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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Orson Scott Card: the moral essence of a great man

"One recurring theme in Card's work is aggressive tolerance ("intolerance of intolerance"); the farther he strays from this theme, the less satisfactory his books tend to be."

Now I should tell the reader that I have devoured and passionately admired Card's work, and I can vouch that this statement, is flatout wrong.

Aggressive tolerance is not one recurring theme. It is THE recurring theme.

In fact I would venture that it is the critical key to Card himself, with his emphasis on diversity and fallibility, fate and choice - all these distinctive traits or ethos arose from this single point where Card himself refuses to tolerate intolerance... it is the agon, the Passion, of Card himself that lends the books of his that are aligned with this the deep and central root of moral strength

All of which is why I love Mr Card's work.

The quote above comes from a fairly brilliant review of Card's career: but the link on the title is to Card's website... honestly, you need go no farther to the essence of this man that the first sentence of this entry.


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