Free E–pub [The Wake] By Paul Kingsnorth

  • Hardcover
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  • The Wake
  • Paul Kingsnorth
  • English
  • 10 April 2019
  • 9781908717863

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Paul Kingsnorth Ë 8 Summary Read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ë Paul Kingsnorth Summary The Wake As “a shadow tongue” a version of Old English updated so as to be understandable to the modern reader The Wake renders the inner life of an Anglo Saxon man with an accuracy and immediacy rare in historical fiction To enter Buccmaster’s world is to feel powerfully the sheer strangeness of the past A tale of lost gods and haunted visions The Wake is both a sensational gripping story and a major literary achievement. 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 novels than I like the execution so this was a welcome exception to that I thought it was marvellousWhen 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 was in the right headspace to be thinking about a novel set just after the invasion of Britain in 1066 and really that s what kept me going The language in The Wake creates a sense of place like I ve never seen it before I can only imagine how tough it was to write how many knots it tied Paul Kingsnorth s brain into After a few hours of reading this you start conceptualising the world differently It did something to the pace of my day and I m not sure what Sometimes it was exhausting or disconcerting but either way it s stuck with meIt s tempting to say that the point of The Wake is the language but I don t think that s true The language is certainly what jumps out at you but the content of the story is still the thing Buccmaster of Holland his name as I correctly guessed and Kingsnorth apologetically confirmed in the afterword a bit of an anachronism in itself is a man out of time Desperate to be taken seriously he remembers the stories his grandfather told him about the old days the time before when men were heroes When the French come killing his family and peers and taking everything he has he struggles to regain and keep the place he used to have in the worldIt s his place in the world that he s had taken from him It s the esteem of others that he wants or needs Buccmaster is bluntly a little shit and all of the other characters have an awful lot of patience But there s something sinister under the attitude something just below the surface all the way through Like the best of detective novels when you get to the end you can look back and point to all the clues As you re going along it s another matter When the moment of truth comes it doesn t come where or how you expect I was shocked It was signposted everywhere but I was shocked I love being taken for a fool by an author who knows what they re doingAbout the author Paul Kingsnorth has another project that I ve been following for the last nine months or so the literary journal called the Dark Mountain Project Partly I love getting beautiful hardbacks full of tales of the apocalypse in the post Partly though the Dark Mountain Project confuses me it s got a high esteem for how things used to be and the things we as a society have ostensibly lost I sympathise a whole lot I do for all that I love and make a living from being really connected to a lot of the world all of the time and at high speed I do sometimes miss the times when I didn t have internet access and didn t feel anxious about it I joke about knitting and spinning and darning and the various accoutrements of my Girl Guiding days as being part of my post apocalyptic skill set but I still have one eye on making sure that Me Without Electricity is not Me Without A HopeFor all Paul Kingsnorth s sheep farm and articles about missing middle England I still think mate you ve just crowdfunded your book You probably got half your research and your audience via the internet And reading The Wake I think he s aware of this fact than I gave him credit for even in 1067AD Buccmaster of Holland is already pining for the old days when men was men and giants walked the earth That glorious past where everything was right is an imagined village it never existed If we want it we need to go to it not go back to it But just because a collectively imagined or in Buccmaster s case individually imagined history never happened doesn t mean it can t mean something We ve just got to be a bit careful of it that s all If nothing else The Wake has something to say about that And you may believe me when I say that it is not messing aroundSo here you go a great story interestingly told curiously produced by people who are obviously bibliophiles and with something important and unusual to say Don t be put off by the language if you managed Trainspotting this ll be a breeze You won t have read anything else like this lately It ll get the old cogs grinding and if you re anything like me you ll really enjoy it

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Paul Kingsnorth Ë 8 Summary Read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ë Paul Kingsnorth Summary The Wake Eyes of the unforgettable Buccmaster a proud landowner bearing witness to the end of his world Accompanied by a band of like minded men Buccmaster is determined to seek revenge on the invaders But as the men travel across the scorched English landscape Buccmaster becomes increasingly unhinged by the immensity of his loss and their path forward becomes increasingly unclear      Written in what the author describes. AstoundingWritten 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 slow this wyrm begins to mofIt s pretty hard work at first and takes slow reading but my God it s worth it

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Paul Kingsnorth Ë 8 Summary Read ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ë Paul Kingsnorth Summary The Wake In the aftermath of the Norman Invasion of 1066 William the Conueror was uncompromising and brutal English society was broken apart its systems turned on their head What is little known is that a fractured network of guerrilla fighters took up arms against the French occupiers       In The Wake a postapocalyptic novel set a thousand years in the past Paul Kingsnorth brings this dire scenario back to us through the. Upon reading the 2014 Man Booker longlist announcement I was immediately drawn to The Wake because of it s uniue premise and because I believe it s the prize s first crowdsourced nomination Sourced by readers I had to give it a try What is perhaps the most uniue about this novel and needs to be mentioned is the language Written in a version of Old English created by the author for layman readers I didn t know what to expect But what I think should be made clear is that Paul Kingsnorth didn t write this novel intending it to be a chore for the reader He wrote it this way to reflect the world it takes place in and he did so beautifully The story is fascinatingly alien and utterly relevant to a time we can only try and imagine I appreciate Kingsnorth s reasoning in the note on the languageThe way we speak is specific to our time and place Our assumptions our politics our worldview our attitudes all are implicit in our words and what we with them To put 21st century sentences into the mouths of eleventh century characters would be the euivalent of giving them iPads and cappuccinos Just wrongAnd he s right Ever get annoyed reading modern morals in a character of historical fiction I bet Kingsnorth would too but by taking the brilliant extra steps with language he s created something magical Once you pick up on the rules of the language reading it becomes second nature It nourishes the story never detracting from the tale There is a partial glossary in the back but I didn t use it once Kingsnorth did all the hard work for us and I found joy in understanding his new words through context Set during the Norman invasion of England the story follows Buccmaster and his somewhat misguided attempt to bring England back to what it used to be Buccmaster is cocky outspoken and probably schizophrenic but oddly riveting in an endearing sort of way Except for the homicidal tendencies of course But it s 1066 and his entire world is in turmoil The journey is dark but dreamy and I was sad to see it end Not that I was expecting otherwise but I ll be honest this one caught me off guard One of the best historical fictions I ve read yet it brings exciting new breath to the genreI look forward to reading of Paul Kingsnorth s work in the future Highly recommended