Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Robert Jordan and My Opinion of Him

Since my post on gender issues in The Wheel of Time has generated so much traffic, I thought it would be prudent to post my opinions on Robert Jordan in general.

First and foremost he is one of my favorite authors if not my favorite.  I love the Wheel of Time story faults and all.  But my first love was Jordan's Conan books.

Beyond that, by all accounts, Robert Jordan was a great individual and would not be a bad example for anyone to follow. He was educated.  He had a love for history which I find very important.  He was a man of many skills an interests; a Renaissance Man.  He was a patriot and served his country.  He was a man of faith.  He was a good and faithful husband.  He was a good man.  I was genuinely sad to hear of Robert Jordan's passing as his creative works had been a part of my life for a long time.

But, I don't feel that this means we cannot evaluate his work critically.  I honestly don't mind if his work was sexist.  In fact, with the Conan books it is an integral part of the story.  What bothers me is the lack of intellectual honestly.  Jordan's work was sexist.  Identifying Jordan's Wheel of Time or Conan as sexist in no way impugns Jordan's character in my opinion.  But I think it is critical to acknowledge that fact, else you risk back sliding.

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