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27 December 2007 @ 12:59 pm
The Curse of Chalion Discussion #1: First Impressions  
Hello and welcome to booklog_sff's first discussion! I hope everyone had a wonderful time reading (or in some cases rereading) Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion.

Let's begin with some basics.

What were your first impressions of the book?

Were there things that you liked immediately? Disliked?

Did the main character, Lupe dy Cazaril, interest you from the start?


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Anne-Elisaetrangere on December 27th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
that's an interesting point. What sort of egalitarianism do you mean, then?
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Anne-Elisaetrangere on December 27th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's that's simple. The issues of who is human, physical differences etc., are still very hot issues in our society. But nobility? Well, in the US at least, it's kinda not very relevant anymore (and she's not exploring that as classes either, so I don't think she's trying for something marxist), so is Cazaril saying this for our sake? That wouldn't make any sense. So either it's a clunky way to establish her characterization or... well I'm not sure.

The Quaddies were very awful though XD I hope she's capable of better now.

Although you're right it's still mainly people of rank (which is true of the Vorkosigan series as well anyway).
Oryoscriva on December 28th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
I think having a protagonist who thinks more like us as far as equality in society is concerned is a mean to make this society accessible to us, as a modern reader. It's very usual in many fiction set in a pre-modern setting that the characters the reader should sympathise with think like modern persons. However, by giving Cazaril his back story, Bujold gave her character a believable mindset, instead of just making him the only enlightened person by a simple whim.

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Anne-Elisaetrangere on December 27th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Agreed. LeGuin has hers as a main character though, so she wins ^^
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