Latro in the Mist is an omnibus of two books Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete (); a chunky page (with another 16 pages. In his foreword to Latro in the Mist, which pairs Gene Wolfe’s acclaimed historical fantasies Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete. LATRO IN THE MIST is the omnibus edition containing two of Gene Wolfe’s historical fantasies set in ancient Greece: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete.

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It is easy to recommend Latro in the Mist as it contains two fantastic novels. It is disappointing how much of an unknown he seems to be. It might help to have tbe old mythology book from college handy.

Latro in the Mist: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete

His memory holds for about a day at a time, after which he forgets everything. Most of the thrust of the story is him being pushed and pulled by other forces, whether it’s gods or men, while he tries to sporadically circle around to the main question of who he is and where is his home. Patro nearly trademarked unreliable narrator and lurching story movement are probably better suited to this book’s framework than some of his other first person books “oh he has brain damage or something” goes down a little easier than “oh he eat the brain of his dead lover and now he’s maybe both of them” or “an elf did it”.

I’ve taken many Ancient Greek history classes and it was still difficult to figure out, which made it all the more pleasurable.



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Historian’s Notebook Author Faith L. Fantasy submitted 3 years ago by yellingoneandzero. After being wounded in a battle in ancient Greece around BCELatro sees Greek gods and goddesses in the landscape. This page was last edited on 3 Novemberat His characters are so over the top stereotypical they come across as comic book villains. Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman http: Resource links will direct you to Wiki pages, which we are maintaining.

What we think of crickets, perhaps, whose singing we hear with pleasure, though some of us smash them with our heels when they venture into sight. Latro in the Mist is a picaresque novel following the adventures of a Roman mercenary throughout ancient Greece. Reading this, and Wolfe’s other works, always leaves me wondering why we, as readers, aren’t continually shouting his name from the mountain tops.

We use this income to keep the site running. This makes him totally open and naive, and makes him a classic picaresque hero like Tom Jones or Don Quixote.

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To view it, click here. In an interview Wolfe said that Latro is something of a metaphor for the United States, a genuinely decent man with great power but who cannot remember his past. As a result of his injury he also gained the lato to see and interac As good a book as I’ve read in a very long time.

You see how it works? The prose and the feeling of the story as a whole are very strange and otherworldly, whi This was a really interesting book. Also there is a very real sense of threat lattro and there.


The result is that he doesn’t know what’s going, the reader doesn’t know what’s going on, and the prose is general is not interesting enough to plod along with despite a sensible storyline. If nothing else, Wolfe gets the feel exactly right of a mindset of a people and time where the world was changing and yet always the same, and where it was perfectly natural that the realms of gods would interact freely with men.

See the other authors section. This is an omnibus of two novels, Solder of the Mist and Soldier of Arete. The scenes of battle felt real. Another superb book from one of the most interesting, fun and formally innovative writers alive.

As with much of Wolfe’s writing, the themes, to me, seem to be identity and memory. I was hoping he would end up with Io; i felt like he abandoned her at the end and she was so in love with him.

Severian Terminus Est Ascian language Inhumi. One of the most important entries in the second book is written by Pindar in prose similar to Greek poetry and must be studied in order to discern what is happening.

Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. It took me two tries miwt read this book, several years apart. Of course, there’s still another book to go, so we’ll see, I suppose, and I may As much as I love Wolfe, I kind of feel like he bit off a tad more than he can chew with Latro’s memory problems. But Latro in the Mist surprised me.