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posted 15 Apr 2005, 05:04 by Fanim, Commoner

It seems this forum's new post notification feature is broken. Thanks to all who replied. [quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":2nrwrec9]Welcome aboard, Fanim. It's too bad you're asking a question that's impossible for me to answer! :wink: I am curious, though, as to what you mean exactly by 'break.' Is it simply a matter of giving the Fanim a military victory, or do you think I'm somehow taking sides?[/quote:2nrwrec9] There are two things that make me somewhat uncomfortable: 1. There is hardly any Fanim character depicted. Skauras gets some time, but mostly vicariously through Conphas' recollections of him, and only at the very last moment (when he realizes the magnitude of the disaster) is he somewhat humanized. The Padirajah is caricatured as a fat buffoon. There is one hint of valor when the Chishaurim messenger to Kellhus shows admirable stoicism in the face of impending death, and one can only agree with his characterization of the Scarlet Spires as "whores". 2. The history of the Crusades is one of a massive demographic burst in Western Europe finding an outlet in the Middle East (as Saubon, many of the crusaders were motivated by the perspective of gaining kingdoms or fiefs in the East). But their initial victories were due in no small part to the total disarray and lack of leadership on the other side, which was reversed by Nasruddin and later Saladin. In the Inrithi Holy War, they face an already organized and competent foe, not to mention one adequately provisioned and manned, yet they consistently snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In some ways the first two installments remind me of Frank Herbert's Dune, with the Dunyain being analogous to the Bene Gesserit. My reading of Dune is actually sympathetic to the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who both express regret at the distasteful political necessity of having to destroy the Atreides, whereas Paul Muad'dib is a man who uses his superior genetics to unleash a fanatical and genocidal jihad on the galaxy. I must be a contrarian. Herbert's subtle and complex portrayal of the Atreides' foes in the book leaves the possibility of empathizing with them and taking their side. The Fanim in the first two volumes of PoN are too one-dimensional for that. view post


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