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  • However, Rothfuss couches it beautifully, enough to interest a reader

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      In this new tale by the author Patrick Rothfuss, the sometimes ambiguous lines between poetry and prose begin to blur. Indeed, often, the reader wonders if The Name of the Wind is poetry or prose, because the language used by Rothfuss is singularly, and poetically elegant and beautiful.

      He creates a world that is tangible, believable, and easy to be felt by the reader. Eevn details such as currency have been filled in, as well as a sense of different cultural songs- this serves to enrich the identity of the fantasy world Rothfuss has created.

      In The Name

      of the Wind,we follow the story of Kvothe, a wizard of sorts, who has become a legend in the eyes of many common folk. Following a scribe, we learn of Kvothe’s past, and the many struggles he has taken. Brilliantly, we see the difference between the man and legend- Rothfuss shows us how the truth of Kvothe’s past sometimes gets amusingly distorted along the way, making Kvothe into a larger figure among the common folk than he really is.

      Kvothe himself is a master performer, intelligent, and quick to learn- the main struggle he deals with is to ...

      • keep paying his schooling fees at the University, and dealing with a rich student whom Kvothe crossed on the first day- Ambrose.

        There are clearly two storylines at once- Kvothe, in the present, is speaking of his past to Chronicler, the scribe. And yet, there are times when we are brought back out of the past to the present, where Rothfuss skillfully handles two timelines to reveal hints of a threat and danger to Kvothe in the present as well. It is clear there is a bigger plot going on, one that transcends the two timelines.

        Admittedly, to some,

        the book can get rather dull, moving into sordid details of Kvothe’s past. However, Rothfuss couches it beautifully, enough to interest a reader. Kvothe’s escapades are often hilarious, and his quick wit and tongue often creates several amusing scenarios.

        Rothfuss gets overly descriptive and technical at some points, which can be a major turn-off for a reader, but at other times, his description flows, smooth and beautiful. This book is probably not for those who do not particularly enjoy long descriptive lengths of narrative exposition.

        Otherwise, this story is a tale to read, to savour the perfect clarity the words evoke.

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