Thursday, 14 July 2016

Alter?

The Merman's Children.

Can "alter" be a noun? Yes:

one of the distinct identities or personality states manifested in an individual with multiple personality disorder
-copied from here

However, that meaning does not fit this context:

"They called up warning of a rock, and alter of a drifting boat, perhaps broken loose from a ship that was towing it." (p. 47)

I have been concentrating on terminology, language, prose and descriptions rather than on the plot because these are the aspects of a text that sf fans might not notice so much. Appreciating Poul Anderson on every level is quite hard work. I think that one of the magazines told me that they did not publish literary criticism - although I do not remember which one.

I will shortly go out for part of the evening so there will be a temporary halt to reading and posting although I think that we have had quite a lot for today. I have stayed indoors and taken it easy at least in a physical sense. 

3 comments:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    And I admire your zeal in commenting on or analyzing the works of Poul Anderson and several other writers. I hope your labors in this blog will become among the PRIME sources for the study and appreciating of Anderson's books.

    Sean

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  2. Sean,
    Thank you. This blog is only possible because there is so much to be found in Poul Anderson's texts.
    Paul.

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