Date: 2009-02-01 05:27 pm (UTC)
This is first-person, right? So there's no 'perspective' on it by the narrator? Is there even any sense that Eon(a) finds the current state of affairs fundamentally unjust, or is she just trying to do the best she can in a system she regards as right or at least inevitable?

It is first-person, yes. I wish there were an equally simple answer to your second question! A lot of the time, she's just struggling to keep herself alive by maintaining the disguise, and she also has the added problem of being crippled and barely being allowed to train for a chance to be a Dragoneye AND lots of Bad Stuff happens. She sees quite a few things as unjust, but there's so much going on that it's hard to be sure how deep her sense of the injustice(s) goes.

It strikes me that you can have an unreliable narrator work much more unambiguously in a book like Huckleberry Finn, set in our world, because we know that there are other perspectives on slavery than Huck's; but if (as perhaps in the world of this book) the language and cultural mechanisms for that critique do not exist, even to be conscious of a injustice may involve reading self-consciously from outside that world altogether. (If that makes any sense?)

As I just said in today's post, I'm really brain-dead (and Doug's pretty lucky not to be dead too!), but I'm not seeing immediately why there'd be a difference between reading a book like Huckleberry Finn and knowing that the narrator's views on slavery are all wrong, and reading this one and knowing the narrator's views on the place of women in society are also outdated? Unless you're saying that we can read HF without our modern perspective and still know there are other perspectives on slavery?

Another thing in this case is that the Contraire (Lady something or other) is providing a strong voice for someone outside accepted society and 'proper' gender roles too. But I do hope that the sequel doesn't sort everything out by going for a totally Yin-Yan male/female polar opposites complement each other and everything's fine as long as they're balanced line.
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