This Immortal

Over at The Books That Time Forgot, there has been discussion of Roger Zelazny.

While I’m working on new posting, I thought I’d post this Raw Feed.

Raw Feed (199): This Immortal, Roger Zelazny, 1965. 

Cover by Gray Morrow

I had forgotten how witty Zelazny could be in his prose and dialogue. 

Conrad Nomikos, like the hero of Zelazny’s My Name Is Legion, is a man of a mysterious past fighting a covert struggle.  Here, though, Conrad has wearied of his struggle to assert Earth’s independence from the Vegans and is unsure how to continue that struggle. 

Like most Zelazny novels, there are religious and literary references (many of which I don’t recognize) allusions. Here the mythical framework, also found in other Zelazny novels, is Greek in origin. Conrad and his dog Bothan are like some Greek demigod. 

I found the first third of this book rather slow, if witty, but things picked up as the grand tour of a near deserted Earth began. The novel moved quickly then. 

I loved particularly the mad anthropologist with his Frazer-inspired ability to lend class to a bunch of cannibals. Zelazny briefly, but poignantly, touched on the plight of the long-lived Conrad: his seeing friends and family — especially his son Jason — grow old and die. 

The novel’s end, with Conrad inheriting the Earth, was interesting but I thought Cassandra’s survival a bit contrived. 

One thought on “This Immortal

  1. Carl Rosenberg December 30, 2022 / 11:04 pm

    I haven’t yet read this book, but I was pleased to discover the blog The Books That Time Forgot. I enjoy exploring the nooks and crannies of literature (especially SFF), forgotten or overlooked books, etc.

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