Shadow & Claw: The First Half of ‘The Book of the New Sun’

Shadow & Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' Author Gene Wolfe
ISBN-10 0312890176
ISBN-13 9780312890179
Year 1994-10-15
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Orb Books
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The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe s most remarkable work hailed as a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis by Publishers Weekly and one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Shadow Claw brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession showing mercy toward his victim Ursula K Le Guin said Magic stuff a masterpiece the best science fiction I ve read in years The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian banished from his home as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic and learn the truth about his hidden destiny Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced is the four volume Book of the New Sun Chicago Sun Times The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence pure and simple The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory Swiftian satire Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within once into it there is no stopping The New York Times Book Review

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