[PDF/EPUB] The Wake ☆ Paul Kingsnorth


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  • 28 October 2019
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The Wake

characters The Wake Paul Kingsnorth Ò 7 review characters The Wake 107 In the aftermath of the Norman Invasion of 1066 William the Conueror was uncompromising and brutal English society was broken apart its systems turned on their head What is little known is that a fractured network of guerrilla fighters took up arms against the French occupiers       In The Wake a postapocalyptic novel set a thousand years in the past Paul Kingsnorth brings this dire scenario back to us through the. After the Norman invasion of England the French ravage and burn One man Buccmaster returns to his home to find nothing but ash and his wife s body amidst the ruinsHe takes to the woods to become a green man an outlaw with loud proclamations of his intention to raise a group to fight the French in revenge for all he has lostThe story is told in Buccmaster s own words From a narrative perspective this means that he clearly tries to paint himself in the best light possible seeking the reader s sympathy for his situation view spoilerAt first as readers we do have sympathy Certainly from the first Buccmaster seems to be all talk and little action Many of the actions he justifies to us seem pretty cowardly He s arrogant violent superstitious self entitled and certainly knows how to nurse a grudge But after all he has been a victim of brutal invaders His position as a man holding to the old ways as he imagines them from his grandfather s tales while the world has moved on around him seems poignant We expect as the story progresses that he might find redemption in some way whether through justice or spiritualityInstead the reader finds Buccmaster s character thrown into increasing doubt Finally we see an outside opinion of him These revelations trigger a crisis point where events of the past and Buccmaster s current decisions combine for a finale that s uite horrific hide spoiler

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characters The Wake Paul Kingsnorth Ò 7 review characters The Wake 107 Eyes of the unforgettable Buccmaster a proud landowner bearing witness to the end of his world Accompanied by a band of like minded men Buccmaster is determined to seek revenge on the invaders But as the men travel across the scorched English landscape Buccmaster becomes increasingly unhinged by the immensity of his loss and their path forward becomes increasingly unclear      Written in what the author describes. Outstanding novel about a landowner in Lincolnshire Buccmaster of Holland set in the years 1066 1068 Buccmaster even before the Norman invasion is apart from his fellow fen dwellers still like his grandfather but not his father a follower of the Old Gods and a rejecter of the Church also someone convinced he has through his Grandfather been chosen and marked out by the legendary blacksmith Weland whose sword he believes he owns At the start of 1066 he believes he sees various ill omens he refuses to participate in the fights against either the Danish or Norman invasion his children do fight and are killed in the second and shortly after as reprisals for not paying taxes to the French and while Buccmaster is absent his farm is burned down and his wife killed He escapes to the woods joining up with a servant and then a young boy initially avoiding the French the boy s hero worship challenges him into killing a French knight leading to vicious reprisals on the village and in turn gathering a small band of outlaws around him His band kills various Frenchmen over time but Buccmaster is clearly reluctant to commit actions to match his words and even his self image he is challenged verbally by his band keener to join up with Hereward the Wake and in his head by conversations with Weland Smith As the book draws to a close the gap between Buccmaster and his followers grows particularly when his embrace of the old Gods lead to try to carry out a ritualistic killing on a French knight we also find out as do his followers that after having been expelled by his father for attempting a pagan style bural for his Grandfather he returned several years later and likely murdered his father and sister in an accidental fireThe book is written in a shadow tongue a version of Olde English updated to be readable but respecting many of the rules of that language Crucially this adds seeming authenticity to Buccmaster s first person tale and it s clear that the constraints of the language force the author to closely imagine the actual thoughts and attitudes that Buccmaster may hold This relates to a wider theme which its clear Kingsnorth feels strongly about and which he puts into Buccmaster s mouth that the true soul of a country is completely bound up in its land its farming its language its ways and the interactions between those Buccmaster often states that the foreign ways and names for things which change England for ever that Christianity is destroying the uniueness and essence of Englishness themes similar to the author s non fictional polemics around the commercialisation of English town centres and villages What is perhaps most interesting about it is that Buccmaster himself despite representing the author s views is a self obsessed and delusional character I am not sure if is self aware or self delusional that a character who clearly represents the author s views is themselves self delusional A clue may be that a self proclaimed English nationalist and follower of traditional pre Christian English rituals actually lives in the West of Ireland and says he is a Zen Buddhist Snakewood is determined to seek revenge on the 88 Poems invaders But as the men travel across the scorched English landscape Buccmaster becomes Relatos íntimos increasingly unhinged by the The Sea Devil: The Adventures of Count Felix von Luckner, the Last Raider under Sail immensity of his loss and their path forward becomes The Ultimate Resource increasingly unclear      Written Le Petit Nicolas in what the author describes. 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characters The Wake Paul Kingsnorth Ò 7 review characters The Wake 107 As “a shadow tongue” a version of Old English updated so as to be understandable to the modern reader The Wake renders the inner life of an Anglo Saxon man with an accuracy and immediacy rare in historical fiction To enter Buccmaster’s world is to feel powerfully the sheer strangeness of the past A tale of lost gods and haunted visions The Wake is both a sensational gripping story and a major literary achievement. 45 I ve always wanted historical fiction written like this To feel like I was reading something of another older world but not hard work like Chaucer or Beowulf So I d probably have read The Wake anyway regardless of the Booker Prize it s just that I only heard of it a day or two before the longlist announcement via I think a Guardian comment from book blogger John Self who has since reviewed the novel for The Times behind paywall haven t read it At that point when I looked at the Goodreads book page I was delighted to see an average rating of 428 and several reviews clearly the book was already being found by the right people And as I expected with it being longlisted people who don t like it and can t read it are now trying it and giving 1 and 2 stars it surprises me how many people don t read a few pages before buying a book But is it better to have a grateful niche audience and less money or higher sales including people who noisily don t appreciate a work plus a few extra fans That not hard work As mentioned in a few other reviews I generally just don t bother with fiction where specialist knowledge helps if I haven t got it Things that helped here included knowledge of the relevant history including pre Christian religions familiarity with accents and dialects of Northern England and southern Scotland beornin heard in an old Durham accent made sense instantly understanding of the general patterns of Old English without actually knowing the language Germanic languages would help a lot too And a thing which must have a proper name switching gears where language is concerned and understanding it through feeling and sound than thinking this felt the same as reading paragraphs of text speak and youth slang except that I was interested I ve always had a knack for silently working out slang based on context and instinct which is very useful if you re an easily embarrassed kid who doesn t want people to know you re easily embarrassed The Wake is best read in big chunks and when fairly awake so you stay inside its idiom and remember the vocab it gets faster as you go along Also read the afterwords first and if you re on an e reader print out the glossary unless your OE German Dutch Scandinavian is good enough that you won t need it Having been vaguely interested in Paul Kingsnorth s non fiction already it maybe wasn t so surprising to find a writer with views I m very sympathetic to Have recently read several of the articles on his website He also had mystical feelings about landscape from an early age and studied history someone who likewise hankers for a vivid felt sense of the past whilst having come to understand that we can really only see it through ourselves and our own time The shadow tongue in which The Wake is written panders skilfully to the feeling of what it was like but it s not authentic it s a twenty first century constructed pidgin of modern and Old English although nearly all of the words are of Anglo Saxon origin This combination of ancient and modern shares the ethos of neo paganism Pedants familiar with Old English may find it annoying but knowing OE wouldn t necessarily preclude a reader from enjoying the writer s creative games with languageLikewise there are contradictory layers to the narrator Buccmaster and his story This is a post apocalyptic historical novel whose phrase that was I can t remember and Kingsnorth mentions in his afterword that few British people know how awful the aftermath of the Norman Conuest was He points out the effects on land ownership and the class system but the Harrowing of the North still has its effects today in the North South economic divide A cheesy obviously didactic historical novel would set out to show this using sympathetic characters Buccmaster pre Hastings is a self important Lincolnshire sokeman or yeoman farmer easy to imagine as a burly Daily Mail reader forever complaining about taxes and red tape always expecting something to be done about things without contribution from him and his perfectly able household and also something of a Walter Mitty dreamer all talk and little sporadic action He s not exactly central casting s budding rebel outlaw type nor does he experience a chrysalid transmutation of personality at his country s hour of needNo sensible reader would expect a man of the eleventh century to be PC and peaceful but he s unusual among his contemporaries for being essentially pagan His grandfather remained secretly loyal to the old gods and was a great inspiration to Buccmaster The narrator s conversations with Weland and visions of Woden echo Robin of Sherwood s relationship with Herne the Hunter given Kingsnorth s age I d bet he watched the series as a kid teenager There are various other echoes such as Lincolnshire green men a Little John like giant etc I m deeply sympathetic to this pagan aspect and viewed it as a positive side of Buccmaster s character I also rooted for the Wicker Man people I don t like violence but it was some kind of satisfying counterbalance to all the conversion and martyrdom stories from a Catholic perspective I read as a child I d guess the author has pagan leanings too But the book is well constructed such that a negative interpretation of this side of the character is eually possible as his contemporaries do a reader could also see Buccmaster s paganism as inevitably connected with his episodes of madness Whereas I consider his main problem is egotism and tyranny and that as far as the old gods are concerned he s merely guilty from time to time of that very English fault to find taking things a bit too far One has to also take into account that the supernatural was an accepted part of every day life before the age of reason although that doesn t mean that all dreams and visions were automatically accepted as the reception of Margery Kempe and Joan of Arc indicate Alongside the moments of too modern religious doubt of all religions this story of the once well established man become an outlaw on the run is a common motif in several of this year s Booker longlisted titles a comment on creeping authoritarian aspects of contemporary life Kingsnorth a former road protestor and environmental journalist evidently means something along those lines also re globalisation He may be another white middle class man as many have said there are too many of on the list and an Oxbridge one to boot but he seems the sort who seriously mucks in and sees how it is perhaps not uite in so much depth as Orwell but same ethos But he is circumspect enough to consider in his narrative why resistance seems futile or even harmful to some And hidden under Buccmaster s veneration of the old gods and concept of pre Norman pre Christian England as somehow the real deal a popular idea at least since the Victorians is the knowledge that before the Anglo Saxons there were the wealsc now inhabiting the far west whom the Germanic invaders conuered and that there were other people before the wealsc too He is outraged that people like himself are made thralls the geburs and thralls his own people held are mentioned made obvious and human to the reader but to Buccmaster they remain beneath him Love of the English countryside and history is abundant in the writing but not without knowledge of the potential for xenophobia within these sentiments I admire the sense of balance in this novel that it passionately understands why something is worth fighting for but simultaneously what might be wrong about that or about the way it s done and that any one time is just part of a long cycle of takeovers and oppressions and the mythical past of perfect freedom always was mythical even if certain aspects of life were or are better at one time or another It combines the historian s long view with the political activist s immediate outlook and seriously creative use of language as rarely found in books of that sort Another post here