Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Vance Post

So, in a comment regarding my first Jack Vance post, one of my favorite Intert00bers wrote (in part):

I see a lot of that in Vance's moral relativity about the societies he constructs, which are all bizarre and ethically challenged (but no more so than our own), while the nearest he ever comes to inserting himself in a story as a Mary Sue character would be Baron Bodissey

While I certainly value the opinion of this particular scribe, I would venture to say that Navarth the Mad Poet, who features as a major character in The Palace of Love flirts with "Mary Sue" status. My favorite "Navarth" piece comes from the introduction to Chapter 19 of The Book of Dreams, the last novel in the Demon Princes series:

Navarth despised latter-day poetry, save only those verses composed by himself. "These are faded times. Wisdom and innocence once were allied, and noble songs were sung. I recall a couplet, by no means sublime- quaint, rather- succinct, yet reverberating a thousand meanings:

A farting horse will never tire,

A farting man's the man to hire.

Where is the like today?"

As an addendum, I have to mention the lamentable fact that the noble Baron Bodissey had his good name stolen by a neocon cobag blogging at Gates of Vienna. Luckily, Navarth has not be co-opted by right-wingers, to my knowledge.


Smut Clyde said...

A farting horse will never tire,
A farting man's the man to hire.

Textural similarities suggest that Navarre the Poet was influenced by the People's Poet:

When things go wrong and will not come right,
Though you do the best you can,
When life looks black as the hour of night -
A pint of plain is your only man.

When money's tight and hard to get
And your horse has also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt -
A pint of plain is your only man.

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