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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 The Carpenters Daughter the unforgettable Buccmaster a proud landowner bearing witness A Talent for Surrender to Stepbrother Dearest to seek revenge on Mystery in Spiderville the invaders But as Spring the men Unknown (Anders Knutas, travel across A time for being human the scorched English landscape Buccmaster becomes increasingly unhinged by Stanley and the Women the immensity of his loss and The Gene their path forward becomes increasingly unclear      Written in what The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, the author describes. 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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. Upon reading the 2014 Man Booker longlist announcement I was immediately drawn to The Wake because of it s uniue premise and because I believe it s the prize s first crowdsourced nomination Sourced by readers I had to give it a try What is perhaps the most uniue about this novel and needs to be mentioned is the language Written in a version of Old English created by the author for layman readers I didn t know what to expect But what I think should be made clear is that Paul Kingsnorth didn t write this novel intending it to be a chore for the reader He wrote it this way to reflect the world it takes place in and he did so beautifully The story is fascinatingly alien and utterly relevant to a time we can only try and imagine I appreciate Kingsnorth s reasoning in the note on the languageThe way we speak is specific to our time and place Our assumptions our politics our worldview our attitudes all are implicit in our words and what we with them To put 21st century sentences into the mouths of eleventh century characters would be the euivalent of giving them iPads and cappuccinos Just wrongAnd he s right Ever get annoyed reading modern morals in a character of historical fiction I bet Kingsnorth would too but by taking the brilliant extra steps with language he s created something magical Once you pick up on the rules of the language reading it becomes second nature It nourishes the story never detracting from the tale There is a partial glossary in the back but I didn t use it once Kingsnorth did all the hard work for us and I found joy in understanding his new words through context Set during the Norman invasion of England the story follows Buccmaster and his somewhat misguided attempt to bring England back to what it used to be Buccmaster is cocky outspoken and probably schizophrenic but oddly riveting in an endearing sort of way Except for the homicidal tendencies of course But it s 1066 and his entire world is in turmoil The journey is dark but dreamy and I was sad to see it end Not that I was expecting otherwise but I ll be honest this one caught me off guard One of the best historical fictions I ve read yet it brings exciting new breath to the genreI look forward to reading of Paul Kingsnorth s work in the future Highly recommended

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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. I suspect if I read this again it might get an extra star I ve certainly been thinking about it enough in the three weeks since I finished it I tend to like the idea of experimental novels than I like the execution so this was a welcome exception to that I thought it was marvellousWhen I look over my reading habits they tend to ebb and flow in certain directions The Wake for me hit the end ish of a phase of playing with storytelling conventions and the early blossoming of an enthusiasm for old and middle English I ve got a book on King Arthur going on in the background my non fiction reading has tended to the millennium old of late and oh yes twenty points if you guessed it I ve finally managed to nick a hardback copy of The Buried Giant off my friend More on that as I inevitably start cooing over it The point is that I was in the right headspace to be thinking about a novel set just after the invasion of Britain in 1066 and really that s what kept me going The language in The Wake creates a sense of place like I ve never seen it before I can only imagine how tough it was to write how many knots it tied Paul Kingsnorth s brain into After a few hours of reading this you start conceptualising the world differently It did something to the pace of my day and I m not sure what Sometimes it was exhausting or disconcerting but either way it s stuck with meIt s tempting to say that the point of The Wake is the language but I don t think that s true The language is certainly what jumps out at you but the content of the story is still the thing Buccmaster of Holland his name as I correctly guessed and Kingsnorth apologetically confirmed in the afterword a bit of an anachronism in itself is a man out of time Desperate to be taken seriously he remembers the stories his grandfather told him about the old days the time before when men were heroes When the French come killing his family and peers and taking everything he has he struggles to regain and keep the place he used to have in the worldIt s his place in the world that he s had taken from him It s the esteem of others that he wants or needs Buccmaster is bluntly a little shit and all of the other characters have an awful lot of patience But there s something sinister under the attitude something just below the surface all the way through Like the best of detective novels when you get to the end you can look back and point to all the clues As you re going along it s another matter When the moment of truth comes it doesn t come where or how you expect I was shocked It was signposted everywhere but I was shocked I love being taken for a fool by an author who knows what they re doingAbout the author Paul Kingsnorth has another project that I ve been following for the last nine months or so the literary journal called the Dark Mountain Project Partly I love getting beautiful hardbacks full of tales of the apocalypse in the post Partly though the Dark Mountain Project confuses me it s got a high esteem for how things used to be and the things we as a society have ostensibly lost I sympathise a whole lot I do for all that I love and make a living from being really connected to a lot of the world all of the time and at high speed I do sometimes miss the times when I didn t have internet access and didn t feel anxious about it I joke about knitting and spinning and darning and the various accoutrements of my Girl Guiding days as being part of my post apocalyptic skill set but I still have one eye on making sure that Me Without Electricity is not Me Without A HopeFor all Paul Kingsnorth s sheep farm and articles about missing middle England I still think mate you ve just crowdfunded your book You probably got half your research and your audience via the internet And reading The Wake I think he s aware of this fact than I gave him credit for even in 1067AD Buccmaster of Holland is already pining for the old days when men was men and giants walked the earth That glorious past where everything was right is an imagined village it never existed If we want it we need to go to it not go back to it But just because a collectively imagined or in Buccmaster s case individually imagined history never happened doesn t mean it can t mean something We ve just got to be a bit careful of it that s all If nothing else The Wake has something to say about that And you may believe me when I say that it is not messing aroundSo here you go a great story interestingly told curiously produced by people who are obviously bibliophiles and with something important and unusual to say Don t be put off by the language if you managed Trainspotting this ll be a breeze You won t have read anything else like this lately It ll get the old cogs grinding and if you re anything like me you ll really enjoy it The Gut Balance Revolution tongue” a version of Old English updated so as Dark Viking (Viking II, to be understandable Broken to Fearless Queen Part 2 the modern reader The Wake renders Vulnerable 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Twentieth-Century Literature in English to write how many knots it The White Guns tied Paul Kingsnorth s brain into After a few hours of reading The Book of Football Quotations this you start conceptualising Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, the world differently It did something The Road Back Home to The TV Time Travellers the pace of my day and I m not sure what Sometimes it was exhausting or disconcerting but either way it s stuck with meIt s The Prester Quest tempting The God Squad to say The Ayatollahs Democracy that The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, the point of The Wake is Classic Essential Vegetables the language but I don The Murder Exchange t The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, think The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, that s The Cold War true The language is certainly what jumps out at you but The Soul of Leadership the content of The Night Listener the story is still Under Currents the The Confidential Agent thing Buccmaster of Holland his name as I correctly guessed and Kingsnorth apologetically confirmed in The Light In The Window the afterword a bit of an anachronism in itself is a man out of Three Entertainments time Desperate Lissa to be Lissa taken seriously he remembers Red Sky At Sunrise the stories his grandfather Taken by the Alpha told him about Crazy for Cake Pops the Horse Trade (Saddle Club, time before when men were heroes When Extraordinary Circumstances the French come killing his family and peers and From Madman to Crime Fighter taking everything he has he struggles The Secret of the Stallion (Saddle Club Super Edition, to regain and keep Patient Safety Ethics to have in Systems Failure the worldIt s his place in Becoming an Academic the world Taking Nazi Technology that he s had Train Wreck taken from him It s A Political History of the World the esteem of others Modernist Time Ecology that he wants or needs Buccmaster is bluntly a little shit and all of The Glovemaker the other characters have an awful lot of patience But Architecture in Formation the attitude something just below Great Powers, Small Wars the surface all A Bloodless Victory the way Epiphany through Like Unplanned Parenthood the best of detective novels when you get The Cloak of Aphrodite to Russian Eurasianism the end you can look back and point Betsy Bonaparte to all American Hieroglyphics the clues As you re going along it s another matter When Betsy Bonaparte truth comes it doesn Interactions t come where or how you expect I was shocked It was signposted everywhere but I was shocked I love being Critical Communication Studies taken for a fool by an author who knows what The Big Vote they re doingAbout Gender and Firearms the author Paul Kingsnorth has another project Six Essential Fingerings for the Jazz Guitarist that I ve been following for Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter and Other Poems the literary journal called Stable Witch (Saddle Club, the Dark Mountain Project Partly I love getting beautiful hardbacks full of White 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10 thoughts on “The Wake

  1. says:

    lif is a raedel for dumb folc but the things i has seen it is not lic they sae the bocs and the preosts the bells the laws of the crist it is not like they sae this is a good boc about a triewe anglisc man who was feotan the ingengas who cwelled harold cyng he is buccmaster a socman with three oxgangs but the fuccan frencs beorned his hus and his wifman so he macs himself a grene man who lifs in the holt hwit t

  2. says:

    Upon reading the 2014 Man Booker longlist announcement I was immediately drawn to The Wake because of it's uniue premise and because I believe it's the prize's first crowdsourced nomination Sourced by readers? I had to give it a try What is perhaps the most uniue about this novel and needs to be mentioned is the language Written in a versio

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    Outstanding novel about a landowner in Lincolnshire – Buccmaster of Holland – set in the years 1066 1068 Buccmaster even before

  5. says:

    35 – 4 starsWhen we think of post apocalyptic fiction we tend to think specifically of science fiction or at least I know I do Our vision is usually either of a near future survival thriller about the fall of current human civilization into ruin most often as the result of a nuclear holocaust an ecological disaster or recently due to those pesky zombies or of the far future as we witness the after effects on a society that has fallen in

  6. says:

    AstoundingWritten in a shadow version of 11th century English which is incredibly evocative this is stark and brutal and magical An invaded country groups of men driven to the woods and fens a land haunted by dying gods where Christianity is the first invader Told by a magnificent creation buccmaster of holland an inarticulate rage filled brutal man consumed by paranoia and self doubt that expresses itself in visions of Odin as Wa

  7. says:

    45 I've always wanted historical fiction written like this To feel like I was reading something of another olde

  8. says:

    I suspect if I read this again it might get an extra star I've certainly been thinking about it enough in the three weeks since I finished it I tend to like the idea of experimental novels than I like the execution so this was a welcome except

  9. says:

    Well that was uite a leap Can't say I've ever gone from one star to five before But I revisited and finished this book and it turns out to be the impressive achievement that its fans claim It's a masterful stream of consciousness narrative told by a deeply unreliable narrator and one of the most compelling and

  10. says:

    35 This has just won the Bookseller book of the year award; I wish I could say I appreciated it Kingsnorth calls his Booker longlisted fiction debut “a post apocalyptic novel set 1000 years in the past” Written in the author’s

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