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Poetic Licence – Iain M. Banks’ Consider Phlebas and T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

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June 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

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  1. […] Re: the ending of consider phlebas It's a quote from T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land. An article discussing the reasons for the title: Poetic Licence – Iain M. Banks? Consider Phlebas and T.S. Eliot?s The Waste Land Fearful Symme… […]

  2. […] I first heard heard about Iain Bank’s Consider Phlebas back in 2005, when it showed up on somebody’s list of important science fiction novels. In working my way through important science fiction works this year, I decided it was finally time to give the novel a try, even though it’s by no means a fixture in the genre: in fact, Banks is far better known in Europe than he is here, where we apparently give preference to Michael Crichton and Dan Brown. The title is a line from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land: “O you who turn the wheel and look to windward, Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.” I won’t delve into the particulars of the connections there, but there’s an excellent article to be read elsewhere. […]

  3. What is the meaning of the title of the Iain M. Banks novel, Consider Phlebas?…

    I hope it is okay to answer my own question. In researching this, I found this quote from Iain M. Banks: > “Phlebas is the drowned Phoenician sailor in T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land which is my favourite poem, if you exclude Shakespeare. Not that I like…

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    October 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm


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