The Wake

The Wake

A Novel

Book - 2015
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After his sons are killed at the Battle of Hastings and his family and farm are destroyed by the Norman invaders, Buccmaster leads a group of fighters on a quest of revenge.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Graywolf Press, 2015, c2013.
Minneapolis : Graywolf Press, 2015, c2013.
ISBN: 9781555977177
1555977170
Characteristics: 365 pages ; 21 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 07, 2015

"It was written in what might be called a shadow tongue--a pseudo-language intended to convey the feeling of the old language. . ."
When I heard that the debut novel by Paul Kingsnorth, a poet and former journalist, was written in a homage to Old English (he calls it a "shadow tongue"), I was immediately intrigued. Kingsnorth (kind of a perfect writer name) imagines the chaotic, violent world of England after the Norman conquest. You can appreciate its Joycean linguistic inventiveness while still having trouble following it. It actually makes more sense to read out loud. No doubt this will appeal to anyone who had to suffer through "Beowulf" or "The Song of Roland" in English class. Pairs well with mead.

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