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Okay - I just have to ask posted 13 January 2005 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

Actually, I get the point. Kellhus is the central figure of the books but by the end of the TWP his motivations remain a mystery (though you give us clues). Is he good? Is he bad? Does it matter? I like that. His character is like a rorschach test for the other folks in the story. I'm waiting to see how the differing personality types end up in relation to our man of mystery.

What we do know of Kellhus through the end of TWP - Serwe is his polar opposite. He is opaque. She is completely transparent. He "rationalizes". She "believes". He leads. She follows. This recapitulates so many gender stereotypes - I can only assume you meant to do this? (And, then there's poor Cnaiur. He's the self-aware slave - the weeping gorilla. He was happier - and sane - when he remained an ignorant barbarian. What does it imply that he has been "used" like a woman?) Another angle (non-feminista) -- Serwe and Kellhus's relationship represents the eternal battle between reason and faith. Seems like the Logos is winning. But, is there a hint of human emotion from Kellhus as he hangs tied to Serwe's rotting corpse? Is her death going to affect him more than Kellhus can foresee in the end? Will Kellhus come to some enlightenment concerning the limitations of human rationality?

Of course, I don't expect you to answer any of these questions!! IMHO that's not your job. Hmm, reconsidering, maybe you are supposed to answer these questions in the next novel?? You've packed the story with wonderful questions, controversies and ambiguities -- terrific! Can't wait for the final installment. Write faster! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


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