Pelicans in Tim Powers' Dinner at Deviant's Palace


Aaron Irber asked me yesterday on Twitter whether Gregorio Rivas’ violin-like pelican in Dinner at Deviant’s Palace is a reference to the medieval representation of the Passion of Christ by means of a pelican feeding its young by piercing its own breast and allowing them to drink the blood, a mythical practice known as vulning.


Given that a major theme of Dinner at Deviant’s Palace is painful self sacrifice, I find this pretty plausible. Plus, as Misha Burnett pointed out, with Tim you should probably assume any reference is deliberate. I endorse this position.

By the way, Dinner at Deviant’s Palace [Amazon link] happens to be $1.99 on Amazon right now. I can think of worse ways to spend a couple of bucks.


Other books by Tim Powers

Last Call
Expiration Date
Earthquake Weather

Forsake the Sky

Hide Me Among the Graves

Nobody’s Home

The Drawing of the Dark