Ragnarok: The End of the Gods
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 A.S. 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.
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 impermanence in the world are just some of the threads that A.S. Byatt weaves into this most timely of books. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, this is a landmark work of fiction from one of the world's truly great writers.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing
Our book group were given a number of pre-publication copies of this book and I was really hopeful about reading it - I like myths and have been quite taken by some of the other re-tellings and also ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - janerawoof - LibraryThing
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 ... Read full review