From: Derek Bell <email@example.com> Subject: Re: (urth) Holly Hollander's novel Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 17:36:54 +0100 [Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works] In message <199710092129.OAA10832@lists1.best.com>, Nutria writes: > My own guess is that HH is a "juvenile," like *The Devil in a Forest.* >So,perhaps we should not look for anything too deep. > There is a kind of semi-allegorical structure to the tale -- >the kind of thing Wolfe often does (like "The Man in the Pepper >Mill"). Holly's old family is completely breaking down, and she finds >a new family, in a house on the edge of town, presided over by a >"resurrected" criminal who specializes in crime (sin). With a foot >wound, of course. It struck me that Wolfe had infantile paralysis, otherwise known as poliomyelitis. I think one common symptom is paralysis of the legs; perhaps that's why Wolfe chooses this religious symbol so often - it relates to his own life. > And, there are three (count'em three) men in the new house on the edge >of town that becomes Holly's new home. Let's see. One of them is a cook, so he >would be the Holy Spirit; and note his name: Muddy Brooks. ^^^^^^^^^^^^ Say, did he play electric guitar? :-) This book's got loads of Chicago references! I wouldn't put it past Wolfe to deliberately choose a character to have many types of references/connotations: e.g. both religious and Chicago-related. For instance, "Muddy Brooks" sounds like a thinly disguised variation of "Muddy Waters". And he lives in this house of Blue's! Tercel, humming "Mannish Boy"