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Shadow & Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Gene Wolfe
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31. Dezember 1994 Book of the New Sun (Buch 1)
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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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orb Books; Auflage: 0005 (31. Dezember 1994)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312890176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312890179
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,8 x 14,1 x 2,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (62 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 28.318 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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One of the most acclaimed "science fantasies" ever, Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun is a long, magical novel in four volumes. Shadow & Claw contains the first two: The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator, which respectively won the World Fantasy and Nebula Awards.

This is the first-person narrative of Severian, a lowly apprentice torturer blessed and cursed with a photographic memory, whose travels lead him through the marvels of far-future Urth, and who--as revealed near the beginning--eventually becomes his land's sole ruler or Autarch. On the surface it's a colorful story with all the classic ingredients: growing up, adventure, sex, betrayal, murder, exile, battle, monsters, and mysteries to be solved. (Only well into book 2 do we realize what saved Severian's life in chapter 1.) For lovers of literary allusions, they are plenty here: a Dickensian cemetery scene, a torture-engine from Kafka, a wonderful library out of Borges, and familiar fables changed by eons of retelling. Wolfe evokes a chilly sense of time's vastness, with an age-old, much-restored painting of a golden-visored "knight," really an astronaut standing on the moon, and an ancient citadel of metal towers, actually grounded spacecraft. Even the sun is senile and dying, and so Urth needs a new sun.

The Book of the New Sun is almost heartbreakingly good, full of riches and subtleties that improve with each rereading. It is Gene Wolfe's masterpiece. --David Langford,


""The Book of the New Sun" establishes [Wolfe's] pre-eminence, 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"

"Magic stuff...a masterpiece...the best science fiction I've read in years!" --Ursula K. Le Guin

"Arguably the best piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced." --"Chicago Sun-Times"

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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best-written SF novels ever 18. Juli 2000
The scope and depth of Gene Wolfe's masterpiece tetralogy never ceases to amaze. However, casual readers--or SF grognards whose love of language has been atrophied by continuous and prolonged exposure to the breezy, pulpish stylings of most "hard" SF--should be prepared for a prolonged and difficult read. An unabridged OED certainly couldn't hurt with words like "fuligin," "hipparch," "monomachy," "exultant," or "chiliad" littering the text like baroque relics. (It's also a good idea to read the essays in CASTLE OF DAYS, where Wolfe explains and justifies many of the more outre scientific and philosophical underpinnings of his world.)
The dedicated reader will be well rewarded, though, as Wolfe gleefully strews mad ideas, black humor, bizarre turns of phrase and deft plot twists across the pages. The adventure is luxuriant and decadent, slow and inexorable yet completely unpredictable, and utterly convincing to boot; one emerges from THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN with a feeling of having spent a lifetime on "Urth." Dive in, dear reader!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book - But Too Self-Indulgent 14. Juli 2000
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I just finished reading this book. It is the first Gene Wolfe novel I ever read. The plot is rather absorbing, the characters are diverse and interesting, and (for the most part) the writing is good. The novel is set on Earth in the far, far distant future. Humans once migrated to and from the stars; but those days are now only dim memory (to most). As in many other s-f novels, this provides the stage for a feudal society ruled by high-tech overloads (think twelfth century Europe with gravitic fliers, energy beam weapons, aliens, & genetically-altered plants and animal). The main character is an orphan reared by the guild of professional torturers & executioners (housed in a derelict star ship). Following an act of betrayal, our naive anti-hero is cast out of the guild, and sent on a Campbellian hero's journey of discovery. Overall, this is an excellent s-f novel. Now, a little criticism. Mr. Wolfe vitiated my reading experience (like rat droppings on a chocolate chip cookie) by excessive and pointless use obscure words. Here are just a few examples: abattoir, anacreontic, armiger, bosquets, caryatids, cataphracts, chiliad, eidolon, ephor, exarch, fiacre, flagoet, fulgurator, gamboge, glaives, gnomons, hierophants, kraters, lansquenets, leman, misericorde, omophagists, ophicleides, ostler, oubliette, pagne, pandour, pantocrators, peccary, pelagic, peltast, penetralia, pursuivant, quaestor, quercine, rebec, refulgent, renascent, thiasus, thurible, tribade, uhlan, verdure, vicuna. Also, his many allusions often fail to contribute to the story (or to my reading pleasure) in any meaningful way. I would accuse a lesser writer of being narcissistic and pretentious (an engineer with James-Joycian affectations?). Since Mr. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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I've read a fair amount of science fiction and fantasy over the years, including all of the classics of "The Golden Age." It took me a long time to admit it, but this is the best of them all. This is the best science fiction book I have ever read.
In this book, Severian, apprentice in the Guild of Seekers for Truth and Penitence, is sent to the library of the Autarch, the ruler of the Commonwealth, for several books, and meets the head of the Librarian's Guild. This man explains how the Librarian's Guild attracts its apprentices. In each library is placed a copy of The Book of Gold, which attracts exactly those youths who will make good librarians. These children are taken into the guild. No apprentice can say, later, just what The Book of Gold is about. It is, simply, the most wonderful book in the world.
Wolfe has said that, for him, The Book of Gold (or one of them, anyway) was Jack Vance's book _The Dying Earth_. _The Book of the New Sun_, of which this book contains the first two of four volumes, is an homage, in large part, to _The Dying Earth_. _The Book of the New Sun_ is a story of the far future, when Earth's sun is dying, and all of the people with the inclination to do so have left the dying planet. This book is about the remaining inhabitants, both human and extra-human, and the world as it is left to them, and what is to become of it. It is also a book to give the old, tarnished word "redemption" a new lease on life. Wolfe is a practicing Catholic, but while this informs his viewpoint, this is not your average book of Christian allegory. It's a reworking of some elements found in the New Testament, and a lot of elements definitely not found there.
A lot of other words get a new lease on life too.
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I am a little disappointed by all the low reviews of this wonderful series that the last few reader comments have set forth. I have read thousands of books in my life, and I know what real literature is. This is the most intricately structured work that anyone has ever written, so subtle and beautiful that the full import of what the author is saying is almost lost until the second time you read the work as a whole. It is essential that one at least finish all of the books in the series, and then even a precursory glance over the beginning will reveal so much more. The first time I read this book I did not appreciate it, especially the strange "Claw of the Conciliator", but on a second reading it became for me a truly powerful and fulfilling experience. The story of Severian the savior, filled with all its allusion to myth and modern faith, is the most touching and wondrous prose novel ever written. The mysteries of who Severian's family is, how he actually is the new sun, and the human nature of a torturer are so cunningly presented that it is easy to miss all the small details that make this the greatest story ever. Another reason I think that Gene Wolfe is not appreciated is that he actually respects the intelligence of his reader, having faith that with as little as one sentence for a clue a reader can determine what he is trying to say. He is one of the few modern authors who does not insult the reader with oversimplification and blatantly excessive explanation. I encourage this book and "The Urth of the New Sun" wholeheartedly, and I think that one cannot truly appreciate the story until at least looking at the complete work several times.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen simply great
The story unfolds slowly but surely in this amazing world. I'm now on the third book and can't put it down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Sci-Fi i have read in years
Akin to "Tales of the Dying Earth" by Jack Vance in it's setting, with slightly more direct allusions to the dregs of technology that remain to a post-everything earth society. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. März 2009 von André
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Masterpiece of the Imagination.
The Book of The New Sun is simply the greatest science-fiction series ever written. Take the time to read it and you will not be disappointed.
Veröffentlicht am 3. Juli 2000 von J. P.
2.0 von 5 Sternen A Weary Tale of Random Thoughts
I have great respect for Gene Wolfe, who has written some truly excellent short stories, but I cannot say that the "Book of the New Sun" is a great work. Lesen Sie weiter...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Unworthy of so much Praise
This is the first of Gene Wolfe's books that I have read and probably the last. I was hoping to find a new exciting story after reading many other science fiction and fantasy... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's as Complex as it is Compelling
This was the first book by Wolfe I read (I've since bought thesequel), and I must admit I ordered it with some skepticism. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2000 von Christian James
5.0 von 5 Sternen A collage of SF
My favorite saga before this one was Elric of Melnibone', by Michael Moorcock. I think what drew me towards this book in the first place was the guild of torturers... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2000 von Robert Tanory
5.0 von 5 Sternen Justifies the Existence of Science-Fiction
If Gene Wolfe's BOOK OF THE NEW SUN stood alone, towering over a vast field of L. Ron Hubbard "blockbusters" and the latter works of Piers Anthony, surrounded by the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2000 von Amazon Customer
5.0 von 5 Sternen Makes Lord of the Rings look like the teletubbies
This series has some pretty incredable imagery, including the concept of the color fuligin, the color that is darker than black. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2000 von "peterinvt"
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good story, great writing
All in all, it is definitly worth reading, if only to add the word fuligin to your vocabulary. Wolfe can flat out write.
Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2000 von J. Simpson
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