the name of the wind

After having heard so much about this book, I finally got my hand on it last month and then finally got around to reading it two days ago.

The first four chapters got me pretty wrapped up in the whole suspense of the innkeeper Kote's real identity and what he's really capable of. I then had difficulty getting through the next 80 pages as Kote's real identity is revealed as Kvothe and he starts telling his life story to the Chronicler from his childhood days.

Now, at about one quarter way into the book, the pace picks up again as the storytelling reaches the turning point where it begins to unravel why and how Kvothe is who he is now.

Let me share with you Kvothe's revelation when life dealt him an extremely bad hand:

"Perhaps the greatest faculty our minds possess is the ability to cope with pain. Classic thinking teaches us of the four doors of the mind, which everyone moves through according to their need.

First is the door of sleep. Sleep offers us a retreat from the world and all its pain. Sleep marks passing time, giving us distance from the things that have hurt us. When a person is wounded they will often fall unconscious. Similarly, someone who hears traumatic news will often swoon or faint. This is the mind's way of protecting itself from pain by stepping through the first door.

Second is the door of forgetting. Some wounds are too deep to heal, or too deep to heal quickly. In addition, many memories are simply painful, and there is no healing to be done. The saying 'time heals all wounds' is false. Time heals most wounds. The rest are hidden behind this door.

Third is the door of madness. There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.

Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or do we have been told."

Incidentally, right after coming across this section, I got to watch the movie Shutter Island over the weekend which clearly illustrates the third door of the mind in dealing with loss.

Kvothe, pronounced as 'Quothe', is starting to intrigue me.


JT said...

I wanna borrow the book... Sounds very intriguing.

monkeycrab said...

Sure. I can pass to you when I'm done with it. Not quite sure it's your cup of tea though. It belongs to the magical fantasy genre...

fav tudi said...

tudi loved this book. took 8 years to write leh! and guess what, 2nd book coming out soon!!! 5 yrs but better than nothing! :)

monkeycrab said...

Tudi, the book is becoming unputdownable now! I just finished the part where he dazzled the Chancellor and various Masters and got through admissions into the University with -3talent tuition fees... he's so damn zai lor.

Sunshine23 said...

OMG angel, I'm so gona get this book soon..