Teckla, etc

Rachael Lininger rachael at daedala.net
Fri Jun 7 15:34:47 PDT 2002

On Jun 7, Chris Turkel said:

>One of the first things you learn in lit class in college is that 
>sometimes you have to decide if the narrator is trustworthy or not. I 
>really like Vlad but I don't entirely trust him sometimes, I know there 
>are things he's not saying, glossing over or outright lying about. 
>Teckla is one of  those books where you have decide how truthful he 
>really is being.

There are (at least) two kinds of unreliable narration: the ones where
the narrator isn't seeing important things, and ones where the narrator
is deliberately lying.

Vlad is both dense and dishonest. So's Paarfi, in very different 

>> It might be, of course, that the author does view the
>> Cycle as a simple and unalterable physical reality, as
>> Vlad almost describes it in _Taltos_ (though even Vlad
>> says that a sufficiently strong person could move the
>> Cycle -- and that raises the question: what kind of
>> strength, and how much of it?).  I sort of doubt it,
>> though.
>God like strength, probably. The Cycle does seem simplistic, at least on 
>one level but then again, sometimes that's the way it is is the best 
>answer of all.

Consider who he was, though: _even_ _if_ that were the case for
Dragaera, Vlad might be able to do that sort of thing.


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