Jacob at Proffitt.com
Wed Sep 5 02:14:45 EDT 2001
---Original Message From: Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk
> Paul, quoting Jacob:
> >> Finally, as long as I'm remembering books I need to recommend, I
> >> *love* R.A. MacAvoy's _Damiano_ series (includes
> _Damiano's Lute_ and
> >> _Raphael_).
> > Hmm. I liked _Damiano_ and _Damiano's Lute_, but I thought
> > was extremely dodgy.
> I'd go further than that. I liked "Damiano" a lot.
> "Damiano's Lute" was reasonable, as sequels go. "Raphael" I
> didn't like at all.
I can understand not liking Raphael after enjoying _Damiano_. It was a
very different tack to take from the previous books. I liked the
exploration of divinity and I found it interesting that _Damiano_ took
on the guide roll for the "fallen" _Raphael_. And frankly, I liked how
_Raphael_ had to come to grips with being the one who needed the
guidance. This probably dovetails with another post recently about
passive heroes. I think that Raphael qualifies as a truly passive
protagonist as his struggle is almost entirely internal and all that
happens to him (bad and good) is external. If I weren't interested in
his internal conflict, it would have been a dreadful flop. But I was
interested and didn't mind that the crises were all exerted by external
forces with little active reaction on his part.
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