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  • Paperback
  • 192
  • Red Shift
  • Alan Garner
  • English
  • 23 August 2020
  • 9780007127863

Alan Garner ✓ 7 review

review Red Shift 107 Ces Distanced from each other in time and isolated from those they live among they are yet inextricably bound together by the sacred power of the moon's ax. I think it should have than five stars It s up there with Ulysses the Waste Land and Briggflatts or with Gawain and the Green Knight or the Tain or the Mabinogion I first read this far too many years ago when i was probably the same age as the protagonist and liked the book for the usual wrong reasons but I have reread it on a regular basis ever since For my money he s the best prose writer in English and the most interesting This book is the hinge in the seuence moving away from the fantasy of the earlier books which reached their culmination in The Owl Service which also needs than five stars towards the apparently difficult adult Thursbitch and Strandloper and for that reason is a good place to start if you re interested in discovering a great writerI think the book suffers critically because it was marketed to the young adult market and the protagonist at least of the modern section is a very troubled adolescent Garner s writing career resists easy definition but that hasn t stopped people pigeon holing him to his detriment But as than one critic has pointed out Red Shift could be regarded as one of the last masterpieces of 20th century modernism and Garner should be seen as a significant figure in 20th century English Prose What most readers find difficult about this book the fact that the story is told in mostly untagged dialogue and shifts between three time periods is in fact the ultimate compliment Garner can pay his readers He takes seriously Bunting s Never explain your readers are as smart as you are and presents the story and steps back Seven Shades of You in time and The First King Adventures Volume 2 First King Adventure isolated from those they live among they are yet Perfect Knowledge inextricably bound together by the sacred power of the moon's ax. I think Against Nature? Types of Moral Argumentation Regarding Homosexuality it should have than five stars It s up there with Ulysses the Waste Land and Briggflatts or with Gawain and the Green Knight or the Tain or the Mabinogion I first read this far too many years ago when Me and Mine i was probably the same age as the protagonist and liked the book for the usual wrong reasons but I have reread Mrs Robins Son it on a regular basis ever since For my money he s the best prose writer Shortchanged in English and the most Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country National Geographic Directions interesting This book Blackening Song is the hinge The Books of Magic in The Owl Service which also needs than five stars towards the apparently difficult adult Thursbitch and Strandloper and for that reason Exclusively Yours is a good place to start Deep Crotch Mother if you re The Watchman interested A Taste of Submission in discovering a great writerI think the book suffers critically because My Life My Times And The Future it was marketed to the young adult market and the protagonist at least of the modern section Saint Nicholas is a very troubled adolescent Garner s writing career resists easy definition but that hasn t stopped people pigeon holing him to his detriment But as than one critic has pointed out Red Shift could be regarded as one of the last masterpieces of 20th century modernism and Garner should be seen as a significant figure Pizza Real Reading in 20th century English Prose What most readers find difficult about this book the fact that the story Chinaberry Sidewalks is told Chasing Alpha in mostly untagged dialogue and shifts between three time periods Divine is Spell in Your Pocket in fact the ultimate compliment Garner can pay his readers He takes seriously Bunting s Never explain your readers are as smart as you are and presents the story and steps back

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review Red Shift 107 E and each seek their own refuge at Mow Cop Can those they love so intensely keep them clinging to reality Or is the future ever destined to reflect the pa. Found this novel mentioned on the NYRB Classics list a while ago I read all of the reviews pertaining to this novel because Science Fiction or YA novels aren t a genre that I feel a lot of affinity for This is an unusual story and the concept greatly appealed Three vastly different time periods and three very different love stories each one uniue in its own way The common denominator through the ages is an axe head and a place called Mow CopThis is one of those novels that when completed I couldn t say with any certainty that I actually likedenjoyed however it was compelling and evocative I wouldn t call this YA there are really dark oppressive themes running through the novel It s a story that is very ambiguous in places the dialogue is sparse and not straight forward often struggled with what period of time was referenced and which character was speaking at the timeHaving said all of the above it was it was compelling but difficult in places One thing I will say about the NYRB Classics novels they are thought provoking and this novel is no exception

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review Red Shift 107 A disturbing exploration of the inevitability of life Under Orion's stars bluesilver visions torment Tom Macey and Thomas as they struggle with age old for. aarrrrg Goodreads or Chrome just killed and lost my review when I was 5 minutes into itThis book came to me by accident from my publishers in a big box of author copies of The Liar s Key I guess because they both have red coversThe first thing to say is that I was amazed to see that is was published by HarperCollins Children s Books Here s whyi Content In two of the three threads the main female character is gang raped or comes extremely close to it In one of them she is deliberately maimed to stop her running off from her new role as sex slave There are also a good number of brutal killings Given that it was first published in 1973 I was surprised to see it described as a children s bookii Style This is a difficult book It s a dense literary novel a very short one that most adults would struggle with I may be underestimating him but I suspect that 14 year old me would not have got far with itIs it a good book It is but not in the way most SF books are It s good because you can feel the genius running through it But it is as I said powerful dense literary stuff that will not suit everyone I won t say I enjoyed it exactly It s one of those books I feel challenged by and better for readingI recently read Garner s Boneland published 50 years after the famous first two books in that trilogy The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath I found the change in style to be vast though in the context of a 50 year gap not astonishing If I had read Red Shift before reading Boneland I would have been far less taken back by the change in style as most of the fundamentals of Boneland are to be found in Red Shift though the gap between them is still around four decadesThe book has three threads one in Roman Britain one in Civil War Britain one in 1970s Britain all tied together through the same location through the presence of the same stone age hand axe and vaguely through the tormented madness of the three main male charactersThere s no handholding in this book At all The locations and situations are not explained There is little visualsetting description Much of the book comes in the form of long unattributed conversations with uick fire back and forth between the protagonists in short ambiguous lines often using dialect terms or making allusions to events we have to deduce or literary or period references We never share the characters thoughts it could be a stage play for all the use it makes ie doesn t of character point of view In the Roman case the stray legionaries seem like WWII or Vietnam soldiers and it s hard to figure out the local tribes or what s actually going onThe present day thread concerns a pair of lovers in their late teens so I guess that could be used as a justification for shelving it as YA literature To my mind though YA literature is work that is written for Young Adults making some attempt to shape itself to the brevity and nature of their experience If it s an adult book that merely features some young adults for me it s not YAAnyway We have three young men with three young women in three separate situations in three different periods The only connections are the location the presence of the hand axe and the tenuous link through the confused minds of the men Our modern man seems to be having a breakdown with a variety of mental health issues The other two the same with fits So why did I give it 4It s hard to explain I have a Physics degree not an English Literature one I don t know the academic way to dissect a thing like this The fact is though that like many pieces of strong literature there s a power running through this thing Garner wields the language and he s using it to cut away not at a story but at something about people that he understands and wants to show us It s not something he can just lay down in simple terms it s too ineffable for that but it s there in the three stories in the way they re woven and linked in the way that something echoes back and forth through the characters In a sense it s to do with timelessness change and how we inhabit both a place and ourselvesSo thereMy Goodreads friends give this book an average rating of 26 Goodreads in general 357 Try it Some of you will love it some will hate it I can t wholeheartedly praise it but there s something here When other authors call Alan Garner an important writer they re not wrongAs a final thought it s very hard to imagine this book being published in the SF genre today unless by Garner with 50 years of reputation under his belt I don t find that comforting Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes


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