↠´ The Wake ☆ Download by ✓ Paul Kingsnorth
↠´ The Wake ☆ Download by ✓ Paul Kingsnorth Kingsnorth s novel was on the longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, and it seemed to me the most interesting book in the bunch I waited and waited for a US release until I couldn t stand it any longer and ordered a copy from the UK well worth the trouble It tells of the aftermath of the Norman invasion of England in 1066, and it does it in its own shadow tongue, a modernized and easily intelligible version of the Old English that was spoken before our language got all Frenchified and Latinate It s a sophisticated way to recapture the primitive brutality of the era, and the results are powerful indeed The Wake has all the post apocalyptic oomph of Cormac McCarthy s The Road and carries all the historical weight of Beowulf Luckily, Graywolf Press is bri 3.
5 4 starsWhen we think of post apocalyptic fiction we tend to think specifically of science fiction or at least I know I do Our vision is usually either of a near future survival thriller about the fall of current human civilization into ruin most often as the result of a nuclear holocaust, an ecological disaster, orrecently due to those pesky zombies , or of the far future as we witness the after effects on a society that has fallen into utter barbarity and ruin We tend to see the apocalypse, understandably, as truly world ending on a global scale wherein the entirety of human civilization has been laid waste, but what about an apocalypse that isrestricted in its geographical extent What about one that impacts only a single nation or a culture What about an apocalypse that happens not in the future After the Norman invasion of England, the French ravage and burn One man, Buccmaster, returns to his home to find nothing but ash, and his wife s body amidst the ruins.
He takes to the woods to become a green man an outlaw , with loud proclamations of his intention to raise a group to fight the French in revenge for all he has lost.
The story is told in Buccmaster s own words From a narrative perspective, this means that he clearly tries to paint himself in the best light possible, seeking the reader s sympathy for his situation view spoiler At first, as readers, we do have sympathy Certainly, from the first, Buccmaster seems to be all talk and little action Many of the actions he justifies to us seem pretty cowardly He s arrogant, violent, superstitious, self entitled, and certainly knows how to nurse a grudge But, Outstanding novel about a landowner in Lincolnshire Buccmaster of Holland set in the years 1066 1068 Buccmaster, even before the Norman invasion, is apart from his fellow fen dwellers, still, like his grandfather but not his father, a follower of the Old Gods and a rejecter of the Church also someone convinced he has through his Grandfather been chosen and marked out by the legendary blacksmith Weland whose sword he believes he owns At the start of 1066 he believes he sees various ill omens he refuses to participate in the fights against either the Danish or Norman invasion, his children do fight and are killed in the second and shortly after as reprisals for not paying taxes to the French and while Buccmaster is absent his farm is burned down and his wife killed He escapes to the woods, joining up with a servant and then a young boy initially avoiding the Fre 4.
5 I ve always wanted historical fiction written like this To feel like I was reading something of another, older world, but not hard work like Chaucer or Beowulf So I d probably have read The Wake anyway, regardless of the Booker Prize it s just that I only heard of it a day or two before the longlist announcement, via, I think, a Guardian comment from book blogger John Self who has since reviewed the novel for The Times behind paywall, haven t read it At that point, when I looked at the Goodreads book page, I was delighted to see an average rating of 4.
28 and several reviews clearly the book was already being found by the right people And as I expected, with it being longlisted, people who don t like it and can t read it are now trying it and giving 1 and 2 stars it surprises me how many people don t read a few pag
Written in a shadow version of 11th century English which is incredibly evocative, this is stark and brutal and magical An invaded country, groups of men driven to the woods and fens, a land haunted by dying gods where Christianity is the first invader Told by a magnificent creation, buccmaster of holland, an inarticulate, rage filled, brutal man consumed by paranoia and self doubt that expresses itself in visions of Odin as Wayland Smith This is a magnificent book The author has tried to restrict the vocabulary to pre Norman English and the poverty of language is incredibly expessive the struggles for expression, the grinding repetition It s a difficult, struggling, dying language like the story it tells deop in the eorth where no man sees around the roots of the treow sleeps a great wyrm and this wyrm what has slept since before all time this wyrm now slow slow sl I suspect if I read this again, it might get an extra star I ve certainly been thinking about it enough in the three weeks since I finished it I tend to like the idea of experimental novelsthan I like the execution, so this was a welcome exception to that I thought it was marvellous.
When I look over my reading habits, they tend to ebb and flow in certain directions The Wake for me hit the end ish of a phase of playing with storytelling conventions, and the early blossoming of an enthusiasm for old and middle English I ve got a book on King Arthur going on in the background, my non fiction reading has tended to the millennium old of late, and oh yes, twenty points if you guessed it I ve finally managed to nick a hardback copy of The Buried Giant off my friend More on that as I inevitably start cooing over it The point is that I wa Well, that was quite a leap Can t say I ve ever gone from one star to five before But I revisited and finished this book, and it turns out to be the impressive achievement that its fans claim It s a masterful stream of consciousness narrative told by a deeply unreliable narrator and one of the most compelling and chilling depictions of mental illness that I ve ever read It s also a beautifully crafted example of authorial subtlety not so easy from the first person perspective that deploys foreshadowing with grace and artfully conveys revelations to the reader while keeping our narrator unaware of them I think this book could easily wind up being used in high school English classes it s well constructed, harrowing and short But there s another reason the experiment with language As noted everywhere, Kingsnorth tells the story in a