Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 10:52:31 +0100 Subject: (urth) Jonas From: "Joshua A. Solomon"
Remember that Wolfe has claimed TBOTNS is a story of a young man (Severian) searching for love. The women he desires offer, at best, (platonic) shadows of the divine love that he really needs. At the end of TBOTNS, he blasts into space/heaven to get himself a piece of that divine love (although, of course, he already has it, as is demonstrated by his resurrections). Jonas does a riff on the same theme. He desires a semi-prosthetic woman, remains unsatisfied, then steps into space/heaven to get himself something better. He gets (at least semi-) resurrected too. bee -- Joshua A. Solomon Department of Optometry and Visual Science City University London EC1V 0HB Voice: (44) 20 7040 0192 Fax: (44) 20 7040 0182 J.A.Solomon@city.ac.uk http://www.staff.city.ac.uk/~solomon --