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  • Title: Ragnarok
  • Author: A.S. Byatt
  • ISBN: 9781847670649
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Recently evacuated to the British countryside and with World War Two raging around her, one young girl is struggling to make sense of her life Then she is given a book of ancient Norse legends and her inner and outer worlds are transformed Intensely autobiographical and linguistically stunning, this book is a landmark work of fiction from one of Britain s truly great wriRecently evacuated to the British countryside and with World War Two raging around her, one young girl is struggling to make sense of her life Then she is given a book of ancient Norse legends and her inner and outer worlds are transformed Intensely autobiographical and linguistically stunning, this book is a landmark work of fiction from one of Britain s truly great writers Intensely timely it is a book about how stories can give us the courage to face our own demise The Ragnarok myth, otherwise known as the Twilight of the Gods, plays out the endgame of Norse mythology It is the myth in which the gods Odin, Freya and Thor die, the sun and moon are swallowed by the wolf Fenrir, the serpent Midgard eats his own tail as he crushes the world and the seas boil with poison It is only after such monstrous death and destruction that the world can begin anew This epic struggle provided the fitting climax to Wagner s Ring Cycle and just as Wagner was inspired by Norse myth so Byatt has taken this remarkable finale and used it as the underpinning of this highly personal and politically charged retelling
    Ragnarok Recently evacuated to the British countryside and with World War Two raging around her one young girl is struggling to make sense of her life Then she is given a book of ancient Norse legends and her

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    1. 5 Byatt speaks to me like nobody else stars 5th Favorite Read of 2015 Quite simplyByatt is the reason I read.She has written the unbelievable novel Possession who along with Tolstoy s Anna Karenina are my two favorite novels and I have read each of them several times throughout my life and I feel nostalgic, like I ve come home after being exiled and I can sit and commune with the wonderful characters and plots that lie therein.Ragnarok was the only Byatt I had left to read I was trepidatious as [...]

    2. Ragnarok The End of The Gods A Re vieworRagnarok The Twilight of the ReaderWhile the others in the Cannongate series re imagined the stories, Byatt reread it And then told the tale of reading it Underwhelming To an extent, yes But, the Norse myths are magnificent enough to come alive of themselves even when the author decides to color them distant Byatt gives her reasoning for this approach in the end saying that she believes myths should not be humanized and the experience of imbibing the story [...]

    3. This is a remarkably good book, that I somehow failed to enjoy as much as I wanted or expected, but I think the failing is mine, rather than Byatt s, and reading my notes below, I m puzzled that I liked and admired, rather than loved it all too familiar in my relationship with Byatt The thin child in wartime The child is a semi autobiographical version of Byatt herself She is given a book of Norse legends, that she treasures Those stories are retold through her eyes and thoughts, interspersed wi [...]

    4. Rating 1 of five p41 Airmen were the Wild Hunt They were dangerous If any hunter dismounted, he crumbled to dust, the child read It was a good story, a story with meaning, fear and danger were in it, and things out of control I have Byatted for the last time I love the Norse myths, and this precious twitzy twee retelling of them through the child s horrible little beady eyes made me want to Dickens up all over the place.I tried I really tried I read some of Possession It was like having an estro [...]

    5. In tutti i libri di Antonia c sempre qualcuno o pi di uno che racconta una qualche forma di fiaba crudele.In tutti i libri di Antonia ci sono sempre dei momenti di straordinaria minuziosa capacit descrittiva.In questo libro ci sono entrambi questi caratteri cos suoi, ma non avviluppati con le vicende di personaggi intriganti va da s che la lettura ne risente.L aggancio con Asgard autobiografico C era una bambina magra, che aveva tre anni quando scoppi la guerra mondiale E subito si comprende la [...]

    6. Update 8 15 12 A week or so ago I listened to the Audio CD and was impressed again with just how good this book is The reader whose name I ve forgotten does an excellent job, and I gained a better understanding of what I had read from listening to it.Update 6 6 12 I found the short story I mentioned in my review below It s from an anthology titled Starlight 3 and called Wolves Till the World Goes Down, by Greg Van Eekhout view spoiler It s told from Hugin s POV Hugin is Thought, one of the raven [...]

    7. Qualche giorno fa passavo in biblioteca, per restituire dei libri e poi per girovagare tra gli scaffali in cerca di qualcosa che mi colpisse, non che avessi problemi di libri da leggere, ne ho centinaia in attesa di lettura da me.Per ci sono momenti in cui ti perdi tra gli scaffali ed incominci a tirare su libri, quasi a caso, ed inizi a sfogliarli, magari per il titolo o la copertina, o l autore che hai sentito tanto parlare e che non hai ancora letto niente Ecco Ragnarok fa parte di questa ult [...]

    8. This book would probably be interesting to those who know nothing, or not much, of Nordic mythology Since I, as Byatt, read stories from this mythology as a child, I found myself looking for , perhaps a retelling or an allegory or of the story of the thin child, which is Byatt herself , which is exactly what Byatt says in her Thoughts on Myths at the end she didn t want to write.More than anything else, this novella is Byatt s love letter to Asgard and the Gods, and shows how reading and rerea [...]

    9. I was hoping, when I read this Canongate retelling, for something along the lines of a reinterpretation A.S Byatt s retelling is a fairly straight one, drawing together various different strands of the myth, through the eyes of a child during the war reading the myths and relating them to her life.I ve read the myths myself studied them so reading about a child reading about them didn t really work as a way to experience them for myself There is some beautiful language here, but that was the on [...]

    10. A S Byaat is an awesome linguist The words of this book captivate you and you just can t put it down It is a book about a young thin girl, in war time Great Brittan She finds a book about the Norse fables of the Gods and giants and allows her to escape her own very scarey reality I recommend this book to all ages.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

    11. I have been waiting years for this book, ever since I got my first book in the Canongate series.There is something about a well loved book Not only can you remmeber the plot, but you can also, quite easily, remember the first time you read the book The train, the room, the seat, the feeling It s not every book, but those well loved books For me they number books such as The Hero and the Crown, Wyrd Sisters, and Duncton Tales.Of course Possession is one those books.This book by Byatt starts slow, [...]

    12. I cannot put a finger on what is the one factor that attracts me to Nordic mythology When I tend to give it some thought, I feel it is the character of Odin that I find to be the most noteworthy There is to me a certain enigma associated with this characterization of ultimate power Wandering the world as a one eyed old man in a long billowing cloak with a hat pulled down covering most of his face is this king of gods I draw parallels with the hindu god Shiva here for he is shown as an entity who [...]

    13. I found this book uninteresting in the beginning It took at least 20 pages or so to spark my imagination Byatt is a writer I love though so I persisted and it paid off The nominal narrator is referred to as the thin girl She loves to read the old Norse tales from her mother s many books She s reading them in the country where she and her mom have gone to escape the London Blitz Her dad has been away for many years bombing the enemy s towns She knows he won t come back She reads late into the nig [...]

    14. Bravo This was a marvel in every sense of the word It s a simple tale a thin girl relates Asgard And The Gods plus Pilgrim s Progress to the wartime life she s inhabited That s what s on the surface Beneath that, this is a clever book about the end of our own world, but the beauty of it is it s not written as an allegory nor is it a sermon or full of eschatological leaning It s a story about the power of myths, and how myths can unify a culture In its deepest honesty this a book about humanity, [...]

    15. I was given this book as an impromptu present the best sort really and hence I dislike being churlish about it, but this is not a real story in the sense that I was expecting anyway It s a re telling of the Norse Myths Odin, Thor, Loki etc loosely set within the confines of the thin girl s reflections on her own experience of the second world war It s a very loose narrative setting at that and much of this comes from AS Byatt s own childhood I think I have enjoyed her books previously Possession [...]

    16. La sfera di pietra sfrecciava nel vuotoAntonia Byatt ci racconta i miti norreni, che culminano col Ragnar k, la caduta degli dei Si tratta di miti di origine danese, norvegese e islandese mi venuto spontaneo confrontarli con i miti olimpici della tradizione greca e romana e non potrebbero essere pi diversi alla solarit degli dei olimpici, belli, gaudenti ed eterni si contrappone un Valhalla di guerrieri che si uccidono reciprocamente e valorosamente tutti i giorni in battaglia e che la sera, ris [...]

    17. The stories of the Norse gods have always fascinated me for a variety of different reasons Here in this short novella, A.S Byatt captures the spirit of these myths with short and poetic prose She tells these stories through the point of view of a thin girl who escapes to this mythology during WWII.The events of WWII are cleverly contrasted against the horrific events of the mythology of Ragnarok and the death of the gods At the end A.S Byatt clarifies that she chose to use particular translation [...]

    18. I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.When I saw this title, I immediately requested it because it combines two of my favorite things Norse mythology and A.S Byatt After doing a little research, I discovered that this is part of Canongate s series of retold world myths by famous novelists I m glad I had that little bit of guidance, because I don t know that I would ve known what Byatt was trying to do, otherwise.Don t get me wrong This novella is full of beau [...]

    19. For this review and others, visit the EditorialEyes Blog 5 out of 5 This is not exactly a novel Not exactly fiction, not exactly autobiography, not exactly allegory Ragnar k The End of the Gods, A.S Byatt s reweaving of the Norse cycle of myths is, for such a short book, epic Ragnar k is part of the Canongate Myth Series, which since 1999 has published retellings of famous myths by accomplished authors the world over you might recognize Margaret Atwood s The Penelopiad or Philip Pullman s The Go [...]

    20. More complete and profound a retelling of Norse myths and their power than other less accomplished authors have recently published Framed by the story of a thin child in wartime , Byatt s work illuminates both myth and the tottering world in which we now dwell.

    21. This skinny book is really a novella, closed with a brief essay And in that way Byatt does so well, this small book on Norse mythology also tells a story of marriage and motherhood, war, loss, escapism, violence Insidious, along the edges of the larger story, what seems to be a straight forward retelling of some aspects of Norse mythology actually tells us a story of World War II, Byatt as a child, and the way a good story can help us escape our reality.Unlike some of the other Canongate Myth pi [...]

    22. The Norse tales have always seemed to me the most powerful of the old mythologies that have come down to us in anything approaching a coherent body of work Unlike the Graeco Roman corpus, we have not been overexposed to them through Hollywood and cliche with the exception of Thor, who is relatively uninteresting The figure of Odin seems to me particularly compelling, the wandering riddler and seeker of wisdom the Voluspo, the ancient poem in which he resurrects and questions a dead witch about t [...]

    23. Byatt re read this book as a part of Canongate myth series and managed to make Norse mythology boring which I thought wasn t possible A semi biographical narration goes only so far when the repetitive that thin child description becomes irritating For most part of non mythological story, I kept thinking, Why is Byatt referencing to her childhood self as thin child Why not the child Why not anything else There isn t a reason unless it was a giant metaphor for war ridden, alienated, lonely and hun [...]

    24. 3.5 5 Limpid, flowing telling of Norse myths, using as a frame story the thin child in wartime , who is reading Asgard and the Gods, periodically relating her experiences and thoughts to the book, e.g the wolves pursuing the chariots of sun and moon and that of Baldur s death suggest to her that her father won t be coming back from the war The author s analysis of myth, comparison of the Norse gods to us in their stupidity and greed, and how we are hurtling towards a Ragnarok of our own with or [...]

    25. My first read of anything by Byatt and I was impressed by the telling of the story using her child self as a foil for reviewing the rise and eventual fall of the gods Her discussion of myth was also very interesting The gods in this book are vengeful, some nasty, and bring about their own demise Not exactly fairy tale, which is a point she makes that in some cultures the myths of the gods have been brought down to fairy tale level to make the hard lessons and actions palatable, such is not the [...]

    26. The writing was beautiful, but it would have impacted me had I known about Norse mythology before reading this book There are simply too many gods to care about and it s a testament to the writer that I became invested in the outcome of the girl as much as the outcome of Ragnarok itself.

    27. I picked it up believing this was going to be Byatt s take on Ragnarok but the blurb had nothing to do with what was within the pages Basically, this is a textbook than anything else And yes, I do love Norse mythology but it wasn t even written in an engaging manner All in all, a dull and unsubstantial book.

    28. Soddisfatto a met da questo romanzo.La prosa molto raffinata e immaginifica, certamente non banale e si vede la mano d una grande scrittrice.Sull ambientazione il giudizio duplice lo sfondo quello dell Inghilterra avvolta nell incubo della II guerra mondiale, raccontata con gli occhi di una bambina magra in tempo di guerra , che altri non se non l autrice stessa durante la sua infanzia da sfollata nella campagna inglese La bambina vive quegli anni difficili accompagnandosi con un libro di saghe [...]

    29. Ich bin dankbar, dass ich mich an dem Tisch mit herabgesetzten B chern letztlich doch f r dieses Werk entschieden habe Ich kannte Byatt schon Besessen habe ich sehr gemocht Die The Matisse Stories auch, Morpho Eugenia hat mich leider gelangweilt, Das Buch Der Kinder wartet im Regal noch darauf gelesen zu werden und war berwiegend positiv gestimmt, aber Ragnar k Ich habe keine Ahnung von nordischer Mythologie und jeder Versuch mich dieser zu n hern wie bei so ziemlich jedem Mythenkreis war ern ch [...]

    30. I ve always felt that the majority of people tend to gravitate towards classical mythology as there stories of choice The place of the classical epics has been firmly cemented in our educational system for so long now that this shouldn t really surpise anyone While I certainly have respected and enjoyed stories grounded in classical myth my heart has always been firmly entrenched in the cold, harsh world of Norse myth Where the threat of annihilation weighs heavy on the hearts of the gods, wher [...]

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