women always seem to end up as playtoys for the narrator, running around naked, desiring him, sparring with him coyly, but ultimately, conquered and the camera pans away They always approach him, desire him, pretending they don t want him, then give themselves up to him It s the same old story of an awkward, emotionless male protagonist who is inexplicably followed and harangued by women who fall in love with him for no given reason, familiar to anyone who s seen a harem anime.I will grant that the women havecharacter than the average fantasy heroine, but it still doesn t leave them with much Instead of giving into love at first sight, they fight it as long as they can, making it that much sweeter when the narrator finally wins The sexuality was not new, interesting, arousing, or mutual, it was merely the old game of overcoming the strong woman that is familiar to readers of the Gor books The sense of love in The New Sun is evenunsettling It descends on the characters suddenly and nonsensically, springing to life without build or motivation The word never comes up in connection with any psychological development, nor does it ever seem to match the relationships as they are depicted More often than not, it seems love is only mentioned so the narrator can coldly break his lover s trust in the next chapter.Several times, the narrator tries to excuse himself for objectifying women by mentioning that he also objectifies ugly women What this convolution of misogyny is supposed to represent, I couldn t say The narrator seems very interested in this fact, and is convinced that it makes him a unique person It made it very clear to me why the most interesting antiheroes tend to be gruff and laconic, because listening to a chauvinistic sociopath talk about himself is insufferable.Then there is the fact that every character you meet in the story turns up again, hundreds of miles away, to reveal that they are someone else and have been secretly controlling the action of the plot It feels like the entire world is populated by about fifteen people who follow the narrator around wherever he goes If the next two books continue along the same lines, then the big reveal will be that the world is entirely populated by nothan three superpowered shapeshifters.Everyone in the book has secret identities, secret connections to grand conspiracies, and important plot elements that they conveniently hide until the last minute, only doling out clues here and there There are no normal people in this world, only double agents and kings in disguise Every analysis I ve read of this book mentions that even the narrator is unreliable.This can be an effective technique, but in combination with a world of infinite, unpredictable intrigue, Wolfe s story begins to evoke something between a soap opera and a convoluted mystery novel, relying on impossible and contradictory scenarios to mislead the audience Apparently, this is the thing his fans most appreciate about him I find it to be an insulting and artificial game.I agree with this reviewer that there is simply not enough structure to the story to make the narrator s unreliability meaningful In order for unreliable narration to be effective, there must be some clear and evident counter story that undermines it Without that, it is not possible to determine meaning, because there s nowhere to start everything is equally shaky.At that point, it s just a trick adding complexity to the surface of the story without actually producing any new meaning I know most sci fi and fantasy authors seem to love complexity for its own sake, but it s a cardinal sin of storytelling don t add something into your story unless it needs to be there Covering the story with a lot of vagaries and noise may impress some, but won t stand up to careful reading.Fantasy novels are often centered on masculinity, violence, and power struggles, and so by making the narrator an emotionally distant manipulator with sociopathic tendencies, Wolfe s story is certainly going to resemble other genre outings If Severian is meant to be a subversion of the grim antihero, I would expect a lot of clever contradiction which revealed him His unreliability would have to leave gaping holes that point to another,likely conclusion If the protagonist s mendacious chauvinism is not soundly contradicted, then there is really nothing separating him from what he is supposed to be mocking.Poe s Law states that it can be difficult to tell whether something is an act of mockery or an example of genuine extremism, and perhaps that s what s going on here Wolfe s mockery is so on the nose that it is indistinguishable from other cliche genre fantasy But even if that were true, then the only thing separating Wolfe from the average author is the fact that he s doing it on purpose, which is hardly much of a distinction If a guy punches himself in the nose and then insists I meant to do that , I don t think that makes him any less of a dumbass.Human psychology and politics are fraught enough without deliberately obfuscating them Unfortunately, Wolfe does not have the mastery of psychology to make a realistically complicated text, only a cliched text that is meta complicated.After finishing the book, I tried to figure out why it had garnered so much praise I stumbled across a number of articles, including this one by Gaiman and this one by an author who wrote a book of literary analysis about the New Sun series Both stressed that Wolfe was playing a deliberate meta fictional game with his readers, creating mysteries and clues in his book for them to follow, so that they must reread the text over and over to try to discern what is actually happening I won t claim this isn t a technical feat, but I would suggest that if Wolfe wanted us to read his book over and over, he might have written it with verve, style, character, and originality As the above critic saysOn a first, superficial reading, there is little to distinguish Wolfe s tetralogy from many other sf and fantasy novelsThe plot itself is apparently unremarkablePerhaps I m alone in this, but I have no interest in reading your average sword wielding badass gender challenged fantasy book over and over in the hopes that it will get better If Wolfe is capable of writing an original and interesting story, why cover it with a dull and occasionally insulting one I have enjoyed complex books before, books with hidden messages and allusions, but they were interesting both in their depths and on the surface I didn t find the New Sun books particularly complex or difficult His followers have said that he isn t concerned with being conspicuously witty , but I d suggest he s merely incapable of being vibrant or intriguing.There were interesting ideas and moments in the book, and I did appreciate what originality Wolfe did have, but I found it strange that such a different mind would produce such hidebound prose, tired descriptions, convenient plots, and unappealing characters It has usually been my experience that someone who is capable of thinking remarkable things is capable of writing remarkable things.Sure, there were some interesting Vancian moments, where you realize that some apparently magical effect is actual a piece of sci fi detritus this character is a robot, that tower is actually a rocket, a painting of a mythical figure clearly depicts an astronaut but this doesn t actually add anything to the story, they weren t important facts, they were just details thrown in.It didn t matter that any of those things were revealed to be something else than they appeared, because it didn t change anything about the story, or the characters, or the themes or ideas These weren t vital and strange ideas to be explored, like the mix of sci fi and fantasy in Vance, Le Guin, or M John Harrison, but inconsequential easter eggs for obsessing fans to dig up.As Clarke s Third Law says any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic Therefore, switching back and forth between magical explanations and super technological ones doesn t mean much, on its own They re indistinguishable Star Wars may use the trappings of sci fi, but it s just a fantasy story about wizards and knights in space In order to make the distinction meaningful, you ve got to put some kind of spin on it.Overall, I found nothing unique in Wolfe Perhaps it s because I ve read quite a bit of odd fantasy if all I read was mainstream stuff, then I d surely find Wolfe unpredictable, since he is a step above them But compared to Leiber, Howard, Dunsany, Eddison, Kipling, Haggard, Peake, Mieville, or Moorcock, Wolfe is nothing special.Perhaps I just got my hopes up too high I imagined something that might evoke Peake or Leiber at his best , perhaps with a complexity and depth gesturing toward Milton or Ariosto I could hardly imagine a better book than that, but even a book half that good would be a delight or a book that was nothing like that, but was unpredictable and seductive in some other way.I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never really did It all plods along without much rise or fall, just the constant moving action to make us think something interesting is happening I did find some promise, some moments that I would have loved to see the author explore, particularly those odd moments where Silver Age Sci Fi crept in, but each time he touched upon these, he would return immediately to the smallness of his plot and his annoying prick of a narrator I never found the book to be difficult or complex, merely tiring the unusual parts were evasive and vague, and the dull parts constant and repetitive.The whole structure or lack of it does leave things up to interpretation, and perhaps that s what some readers find appealing that they can superimpose their own thoughts and values onto the narrator, and onto the plot itself But at that point, they don t like the book Wolfe wrote, they like the book they are writing between his lines.I ll lend the book out to some fantasy loving friends and they ll buy the next one, which I ll then have to borrow from them so I can see if there s ever a real payoff Then again, if Sevarian s adolescent sexuality is any evidence, the climax will be as underwhelming as the self assured, fumbling foreplay If I don t learn to stop giving my heart away, it s just going to get broken again.Ah well, onceunto the breach.My Fantasy Book Suggestions

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    Now that I ve read my second Gene Wolfe book, I can t help but notice some striking similarities between both of the first books in his famed The Book of the New Sun series First of all, his writing in both books is gorgeous bordering almost impeccable Seriously If any fantasy sci fi fans are tired of dull and trite writing and want something a littlevintage and colorful, these books are a godsend Secondly, I noticed that while reading this book, just like the first book, the first hal Now that I ve read my second Gene Wolfe book, I can t help but notice some striking similarities between both of the first books in his famed The Book of the New Sun series First of all, his writing in both books is gorgeous bordering almost impeccable Seriously If any fantasy sci fi fans are tired of dull and trite writing and want something a littlevintage and colorful, these books are a godsend Secondly, I noticed that while reading this book, just like the first book, the first half drew me in completely and left me utterly spellbound with wonder at the sheer size and scale of the world and characters Wolfe has created, only to be left befuddled and confused in the second half To help things a little, however, the endings to both volumes were satisfying and helped to tie some loose ends together in my head Overall, it s a fantastically written series but not the most accessible and I ll almost certainly have to read these books again to wrap my head around them

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    Well, this one was not as enthralling to me as the first Here we follow our hero so to speak through many, varied and esoteric adventures andfinally, at long last, as the book ends view spoiler we finally get to the city we set out for in the first book hide spoiler I mentioned in my review of the first volume of this series that there is, especially through the internal dialogues a very existential part of this story That comesto the forefront here We also get lots and lots Well, this one was not as enthralling to me as the first Here we follow our hero so to speak through many, varied and esoteric adventures andfinally, at long last, as the book ends view spoiler we finally get to the city we set out for in the first book hide spoiler I mentioned in my review of the first volume of this series that there is, especially through the internal dialogues a very existential part of this story That comesto the forefront here We also get lots and lots AND LOTS of hints about the world, it s past, what has gone on over the millennia and so on We get fractured and somewhat changed even twisted fragments of history, mythology, the Bible and so on.All this is in it s own way interesting but frankly for me it finally got a bit wearing I was tired of staying with it We waded through the tragedy, the revelations and the machinations and come to anotherstopping point The book ends with same admonition as the first That is our hero says he ll understand if we choose not to travel with him any further This time I m considering taking him up on his advice If I read the third I think I ll give it some time first

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    I finished this book and I m looking forward to the next one in the series I will add acomprehensive review later It s tough to figure out how I feel about this series I like it I might love it.Words I had to look up online indanthrene a shade of blue.cacogen an antisocial person.hexaemeron the first six days of creation.meretrices plural of meretrix, a prostitute.baluchither a now extinct mammal that was 18 feet tall, 30 feet long, and weighed 20 tonnes Also called Paracera I finished this book and I m looking forward to the next one in the series I will add acomprehensive review later It s tough to figure out how I feel about this series I like it I might love it.Words I had to look up online indanthrene a shade of blue.cacogen an antisocial person.hexaemeron the first six days of creation.meretrices plural of meretrix, a prostitute.baluchither a now extinct mammal that was 18 feet tall, 30 feet long, and weighed 20 tonnes Also called Paraceratherium.Theologoumenon a theological interpretation that is suggested as possibility, not a decisive call to beliefphororhacos a large now extinct flightless predatory bird, like an ostrich that eats meat 8 feet tall and 280 poundsanaleptic alzabo analeptic means having to do with the central nervous system and alzabo is a fictional alien species like a carniverous bear covered in red fur.alouattes plural of alouatte, a species of howler monkey.berdiches an axe like polearm.spadroon a light sword with a straight blade of the cut and thrust type.tribade a lesbian.extrasolarians aliens from a different star system than Sol, our sun.Heirodules plural of Heriodule, a temple prostitute.thiasus a group of singers and dancers assembled to celebrate a festival of one of the gods.quercine penetralia quercine means having the characteristics of an oak and penetralia is the innermost sanctuary of a temple.upanga a type of bagpipe played in southern India.achico a weapon that looks like and is used like a bola, but has three weighted balls instead of two.philomath a lover of learning or one who loves to learn.Hastarii one of the groups in a Roman Legion, comprised of lower middle class people and using bronze weapons and armor They fought with short sword and javelin.ossifrage a bird of prey.lammergeir a type of vulture.alfange a type of wide, short and curved sword that has a cutting edge only on one side.calotte a skullcap or an architectural feature shaped like a skullcap.gramary black magic.pommander ball a ball made of perfumes.spadone a type of sword.ilanero a spanish word for plainsman.khaibit a shadow In the book it is a prostitute that looks exactly like someone famous.algedonic pertaining to pain, especially in association with pleasure.haematidrosis sweating blood.megathere a large extinct ground sloth.algophilist someone who enjoys pain, like a sadomasochist.piquenaires a soldier whose main weapon is a type of spear.merychip a type of horse.odalisque a female slave or concubine in a harem.oread a type of nymph that lives in mountains, valleys, or ravines.Septentrion a word to describe northern regions or the north.epopt one who has been instructed in the mysteries of a secret system

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    So, we ended the last volume on a cliffhanger and start the next in a completely different place with no idea what happened Sounds like a Wolfe novel all right, don t get too comfortable.We find ourselves in the village of Saltus, some miles north of the gate in the great Wall of Nessus where we last saw our hero and his friends Severian is riding a bit of a high and considers himself something of a celebrity as he is about to ply his art at the behest of the leading magistrate as part of So, we ended the last volume on a cliffhanger and start the next in a completely different place with no idea what happened Sounds like a Wolfe novel all right, don t get too comfortable.We find ourselves in the village of Saltus, some miles north of the gate in the great Wall of Nessus where we last saw our hero and his friends Severian is riding a bit of a high and considers himself something of a celebrity as he is about to ply his art at the behest of the leading magistrate as part of the local fair that is occurring The unfortunate victims of justice include a woman accused of murdering her husband and child, a cattle thief, and a man said to be a compatriot of the famed rebel Vodalus Severian has lost touch with all of his companions due to the still mysterious disturbance we witnessed at the gate with the exception of the sailor Jonas, a man he only met at the end of the last volume The two have become friends in the intervening time and Jonas proves to be a man as mysterious as he is likeable Severian himself continues to be as ambiguous a protagonist as ever as we witness the way in which he revels in his role of executioner, and wonder at the truth of his statements as inconsistencies begin to creep into his narrative Is his eidetic memory truly as faultless as Severian claims, and even if it is does Severian want to tell us the whole truth of his life We ll be pondering the answers to those questions for the duration and no two readers are likely to come to the same conclusions.There are some memorable scenes in this volume including the battle with a throng of bestial man apes, the winding halls of the hidden House Absolute where the Autarch centres his rule his mysterious vizier Father Inire performs his esoteric experiments, and a meeting with the forest outlaw Vodalus who invites Severian to a very special dinner, the effects of which will fundamentally change the young torturer forever We also come to see the titular claw of the conciliator display its powersopenly through the unlikely hands of Severian and see him reunited with both old friends and foes as he continues travelling north on the road to Thrax Be prepared the ending of this volume is as mysterious as that for the one which proceeded it, and equally left unresolved should you persevere in following Severian on his difficult road

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    There is no magic There is only knowledge,or less hidden.This quote sums up this book for me because the world which Wolfe presents to us has forgotten the use of the technology and using any kind of technology is magic to them But uncovering this magic is what makes this world so hard to understand for the reader and it is not helped by the fact that it is exclusively told to us from the pov of Severian Also there are lot of things hidden in the book with regards to symbolism which Wol There is no magic There is only knowledge,or less hidden.This quote sums up this book for me because the world which Wolfe presents to us has forgotten the use of the technology and using any kind of technology is magic to them But uncovering this magic is what makes this world so hard to understand for the reader and it is not helped by the fact that it is exclusively told to us from the pov of Severian Also there are lot of things hidden in the book with regards to symbolism which Wolfe employs, the play in this book is perfect example of that This book challenges you mentally like none other that s what make it an engrossing read.Some of the strong points of the book are1 The world of Urth.2 Finding some tidbit makes you happy.3 The play.Some of it s weak points are1 It gets too much overwhelming at times.Let me elaborate on the above points below1.The world of Urth.The story moves forward from the last book where Severian travels to the city of Thrax after being removed from the guild on his way he makes a stop at the city of Saltus Now this city gives us many insights where we have men from the future such as the Green men telling the future of people There is so much hidden beneath the surface of these cities that you have to read very carefully and try to understand what exactly Severian just told you.At the end of the book Wolfe gives us a big clue regarding the place where our story is taking place This world is fascinating due to the fact that it has a technological level which has surpassed us but the people residing in it have completely forgotten this technology, and they describe the technology to us in terms of the magic they see and it is left to the reader to uncover what exactly they are trying to tell.2.Finding some tidbit makes you happy.I think I was able to uncover two to three things which Severian describes to us as completely irrational and I really felt a sense of achievement on being to see clearly but unfortunately after that I was blind through most of the middle part of the book and recovered my interest at the end.3.The play.the play which Dr Talos organized was work of genius because there were so many things handled by Wolfe in it like the story of view spoiler Adam and eve hide spoiler Regarding the weak point1.It gets too much overwhelming at times.As I explained before the middle part of the book went completely over my head, and Severian at the end of the book tells you too that it is hard journey reading this book and he completely agrees with the reader if he decides to quit.If only Wolfe had given usclues regarding the world it would have become enjoyable reading this book.None the less I am going to continue this journey with Severian and hope that the series end gives answer to all the questions and confusions I have.I give this book 3 5 stars

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    The Book of The New Sun is one of Wolfe scontraversial post modernist experimentations in narrative structure, in which it is hard to judge each volume on its own to be fair, I feel one should read the cycle as a whole and judge it as a whole.and as to the accusations of misogynism, I don t really see much misogynism in Severian s sexual escapades as much as in his continual judgement of women as being weak and his continuous harping on this theme, which does come across as pretty m The Book of The New Sun is one of Wolfe scontraversial post modernist experimentations in narrative structure, in which it is hard to judge each volume on its own to be fair, I feel one should read the cycle as a whole and judge it as a whole.and as to the accusations of misogynism, I don t really see much misogynism in Severian s sexual escapades as much as in his continual judgement of women as being weak and his continuous harping on this theme, which does come across as pretty much a machismo attitude, and which I think might be Wolfe s own attitude rather than just that of Severian s I d have to re read other works by the author to be sure of this, though As for the machismo torturer image, Severian leaping bare chested and cloaked onto the execution stage under much applause, for instance I do think some of that is a tongue in cheek jab at stereotypes as well as a bitter look at the fascination many humans seem to feel with gore, horror and death therefore the sick adulation that Severian gleans from the populace who love to watch him kill Let s face it, all of us have some kind of emotional reaction towards death, and death is indeed a topical subject for us all, as we all have to face it sometime or another.It s also a subject which has fascinated the creators of literature since the beginnings of literature itself.Wolfe does an interesting take on death, memories and immortality in the idea of continued consciousness through other humans via the rather repellent and unsavory ritual with the Alzabo gland.Talking of stereotypes, I had consistently thought of Jolenta as the typical sexually charismatic narcissistic movie star type male or female who believe they are God s gift to the opposite sex This image was confirmed for me, and expanded to the cosmetic surgery and botox enhanced crowd that one finds in celebrity circles these days, at the end of the book when a bit of a reveal on Jolenta is done It seemed to me as if Wolfe is expressing an opinion of initial disgust which is later tempered with pity when he shows the emotional and psychological vulnerability that this type of person often carries with them behind their public masks.I ll reserve final judgement of the series until I ve re read the last volume, which I d read long ago as a teenager, and on which I m pretty sure my opinion might have changed in the meantime

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