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Ragnarok (Myths) Hardcover – Oct 1 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847670644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847670649
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.1 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,292,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bc90978) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
HASH(0x9b7e3ba0) out of 5 stars A retelling of the Old Norse myth that will appeal to SF/F fans Nov. 11 2012
By Peter D. Tillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was very pleased with Byatt's retelling of the Ragnarok myth, and I think the book would appeal to many F/SF fans. Byatt writes of the appeal of the Twilight of the Gods, the "brilliant destruction":

"The Fenris-wolf swallowed the King of the Gods, the world-snake
poisoned Thor; everything was burned in a red light and drowned in
blackness. It was, you might say, satisfactory." -- from her
afterword, "Thoughts on Myths"

I found the style of her retelling very nice -- it reminded me (to a degree) of Michael Swanwick in The Iron Dragon's Daughter (which may be his masterwork). She brings the Old Norse and Elder Edda stuff into the 21st century very effectively, I thought. Give it a shot, even if you don't read much literary fiction.

I've put a link to a good professional review of Ragnarok as a Comment, below.

Happy reading--
Peter D. Tillman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf1ce34) out of 5 stars Beautiful Oct. 23 2013
By Shawna M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was amazed at how much of a punch this small book packed. I identified strongly with the thin girl, who found echoes of ancient myths in what she went through during the war. Beautiful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7e13e4) out of 5 stars Excellent view on Nordic Mythology Sept. 6 2014
By Rolf J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent view on Nordic Mythology, left me with a feeling of having read something forgotten or hidden but very present, if that makes any sense?

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