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In Green's Jungles (Book of the Short Sun, Book 2) Paperback – May 4, 2001
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In Green's Jungles follows narrator Horn as he voyages to the planet Green (Blue's companion) and to the abandoned generational starship known as the Whorl in search of the godlike Patera Silk. As Horn recounts his adventures, his own identity becomes muddled, and we find out his interactions with the vampiric inhumi of Green and the strange alien Neighbors were deeper than we knew. In fact, Horn may not be himself at all anymore. Tantalizing story details drip slowly from Wolfe's pen:
Through the ring a Neighbor saw him, and she came to him in his agony.... she said, "I cannot make you well again, and if I could you would still be in this place. I can do this for you, however, if you desire it. I can send your spirit into someone else, into someone whose own spirit is dying."
So who is Horn? Has he become Patera Silk--it seems so, for people begin mistaking him for the heroic leader. Is he the warrior king Rajan, or is he something entirely new, formed by the strange places and people around him into a savior of worlds? Identity, love, and faith weave through the themes of In Green's Jungles, and Wolfe has added another masterpiece to a shelf full of them. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Lupine surprises and unanswered(?) questions abound, and to discuss the events relayed in this middle volume would be to spoil the joy of discovery for other readers--besides, until the final volume is published and we've reread the whole thing a few times, we probably won't fully know the story. Wolfe's work, like life and unlike so much fiction, grows richer with each return; like old friends, his novels reward attention and familliarity breeds delight rather than contempt (born out of boredom).
The manner in which the story is presented is, as in ON BLUE'S WATERS, complex even for Wolfe--multiple time frames and threads of narrative are blended expertly. The way Wolfe works his magic through the guise of a "rambling" and "unskilled" narrator is truly beautiful. One of the best things about this book is its extended use of a device employed with great skill in THE CITADEL OF THE AUTARCH: Wolfe transforms what might be an artifical narrative technique into a moving commmentary on that most fundamental of human activities, the telling of a story.
For, in the end, it isn't the brilliant prose or the narrative genius that makes this a great work. Rather, it is the moving, wise, and loving exploration of what it means to live and love, to feel the immense pain of consciousness and to do good and evil that justifies the elaborate machinery--to tell a lie beautifully is unfortunate, but to tell the truth with skill and beauty is to achieve greatness.
Horn is the first of Wolfe's series heroes ever to change and mature within the series; this makes him the most interesting and human of them. I disagree with the reviewer here who found IN GREEN'S JUNGLES to be a "link" book. To me it seems much richer, both in imagery and emotion, than the first one, and it opens up the series to such a degree that I find myself regretting, well in advance, that there will be only one more book to explore these worlds. Wolfe changed his mind once before, adding a fifth book to the original New Sun quartet. Maybe he will do it again!
As the title of the new book hints, the lander did not make it to the Long Sun Whorl, but rather was diverted to Green. Green is the home of the blood-drinking, shape-changing, inhumi, creatures who seem to take on the characteristics of their prey. (Some inhumi have infested Blue, including a young male who Horn "adopts" in the first book, but they are more numerous on Green, and they seem to keep human slaves.) Both books are narrated after Horn returned to Blue from Green, however. And the Horn who returned seems oddly different. He has all Horn's memories, but some others as well, and he has changed physically.Read more ›
As Horn battles with monsters and visits strange societies on weird planets including that, which might be Urth of the dying red sun, he discovers an interesting power that he possesses. In a nanosecond or less, Horn can travel between his home planet of Blue and another world Green that Silk safely led his people to settle on. As Horn moves back and forth between the two planets, his body changes with each transport until his own family fails to identify him as Horn because he now looks more like Silk.
Anyone who has followed science fiction over the past two decades will probably agree that Gene Wolfe belongs on the short list of the top three genre writers. His second novel in "The Book of the Short Sun" is a brilliant tale that although a transition book pays homage to the diversity of the universe. Using eloquent and intelligent prose, Mr. Wolfe states nothing is new under the solar umbrella. Anyone who has not read Mr. Wolfe before will want to read the first book ON BLUE'S WATERS while impatiently waiting for the next novel RETURN TO THE WHORL. Newcomers and some of us old-timers will also return to the related "Book of the New Sun" and "Book of the Long Sun" series that prove Mr. Wolfe deserved his Life Achievement and other awards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is simply too much contained in this book to even begin to sum it up here. Wolfe fans will delight in this tale, bringing them one magnificent step closer to the end of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Gordon
" Which of these words best describes the mood? Hopeful, Dark, Nostalgic, Light-hearted, Suspenseful, Thoughtful?"
All of the above.
The story of Patera Horn continues, purportedly covering his experiences on the world of Green. Reality is that precious little of the book actually occurs on Green. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Lawson
His stories are often about struggle against poverty, adversity, and small scale wars between tribes of colonists. The line between science and supernatural is very blurry. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Wayne M
Gene Wolfe writes another masterpiece of ancient/future? times far from here. The slowly evolving picture of otherworlds as described by its inhabitants day to day lives, is like... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Hu Flung Dung
I am a huge Gene Wolfe fan, so despite the one star review let me state categorically this is not a negative review of his writing at all, as I have thoroughly enjoyed everyone of... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Joel Youngblood
I'm certainly glad I wasn't reading these as they came out or else I would have been very confused in trying to remember exactly what was going on. Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by Michael Battaglia
The Book of the Short Sun will be one of the finest reading experiences of your life... if you can get through the thing. Read more