Let’s Read The Slow Regard of Silent Things: 7 + 8

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Chapter 7: All To Her Desire

Oh my god please kill me

Auri continues with her soap making adventures. This involves making more soap. Very slowly. Then she rinses her hands and feet. Again.

Each to each, and all to her desire.

Title droooooop or whatever

After the soap is done and Auri washes had hands (and feet (again)) the chapter ends.

Yaaay!

Chapter 8: The Graceful Way To Move

The chapters

They never end

Today is a “waxing day” and a “day for making”, according to the inscrutable whims of Auri’s brain. Then she

you know what fuck this, I’m not summarizing the plot (such as it is) any more. It’s time for The Slow Regard Of Silent Things: GREATEST HITS EDITION

You did not want things for yourself. That made you small. That kept you safe. That meant you could move smoothly through the world without upsetting every applecart you came across. And if you were careful, if you were a proper part of things, then you could help. You mended what was cracked. You tended to the things you found askew. And you trusted that the world in turn would brush you up against the chance to eat. It was the only graceful way to move. All else was vanity and pride.

This is one of the few sections where we actually get something approaching insight into Auri’s character, as opposed to…. whatever the rest of this book is. But instead of making her more interesting it just makes her more two-dimensional and uninteresting. Her entire existence seems to revolve around Kvothe; she has such little agency and actual presence in this world it’s almost like she doesn’t exist.

Case in point: it’s only one day until Kvothe’s big visit, the same visit hat Auri has been focusing all of her energy on for the entire book. Does she just do this 24/7? When one visit ends does she immediately start obsessing about the next one?

Next up on our random discssion topic: I am convinced Rothfuss is just making up new locations in the Underthing to troll his readers. Long sections of this book consist of “then she scurried back through Wains, then into Vans and past Woodlefluzz, which led to Bloopityblorp”. I swear I can’t keep track of the nonsensical names, there are like three I don’t even remembering seeing before this chapter.

Anyway, Auri drops the gear she found (which she’s named Fulcrum) and it breaks, and I didn’t bother reading what happens after that.

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Read The Slow Regard of Silent Things: 7 + 8

  1. Hannah

    You missed something when she was debating giving Kvothe the soap:

    “Besides, it was not right for him. The mysteries might fit, but he had much of oak about him. Willow too, and he was absolutely not a selas sort.”

    Auri is aware of the conspiracy!

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  3. Chackludwig

    You are a braver man than any of us here. We all have faith in you. You’re gonna make it. You can beat the Rothfuss.

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  4. Reveen

    Fucking title drops. Fucking chapter titles. What kind of jackass does both of those at the same time? What’s the point of having oh so clever chapter subtitles if you’re going to just drop the reason for the chapter title right in the reader’s lap instead of letting the reader figure it out in hindsight?

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  5. Signatus

    The only reason I’m still reading this trash is because I actually payed for it, and it’s short enought that I don’t mind pushing myself a bit. Oh, and because I’m keeping my sanity by reading other things at the same time.

    I didn’t now a heavy, thick piece of metal could shatter just like that…

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  6. redsilkphoenix

    Two things.

    One, someone, sometime, should send Rothfuss this link on the purposes of sentences in stories. http://www.troubling.info/vonnegut.html. Kurt Vonnegut might be an oldie to Rothfuss and Co., but he’s still a goodie.

    Second, I recommend a dose or three of Lewis Carroll to cleanse your brain of this mess. A triple dose of Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and The Jaberwocky should be more than enough properly-done nonsense to put your head back together right, and banish this Rothfuss…stuff.

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    1. steamysalt

      I have no idea what Rothfuss is even trying to accomplish with this anymore. Is he really trying to be literary with this? Some of his fans seem to think so, putting it up on an ivory pedestal while at the same time looking down at quality literature for some reason. I’ve seen it once too many with some of his fans. “Screw Brilliant Piece of Literature #453! Rothfuss is the Greetest!” Its like they think the only prerequisite to good writing is being able to craft some pretty sentences and calling it a day. But at the same time, this is the fantasy genre. Its more complicated that that. These days it seems the only way to be considered good fantasy is to have onanistic world-building and a DnD style magic system on top of “lyrical writing” whatever the fuck that means anymore.

      And while I’m bitching about literature and fantasy, I’ve seen Rothfuss’ stance on academic snobbery, and I don’t think he and some of his fans understand why genre writing (not just fantasy) is (for lack of better wording) looked down upon. The reason why fantasy in particular is dismissed has nothing to do with having magic or dragons of elves and other fantastical elements, but with themes and subject matter as well as writing ability. There are tons of novels with fantasy elements that are celebrated in academia. I recently finished reading Grendel by John Gardner and it has a motherfucking dragon in it but that does not detract in any way the excellency of the novel.

      You could remove all the fantasy elements from Rothfuss’ books and set it in the real world and they would still be subject to hand-waving by those ‘academic snobs’.

      Sorry for my incoherent, unorganized rant, but my gears are deteriorating from the amount of grinding from this crap.

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      1. literarymoses

        You know what annoyed me so fucking much about his academic snobbery? The fact that he things “literary fiction” is a genre, of all things. No, Rothfuss, your books aren’t considered literary fiction not because they’re not about men contemplating their mothers by windowsills, but because they. fucking. suck.

        The reason no one takes fantasy seriously is because so much fantasy is bad. Period. Yet somehow, every fantasy writer from Paulini to Rothfuss seems to be in the opinion that they are writing truly great, world-changing fiction, and when they don’t get the Nobel Prizes they’re expecting it’s because literary fiction fans are snobs. FUCK THAT. There is plenty of fantasy that is considered literary fiction: Gormenghast, Paradise Lost, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Lord of the Rings, the Wizard of Oz, Wicked, the Golem and the Jinni, Sandman… These are all books about different worlds, monsters, demons, wars, or just different creatures. They all also have literary acclaim. That’s because they’re good fucking books.

        It’s not because there is some conspiracy against fantasy writers, or because literary fiction is a genre more specific then “good, meaningful books.” You know what, literary fiction writers and academics are snobs. Snobs in so much that they’ll only accept well-written books as, well, good books, and look down on shit such as the goo that Rothfuss ejaculates after long sessions of pleasuring his own ego. If you consider looking down on crap as snobby, they are snobs.

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    2. Austin H. Williams

      Considering Rothfuss’s thoughts on semicolons and how they were obviously influenced by Vonnegut (or at least someone who followed Vonnegut), the advice in that link should hopefully be taken well by Rothfuss.

      Obviously, however, it wasn’t.

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