Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

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Text Publishing, 2011 - End of the world - 177 pages
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Ragnarok is the story of the end of the world. It is a tale of the destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves. What more relevant myth could any modern writer find? As the bombs rain down in the Battle of 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 destruction of life on this planet are just some of the threads that A. S. Byatt weaves into her Ragnarok. Just as Wagner borrowed from this dramatic and catastrophic Norse saga for the climax of his Ring Cycle, so A. S. Byatt reinvents it for our time it in all its intensity and glory. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, this is a landmark piece of storytelling 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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