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More please, Mr. Wolfe!,
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This review is from: The Knight: 1 (Wizard Knight) (Hardcover)A great review from David Roy, which says everything I would have wanted to and so I don't need to repeat that - although I am amazed that you haven't read anything else by Gene Wolfe!
For me, he is one of those writers where you just have to get everything that person has written. I have read every book of his and have never been disappointed - now I scour the net looking for details of the next release dates and he is one of the few where I will buy hardcovers - just because I have to read them.
So - unreliable narrators have been the common thread throughout his recent fiction, through Horn (or was he really Silk?)on Blue's waters and Green's Jungles, back to Severian...
There is always this dilemma of the man who is telling the story (as Wolfe is of course) - but who is acutely aware of his own failings. He doesn't want to tell us, but he must, and they come out, or we guess at each character's own immorality.
So his characters are writers coming to terms with a mysterious world and how they can write about it, but also providing us with a "confession" - we as, readers are their priest; deciding whether to forgive or punish their indiscretions, their horrific acts?
Or maybe we are reading the tale of a man on death row, knowing he is condemned by society, but who still wants to write his story, to explain why he did what he did - even if it won't save him.
Anyway - I can't wait to read the next instalment of Wolfe's "confessions"!!