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Latro in the Mist Paperback – Mar 19 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
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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"Soldier of Arete". Latro still has amnesia, which erases his memory of the previous day. He still keeps his journal. He has become a Greek slave and fights on the side of the tall strong Amazons as he continues to travel all of Greece. He even has his own "slave" in his quest to regain his memory and perhaps as important his free status. He still talks with the Gods and those other strange creatures including the dead.
This is a reprint of two powerful ancient historical fantasies released separately in the 1980s. LATRO IN THE MIST is actually better as a two in one book because "Soldier of Arete" makes more sense if "Soldier of the Mist" is read first. The story lines are Latro's account of his odyssey, which brings to life much of Ancient Greece during the fifth century BC. Gene Wolfe is at his best with this ironic fantasy that provides a deep historical fiction with mythological elements.
Wolfe's imagination is so rich, and his narrative skills so great that you wonder whether these books can actually be memoirs as they are presented. If you marveled at the "Book of the New Sun", you will enjoy Wolfe effort at switching gears so completely. Latro's terse commentary may also be a welcome change from Severian's verbosity, but there are no creatures as wonderful as Dorcas here. Whether the "Soldier" books end-up as more than just an exercise to Exorcize "Book of the New Sun" really depends; Wolfe owes us two more books before we can make a full comparison.
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"Soldier in the Mist" and "Soldier of Arete" feel like an exercise, Wolfe consciously attempting to develop a storyline where the protagonist and setting are as contrary to the... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003 by Doug Wyatt
LATRO IN THE MIST collects Gene Wolfe's two novels SOLDIER OF THE MIST and SOLDIER OF ARETE, which chronicle the experiences of Latro, a Roman mercenary formerly fighting for the... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003 by Christopher Culver