Return to the Whorl: The Final Volume of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Gene Wolfe's Return to the Whorl is the third volume, after On Blue's Waters and In Green's Jungles, of his ambitious SF trilogy The Book of the Short Sun . . . It is again narrated by Horn, who has embarked on a quest in search of the heroic leader Patera Silk. Horn has traveled from his home on the planet Blue, reached the mysterious planet Green, and visited the great starship, the Whorl and even, somehow, the distant planet Urth. But Horn's identity has become ambiguous, a complex question embedded in the story, whose telling is itself complex, shifting from place to place, present to past. Perhaps Horn and Silk are now one being. Return to the Whorl brings Wolfe's major new fiction, The Book of the Short Sun, to a strange and seductive climax.

 

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Review: Return to the Whorl (The Book of the Short Sun #3)

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The series finale spoils everything. It is as if the author just got tired and decided to abruptly end it by cutting all knots and employing deus ex machina. Read full review

Review: Return to the Whorl (The Book of the Short Sun #3)

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The series finale spoils everything. It is as if the author just got tired and decided to abruptly end it by cutting all knots and employing deus ex machina. Read full review

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Contents

THE BLOODSTAINED MEN
13
GREAT PASS CODLING
31
JUSTICE AND GOOD ORDER
54
HE IS SILK
68
HAUNTING DORP
92
DARK EMPTY ROOMS
108
DRINKING COMPANIONS
141
SAD EXPERIENCE TEACHES ME
157
PALACES
237
THE YAWL
259
LUNCHEON AT THE CALDES PALACE
277
HOME
305
HARI MAU
318
HE TOOK ME WITH HIM
337
HOW HE CAME TO BLUE
371
THE LAST TIME
383

BEFORE MY TRIAL
177
THROUGH QUADRIFONS DOOR
194
MY TRIAL
221
THE WEDDING
398
Afterword
409
Copyright

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Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing.

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