CITADEL OF THE AUTARCH PDF

Jun 22, Palmyrah rated it it was amazing I am by no means competent to review this literary masterpiece, but having read the litany of confusion on the review pages of this volume and its companions I wish to state the following, simply in order to be helpful. The four volumes of The Book of the New Sun are one long novel, not four separate books. It was originally published in four volumes because it was too expensive and cumbersome to print as one. I am by no means competent to review this literary masterpiece, but — having read the litany of confusion on the review pages of this volume and its companions — I wish to state the following, simply in order to be helpful. Expect cliffhangers. You will almost certainly doubt it more than once while you are reading, but the novel, taken as a whole, does tell a coherent, linear story.

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Jun 22, Palmyrah rated it it was amazing I am by no means competent to review this literary masterpiece, but having read the litany of confusion on the review pages of this volume and its companions I wish to state the following, simply in order to be helpful. The four volumes of The Book of the New Sun are one long novel, not four separate books.

It was originally published in four volumes because it was too expensive and cumbersome to print as one. I am by no means competent to review this literary masterpiece, but — having read the litany of confusion on the review pages of this volume and its companions — I wish to state the following, simply in order to be helpful. Expect cliffhangers.

You will almost certainly doubt it more than once while you are reading, but the novel, taken as a whole, does tell a coherent, linear story. It is the story of how and why Severian, the narrator and hero, became what he is at the end of the last book. Everything you read, however irrelevant it may seem, is part of that story and vital to the plot. The apparently but only apparently meandering style of the narrative is designed to confuse.

This book, more than most, is a game the reader is invited to play with the author. The dice in this game are heavily loaded. It is impossible to understand The Book of the New Sun on a first reading.

At any rate and I have studied the matter , I have never heard or read of anyone who has. It is a book you have to read at least twice. The author actually tells you this explicitly, using the voice of Severian to do so. Thoughtfully, he saves the advice until the last page of the last volume.

To complicate matters further, there is a story underneath the story. This story may not reveal itself at even a second reading. To repeat, nothing in The Book of the New Sun is irrelevant. This is science fiction, not fantasy even though it won a World Fantasy Award.

Nothing supernatural happens in it, with the exception of two major, frequently-repeated events that take place at various points during the narrative. One you will not even realize is happening the first time you read the book; I actually had to have it pointed out to me after not even having noticed it on my second reading. The second is easy enough to spot, but is not really presented as supernatural. Anyway, in The Book of the New Sun, what is supernatural on one level always turns out to be perfectly natural on a different level — as indeed it must be, if you think about it.

I have read this book three times over a period of roughly 20 years. My last reading began after having spent some months lurking on urth.

A final word of warning. He loves to play with symbols, and he does it on practically every page of this book; but most of the time he does it playfully, as a literary conceit, and for the entertainment of the best-read among his readers. Follow his symbolism hoping to understand the story, and you will be woefully misled. I think he does it intentionally, and three cheers for him too.

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Or maybe not. Because even after four books, we really do not know Severian. He is as deceptive and misleading as he was in the beginning. And a shirt. In The Autarch of the Citadel, our lapsed torturer finds himself in the most violent of situations: war. Severian is weaponless, too weak to fight, he spends a lot of time hiking around, an explosion happens, people die. Was this the point all along?

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Plot introduction[ edit ] Unlike the first books in the series, The Citadel of the Autarch picks up right after the end of the previous one, The Sword of the Lictor. It tells of the travels of Severian, weak and defenseless after his encounter with Baldanders and Dr. Severian continues his travels, which lead him into war. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise.

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