Ragnarök: The End of the Gods

Ragnarök: The End of the GodsBrilliantly Effective Surely Among The Most Beautiful And Incisive Pages Byatt Has Ever Written Paul Binding, The Independent UK A Brilliant, Highly Intelligent, Fiercely Personal Rendition Of The Scandinavian Mythology A Gorgeous Enrichment And Interpretation Ursula K Le Guin, Literary Review UK The Gods Meet Their Cataclysmic End In This Acclaimed Work Of Fiction From The Inimitable Author Of Possession And The Children S Book, Now In Paperback.As The Bombs Of The Blitz Rain Down On Britain, One Young Girl Is Evacuated To The Countryside She Is Struggling To Make Sense Of Her New Life, Whose Dark, War Ravaged Days Feel Very Removed From The Peace And Love Being Preached In Church And At School Then She Is Given A Copy Of Asgard And The Gods A Book Of Ancient Norse Myths And Her Inner And Outer Worlds Are Transformed She Feels An Instant Kinship With These Vivid, Beautiful, Terrifying Tales Of The End Of The Gods They Seem Far Real, Far Familiar During These Precarious Days.How Could This Child Know That Fifty Years On, Many Of The Birds And Flowers She Took For Granted On Her Walks To School Would Become Extinct War, Natural Disaster, Reckless Gods, And The Recognition Of The World S Impermanence Are Just Some Of The Threads That Byatt Weaves Into This Most Timely Of Books Linguistically Stunning And Imaginatively Abundant, Ragnarok Is A Landmark Piece Of Storytelling From One Of The Most Brilliant Minds And Speakers Of Our Generation The Independent. 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 the novel was a short one and I thought I would be dissatisfied or sad that I would only get a taste of Byatt when I sorely wanted a feast of her prose.This book transported to a few places in my life and I will jot down just a few.1 I was and am a very introverted child that preferred my own company to carousing with other children I also hated the bright sunshine of humid Toronto summers I remember purposefully misbehaving so that I could be banished to my cool heavily curtained bedroom There I would listen to Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven and read Greek and Roman Mythology, The Secr
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 with snippets about her own life, told in a similar epic, mythical, Silmarillionish style, weaving occasional lines of liturgy and hymns into the prose as myths weave into each other and ourselves It dips in and out of myth, but the narrative pull is weak The parallels between the thin child s life and what she reads are clear Ragnarok is the end of the world, and WW2 seemed as if it would be too , but mostly subtle Layers of myth and fictionalised biographyImage Ragnar k by Collingwood Source She is a thoughtful child, with a vivid imagination and an analytical questioning mind, comparing the gods of legend with the Christian one she learns about at school and church In the story told in the stone church a grandfatherly figure who resented presumption had spent six delectable days making things. She notices that characters come in threes, that t
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 of a myth, of how the story permeates the life, of how myth shapes an individuals and then a society s internal life is what gives
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 estrogen drip placed directly into my testicles I tried Angels and Insects and, horrified and repulsed, put it down as in down the crapper down even before I found out it was
This is in the Canongate myths series and is a retelling of the Norse myths Byatt tells them pretty straight but puts them in the context of her own childhood Ragnorak is the Norse version of Armageddon Gotterdammerung in Wagner s Ring Cycle and the retelling is very much as the original Byatt uses her experience of being evacuated to the countryside at the beginning of the war In the book the child is only known as the thin child and there is no conversation with anyone else The myth comes through the child s reading of a rather scholarly book on it The child also reads Pilgrim s Progress as well Her father is in North Africa and she is convinced he will never return This retelling has a very personal slant and a clear message If you don t get the point during the retelling of the myth there is a chapter at the end on the nature of myth and the difference between myth and fairy tales Parallels are drawn between what we are doing to our planet and the end of the gods.There is great energy and power in the writing and the prose is rich and luscious sometimes a bit too much for me It s a bit like drinking a full bottle of Cointreau trust me, don t ever do that The telling is pretty straight with Odin, Loki, Frigg, Baldur, Hel and the rest all doing their stuff Byatt contrasts the battles in the sky and the war with the doings of the gods Yggdrasil is described as
Os mitos confundem e assombram a mente de quem os l Modelam diferentes partes do mundo dentro das nossas cabe as Os mitos s o espa os cavernosos, iluminados por cores fortes, soturnas ou deslumbrantes, com uma esp cie de espessura nebulosa e uma transpar ncia demasiado ofuscante os deuses n rdicos s o peculiarmente humanos S o humanos porque s o limitados e pouco inteligentes S o gananciosos, divertem se a lutar e a brincar S o cru is e
Da un certo punto in poi, 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 personale risonanza dell incombere del Ragnar k, della distruzione finale degli dei nordic
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
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 th
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

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  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Ragnarök: The End of the Gods
  • A.S. Byatt
  • English
  • 01 April 2019
  • 9780802120847