Ile de Rien

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at
Sun Jun 8 13:13:22 EDT 2003


>	Ditto on both requests... Do people really call Vienne an
>alternate London? Has Wells said it is?

People really do, but Wells hasn't said so, at least not in anything I've read.

>I have only a short acquaintance
>with Wells' books (though I'm in the process of reading further), but
>London is one of the few ancient European cities that I don't find echoes
>of in Vienne. Mostly I see Vienne as being part of some alternate-Italy,
>maybe alternate northern Italy, though I'm not sure what exactly gives me
>that impression, it's just the way I read it...

Italy?  That's interesting.  I'd only felt sort of French from the 
Three Muskateers type feel to _The Element of Fire_ and the names. 
Though there is Ravenna or Ravena or however it's spelled, right? 


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