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From: Peter Cash <cash@convex.convex.com>
Subject: (whorl) narrative viewpoint in Long Sun
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 1996 14:44:22 

[Posted from Whorl, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun]

One thing I found really frustrating with the end of Exodus was the
revelation that this has been Horn's narrative all along. This
revelation came as a complete surprise to me, and I couldn't help but
feel that it was a trick Wolfe sprung so that he could end the Book of
the Long Sun when he did. After all, if he narrows down the narrator's
perspective, then he can't be blamed for not filling us in on details
like what became of Silk--Horn just doesn't know. 

I feel that writer really ought to drop some clues ahead of time about
this sort of thing. Did any of you notice any clues about Horn's role in
the earlier books? 

                 Die Welt ist alles, was Zerfall ist.   
                  (apologies to Ludwig Wittgenstein)    

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