Has anyone read The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth?

May 2017
183
Virginia
#1
Would anyone recommend this novel set in post-Norman Conquest England? It deals with a man called Buccmaster of Holland who loses his family and home to the Normans and subsequently leads a guerilla campaign against the invaders. It is apparently inspired by the Anglo-Danish/Saxon post-Conquest rebel leader Hereward the Wake (hence the title) and written in a mix between Modern English and Old English called "Anglish". How is it? Would you recommend it?
 
Nov 2008
1,054
England
#2
Would anyone recommend this novel set in post-Norman Conquest England? It deals with a man called Buccmaster of Holland who loses his family and home to the Normans and subsequently leads a guerilla campaign against the invaders. It is apparently inspired by the Anglo-Danish/Saxon post-Conquest rebel leader Hereward the Wake (hence the title) and written in a mix between Modern English and Old English called "Anglish". How is it? Would you recommend it?
I haven`t read it, but it did get a good review in the Guardian newspaper. Apparently, he wrote the story in what he called "shadow tongue", with which he intended to convey the "feeling" of Old English.
 
Sep 2018
1
USA
#3
Not sure if you’ve read it already or not, but I read it and it’s quite a good read! It initially took me a bit to figure out the words (I actually didn’t know there was a glossary in the back until I finished the book) but after that I thought it was excellent. There’s an interesting twist and it really immerses you in the traditional Saxon resistance narrative. It’s rare that you get to step into the shoes of a man witnesses the devastation of his land by a medieval army, and honestly it’s pretty powerful.

For anyone reading this, I give it a 10/10 definitely!
 

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