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Ragnarok: The End of the Gods (Myths) Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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Ragnarok retells the finale of Norse mythology. A story of the destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves: what more relevant myth could any modern writer choose? Just as Wagner used this dramatic and catastrophic struggle for the climax of his Ring Cycle, so AS Byatt now reinvents it in all its intensity and glory. As the bombs of the Blitz rain down on Britain, one young girl is evacuated to the countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new wartime life. Then she is given a copy of Asgard and the Gods - a book of ancient Norse myths - and her inner and outer worlds are transformed.
War, natural disaster, reckless gods and the recognition of impermanence in the world are just some of the threads that AS Byatt weaves into this most timely of books. Linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, this is a landmark.
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could possibly have lost her father in a war. The myths of the Norse gods are
fascinating and might have stood alone without this story line. Byatt writes with
rich imagery which I appreciate. The book is rather slim and not focused particularly well on either story -- godlike or human. It is a lovely companion
piece for those who enjoy myth, but I would have liked to have seen more in one way or the other about how this is woven into lives beyond academia.