From: "James Wynn"
Subject: RE: (urth) Wintry thoughts on Wolfe Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 09:51:41 -0600 You didn't say you were limiting this discussion to romantic love so I'll list characters who are not too damaged or crabbed to be genuinely emotionally connected to another person: V.R.T. (FhoC) hunting his mother across too planets Dorcas (BotNS) she seemed to genuinely love Severian Agia (BofNS) violently in love with her brother Latro (SoA) was genuinely in love his Amazon girlfriend Auk (BotLS) in love with Chenille and Tartaros How is that for starting list of broadly known characters? -----Original Message----- From: Adam Stephanides [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Monday, February 17, 2003 7:51 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: (urth) Wintry thoughts on Wolfe on 2/16/03 4:46 PM, Michael Andre-Driussi at email@example.com wrote: > Adam Stephanides, post-Valentine's Day, wrote: >> Something else that contributes to my sense of Wolfe's bleakness is the >> absence of love from his works. Does any of his major novels have a >> protagonist who is genuinely capable of loving another individual (as >> distinct from compassion)? [snip] > It would be easier (or should that be "possible"?) to approach this if I > had some examples of a few authors inside and outside of genre who write > fiction about love (monolithic do you mean monogamous? > or otherwise). Fictions that you find > convincing. Well, the paragraph you quote was triggered by my rereading Patrick O'Leary's THE IMPOSSIBLE BIRD, which, while it may not be "about love," does contain convincing depictions of love. So do John Crowley's works. As for non-genre authors, none spring to mind immediately. (Obviously, there are many who've written about love, but none that I've read recently enough, or recall well enough, to be able to say definitely that I find them convincing.) But I'm not sure why you need this information to "approach" my claim. If you believe Wolfe's protagonists are capable of genuine love, why not say so? --Adam -- --