donderdag 9 april 2015

Patrick Rothfuss: The Slow Regard Of Silent Things

Hi again

The Slow Regard Of Silent Things isn’t a real part of The Kingkiller Chronicles. But since it is about a secondary character in those novels; I’m giving it the label on my blog.
I got this one as a gift.
It has 159 pages.

You can find all my Patrick Rothfuss reviews here. 

“Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.
Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows...”

This novel is about Auri in her everyday life while she is always searching for the perfect gift for Kvothe in exchange for his companionship and his songs. It's about her collecting, organizing, feeling and touching of objects and her ever-busy mind, her childlike reasoning at times but also her sweetness and her gentleness.
This is a bittersweet novel.

I do think Rothfuss missed the mark a bit. I would have loved to know how Auri came to be who she is. What caused all this? That's what we all want to know.
Why is her life centered around Kvothe? It seems as if she has nothing else in her life to make her happy but caring for him, thinking about him and thinking about what would make him happy. As a woman, I find that notion quite offensive. 

The cover and the illustrations are so beautiful! They are really wonderful.
It’s a novel to keep looking at or to display for a time.

This novel is only for those readers who love the character of Auri, for those who love the atmosphere of the novels and not only the action and interactions.

Happy reading!