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From: William Ansley <wansley@warwick.net>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Re: Alga's complaint
Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 00:57:47 

At 3:05 PM -0800 4/7/01, David DiGiacomo wrote:
>1. Alga, why do you think it's worse than any other Wolfe book?
>Or are you just tired of his tricks?

I'm not alga, but but I have a similar feeling of disappointment with 
RttW and I want to address this question too.

I think the best way for me to sum up why I didn't like RttW is that 
I felt cheated when it was over. I haven't felt that way after 
reading any of Wolfe's other novels. I have felt a little cheated at 
the end of some of Wolfe's shorter works, although not to this extent.

Why do I feel cheated? There were just too many loose ends. And the 
beginnings of most of the loose ends seemed to have no reason for 
being put in the trilogy in the first place.

What do I mean by "loose ends"? Well, if I had the time and energy 
(which I currently do not and almost certainly will not) I believe I 
could make up an impressively lengthy list. To take just one example, 
the "brother and sister" section toward the end of OBW. Is there 
anyone here who understands it? Is there anyone here who feels that 
the book/trilogy is a better work because this passage is in it?

I have enjoyed some of Wolfe's most "puzzling" works, both those in 
which many of the puzzles seem to have solutions even when I couldn't 
figure them out (such as _Peace_) and those in which many of the 
puzzles seem to have no solution or we are not given enough 
information to solve them (such as _The Fifth Head of Cerberus_). 
RttW however, just left me feeling frustrated.

William Ansley

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