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Latro in the Mist: Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Areté Paperback – March 19, 2003


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Customers Reviews

An entertaining story that nobody else could have told

5.0 out of 5.0 by Steven C. Simmons on April 27, 2006
`Latro In The Mist' brings together two novels by Gene Wolfe that brilliantly meld history and fantasy with a twist unique to literature. It's good to see these back in print in a form that will let you pick up both for a reasonable price.With `Soldier of the Mist' Wolfe tells a story that would stop any other author in their tracks. `Soldier of the Mist' is the diary of Latro, a soldier of ancient Rome (maybe) who suffered a head wound on the battlefield. Every day when Latro awakens, he has a new case of amnesia. Not only does he not know who he is, but whatever he learns lasts only one day. He has found travelling companions in his search for his identity, and every morning they have him read his diary to learn who he is. Every night he makes new entries, hoping they will be useful in the coming day. The next morning he will face the world as new, knowing only what he's written and what he sees in front of him. Latro wanders ancient Greece dealing with war, politics, gods and goddesses. His lack of knowledge and prejudices let him (and you) see the world of the ancients in an entirely new light.Latro's journey continues in `Soldier of Arete.' While not as compelling as `Mist', Latros walking tour of ancient Greece remains a fascinating view into the ancient world. Unfortunately it does not advance his story as much as one might like, and some of the promise of the end of `Soldier' is not redeemed. A third (and concluding?) volume was rumored for years; I wait anxiously to see if the recently announced `Soldier of Sidon' will bring Latro to a well-deserved recovery. But whether it does or not, the next step in his journey will be well-informed, well-told, and well worth reading.
... those with the patience and ability this is the best of the best

5.0 out of 5.0 by Amazon Customer on January 16, 2017
For those with the patience and ability this is the best of the best. Latro is honest, but unreliable. The people he meets on his journey to find his home and himself are unforgettable. You should have a strong understanding of Greece during the period to get the most out of the book.
One of the best books in the known universe.

5.0 out of 5.0 by D. Lauerman on March 11, 2014
OK, the title of this review is over the top. A bit. Nevertheless, in my experience, there is no better appreciation of Ancient Greek culture and religion in English. Anyone deciding to read this book would do well to do so with a copy of Herodotus in hand (preferably the Landmark edition with its excellent maps and annotations). Nearly everything in this story can be understood as an educated commentary on Herodotus, known both as Father of History and Father of Lies. The writing is nothing short of exquisite. Whether the reader wishes to reach a better understanding of the Ancient greeks or simply to read a wonderful story beautifully told, I reccomend this book without reservation.
Five Stars

5.0 out of 5.0 by Louis Caditz-Peck on June 17, 2018
Dreamy, enchanting. Made myth and history real. No one writes from the character's perspective as well as Wolfe.
Living mythology

5.0 out of 5.0 by a Lore playtester on May 13, 2017
One of my favorite novels of all-time from my favorite living author.Original framing story. Excellent grasp of historical cultures while making mythology come alive.
wonderful fantasy, when the gods are there...

3.0 out of 5.0 by rash67 on February 13, 2008
Gene Wolfe is a rewarding but very difficult writer. Like the little girl with the curl, when he is good he is very, very good and when he is bad...you want to throw the book across the room.On one hand his books are frequently brilliant, imaginative, the hero "Latro" of this Historical Fantasy suffered a war injury to his head and can't remember yesterday unless he writes it down (as was said elsewhere). Some of his characters are well drawn - little Io is a joy, the black man Seven Lions helps him, as does Polos, a boy centaur, who was so normal a character Latro sees nothing unusual about him, Pindaros and others. Latro sees the gods and they manipulate him and others like chess pieces but he sees and converses with them, sometimes Io and other can see this, sometimes only Latro. These god and goddess interaction are wonderful, magic, fantastic. In that, it's like the Iliad and the Oddessy.But in this (and in all his other books) - and I've read more than 15 - there Wolfe uses a lot of ellipsis, leaving out parts, and this as annoying as the rest is rewarding. If there is a major event in the book, Wolfe will spend chapters describing the lead up to it, chapters describing the aftermath and then leave the major event out all together! There is a bewildering profusion of characters, many of whom are poorly drawn, indistinguishable, half of which could be easily omitted. This book cries out for a larger map than the one included. Wolfe places the literal name in Greek of these Greek cities: "Rope" is Sparta, "Thought" is Athens, "Thrace" is somewhere in Turkey/Bulgaria (not on map), I guess, maybe where Troy was, - doubtless this is what the Greek words means, but why? Much of what the hero says or interprets of events is incorrect, he is the ultimate "unreliable narrator". A list of characters in the back of the book leaves out many. His books are full of sadistic bullies who beat other characters up for no reason. Many characters have multiple names. So this book like many other Wolfe books is very challenging, and often needlessly so. And the book drags and meanders plotlessly from time to time.For this book in particular, checking out ancient Grecian history and geography on the internet, etc is needed, many characters and events are historical, the fictional characters wander through these historical events, but often Wolfe doesn't explain what's going on, assuming the reader already knows...Be forewarned, Latro is brilliant fantasy, as good as there is, sometimes and difficult slow going others. Wolfe likes to parade his knowledge and always demands a great deal, a great deal of intuition, from his readers.

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