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Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt
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Apr 01, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

If you enjoyed the movie Thor and wondered where Stan Lee got his ideas from then you might want to check this out. Recently evacuated to the British countryside and with WWII raging around her, a young girl is struggling to make sense of her life. Then she is given a book of ancient Norse legends and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. Intensely autobiographical and linguistically stunning, this book is a landmark work of fiction from one of Britain's truly great writers.

You could open the book anywhere and find an eminently quotable passage. The bottom line, though, is, if you have absolutely no interest in myths, this short book will feel like a long read and the best writing in the world wouldn’t be able to save it, but if you are interested or at least open to the possibility you might be pleasantly surprised. I was.

You can read my full review here on my blog.
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