Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

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Knopf Canada, Sep 6, 2011 - Fiction - 168 pages
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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.


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User 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

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User 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

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
7
Section 4
13
Section 5
17
Section 6
22
Section 7
37
Section 8
42
Section 11
83
Section 12
103
Section 13
112
Section 14
125
Section 15
131
Section 16
157
Section 17
177
Section 18
178

Section 9
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Section 10
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About the author (2011)

A. S. BYATT is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short-story writer and critic. Her books include Possession, The Children's Book and the quartet of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman. She was appointed Dame of the British Empire in 1999.


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