Tigana Part Three Discussion: EMBER TO EMBER
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I also liked the Lady of Castle Borso, heh! Marius of Quileia was another interesting cameo here... we'd heard about his feats earlier on, and now we meet him, and he doesn't disappoint... the plot is starting to tying up some more, with Alessan's plan really kicking off by the end of part three.
The plot screw is turned ever tighter, leading us nicely into part four... but I'll save that for next week :-)
This was such a powerful image, and so evocatively described, it made my heart break a little. Just the idea of fighting so hard against your own will and the will of someone else imposed on you, body and mind in conflict that leaves such violent physical traces... I was blown away. That scene, maybe more than any other in the book, refuses to leave my mind.
The Lady of Castle Castle Borso.. hmm... well, living in the Bay Area of California means I think I've seen the type around. ;)
I had another sentence here, but I have wisely removed it. ;)
On a larger scale, it made me think about terrorism, and whether the term is "freedom fighter" if they are on your side, and "terrorist" if they are on the other side. The Tiganans are basically terrorists. They are horribly outnumbered and cannot make a direct attack against the enemy. They must fight with psychological warfare, manipulating public opinion, and well placed diversionary attacks. Maybe I am thinking too much about this, but I think a sign of a good book is to at least stimulate the discussion/thought on deeper issues.
Yes, the Tiganis (?) were terrorists of a sort. They set their two greatest enemies at each other's throats. But those leaders were only too willing to comply, weren't they...
The binding of the wizard: I'm with limerts here. GGK wrote this very well and made me feel pity for the wizard and Alessan. Also made me think of high school english when we read MacBeth and discussed 'Does the ends justify the means?' And should a few have to suffer for the good of many? I still can't come up with an answer for those questions. Certainly not black and white ones anyways.
The Tiganans were also in a quandry. Both Sorcerers were strong leaders, there wasn't always a reason to fight against them (yes killing opposition was a bit severe but nothing that didn't have historical precedence) there didn't seem to be that much opposition to the regimes. It's difficult to know if the regimes that would replace them would be any better.
One person's terrorist is another persons patriot!