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For Canetti LoversDec 4 2010
Brandon E Bourgeois
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This is for any true Canetti fanatic. To my mind, Elias is figure of mythic stature and proportion. But this collection allows me to note his measurements from a much more realistic perspective. On the whole, it accomplishes the feat of allowing the reader to see these three figures as satellites of each other. Georg and Veza are no longer obscured satellites circling about Elias. They alternate in the role of the main planet; and at times the planets collide. One is allowed a glimpse into Elias' dependence upon the two and his indulgence in small--and sometimes great--betrayals, but the others are not wholly lacking in these characteristics either. They are, each of them, distinct planets in their own right who fed off contact with each other as if it were the only tangible nourishment: in their esteem of virtue and the life of the mind, they were some of the last private beings of learning, curiosity, passion, and dedication in the most recent great age of the intellectual.