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July 9, 2012 4:05 PM Subscribe
What is the relationship between the Iain M Banks books Consider Phlebas and Look to Windward? The names come from the same T S Elliott poem, and are even adjacent in the poem, so I'm sure it's significant - but how would you explain that significance? I've quoted the relevant bit below. Spoilers for the two books present and expected, of course.
posted by Sebmojo to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
PHLEBAS the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep seas swell
And the profit and loss.
A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool.
Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.