Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Tor Books
Date: 2010-09-14 Format: pdf,rtf,epub,lit,lrf,mobi,fb2,pdb Language: English ISBN10: 0765318792
As a youth he committed many appalling acts. Circled round in time, Father Chris now needs this younger version to do the same things again, so that he can steal his woman from himself. The book is couched as Father Chris' long confession of the bad things he did when young but it's a worthless confession, without repentance, and his intent really is to fool us into giving him our permission to make it all happen again.
As always with Wolfe, the pleasure lies in a combination of elegant prose, a beguiling narrative structure and substantial themes.
Those inclined to think of the story as "simple" might like to consider how Lesage goes so quickly from the sloop Windward to the three-master Bretagne, and how he happens to arrive at Rio Hato just when he does ... and why it is that Chris returns from the past to a date which must be very close to his birth date.