Latro in the Mist is an omnibus of two books Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete (); a chunky page (with another 16 pages. In his foreword to Latro in the Mist, which pairs Gene Wolfe’s acclaimed historical fantasies Soldier of the Mist () and Soldier of Arete. LATRO IN THE MIST is the omnibus edition containing two of Gene Wolfe’s historical fantasies set in ancient Greece: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete.
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I’ve taken many Anc Reading this book was a lot of fun. Latro is a Roman mercenary who, after a head wound, cannot remember what happens day to day, so he keeps a journal and reads it each day to know who and where he is. The book itself is the diary he maintains in an larto to help him remember things. His kist holds for about a day at a time, after which he forgets everything.
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Latro in the Mist: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete
His only means of retaining some memory of his life is to write daily in his scroll, and therefore the narrative is first-person. He should have skipped the entire soul-reincarnation bit. It’s still a fantastic series of books, but the fact that I can’t actually tell what happens in the end and that I don’t enjoy the sensation when reading a novel that I’m missing some level of meaning or story means that I’m left a bit unsatisfied.
Admittedly, compared to his “Book of the New Sun In “Latro in laro Mist”, Gene Wolfe again provides us with an unreliable narrator who is an unconventional hero wrapped up in larger-than-life events from a world we often know little about.
Your email address will not be published. Writing down his experiences every day and reading his journal anew each morning gives him a poignantly tenuous hold on himself, but his story’s hold on readers is powerful indeed, and many consider these Wolfe’s best books.
As much as I love Wolfe, I kind of feel like he bit off a tad more than he can chew with Latro’s memory problems.
Return to Book Page. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. It doesn’t release until February, but I was fortunate enough to get an arc through work, and I loved it! MarysGirl Feb 24, So why even bother? Historian’s Notebook Author Faith L. It’s more than a book: He is surrounded by a whole host of interesting characters, and because of his condition, the reader ends up knowing more about the people around him than Latro himself does.
Jun 26, Serena rated it it was amazing. HanJie Mar 27, Beautifully written, with an intriguing premise and an interesting “unreliable” narrator. I’m loving it so far, but hadn’t heard of it before this. I was hoping he would end up with Io; i felt like he abandoned her at the end and she was so in love with him. Does anyone have any thoughts or reactions on it? This was a really interesting book.
Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe
Having some knowledge of the events of the time helps fill in the gaps. It is quite clear that some game is being played by the latrk and goddesses something of a play of events, because throughout Latro’s journey from Thrace, through Athens, to finally play at Sparta’s games; a sort of “as above, so below” theme.
Acting in bad faith in this community can and likely will have consequences. Wolfe dropped out during his junior year, and was drafted to fight in the Korean War. Instead, these two novels chronicle aimless meanderings. Latro can now see and talk to gods, ghosts, dryads and other mythic creatures.
But, if you’re willing to put in the effort, it is one of the most rewarding books you will ever come across. Beautifully written, with an intriguing premise and an interesting “unreliable” narrator. A complex, delirious novel, purporting to be a lost scroll written in an archaic form of Latin in the early 5th century BC by a wounded soldier who writes of the day’s events at night, forgets everything in the morning, and speaks to the Gods.
The very ending of the second book was rather confusing, though — the POV shifted to that of another character who is apparently overfond of metaphors and poetic language, and I’m still trying to sort out what actually happened. I’m ok with endings that don’t tie hte all the strings in a neat little package, but I have to have SOMEthing alas. Latro had a disastrous penchant for abbreviation—indeed, it is rare to find him giving any but the shortest words in full; there is a distinct possibility that some abbreviations have been misread.
I love his books, and his last trilogy was amazing. I wouldn’t recommend this to people new to Gene Wolfe’s fiction. Video reviews belong in the Larto Tuesday thread.
Jul 05, Tim rated it it was amazing. Not like a Sybill; more like the way a house has a foundation and walls and a kitchen and a roof. I occasionally run across a book that challenges me; that makes me work for the story and enjoy the labor; that awes me with the craft of the writing.
But often it comes off as over coy, his refusal to describe any character in useful detail, or shoving a critical but not particularly clever clue into a dull front half of a paragraph.
Kirkus Reviews described it as “marvelously fluent” and “evocative”. The scenes of battle felt real. The answer, however, is at the end your own to make, and changes the meaning behind the end of the book either way. Aug 13, Ian Mathers rated it liked it Shelves: I really like the use of amnesia as a literary trope. In Book of The Long Sun this tendency drove me absolutely apeshit, but here it works much better, and Wolfe does as he always does some clever things with Latro’s memory and observations.
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