The Man Who Spoke Snakish
Unfortunately people and tribes degenerate. They lose their teeth, forget their language, until finally they're bending meekly on the fields and cutting straw with a scythe.
Leemut, a young boy growing up in the forest, is content living with his hunter-gatherer family. But when incomprehensible outsiders arrive aboard ships and settle nearby, with an intriguing new relig...more
The other hominids have tails so can rule out Neanderthals. Whatever they are, they would have poor old Jondalar desperately searching for a penis enlargement treatment.
I probably don't know enough about Estonian ...more
Romanas pasakoja apie paskutinius estų pagonis, gyvenančius miške, vis dar mokančius gyvačių kalbą, kuria gali valdyti žvėris, laikančius savo tvarteliuose melžiamus vilkus ir žiemą einančius miegoti žiemos miego. Estų miškas ...more
Čovek koji je govorio zmijski jezik jeste prvi estonski roman koji sam u životu pročitala i šta reći osim da sad imam utisak kako sam mnogo propustila. I da ću nastaviti da propuštam jer su prevodi s estonskog... ne česti :(
A šteta je jer me sad kopka kakvi su drugi Kivirahkovi romani i na šta liče i ima li još sličnih estonskih pisaca. Čovek... je, naime, klasični magijski realizam markesovskog tipa - odabrani istorijski segment estonskog srednjeg veka, propu ...more
The only thing that might have made it better.... Would to have included illustrations. "The Man Who Spoke Snakish", definitely has an adult fairy tale feeling to it. ... (Dark/light/Funny/Sad......eternal love of nature and purpose).
Leemet, the main protagonist, is a simple boy... Who was born in the village...but can't remember it. His mother moved he and his older sister back to the forest after his dad died.
Lots of ...more
I really wanted to love this book. The author showed such creativity in building a beautiful, if ruthless, world. This ...more
While reading this book, I continuously wanted to know what I was missing. Where does E ...more
If this book sounds interesting to you, you probably ought to know that bears are lusting after women in this one and women sleep with them because they're fluffy, there are lots of unwarranted cruelty and insanity, mixing obvious sexual attraction w ...more
This book is about a boy named Leemet living in the Estonian forest, where he (and all the other Estonian forest-dwellers) speak the language of snakes. Snakes, being the wisest animals of the forest, are able to control all the other animals (except insects, who don’t have enough of a brain to understand Snakish). So the people of Estonia don’t have to hunt – they can just command a deer “come over her ...more
But now, about 1.5 years later, I finally mana ...more
Nimelt kandis iga eestlane alati endaga kaasas püha helesinist raamatut ning ei loobu ...more
This is a novel that almost turns its pages by itself and a welcome call for measure against the alluring and fallacious story-telling from nationalists intending to have their way and push their agenda.
Matching Soundtrack :
The Moldau - Bedrich Smetana
Pour l'histoire à tonalité païenne et fantastique ! et pour la postface !
Une histoire qui se dévide toute seule et un appel à la prudence face aux sirènes et aux ch ...more
Ļoti spēcīgi, sāpīgi, savaldzinoši, fascinējoši - un vērtīgi.
That section is right below the Absurdist section, and as I read the book, I misremembered that as being the category. Nothing in the book made me think it might not be. Not the wolf dairy, not the hissing at animals, the kissing of bears, or ...more
Aprakstītā aina ar cilvēku dzīvi mežā, kuri nepazīst maizi un kuriem nav īstu mājlopu (vilki, kurus tur pienam un izjād ...more
The Man Who Spoke Snakish is an adult fantasy tale. I stress the “adult” part of that description because it has its moments of violence and gore, as well as coarse language. It was an adult fairy tale and I loved it so much. The book is set in medieval Estonia and takes place in both a forest and a nearby village. The main character, Leemet, lives in the forest and follows the old ways of those w ...more
Šīs post-mītiskās teiksmas gavenais varonis ir Lēmets, īstais un pēdējais meža igaunis. Lēmeta ģimene pēdējā paliek mežā, pārējie viens pēc otra pārvācas uz ciemu, kur visi seko no ārzemēm ievestajam Dieva vārdam, riktīgi rukā uz lauka, lai izaudzētu graudus maizei, kas nav īsti garšīga, bet visur citur tā dara, un fa ...more
Her response was: "It's too weird".
And it happens sometimes that I fail to see the weirdness of ...more