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From: Jeremy Crampton <jcrampto@osf1.gmu.edu>
Subject: (urth) Re: Long Sun - worth it? etc
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 08:24:47 

Timothy wrote:

>I still think Long Sun is very disappointing.  The third person style of =
>diction chosen is flat and to my mind rather boring, anaesthetising =
>Wolfe's linguistic genius (so on display in OBW and TBNS).  The ideas, =
>while interesting, did not require four volumes to present.  As for the =
>meticulous plotting suggested by Alice Turner, I can only say this was =
>not evident to me -  on the contrary I had the impression that unlike =
>TBNS the series was not fully written in advance, if only because Exodus =
>is twice as long as the three preceding volumes.  Nor did much of the =
>plotting seem to lead anywhere - to take one random example, what was =
>the value of the long (and boring, at least to me) chapter on the visit =
>to the talus factory in Exodus?

Just wanted to second this. I was shocked by Long Sun, that it was by the
same author as that masterpiece known as the first four volumes of TBNS
(Urth was a dropping away). The last good thing Wolfe wrote, and it was
very good, was Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete. 

Do I have to leave this list now?
Jeremy W. Crampton		         http://geog.gmu.edu    jcrampto@gmu.edu
Dept. of Geography & Earth Science
[MS 1E2]				’Tis true; there’s magic in the web of it.
George Mason University					--Othello (III.iv.69)
Fairfax, Va 22030

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