tBotNS 1:24 The Flower of Dissolution - Gene Wolfe’s The Shadow of the Torturer, The Book of the New Sun
Jul 12th, 2020 by ReReading Wolfe
The Shadow of the Torturer Chapter 24, "The Flower of Dissolution"
Severian, Agia, Dorcas, and Hildegrin cross the Lake of Birds. Severian and Dorcas both pick flowers.
- Sean Michael Robinson on Beatrix Potter of the New Sun
- Mike Bennewitz on Hildegrin's persistent presence at resurrections
- Sean Michael Robinson on the coincidence of Severian happening upon Dorcas's body
- Mike Farrar's theory about the voices Severian hears on the Lake of Birds
- Fillipo di Paola on Agia's peacock print dress and the Islamic Garden of Eden story
- Wolfe on the tBotNS being about "a man who was raised to do terrible things and who reforms himself from inside”
- Michael Andre-Driussi's new article on Ultan's Library about the timeline of the Autarchy
- Redditor Harshael on Gene Wolfe's female characters
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- Intro from "The Alligator", Annihilation soundtrack by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow
- Outro from "Poison Flowers" by Mono Puff
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