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Latro in the Mist Paperback – March 19, 2003
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In his foreword to Latro in the Mist, which pairs Gene Wolfe's acclaimed historical fantasies Soldier of the Mist (1986) and Soldier of Arete (1989), Wolfe reveals that the two novels are in fact his translations of the diary writings of Latro, a Roman mercenary wounded in battle in ancient Greece. Latro's head wound ruined his short-term memory, but bestowed upon him the gift of conversing with gods and goddesses.
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With `Soldier of the Mist' Wolfe tells a story that would stop any other author in their tracks. `Soldier of the Mist' is the diary of Latro, a soldier of ancient Rome (maybe) who suffered a head wound on the battlefield. Every day when Latro awakens, he has a new case of amnesia. Not only does he not know who he is, but whatever he learns lasts only one day. He has found travelling companions in his search for his identity, and every morning they have him read his diary to learn who he is. Every night he makes new entries, hoping they will be useful in the coming day. The next morning he will face the world as new, knowing only what he's written and what he sees in front of him. Latro wanders ancient Greece dealing with war, politics, gods and goddesses. His lack of knowledge and prejudices let him (and you) see the world of the ancients in an entirely new light.
Latro's journey continues in `Soldier of Arete.' While not as compelling as `Mist', Latros walking tour of ancient Greece remains a fascinating view into the ancient world. Unfortunately it does not advance his story as much as one might like, and some of the promise of the end of `Soldier' is not redeemed. A third (and concluding?) volume was rumored for years; I wait anxiously to see if the recently announced `Soldier of Sidon' will bring Latro to a well-deserved recovery. But whether it does or not, the next step in his journey will be well-informed, well-told, and well worth reading.
On one hand his books are frequently brilliant, imaginative, the hero "Latro" of this Historical Fantasy suffered a war injury to his head and can't remember yesterday unless he writes it down (as was said elsewhere). Some of his characters are well drawn - little Io is a joy, the black man Seven Lions helps him, as does Polos, a boy centaur, who was so normal a character Latro sees nothing unusual about him, Pindaros and others. Latro sees the gods and they manipulate him and others like chess pieces but he sees and converses with them, sometimes Io and other can see this, sometimes only Latro. These god and goddess interaction are wonderful, magic, fantastic. In that, it's like the Iliad and the Oddessy.
But in this (and in all his other books) - and I've read more than 15 - there Wolfe uses a lot of ellipsis, leaving out parts, and this as annoying as the rest is rewarding. If there is a major event in the book, Wolfe will spend chapters describing the lead up to it, chapters describing the aftermath and then leave the major event out all together! There is a bewildering profusion of characters, many of whom are poorly drawn, indistinguishable, half of which could be easily omitted. This book cries out for a larger map than the one included. Wolfe places the literal name in Greek of these Greek cities: "Rope" is Sparta, "Thought" is Athens, "Thrace" is somewhere in Turkey/Bulgaria (not on map), I guess, maybe where Troy was, - doubtless this is what the Greek words means, but why? Much of what the hero says or interprets of events is incorrect, he is the ultimate "unreliable narrator". A list of characters in the back of the book leaves out many. His books are full of sadistic bullies who beat other characters up for no reason. Many characters have multiple names. So this book like many other Wolfe books is very challenging, and often needlessly so. And the book drags and meanders plotlessly from time to time.
For this book in particular, checking out ancient Grecian history and geography on the internet, etc is needed, many characters and events are historical, the fictional characters wander through these historical events, but often Wolfe doesn't explain what's going on, assuming the reader already knows...
Be forewarned, Latro is brilliant fantasy, as good as there is, sometimes and difficult slow going others. Wolfe likes to parade his knowledge and always demands a great deal, a great deal of intuition, from his readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Latro, a Roman mercenary fighting in the Persian Wars, receives a head wound and loses the ability to make memories; every 16 hours, the past simply fades into the...Soldier of the Mist,Soldier of Arete, and Soldier of Sidon, are available digitally.
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