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Shadow & claw por Gene Wolfe
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Shadow & claw (edição 1994)

por Gene Wolfe

Séries: The Book of the New Sun (Omnibus 1-2), Solar Cycle (Omnibus 1-2)

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An extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, in the time of a dying sun, when our present culture is no longer even a memory. Severian, a torturer's apprentice, is exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his prisoners. Ordered to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner's sword, Terminus Est, Severian must make his way across the perilous, ruined landscape of this far-future Urth. But is his finding of the mystical gem, the Claw of the Conciliator, merely an accident, or does Fate have a grander plans for Severian the torturer . . . ? This edition contains the first two volumes of this four volume novel, The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator.… (mais)
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Título:Shadow & claw
Autores:Gene Wolfe
Informação:New York : ORB, [1994]
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Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun por Gene Wolfe

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    Revenger por Alastair Reynolds (LamontCranston)
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    Solar Labyrinth: Exploring Gene Wolfe's "Book of the New Sun" por Robert Borski (Cecrow)
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    The Hyperion Omnibus [2-in-1] por Dan Simmons (LamontCranston)
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This is a 5500 word essay on a reread of the full TBotNS, focusing on the narrative trap Wolfe has set, and my theory that his literary sleight of hand serves a religious/mystical goal, much more than it is the supposed puzzle for the reader to unravel. There’s also a short section on free will, and it ends with my overall appraisal of the book’s enduring appeal.

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Even though Wright might be right in spirit, Aramini’s law still holds: “One of the most fascinating aspects of the critical discourse surrounding Wolfe involves how infrequently any two people will agree with each other.” That is because Wolfe has indeed set a trap – but his trap isn’t there to catch readers unwilling to question their assumptions in a post-structuralist way… The trap is there to catch post-structuralists and puzzle-solvers altogether. To understand that, I’ll have to turn to the Spiritual.

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1 vote bormgans | May 17, 2021 |
Represents 'Shadow of the Torturer'. This is the actual edition that contains both books that I read.

2nd read; 1st read 5/2001. ( )
  fmc712 | Feb 18, 2021 |
So, this is a compilation of the first two volumes of Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, so I'm going to split this accordingly:

The Shadow of the Torturer

As perfect an introduction to Wolfe's decaying, distant future Earth (er, Urth) as you could hope for. Severian's travels throughout the city of Nessus (and beyond) feel eerily familiar but remote, like walking through your house in a dream. The hard-stop ending is something a lot of people don't seem to like, but I feel like it's a great place to drop things. Definitely the stronger of the two books.

The Claw of the Conciliator

This is where I think Wolfe loses me a little, and where I think that the murkiness of Severian's future works against Wolfe in some ways (we're clearly expected to believe that the Claw of the Conciliator is a fantastically important thing to have, but without more explanation about Severian's world, it just ends up feeling like another generic fantasy McGuffin). This was easily my least favorite of the four books the first time that I read through these, and I think it improved a little on the second pass (the House Absolute part is much more disturbing than I remember, and the parts after that are much more clear than I remember), but it's still far from the simple yet striking construction that the first book has.

Overall though, these books are really good (on a second pass, I can see what people mean about uncovering new things on a reread), and I recommend them. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Gene Wolfe staat bekend als een van de grootheden in het Fantasy-genre, op hetzelfde schavotje als bijvoorbeeld Tolkien, Peake en anderen. ik heb me, gezien ik enkele jaren geleden op zoek was naar spannende Fantasy, weliswaar laten leiden door de vele Best Of-lijstjes, waarbij deze reeks van Wolfe toch meerdere keren de revue passeerde.

Dat de 4 boeken heruitgebracht zijn als 2 omnibussen, is handig meegenomen, ook omdat de aparte delen op zich niet meer of moeilijk te krijgen zijn.

Van Wolfe wordt gezegd dat hij een aparte schrijfstijl heeft, welbespraakt en dergelijke meer. Welnu, het is inderdaad van dat en hij schuwt archaïsche woordenschat evenmin. Vaak weet je überhaupt niet waarover hij het heeft en steeds een woordenboek Engels bij de hand hebben, vind ik ook niet bevorderlijk voor het leesplezier. Handig kan het wel zijn, maar niet als je steevast ernaar moet grijpen. Het betreft hier een Fantasy-verhaal dat voor het grote publiek geschreven is, niet voor een elitair clubje. Dan ga je toch je woordkeuze wat aanpassen, of tenminste een soort woordenlijst meegeven op het einde. Niets van dat.

Het eerste boek, 'Shadow of the Torturer', gaat over Severian, die opgeleid wordt tot beul / torturer. Maar dan komt de liefde om de hoek kijken, naast wat avontuurlijke ervaring, en overtreedt hij de regels van zijn Orde. Hij wordt "gestraft" en uitgezonden naar Thrax, kwestie dat ze in de Citadel hun imago in stand kunnen houden. Zijn zwaard, Terminus Est, is z'n hebben en houden: zonder is hij nogal weerloos, ondanks z'n pikzwarte kledij en cape. Natuurlijk beleeft hij heel wat actie en avontuur en liefde, jaja, onderweg en moet hij ook wat beulentaken uitvoeren.

Later komt hij terecht bij een reizend toneelgezelschap, verdient er wat geld mee, en kan zo ongemerkt verder reizen, ook al wil hij/Severian liever alleen z'n tocht verderzetten, want hij moet ook een brief afleveren in Thrax.

Zoals ik al zei: Wolfes schrijfstijl laat niet toe vlot dit boek te lezen, ook door de woordenschat (waarvoor je best een zeer goede woordenboek bij de hand hebt, of Wikipedia of zo). Daarom dat ik vaak moest wroeten om erdoor te geraken, om te begrijpen wat er gebeurde, waarom, enz... Maar veel hielp het niet.

In het tweede boek, 'Claw of the Conciliator', is Severian nog steeds het hoofdpersonage, maar is quasi heel de rest van de cast niet meer aanwezig. Severian trekt dus verder, het wordt allemaal spannender en - het moet gezegd - Wolfe heeft z'n schrijfstijl bijgewerkt, iets toegankelijker gemaakt, want het lezen vlot nu beter. Of zou het aan mij liggen of de omstandigheden? In ieder geval, er is meer leesplezier, je kunt je beter inleven, de zaken voorstellen. Maar toch houdt Wolfe vast aan oude woordenschat, die amper nog gebruikt wordt (ook al dateren de boeken van begin jaren '80) en wellicht door weinig Engelstaligen zelf begrepen wordt, wat dus weer een domper op dat leesplezier zet. Maar goed, soms kan je uit de context wel afleiden waarover het zou kunnen gaan.

Na veel omzwervingen, incl. met het voormelde toneelgezelschap, komt Severian ergens in een verlaten stad, waar magie heerst, waar men het verleden wil laten herleven door de tombe van een voormalig soort leider/krijger/... te openen en hem dan te vangen (voor welk doel?). In ieder geval, op het einde heb ik weer zoiets van: En wat is er nu precies gebeurd? Waarom is dit alles belangrijk? Wel een sterretje meer voor het vlottere lezen, maar qua verhaal zelf? Hopelijk brengen de andere delen in de reeks meer duidelijkheid, want na 2 boeken ben ik amper mee in de draai. ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
I liked book 1 a lot and book 2 a lot less. I've got 3 and 4 on my nightstand and hope they tend more toward the qualities I liked in book 1, which had so much neat world building. Although this is billed as science fiction by many who I suppose ought to know science fiction from fantasy, it read a lot more like fantasy to me, if fantasy with some sci-fi elements. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
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An extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, in the time of a dying sun, when our present culture is no longer even a memory. Severian, a torturer's apprentice, is exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his prisoners. Ordered to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner's sword, Terminus Est, Severian must make his way across the perilous, ruined landscape of this far-future Urth. But is his finding of the mystical gem, the Claw of the Conciliator, merely an accident, or does Fate have a grander plans for Severian the torturer . . . ? This edition contains the first two volumes of this four volume novel, The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator.

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