The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (Four Stars)

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

(Four Stars out of Five)

Well-conceived and executed “short” story about Auri. Rothfuss calls it “a thirty-thousand-word vignette.” (If you don’t know who Auri is, maybe you should read The Name of the Wind first.) Slow Regard takes you inside Auri’s mind for a week of life in and out of the Underthing.

This is Rothfuss, so saying that he didn’t quite get Auri right is like finding errors in the Bible, but she comes off more OCD and less fey than in the main corpus.

In his afterword Rothfuss notes how Auri speaks to the brokenness in all of us. She does. Since brokenness is our natural state and Rothfuss represents the inner man so well, this story should connect with many readers. Glad he ignored his inner critic and published it.

Suggest you read it through fast the first time. Don’t stop to look up unfamiliar words or think about allusions. Immerse yourself in the story and enjoy. Let subsequent readings satisfy your curiosity about the richness of Rothfuss’s text.

Loved Nate Taylor’s illustrations except those of Auri herself. Hard to capture the nimbus of her hair in sharp contrasts of pen and ink.

Anyone else would get five stars for this, but Rothfuss is not any storyteller. He is the sage of the age.

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