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Soldier of Sidon Paperback – Bargain Price, December 10, 2007
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Wolfe is 20 years older than the last time he took us into the world of the ancient mercenary Latro, cursed to forget each day the previous day's events, blessed (or cursed) to speak to the gods, the monsters, and the dead that shape the everyday world of his past. Have those years changed Wolfe's writing? Yes. He's less tricky for no reason than in SOLDIER OF ARETE, and the bare bones of the writing are possibly better, more spare, more lovely. It's still deep and wise and strange, but it's also one of the more compelling fantastic swords-and-battles-and-magic adventure tales in years (if you wanted to know what KING SOLMON'S MINES by Nabokov & Herodotus would be like, this is for you).
My only complaint is that Wolfe teases us mercilessly with the end (there will be more Latro, we must hope), and I miss Io & Pindar.
This is a marvel of a book, and Wolfe is a marvel of a writer.
I had always been of the opinion (after a re-reading or two) that Latro was in fact an avatar of Pleistorus/Aries, who had been missing from his temple for some time in Soldier of Arete, (and was also revealed to be an incarnation of Ahura Mazda ... and it's only a hop skip and a jump from Ahura Mazda to the God of the Judaic and Christian systems). I was quite eager to see if my suspicions that Latro was a fallen divinity would be instantiated (or to see if Latro's increasing hatred of war would lead to a Christian passivity that would explicate, in bizarre parable form, the change in attitude from the old testament vengeance to the new testament forgiveness of the monotheistic divinity)
I didn't get that in Soldier of Sidon, but I did get a brilliant novel. In the years that have passed, Wolfe has become more econimical, and perhaps less overtly confusing and more satisfying on an initial reading here than in many of his books. He hasn't lost the essence of Latro, and this is what I feared most, for Latro has always been a good "man" who never has enough information to make meaningful judgements. Sometimes he may be right ... and other times he can be misled. This moral dichotomy is sublime, but at the heart of this novel is the wonderful picture of Egypt and its gods - coupled with the basic tragedy of Latro's condition, this is compelling indeed.Read more ›
We rejoin Latro, the brave wounded Soldier of the Great King. We learn that he found his way home to Italy with his friends from Sidon. We also learn that he is not happy with home and hearth, and finds himself still driven to 'remember as other men do'. He leaves his wife behind and journeys to Egypt in search of help.
Wolfe uses Latro and his friends to lay out threads of information that the reader slowly weaves into a tapestry of ancient Egypt. Nobody does this better. And in Latro Wolfe has his most interesting hero, as the gods of Egypt can attest (his weighing is my favorite part of the book). Tho' Latro can't remember yesterday he rediscovers his own bravery, his own moral compass over and over. He may not recall yesterday, but he knows right from wrong, and tho' he knows fear he learns again and again that he can face it. Latro is a brave, good man. A hero, willing to fight gods, demons or men. But as I read I feel more genuine sorrow for this hero than I'd believe possible. It's like seeing an old friend, lost and alone. You're happy to see him, but so sorry for his troubles.
Mr. Wolfe, neither one of us can wait another 20 years for yet another Latro book. This ending did not provide the necessary closure. So...get busy, por favor. Thank you sir, may we have another?
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Gene Wolfe continues his soldier series with a third book, Soldier of Sidon (2006). The story follows the life of Latro, a man who forgets every day, and so writes down his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daring Dewback
It's Gene Wolfe...the writing is dense and the narrator is unreliable...if you can handle those issues, a wonderland awaits the patient--and persistent--reader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Coleman
Gene Wolfe seldom disappoints and this third installment in the journeys of Latro is both engrossing and exhilarating. Read morePublished 12 months ago by CHAD W SIMMONS
I enjoyed this story a lot. I would need to and I do want to read all the Latro books over before I call Sidon the best, they were all great.Published 13 months ago by swan
This whole Gene Wolf series is masterful. Download the whole series NOW and read it.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a big fan of Gene Wolfe. The man can write up a storm; he's proof positive that fantasy and literature can be descriptors for the same books. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robyn G. Stephens
I first read the compilation of the 1st 2 books a decade ago, then loaned it to a friend. Much of that book kind of haunted my memory, but after a while I could not remember the... Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by D. Cornell
The first two Latro novels were not books I expected to see a sequel to. While the ending of the last novel was open-ended depending on how you interpreted it, I'm used to... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Michael Battaglia