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Ragnarök by A.S. Byatt
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Mar 18, 12

really liked it
Recommended for: Anyone
Read in March, 2012

A 4.5.

A beautiful retelling of Norse mythology! I can’t remember if someone told me about this book or I just happened across a review of it, but I am thankful I did. I have been intrigued by Norse mythology and this was the best book I found by far.

Byatt does a great job of keeping to the original tales, while being more coherent. She turns the random grouping of myths into a linear story. The language she uses is almost poetic. At times I found myself reading out loud to hear the cadence and rhythm she wrote with. It was lyrical and worthy of the rich, ancient story she was telling.

Byatt chooses to tell the story through the eyes of a young girl in WWII Britain. This works tremendously well. The story has a somber and ominous mood, fitting of the setting. And using the child’s mind and perspective was perfect for the telling of a myth.

I recommend this to anyone who would like to learn more about Norse mythology.

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