The story itself is fascinating account of history and the language captures this really well.
Kingsnorth used this style because of what he calls anachronistic language in historical novels, however I am not sure that his was any less anachronistic.
I started this book 7 different times: each time ended with me wanting to rip the pages out of the book-especially difficult as I was reading on a Kindle.
I'm sorry, I tried - for 50% of it I tried. The language may have been a good idea but I find it has taken over from the story which, half way through, has become boring and the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Deborah Klein
I honestly sympathize with all who had difficulty with this book's 'faux language', as I too had difficulty getting past the first few pages...took me 3 or 4 attempts.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas Gordy
have started this book numerous times and can't get beyond the first page....
it is not worth the mental gymnastics needed to decipher the English language used in this book
I finished this book last evening and it is still roaming through my head. This seems (once one has gotten the false language through one's head) as if it would be good... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. K. Overton
A month ago I decided that I wasn’t going to bother with The Wake.
After skimming the opening pages, and coming across words like “blaec” and “micel” and “fugol”, I’d... Read more
It may be a good story but after a few pages the conceit of the invented old English pales. A lot of effort to read if you read to enjoy beautiful prose, this is not the book for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maureen Molloy
Given this story takes place in a period and landscape of which I am only vaguely aware and in a language, initially only just recognisable as my own this was a surprisingly... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve Keogh
This book literally transports the reader to 1066 and the years around the Norman invasion of England, examines the impact. Read morePublished 4 months ago by avid reader
Not an easy read, but gives a different perspective on the Norman conquest of Britain. The title was misleading as Hereward was not a character in the book, and was only mentioned... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathleen Gorvel