The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (2007)


Okay, so Patrick Rothfuss has the most beautiful prose I’ve ever read in a modern writer. It’s distinctly musical. I saw a quote somewhere to the effect that no one can write music like Rothfuss can. And of course, they don’t mean composing pieces of music, they mean writing music with words. It’s like word synesthesia.

This is a very worthy addition the gigantic world of fantasy. I’m not sure what to say about the story itself, though, without being spoilery, so I supposed I won’t. I did like the story, but it was emotional high, then low, then high, low, sky high, abyssmally low… over and over again. In the comfort of my cozy blankets I was okay. But Rocketman read this book on a hot, crowded bus, and if his account isn’t exaggerated, he nearly fainted trying to read this book in an environment like that. So he laid down in the aisle of the bus so as not to lose consciousness. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a book doing that to a person, so I’ll just leave that there for you.

Oh, and when DH saw that I was reading it, he was either begging me to read it aloud… or, when my voice went kaput hours later, he peeked over my shoulder and read along. (Jerk. Just kidding, husband. Kind of.)

So. It’s a beautiful book. And the 10th anniversary edition we have is full of beautiful illustrations, and, if I may say so, it’s a stylish physical book as well. Rather striking. The beauty of the book itself, combined with the fawning of an entire bookstore’s worth of fans (during a signing for a book by a different author), and the impact the the very first page alone convinced me to shell out roughly $40 for it. Heh. What can I say, I have a weakness for books.

That’s the real reason I read it.

The secondary reason was to count it in Amy’s Modern Classics Challenge 2018 as my selection for the fiction category. This beauty of a book absolutely has an honored place on my shelf, and it’s certainly among the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. (It’s certainly a shame the trilogy isn’t finished up yet.) I have no doubts at all that this book will continue to be read for centuries. So: the verdict? Definitely a classic.


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