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Poetic injustice

The Sandman: The Dream Hunters - Yoshitaka Amano, Neil Gaiman

Firstly, this is a very beautiful book thanks to Yoshitaka Amano's extraordinary paintings and the careful overall design. The telling is elegant.

Secondly, the story is problematic for me. The onmyoji who is seduced by the vengeful lover slaughters his entire household; he is not the only one who suffers. When the fox spares him because her lover 'would not have wanted me to kill you' we are allowed to ignore the fact that her actions have killed several others. Minor characters do not factor in poetic justice. When Morpheus is asked to justify his intervention he implies that death is not important; physical suffering and shame in life are apparently more severe than death-by-burning...