Ragnarök: The End of the Gods

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Canongate Books, 2011 - Fiction - 177 pages
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Booker Prize winner Dame Antonia Byatt breathes life into the Ragnorak myth, the story of the end of the gods in Norse mythology.

Ragnarok retells the finale of Norse mythology. A story of the destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves: what more relevant myth could any modern writer choose? Just as Wagner used this dramatic and catastrophic struggle for the climax of his Ring Cycle, so AS Byatt now reinvents it in all its intensity and glory. 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 wartime life. 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.

War, natural disaster, reckless gods and the recognition of impermanence in the world are just some of the threads that AS Byatt weaves into this most timely of books. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, this is a landmark.

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User Review  - Meredy - LibraryThing

Six-word review: Enhanced retelling of old Norse myths. Extended review: One-eyed Odin and hammer-wielding Thor, regal Frigga and Baldur the Beautiful, marvelous eight-legged Sleipnir, amoral Loki and ... Read full review

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User Review  - rmaitzen - LibraryThing

My favorite part of this book was Byatt's "Thoughts on Myth" at the end, which seemed to me to say very directly and clearly what was far more muddled in the 'myth' portion of the book. Mind you, she ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

A.S. Byatt is the author of fifteen works of fiction including the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer’s Tale and, most recently, the Man Booker-shortlisted The Children's Book. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A.S. Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

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