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Told in Kvothe's own voice this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players his years spent as a near feral orphan in a crime ridden city his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming of age story unrivaled in recent literature A high action story written with a poet's hand The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard


10 thoughts on “The Name of the Wind

  1. says:

    I'm sorry Mr Rothfuss For realz actual sorry Honestly I tried giving your book two stars out of pity since I so wanted to like it and I'd feel bad about giving it one star and dragging down your average rating Though you don't appear to need my pity Your book has the highest average GR rating 449 of any of the book I've read I finally dropped my rating down to one star because it's just a steaming pile of crap and I couldn't take the embarrassment of having posted a two star rating on something so awfulMr Rothfuss you probably don't give a shit about my rating since judging from your GR biography you appear to be very comfortable in your own academic geeky skin And that is totally cool I'm an academic geeky type myself Not as geeky as you You are really geeky Like I said that's cool Anywayz for a long time I gave you two stars since a couple of my most favorite people my brother and his fiancé both love your book One star for each of them But like I hinted the book is pretty bad So are you and me good? No hard feelings? Awesome I don't take shit too personally either So now I'll get down to ripping your book knowing we can still be friendsIn the interest of full disclosure I faithfully admit that this book goes in my DNF shelf I made it 162 pages in I was reading it on the Kindle app on my iPhone and made it to § 3154 but with little arithmetic I determined that was the equivalent of page 162 in the mass market paperback I just couldn't finish it I gave it a good honest try and eventually found myself reading only so I wouldn't have to admit to my brother that I didn't like it enough to finish But that isn't a good reason to spend my time—something we have precious little of in our short lives—reading something I dislike and not getting paid for it So I'm sorry bro I tried Yes my brother is one of my GR friends and will likely see this review Now on to the reasons I couldn't finish the bookMost of The Name of the Wind is written in the first person it's the autobiography of Kvothe who has a number of things in common with The Most Interesting Man in the World Kvothe is reciting his life story to a scribe while his male companion Bast looks onFOOTNOTEThere are several interesting facts pertaining to Kvothe and Bast First Bast is described as sharp and delicate almost beautiful with striking blue eyes Second Kvothe and Bast run a bed and breakfast Third Bast follows Kvothe around like a puppy dog Fourth Bast likes to tuck Kvothe into bed and watch him sleep Fifth Bast cries like a little girl when he hears something sad Finally Bast apparently can manifest himself as some sort of goat man creature Do you see where I'm going with this? Kvothe runs a bed and breakfast in which a very sensitive and beautiful man follows him around and occasionally turns into a goat Bed and breakfast and goat men what could be sexier? Not that there's anything wrong with that I believe everyone should have the freedom be who they were born to be and I have several close friends who happen to be gay I'm the last person who would have a problem with Kvothe and his beautiful male companion getting frisky goat style of course I only mention the implied homoerotic connection because Kvothe aka The Most Interesting Man in the World is supposed to be a lady killer No not a psycho rapist murderer you freaks A lady killa A Lover of Women I suppose that's not necessarily inconsistent perhaps Kvothe swings both ways Let's all say it together now not that there's anything wrong with thatEND FOOTNOTENot all of the book however is written in the first person First person narrative is reserved for Kvothe's recitation of his life story The remainder of the book particularly the scenes of Kvothe manhandling his lover in front of the scribe Bast said Kvothe leaves bruises are written in the third person I'll address my displeasure with the third person sections firstLet me clarify at the outset that I have no problem with the writer switching between first person and third person narrative I recognize it can be a powerful tool and it serves the structure of this story quite well The book begins in the third person then as Kvothe tells his life story it switches to first person then back to third person for occasional interludes My problem is with the author switching his narrative voice within the third person sections The academic geek is all over the place in that regard Sometimes he writes a scene in third person subjective other times third person objective Some passages read like third person limited others third person omniscient At points the author seemed to switch voice page to page or even paragraph to paragraph In one especially irritating scene he even threw in a hint of first person for a paragraph or so Maybe if I'd kept reading I would have found a scene or two in second person just for good measure The switching of narrative voices was confusing and frustratingPerhaps the author saw his story as being so epic andor complex that a third person omniscient narrator was called for throughout I certainly understand the advantages of an omniscient narrator that can relate some scenes from one character's point of view and others from a second character's point of view and so on But that theory doesn't fit The Name of the Wind With most of the book indeed the real meat of the story being written in the first person the third person sections are a minority and seem almost incidental merely setting the stage and creating some dynamicjuxtaposition And the theory doesn't explain why some scenes are told from the points of view of everyone present a voice that strikes me as pompous and unreal while other scenes are described objectively from nobody's point of view Still other scenes alternate points of view paragraph by paragraph or even sentence by sentence and at a couple of points I wasn't entirely sure who's thoughts I was reading Such constant switching without an obvious purpose or pattern made the omniscient narrator if that's what was intended seem unreliableNow on to the bulk of the book Kvothe's first person account of his life story Kvothe's account actually read much smoother than the third person interludes Without the worry of mixing up his voices the author did a much better job on the first person narrative Indeed Kvothe's story incorporates some fair not horrible not great drama suspense and sentiment Portions are even quite quotable The Author was thoughtful and observant in his telling of Kvothe's story relating events and thoughts with which I could identify and pointing out a few things I wouldn’t have thought of Unfortunately for the reasons set forth below those good qualities were not sufficient to demand my continued attentionMany passages in Kvothe's story felt lazy unnecessary unintended or unoriginal A few things were just plain weird For example Kvothe asks his father a question and the father makes a big deal about wanting to answer with a poem but after five lines he forgets the rest Setting aside that the five remembered lines were some shitty poetry why is the rest forgotten? If the poem was important then the author should have taken the time or sought the help to craft something decent for the father to recite If the poem was not important why have the father recite a poem at all? A pointless poem only serves to clutter the prose As a boy Kvothe watched his parents make out so he could learn kissing technique That's weird Speaking of Kvothe watching his parents he has some sort of Oedipal affection for his mother It shows in a few places but never so than when he describes his mother as slender fresh and bright pale and smooth skinned in the firelight I have trouble reconciling the Oedipus Complex with The Most Interesting Man in the World Unless I just misunderstand one or the other?2ND FOOTNOTEWhat I find especially interesting is my suspicion that the author was not consciously creating the Oedipal attraction Similarly I suspect the author was not consciously creating the romantic connection between Kvothe and Bast Maybe if I'd finished the book I would have found out that Kvothe was a gay man who masturbated to the memory of his mother But I doubt itEND 2ND FOOTNOTE Kvothe declares that he will sum up a certain magical principle and begins with his first point He then expounds upon that first point but never reaches a second point nor a third or fourth The explanation merely peters out Kvothe's father sets up a dichotomy between poetry and music that I don't believe exists I admit that's only a disagreement rather than a problem with the writing In several places there was a lack of creativity with turn of phrase One passage uses the phrase there are times too many times The author uses the definite article in a number of places were the indefinite article would have been appropriate In the passage I marked as an example Kvothe talks about going deeper into the city without any prior mention of having entered any city much less being on the verge of going deeper into it In another place a beautiful metaphor was ruined when the author spelled out his meaning explicitly Some metaphors are powerful if left implied resting behind the words for the observant reader to find on his own In this instance it went from beautiful metaphor to so so analogyI also have a much fundamental underlying problem with the entire storyline That is the quality of Kvothe as a character He's portrayed as a superhuman hero with a towering intellect and dazzling physical prowess Kvothe can do nothing wrong no puzzle is too difficult and no problem too big to handle He can thrive under any circumstance and no lady can resist his advances neither can beautiful goat men for that matter He wins over the most cynical skeptics and his knowledge of the arts and sciences is without equal Kvothe advises kings and kills demons He can even run a clean and comfortable bed and breakfast Kvothe himself is his own story's deus ex machina And that to me it is the ultimate expression of unimaginative writing Supposedly Mr Rothfuss wrote The Name of the Wind over the course of a decade or You'd think with all that time to contemplate and mull over his book he could come up with something interesting than ironically The Most Interesting Man in the World