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Thursday, August 11, 2016
"The Quest of Iranon" (a book review post)
This will be full of spoilers and, actually, I'm going to ruin the ending, so you should go read it before going on with my review.
To put it simply, Iranon is a dreamer. He's a singer of songs and a teller of stories. And he's on a quest for his homeland, a land he remembers from his infancy, a land in which he was a prince. But he was for whatever reason left to be raised by another family, and he now seeks home.
During his journey, he acquires a travelling companion, a youth who wants to move on to a better place than where he lives, another dreamer, though not one who dreams as deeply as Iranon. They travel together for years, until the youth passes Iranon by in age and, eventually, dies, all the while Iranon ages not a day. There's no explanation as to why Iranon doesn't age, so it's to be assumed that it is because he is of a people of another place, a superior people.
This is the bit that's interesting to me (and here comes the real spoiler), because, at the end, Iranon, still on his quest, stays with an old man, an old man with whom it turns out he was friends with during his childhood. The old man only has distant memories of the boy, Iranon, who used to tell fantastic tales, tales about being a prince from a far off land, but tales that couldn't be true because he and everyone had known Iranon since birth,
Hearing the truth deprives Iranon of his eternal youth, and he becomes the old man that he really ought to be. The general interpretation of this is that Iranon had stayed eternally youthful because he was a dreamer, and that it is the death of his dream that causes him to grow old. I suppose this is a logical interpretation and it is what it presented in the story.
However, if you look deeper, it's possible to see that Iranon was only youthful in his own eyes. He was, for a while, a famous and popular entertainer in the city Oonai, but, eventually, the people turn to a new group of entertainers. It is pointed out in the story that these are young people. Iranon, no longer feeling appreciated, leaves the city. But, maybe, he's just grown old and he's the only one who doesn't see it. It's an interesting question.
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I haven't read this one. It sounds pretty interesting. It's always a surprise when Lovecraft writes something that isn't full of monsters.ReplyDelete
Jeanne: Yeah, it is, but this one does kind of fulfill his whole dream thing.Delete
Hm, I have an odd relationship Lovecraft stories. I'm not as over the moon for him as a lot of other horror fans. This is one I haven't read (and that certainly doesn't sound like horror).ReplyDelete
Shannon: It's not horror at all, not unless what you fear above all else is growing old.Delete
I haven't read any Lovecraft (shame on me) but every time you review him you make me want to!ReplyDelete
mshatch: Well, you have to be careful, I think, with which stories you pick. Some of them are worth reading for sure, but I'm coming to be of the opinion that you only need to read a few. This one, though, is worthwhile.Delete
I like the psychological idea here, that thinking young keeps one young. That dreams, and belief, have power over reality. Kinda cool!ReplyDelete
Veronica: I like it, too. Surprisingly. I actually don't think Lovecraft meant it that way, but it's a cool idea.Delete
Glad you're finding some you like..or at least find interesting.ReplyDelete