Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"This is Wild Country"

Enbrethiliel found the above picture of the Castle of Foix in her review of my novel. It is closer to what Mirambel may have looked like in The Night's Dark Shade than the present castle at Lourdes upon which Mirambel is based. Share


Julygirl said...

It defies the imagination when one sees structures like that built upon a rocky pinnacle.

elena maria vidal said...

I know! Even with bulldozers and cranes it would have been a feat! They had nothing but ropes and pulleys.

The North Coast said...

I echo the thoughts of both of you. I'm staggered by the incredible structures built by people using only hand tools and muscle power were able to construct.. though I wonder at the human toll that they extracted. The only thing more incredible than their size and solidity and daunting sites, is their beauty.

And we who have these unbelievable power tools at our disposal- cranes, bulldozers, AutoCad, the ability to ship parts by air or rail - build buildings that are so utterly disposable. Somebody remarked that instead of using our power tools to augment our skills, we've REPLACED skill with them, which is why the more power tools we use, the worse our buildings are.