Week 1 – Prologue & Book I
‘What knife is this?’ Locke held a rounded buttering utensil up for Chains’ inspection. ‘It’s all wrong. You couldn’t kill anyone with this.’
– The Thiefmaker
– The Eyeless Priest/Master Chains
– Calo & Galdo (one can’t separate the twins)
– Locke Lamora
– Capa Vencarlo Barsavi
– Jean Tannen
– Nazca Barsavi
– Duke Nicovante
– Don & Dona Salvara
I was exhausted after reading this section! Lynch sets a blistering pace in the prologue, and doesn’t let up the whole way through Book I. His style of plunging readers into the world was a big change from the fantasy I have been reading lately, and there was so much new information that it felt a bit overwhelming at times, especially when there were so many terms I didn’t understand, and weren’t explained. But after about 20 pages I let go of trying to understand every little detail and got swept up in the fantasy world. Lynch has an incredible flair for creative descriptions when he chooses to focus on something. In particular I loved the description of the circular ‘vertola’ rafts that bore trees whose roots reached down into the canals helping to clean the water. That little bit of extra detail really brought the city to life for me.
TLoLL has to be one of the funniest books I have ever read, it has had me laughing out loud more times than I can count, but the humour is so dark I can see why it wouldn’t be for everyone. I had 7 favourite quotes marked in this section, and all of them were about murder or stealing, or were witty but harsh insults. The one I chose above, about the butter knife, is (in my opinion) hilarious, when you remember that little Locke is about 6 years old when he says this. However it is also quite tragic to think that a little boy has never had the small luxury of eating at a properly laid table, and it puts Locke’s ambition into context as he comes from quite literally nothing. In this way the phrase complaint that ‘he steals too much’ can be seen to refer not just to his desire for wealth, but moreso for recognition and acknowledgement by parental figures he lacks.
There are so many things to say, about the casual violence of the world Lynch has created, about the unusual way the timeline jumps around, about the rich cast of characters, and about the mysterious ‘shadow’ that has been mentioned a few times. But I shall leave you to tease all that out in the comments below!
(Feel free to reply to each other, and to ignore my questions if you have something else to talk about!)
1. How are you feeling about TLoLL 150ish pages in?
2. What was your favourite quote?
3. What role do you think the mysterious Sabetha will play?
4. Do you have a favourite character yet? (If so who?)
Next: Week 2 – Book II ‘Complication’
Discussion date: 15th February
Photo Challenge: #bookandkey – ‘Locke & key’ because I can’t resist puns!
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