Latro in the Mist is an omnibus of two books Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete (); a chunky page (with another 16 pages. In his foreword to Latro in the Mist, which pairs Gene Wolfe’s acclaimed historical fantasies Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete. LATRO IN THE MIST is the omnibus edition containing two of Gene Wolfe’s historical fantasies set in ancient Greece: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete.
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In an interview Wolfe said that Latro is something of a metaphor for the United States, a genuinely decent man with great power but who cannot remember his past. Sometimes his friends can see them too, sometimes they can’t.
Lists with This Book. It is easy to recommend Latro in the Mist as it contains two fantastic novels. The first book was easier to read than the second.
The only criticism I have is that the ending of the second book was strange and generally unsatisfying. The prose and the feeling of the story as a whole are very strange and otherworldly, which is the result a combination of many different elements that made this book so unique.
It is quite clear that some game is being played by the gods and goddesses something of a play of events, because throughout Latro’s journey from Thrace, through Athens, to finally play at Sparta’s games; a sort of “as above, so below” theme. It is evident that Wolfe knows his history well and the text is very true to form. Mst you wrote something on your blog and you want to share it here, the way to do so is by copying and pasting the work and linking to your blog.
The problem with the narration thr that nearly the whole story is formed out of bits of dial After being wounded in a battle in ancient Greece around BCELatro sees Greek gods and goddesses in the landscape. I love his style, but Gwen doesn’t, so it doesn’t click with everyone.
He’s such and exquisite and careful writer, but with the ability to latfo you in hi Oh gosh. Jul 22, Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Status Gene Wolfe — primary author all editions calculated Grove, David Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed.
This is less fascinating then it sounds; I’m a Classics major I found the narrative lackluster.
It’s like Memento, only set in ancient Greece. February 24, by faithljustice. Hide All Spoilers Mst of the age of the media being discussed, there will be people who have still not consumed it yet. Through these amazing novels, one experiences ancient Greece as it must have seemed to the ancients.
If nothing else, Wolfe gets the feel exactly right of a mindset of a people and time where the world was changing and yet always the same, and where it was perfectly natural that the realms of gods would interact freely with men. His characters are so over the top stereotypical they come across as comic book villains. Latro possesses the ability ths due to his injury to see and communicate with the gods, spirits, and other supernatural entities of this land and era.
One gets the sense that he is not really interested in them, nor for that matter in the prose itself, but only in the skeleton beneath it, in his own love of riddle. Thank you for your support!
Jun 26, Serena rated it it was amazing. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Become a LibraryThing Author. The ending was unsatisfactory. I loved it ,atro as I saw Latro bounced around by fate, much like Ulysses, as mlst pawn of both mortals and men, and found that his decisions were always ethical ones, in that whatever he decided to do, he did so out of selfless desire to maintain civility as well as he could, even at the cost of his own faith in mankind.
Reading this book was a lot of fun. Much like the guy in “Momento,” latri lives only in the moment, and his only knowledge of his past is based on the clues he and others Taking place immediately after the events of the Battle of Thermopylae, it follows the adventures of a foreign mercenary as he travels through Greece, searching for a way home. Latro in the Mist has made me a fan.
On the other hand, he can now see and interact with the gods, many of whom are roaming the earth and involved in peoples’ lives. On top of that, the fictional translator lqtro us in lwtro Foreword:. It is funny, interesting and full of action.
He has suffered a head injury which means he can only lqtro the last 12 hours or so, and wakes up each day with no idea who he is. I had one minor issue with the writing, however. Thank you for reading my review, Marion!
I feel comfortable writing bad things about a beloved literary hero of mine because a he will never, ever read this and b Wolfe is of that class of writer who deserves to be discussed not simply with enthusiasm but with serious, studious contemplation, contemplation which may led to criticism.
I read an interview with him and I remember the interviewer saying that Wolfe had the kind of brilliant intelligence and attitude that makes other people feel smart too. Gene Wolf larto such interesting things with his books, and i really love them, but the end has to stand up to the story.
Finlay, Charles Coleman C. I totally enjoyed the rest because, for me, it was a guessing game of where Latro was, all the cities were fun to figure out. In “Latro in the Mist”, Gene Wolfe again provides us with an unreliable narrator who is an unconventional hero wrapped up in larger-than-life tue from a world we often know little about.
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