Ile de Rien

Abe Gross argross at
Mon Jun 9 04:17:27 EDT 2003

> On Sun, 8 Jun 2003, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:
> > 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?
> > :-)

Anna wrote:

> I think what makes my mind ping "Italy, Italy" is the sense I get
> of lots of small states jostling with each other & forming alliances &
> attacking each other with equal gusto, and the way the cities are laid out
> with these great, and mostly well defended, noble houses equally prepared
> to ally & attack their neighbouring houses, and the vibrant cosmopolitan
> culture and just something in the general attitude.  And I can definitely
> sense French, German and Swiss influences as well, but then again that's a
> mixture I also associate with northern Italian states of the past... But
> of course I haven't finished Element Of Fire yet, so all my impressions
> may change :-).

This makes sense. My general impression was of a nineteenth-century generic
kind of European feel, with specific French overtones for the same reasons
Hallie gives.


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