The Claw of the Conciliator

The Claw of the Conciliator✪ The Claw of the Conciliator Books ✬ Author Gene Wolfe – Severian is in possession of a gem considered to be The Claw of the Conciliator a powerful relic of the Master of Power a legendary figure of mythic proportions Armed with his sword Terminus Est and t Severian is in possession of of the eBook ✓ a gem considered to be The Claw of the Conciliator a powerful relic of the Master of Power a legendary figure of mythic proportions Armed with his sword Terminus Est and the Claw Severian continues his journey to Thrax the city of his exile Bizarre apes strange cannibalistic rituals and the foreigner named Jonas all The Claw PDF or lie in his future. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureThe Claw of the Conciliator is the second book in Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun uartet If you read The Shadow of the Torturer and felt like you were lost or drunk and weren’t sure whether things would get clearer in the second book I have to tell you that no they don’t But if you like me enjoy that dreamy I’m not sure where I am or how I got here or where I’m going but everything sure feels fine literary experience then read on because Severian’s head is a strange and fascinating place to beThe Book of the New Sun is one of those works that some people think is ingenious and others suspect is just drivel This is not the series for a reader who wants a uick paced action filled story with a concrete beginning middle and end This is for someone who’s in the mood to be open minded and has the time and patience for some experimentation with character setting and theme And perhaps some mind altering drugs might helpYou don’t need to worry about all of the religious imagery to enjoy these novels but it’s there if you want to look for it Most obvious are the themes of healing and resurrection and the allusions to the Second Coming and it’s clear that Severian has some sort of role in that though he may be completely oblivious There is also the fascinating issue of Severian being an unreliable narrator I’m not prepared to call him a “liar” as some readers have done because I can’t find much evidence that he purposely lies to us I think rather that his perceptions and memory are faulty His claim that his memory is perfect may not be a lie but rather his own misperceptionGene Wolfe doesn’t much care for a traditional fantasy setting and he also doesn’t respect the traditional mechanics of storytelling Tight plot? Why bother? This story wanders — seemingly aimlessly — all across the country or maybe not because we may have ended up where we started but who knows? Characters conversations and events that appear to be significant may mean nothing There are hints of lost races species technologies knowledge and allegorical meaning that may never be explained and connected for us at the end There is plenty of bizarreness even an Ames Room which is what I enjoy mostWolfe’s world is rich most of what happens is unexpected and the reader feels completely helpless to predict anything or even to be assured that things that will work out as they’re “supposed to” in a fantasy novel Imagine that you’re reading one of those epics where you’ve cleverly figured out that the orphan boy hero is really the long lost son of the king but the author won’t acknowledge this That would be weird and somewhat disconcerting That’s how it feels to read The Book of the New Sun How strange and refreshingAt the end of The Claw of the Conciliator Severian says just as he did at the end of The Shadow of the Torturer that he doesn’t blame us if we don’t want to continue walking with him “it is no easy road” But we’re in Gene Wolfe’s creative hands so it’s not the destination; it’s the journey that’s paramount If you’re ready to embark on this strange trip I recommend Audible Frontiers’ audio version Jonathan Davis is a favorite of mine and he does an amazing job with this difficult piece I have the same feeling about The Claw of the Conciliator as I had about the first part of the Book of the New Sun This series is meant to be read for the second timeAnd to be able to do that I have to get through the tedious journey to the end People tell me that Gene Wolfe’s tetralogy The Book of the New Sun is a fantasy masterpiece but after completing the first two volumes the jury—at least this particular one man jury—is still outIn my review of the first volume The Shadow of the Torturer I praised the superb prose the vivid descriptions the realistic evocations of a pseudo medieval world and the tantalizing possibility that it may be the culmination of a great civilization possibly ours in declineAll this is eually true of The Claw of the Conciliator and it has been than enough to keep me reading But there is something about the studied guardedness of Severian protagonist and narrator that wearies me I like a hero who however flawed I can identify with and root for and the chilly precision of Severian’s voice—frosty even in his frankest revelations—prevents me from fully committing myself either to his story or his fate And not being fully committed I have come to view Severian’s journeying—however unfairly—as picaresue meanderings not a uest Besides an event I’d looked forward to—Dr Talos’ play—disappointed me I understand it is founding myth and a commentary on the characters but it was very long and I have concluded pace Gene Wolfe that Dr Talos is a very poor writerStill there are plenty of individual scenes that pleased me here scenes that remain in the memory Severian’s interview with the green man from the future our hero’s use of the Claw to fend off the man apes while something leviathan stirs the waters below; a midnight supper with Vodalus where Severian consumes a lover’s flesh and enters into a kind of communion; the notules small things that fly through the forest air and try to suck the life force from Severian; the grotesue diminution of the gorgeous Jolene after the single bite of a blood bat; and the final spectral dance in the streets of an ancient stone townAs I said my jury is still out Well let the deliberations begin again On to The Sword of the Lictor Wolfe has an almost legendary status amongst fellow authors; Gaiman called him 'a ferocious intellect' Swanwick said he's the greatest writer in the English language alive today and Disch called this series a tetralogy of couth intelligence and suavityYou can rarely trust the popular market to single out good authors but you'd think it might be safe to listen to the opinions of other writers especially an assemblage of Nebula and Hugo winners in their own right I will give his fans one concession Wolfe is an author who defies expectations Unfortunately I was expecting him to be remarkable and interestingThis book had been sitting on my shelf for months along with other highly praised works I've been looking forward to but I bade my time waiting for the mood to strike Few live up to their reputation but most at least deliver part of the promiseI would expect any author mentioned in the same breath as Peake to have an original and vibrant style but I found Wolfe's writing to be simple without being elegant His language and structure serves its purpose only occasionally rising above mere utilitarianism and then he rushes to florid flourishes that fall flat as often as they succeed Sometimes it is downright dull The prose of the second book is stronger than the first but its plot and characters are linear and predictableI appreciated his 'created language' than most fantasy authors but I didn't find it particularly mysterious or difficult because all of his words are based on recognizable Germanic or Romantic roots Then again after three years of writing stories about Roman whores in Latin I had little problem with 'meretriculous' Even those words I wasn't familiar with seemed clear by their useThe terms are scattered throughout the book but rarely contribute to a pervasive linguistic style as might be seen in The Worm Ouroboros The Lord of the Rings Gormenghast or The King of Elfland's Daughter Wolfe's terms pepper otherwise and unremarkable modern style which hardly helps to throw us into a strange worldHe is better than the average fantasy author but he resembles them than he differs from them His protagonist started off interestingly enough an apparently weak and intelligent man which made it all the disappointing when he suddenly transformed into a laconic wench loving buttkicker who masters sword fighting finds the Super Magic Thing and follows the path of his Awesome Foretold Fate Again I must agree with Nick Lowe Wolfe's plot owes to magic and convenience than good storytellingIt relies on the same tricks over and over any time a character is about to give important information to us there will be a sudden attack or other interruption as convenient and annoying as the moment when the dying man says I was killed by aargh We also get problems solved by divine intervention whenever things start to slow which doesn't leave the characters much room to be activeHe also seems to suffer from the same sexual discomfort that plagues so many fantasy authors There is an undercurrent of obsession with women and their sexuality complete with the sexualization of rape and murder It's not so much a case of misogyny as it is an ineuality in how characters behaveThe women always seem to end up as playtoys for the narrator running around naked desiring him sparring with him coyly but ultimately conuered; and the camera pans away They always approach him desire him pretending they don't want him then give themselves up to him It's the same old story of an awkward emotionless male protagonist who is inexplicably followed and harangued by women who fall in love with him for no given reason familiar to anyone who's seen a harem animeI will grant that the women have character than the average fantasy heroine but it still doesn't leave them with much Instead of giving into love at first sight they fight it as long as they can making it that much sweeter when the narrator finally 'wins' The sexuality was not new interesting arousing or mutual it was merely the old game of 'overcoming the strong woman' that is familiar to readers of the Gor books The sense of 'love' in The New Sun is even unsettling It descends on the characters suddenly and nonsensically springing to life without build or motivation The word never comes up in connection with any psychological development nor does it ever seem to match the relationships as they are depicted More often than not it seems love is only mentioned so the narrator can coldly break his lover's trust in the next chapterSeveral times the narrator tries to excuse himself for objectifying women by mentioning that he also objectifies ugly women What this convolution of misogyny is supposed to represent I couldn't say The narrator seems very interested in this fact and is convinced that it makes him a uniue person It made it very clear to me why the most interesting antiheroes tend to be gruff and laconic because listening to a chauvinistic sociopath talk about himself is insufferableThen there is the fact that every character you meet in the story turns up again hundreds of miles away to reveal that they are someone else and have been secretly controlling the action of the plot It feels like the entire world is populated by about fifteen people who follow the narrator around wherever he goes If the next two books continue along the same lines then the big reveal will be that the world is entirely populated by no than three superpowered shapeshiftersEveryone in the book has secret identities secret connections to grand conspiracies and important plot elements that they conveniently hide until the last minute only doling out clues here and there There are no normal people in this world only double agents and kings in disguise Every analysis I've read of this book mentions that even the narrator is unreliableThis can be an effective techniue but in combination with a world of infinite unpredictable intrigue Wolfe's story begins to evoke something between a soap opera and a convoluted mystery novel relying on impossible and contradictory scenarios to mislead the audience Apparently this is the thing his fans most appreciate about him I find it to be an insulting and artificial gameI agree with this reviewer that there is simply not enough structure to the story to make the narrator's unreliability meaningful In order for unreliable narration to be effective there must be some clear and evident counter story that undermines it Without that it is not possible to determine meaning because there's nowhere to start everything is eually shakyAt that point it's just a trick adding complexity to the surface of the story without actually producing any new meaning I know most sci fi and fantasy authors seem to love complexity for its own sake but it's a cardinal sin of storytelling don't add something into your story unless it needs to be there Covering the story with a lot of vagaries and noise may impress some but won't stand up to careful readingFantasy novels are often centered on masculinity violence and power struggles and so by making the narrator an emotionally distant manipulator with sociopathic tendencies Wolfe's story is certainly going to resemble other genre outings If Severian is meant to be a subversion of the grim antihero I would expect a lot of clever contradiction which revealed him His unreliability would have to leave gaping holes that point to another likely conclusion If the protagonist's mendacious chauvinism is not soundly contradicted then there is really nothing separating him from what he is supposed to be mockingPoe's Law states that it can be difficult to tell whether something is an act of mockery or an example of genuine extremism and perhaps that's what's going on here Wolfe's mockery is so on the nose that it is indistinguishable from other cliche genre fantasy But even if that were true then the only thing separating Wolfe from the average author is the fact that he's doing it on purpose which is hardly much of a distinction If a guy punches himself in the nose and then insists I meant to do that I don't think that makes him any less of a dumbassHuman psychology and politics are fraught enough without deliberately obfuscating them Unfortunately Wolfe does not have the mastery of psychology to make a realistically complicated text only a cliched text that is meta complicatedAfter finishing the book I tried to figure out why it had garnered so much praise I stumbled across a number of articles including this one by Gaiman and this one by an author who wrote a book of literary analysis about the New Sun series Both stressed that Wolfe was playing a deliberate meta fictional game with his readers creating mysteries and clues in his book for them to follow so that they must reread the text over and over to try to discern what is actually happening I won't claim this isn't a technical feat but I would suggest that if Wolfe wanted us to read his book over and over he might have written it with verve style character and originality As the above critic says On a first superficial reading there is little to distinguish Wolfe’s tetralogy from many other sf and fantasy novels The plot itself is apparently unremarkable Perhaps I'm alone in this but I have no interest in reading your average sword wielding badass gender challenged fantasy book over and over in the hopes that it will get better If Wolfe is capable of writing an original and interesting story why cover it with a dull and occasionally insulting one?I have enjoyed complex books before books with hidden messages and allusions but they were interesting both in their depths and on the surface I didn't find the New Sun books particularly complex or difficult His followers have said that he isn't 'concerned with being conspicuously witty' but I'd suggest he's merely incapable of being vibrant or intriguingThere were interesting ideas and moments in the book and I did appreciate what originality Wolfe did have but I found it strange that such a different mind would produce such hidebound prose tired descriptions convenient plots and unappealing characters It has usually been my experience that someone who is capable of thinking remarkable things is capable of writing remarkable thingsSure there were some interesting Vancian moments where you realize that some apparently magical effect is actual a piece of sci fi detritus this character is a robot that tower is actually a rocket a painting of a mythical figure clearly depicts an astronaut but this doesn't actually add anything to the story they weren't important facts they were just details thrown inIt didn't matter that any of those things were revealed to be something else than they appeared because it didn't change anything about the story or the characters or the themes or ideas These weren't vital and strange ideas to be explored like the mix of sci fi and fantasy in Vance Le Guin or M John Harrison but inconseuential 'easter eggs' for obsessing fans to dig upAs Clarke's Third Law says any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic Therefore switching back and forth between magical explanations and super technological ones doesn't mean much on its own They're indistinguishable Star Wars may use the trappings of sci fi but it's just a fantasy story about wizards and knights in space In order to make the distinction meaningful you've got to put some kind of spin on itOverall I found nothing uniue in Wolfe Perhaps it's because I've read uite a bit of odd fantasy; if all I read was mainstream stuff then I'd surely find Wolfe unpredictable since he is a step above them But compared to Leiber Howard Dunsany Eddison Kipling Haggard Peake Mieville or Moorcock Wolfe is nothing specialPerhaps I just got my hopes up too high I imagined something that might evoke Peake or Leiber at his best perhaps with a complexity and depth gesturing toward Milton or Ariosto I could hardly imagine a better book than that but even a book half that good would be a delight or a book that was nothing like that but was unpredictable and seductive in some other wayI kept waiting for something to happen but it never really did It all plods along without much rise or fall just the constant moving action to make us think something interesting is happening I did find some promise some moments that I would have loved to see the author explore particularly those odd moments where Silver Age Sci Fi crept in but each time he touched upon these he would return immediately to the smallness of his plot and his annoying prick of a narrator I never found the book to be difficult or complex merely tiring the unusual parts were evasive and vague and the dull parts constant and repetitiveThe whole structure or lack of it does leave things up to interpretation and perhaps that's what some readers find appealing that they can superimpose their own thoughts and values onto the narrator and onto the plot itself But at that point they don't like the book Wolfe wrote they like the book they are writing between his linesI'll lend the book out to some fantasy loving friends and they'll buy the next one which I'll then have to borrow from them so I can see if there's ever a real payoff Then again if Sevarian's adolescent sexuality is any evidence the climax will be as underwhelming as the self assured fumbling foreplay If I don't learn to stop giving my heart away it's just going to get broken againAh well once unto the breachMy Fantasy Book Suggestions Now that I’ve read my second Gene Wolfe book I can’t help but notice some striking similarities between both of the first books in his famed The Book of the New Sun series First of all his writing in both books is gorgeous bordering almost impeccable Seriously If any fantasysci fi fans are tired of dull and trite writing and want something a little vintage and colorful these books are a godsend Secondly I noticed that while reading this book just like the first book the first half drew me in completely and left me utterly spellbound with wonder at the sheer size and scale of the world and characters Wolfe has created only to be left befuddled and confused in the second half To help things a little however the endings to both volumes were satisfying and helped to tie some loose ends together in my head Overall it’s a fantastically written series but not the most accessible and I’ll almost certainly have to read these books again to wrap my head around them I think the author Gene Wolfe got caught up in showing off his knowledge of world myths and forgot he was writing a novel If you have studied myths then maybe you will enjoy 'The Claw of the Conciliator' book two in 'The Book of the New Sun' seriesWhile 'The Book of the New Sun' series is brilliant I can't imagine anyone saying at this point wow exciting series can't wait for the next one and actually mean it unless you are a student of mythology experimental literature and want to do some showing off yourself in reading almost incomprehensible books Probably readers who have completed Infinite Jest and Ulysses are bragging about having 'enjoyed this brilliant literary tour de force' Which it is actually but exciting? For me not so much at this point This is a fictional fantasy series but it's not only that There are four of these mythological dreamscape novels to wander through if you read the entire series I am not exaggerating about the wandering part as our narrator Severian continues to travel and travel Plus there are a lot of fables and myths told in the storytelling of each book between the seemingly pointless psuedo action and conversations At this point I would not recommend starting this series unless you are a heavyweight college literature MFA graduate or a wanna be self taught homeschooled wilderPerhaps you should read the first one in the series The Shadow of the Torturer enjoy it and uit there This second in the series 'The Claw of the Conciliator' sort of picks up after the first one There is no way you can read this without having read the first one in my opinionWithout knowing I mean really KNOWING your world myths than half of the goings on in this book will fly miles over your head and you will spend hours reading chapter after chapter saying to yourself Did someone slip me a hallucinogenic? The words aren't making sense What happened to the plot? Is this happening or is the narrator Severian dreaming? for almost the entire 300 pages For the record I was a wanna be Great Literature expert so I spent a couple of years in self study reading The Great Books list I'm glad I did it because it does make a sophisticated reader out of you That doesn't stop me from being dismayed by Wolfe's decision to make this four book series a pyrotechnical literary display of world myths In my opinion it should have been one book if he was going to pull crap like this on the general reading public But I bet his professors were proud seriously Don't mind my kibitzing I'm suffering from brain strainI simply am going to put some Wikipedia links out there I use Wikipedia because of its accessibility not because it's the best place to get an idea of the myths Wolfe might have been referencing I'm guessing at the references number one and I don't have an MFA number two For one guess I am guessing the god Tyr ýr was a source of part of who the character Jonas is as well as maybe a mash up of Christian figures Gene Wolfe was raised as a Catholic and most Catholic writers seem to have mild PTSD psychologically scarred by the imagery and stories they grew up with I have found myself musing with jealousy that I was unfortunately raised in a very boring if likewise overwhelmingly illogical and soul threatening Protestant branch which was dull vanilla baby food in Sunday lessons compared to the Catholic Church in theological imageryTo read this novel you'll probably need to review While in fact Christianity is not a primary source of any world myths since it is a religion which certainly stole and transformed the older myths into a ChristianCatholic version it is the one most Western World citizens know Just for fun see the similarities in world religions Bu In 'The Claw of the Conciliator' are loads of death resurrectionregeneration examples so I guess that's one of the main images Wolfe wants to playfully see how often he can work it in This is part of why I'm annoyed with this series Wolfe was SO self indulgent The novel also has a story of corn girls so here are links to corn god myths and for example but there are lots of other corn gods some of whom are male Some scholars think the Egyptians and other ancient people really sacrificed kings and leaders to the corn harvest not just symbolically thinking it was reuired for a good harvest Again the death sacrifice growing back regeneration resurrection idea From what I can tell the death resurrection motif is the oldest religious idea going back millennia before ChristianityJewishIslam faithsIf you are thinking wtf what is the book about explaining the plot cannot be done except that Severian is taking the long route to his assigned destination and he is having traveling adventures and re meeting characters he met in the first book So I'll talk about some plot points that struck me Space alien artifacts are everywhere but space travel and alien contact from the previous centuries seems to have remarkably little interest for Severian and his people It's all about surviving localized nasty social class power struggles and povertyMy mythological character guesses for those who have read the novelAt one point Baldanders is seen to have floating over his head by Severian the images of a fishing boat Jesus? a gray haired woman from his side Athena? cold wind whipped flames Baldanders is standing in not since it's a hallucination but as far as the myth it is referencing pick one of several dozens Moses and the burning bush for one With all of the water and drowning references in the series perhaps a link to a flood myth is in order etc etc etcTrikele the three legged dog now there is a multi mythic magical number could be Cerberus monkey people could be about devolution or green man forest guys who are constantly brought in by Wolfe in a variety of characters eating of people occurs over and over in the book which is done to gain their memories talents and spirit This is an actual reality based true world wide religious belief including the eating of Jesus's blood and body every Sunday in church as well as by the so called 'primitive cannibals' discovered by the Western World explorers never linking the similar beliefs of courseThe slow moving statue is a puzzle but he reminded me of an old Doctor Who episode regarding a plot by the Master and other TV plots This is a similar constantly used trope like the hero losing his right hand which as I said above I think is related to the god TyrWe have demons who are 'traders' which could literally be traders of mankind goods or metaphorically of souls or it could be a sound alike word like traitorsThe Autarch is described as an androgynous Universal Mind clearly god We have a lot of visions of a naked man walking around gardens Duh for Christians right? Hint AdamThe Conciliator character is metaphorically every mystical trope that ever was developed to reconcile mankind to the gods or the universe The Claw a magical gem heals and it is called 'The Claw of the Conciliator'WhewOne last observation Every single character is actually I think a blurred mash up of many mythic characters gods of many masks as I think I remember Joseph Campbell putting it in his Myth series The Hero's Adventure Power of Myth 1 The Myths and Masks of God Joseph Campbell Audio Collection For example while the god Tyr lost his right hand I don't think the character Jonas is pure Tyr He is probably a mix of many similar type gods from all over the world since almost every religion throughout time has a Tyr type god in their Canon So the Autarch could be Zeus Allah God Jupiter Buddha and all of those answers are correct This isn't a fun read in the usual sense but it is in a brain candy sense I finished this book and I'm looking forward to the next one in the series I will add a comprehensive review later It's tough to figure out how I feel about this series I like it I might love itWords I had to look up onlineindanthrene a shade of bluecacogen an antisocial personhexaemeron the first six days of creationmeretrices plural of meretrix a prostitutebaluchither a now extinct mammal that was 18 feet tall 30 feet long and weighed 20 tonnes Also called ParaceratheriumTheologoumenon a theological interpretation that is suggested as possibility not a decisive call to beliefphororhacos a large now extinct flightless predatory bird like an ostrich that eats meat 8 feet tall and 280 poundsanaleptic alzabo analeptic means having to do with the central nervous system and alzabo is a fictional alien species like a carniverous bear covered in red furalouattes plural of alouatte a species of howler monkeyberdiches an axe like polearmspadroon a light sword with a straight blade of the cut and thrust typetribade a lesbianextrasolarians aliens from a different star system than Sol our sunHeirodules plural of Heriodule a temple prostitutethiasus a group of singers and dancers assembled to celebrate a festival of one of the godsuercine penetralia uercine means having the characteristics of an oak and penetralia is the innermost sanctuary of a templeupanga a type of bagpipe played in southern Indiaachico a weapon that looks like and is used like a bola but has three weighted balls instead of twophilomath a lover of learning or one who loves to learnHastarii one of the groups in a Roman Legion comprised of lowermiddle class people and using bronze weapons and armor They fought with short sword and javelinossifrage a bird of preylammergeir a type of vulturealfange a type of wide short and curved sword that has a cutting edge only on one sidecalotte a skullcap or an architectural feature shaped like a skullcapgramary black magicpommander ball a ball made of perfumesspadone a type of swordilanero a spanish word for plainsmankhaibit a shadow In the book it is a prostitute that looks exactly like someone famousalgedonic pertaining to pain especially in association with pleasurehaematidrosis sweating bloodmegathere a large extinct ground slothalgophilist someone who enjoys pain like a sadomasochistpiuenaires a soldier whose main weapon is a type of spearmerychip a type of horseodalisue a female slave or concubine in a haremoread a type of nymph that lives in mountains valleys or ravinesSeptentrion a word to describe northern regions or the northepopt one who has been instructed in the mysteries of a secret system Well this one was not as enthralling to me as the first Here we follow our hero so to speak through many varied and esoteric adventures andfinally at long last as the book ends view spoiler we finally get to the city we set out for in the first book hide spoiler A lot of digression that doesn't add to world building or characterization and story again moves at slow pace but everything is so well written that it doesn't take away from uality of this book I really like that Wolf avoids exposition as much as possible and despite that world building blocks few and far between there is always sense of cohesive picture somewhere in background that only needs puzzle pieces So we ended the last volume on a cliffhanger and start the next in a completely different place with no idea what happened Sounds like a Wolfe novel all right don’t get too comfortableWe find ourselves in the village of Saltus some miles north of the gate in the great Wall of Nessus where we last saw our ‘hero’ and his friends Severian is riding a bit of a high and considers himself something of a celebrity as he is about to 'ply his art' at the behest of the leading magistrate as part of the local fair that is occurring The unfortunate victims of justice include a woman accused of murdering her husband and child a cattle thief and a man said to be a compatriot of the famed rebel Vodalus Severian has lost touch with all of his companions due to the still mysterious disturbance we witnessed at the gate with the exception of the sailor Jonas a man he only met at the end of the last volume The two have become friends in the intervening time and Jonas proves to be a man as mysterious as he is likeable Severian himself continues to be as ambiguous a protagonist as ever as we witness the way in which he revels in his role of executioner and wonder at the truth of his statements as inconsistencies begin to creep into his narrative Is his eidetic memory truly as faultless as Severian claims and even if it is does Severian want to tell us the whole truth of his life? We’ll be pondering the answers to those uestions for the duration and no two readers are likely to come to the same conclusionsThere are some memorable scenes in this volume including the battle with a throng of bestial man apes the winding halls of the hidden House Absolute where the Autarch centres his rule his mysterious vizier Father Inire performs his esoteric experiments and a meeting with the forest outlaw Vodalus who invites Severian to a very special dinner the effects of which will fundamentally change the young torturer forever We also come to see the titular ‘claw of the conciliator’ display its powers openly through the unlikely hands of Severian and see him reunited with both old friends and foes as he continues travelling north on the road to Thrax Be prepared the ending of this volume is as mysterious as that for the one which proceeded it and eually left unresolved should you persevere in following Severian on his difficult road

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