Ragnarok Creat A S Byatt Viral Kindle A S Byatt Antonia Susan Byatt is internationally known for her novels and short stories Her novels include the Booker Prize winne
Ragnarok Creat A.S. Byatt Viral Kindle A.S Byatt Antonia Susan Byatt is internationally known for her novels and short stories Her novels include the Booker Prize winner Possession, The Biographer s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye, Elementals and her most recent book Little Black Book of Stories A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999ATT, Dame Antonia Susan , Dame Antonia Duffy , DBE 1999 CBE 1990 FRSL 1983 Chevalier de l Ordre des Arts et des Lettres France , 2003 , writer born 24 Aug 1936 Daughter of His Honour John Frederick Drabble, QC and late Kathleen Marie BloorByatt has famously been engaged in a long running feud with her novelist sister, Margaret Drabble, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea set in one of her novels The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the other.Married1st, 1959, Ian Charles Rayner Byatt Sir I C R Byatt marriage dissolved 1969 one daughter one son deceased 2nd, 1969, Peter John Duffy two daughters.EducationSheffield High School The Mount School, York Newnham College, Cambridge BA Hons Hon Fellow 1999 Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA Somerville College, Oxford.Academic Honours Hon Fellow, London Inst 2000 Fellow UCL, 2004Hon DLitt Bradford, 1987 DUniv York, 1991 Durham, 1991 Nottingham, 1992 Liverpool, 1993 Portsmouth, 1994 London, 1995 Sheffield, 2000 Kent 2004 Hon LittD Cambridge, 1999PrizesThe PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Of Fiction prize, 1986 for STILL LIFEThe Booker Prize, 1990, for POSSESSIONIrish Times Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize, 1990 for POSSESSIONThe Eurasian section of Best Book in Commonwealth Prize, 1991 for POSSESSIONPremio Malaparte, Capri, 1995 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, California, 1998 for THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE S EYEShakespeare Prize, Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, 2002 Publications The Shadow of the Sun, 1964 Degrees of Freedom, 1965 reprinted as Degrees of Freedom the early novels of Iris Murdoch, 1994 The Game, 1967 Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1970 reprinted as Unruly Times Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1989 Iris Murdoch 1976The Virgin in the Garden, 1978 GEORGE ELIOT Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings , 1979 editor Still Life, 1985Sugar and Other Stories, 1987 George Eliot selected essays, 1989 editor Possession a romance, 1990Robert Browning s Dramatic Monologues, 1990 editor Passions of the Mind, essays , 1991 Angels and Insects novellae ,1992The Matisse Stories short stories ,1993 The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye five fairy stories, 1994Imagining Characters, 1995 joint editor New Writing 4, 1995 joint editor Babel Tower, 1996 New Writing 6, 1997 joint editor The Oxford Book of English Short Stories, 1998 editor Elementals Stories of fire and ice short stories , 1998 The Biographer s Tale, 2000 On Histories and Stories essays , 2000 Portraits in Fiction, 2001 The Bird Hand Book, 2001 Photographs by Victor Schrager Text By AS Byatt A Whistling Woman, 2002Little. Recently evacuated to the British countryside and with World War Two raging around her, one young girl is struggling to make sense of her life Then she is given a book of ancient Norse legends and her inner and outer worlds are transformed Intensely autobiographical and linguistically stunning, this book is a landmark work of fiction from one of Britain s truly great wriRecently evacuated to the British countryside and with World War Two raging around her, one young girl is struggling to make sense of her life Then she is given a book of ancient Norse legends and her inner and outer worlds are transformed Intensely autobiographical and linguistically stunning, this book is a landmark work of fiction from one of Britain s truly great writers Intensely timely it is a book about how stories can give us the courage to face our own demise The Ragnarok myth, otherwise known as the Twilight of the Gods, plays out the endgame of Norse mythology It is the myth in which the gods Odin, Freya and Thor die, the sun and moon are swallowed by the wolf Fenrir, the serpent Midgard eats his own tail as he crushes the world and the seas boil with poison It is only after such monstrous death and destruction that the world can begin anew This epic struggle provided the fitting climax to Wagner s Ring Cycle and just as Wagner was inspired by Norse myth so Byatt has taken this remarkable finale and used it as the underpinning of this highly personal and politically charged retelling. Bestseller Kindle Ragnarok 5 "Byatt speaks to me like nobody else" stars. 5th Favorite Read of 2015 Quite simply...Byatt is the reason I read.She has written the unbelievable novel "Possession" who along with Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" are my two favorite novels and I have read each of them several times throughout my life and I feel nostalgic, like I've come home after being exiled and I can sit and commune with the wonderful characters and plots that lie therein.Ragnarok was the only Byatt I had left to read. I was trepidatious as the novel was a short one and I thought I would be dissatisfied or sad that I would only get a taste of Byatt when I sorely wanted a feast of her prose.This book transported to a few places in my life and I will jot down just a few.1. I was (and am) a very introverted child that preferred my own company to carousing with other children. I also hated the bright sunshine of humid Toronto summers. I remember purposefully misbehaving so that I could be banished to my cool heavily curtained bedroom. There I would listen to Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven and read Greek and Roman Mythology, The Secret Garden, Lives of the Saints and all of the various coloured fairy books by Lang. I was in heaven.2. In the autumn of my eleventh year falling in love with a girl one year my senior and walking through High Park eating ice cream and co-creating stories about princes, goblins, dragons and evil Queens. I also always wanted to playact "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" with Faye Dunaway and Bette Davis....my favorite movie at the time (a bit odd, I know)3. At the age of 16 being taken by my favorite aunt to see Wagner's Ring Cycle in its entirety. Norse mythology combined with opera...nothing could be finer. Also spending so much time with my aunt who had very little education but the most refined of taste.Byatt did all this and more in this most amazing little novel. The novel is the re-telling of the end of the world (Ragnarok) in Norse mythology as seen through the eyes of a little girl during the second world war in England when she and her mother leave London to live in the countryside. She infuses this book with a magic and wisdom that I cannot quite articulate in words. The little girl is precocious as she is both naïve child and wise crone and this lends her to speculate on the comparison of Norse mythology with Christian faith and bible stories. It also helps the little girl cope with her father fighting in the war as an air pilot.The retelling of the myth is so spectacular that it defies description. Each and every sentence is so carefully crafted, so gorgeous and so laden with many meanings. The stories touched not only my heart but went even deeper to my artistic soul. I would close my eyes while reading this and picture, see, hear, feel, smell and touch all that was described in three-dimensional glory.This book was short but packed with so much wonder that I will not hesitate in placing it in Jaidee's little temple of literary masterpieces.I will let Ms. Byatt have the last say:"The myths were cavernous spaces lit, in extreme colors, gloomy or dazzling, with a kind of overbright transparency about them."Simply Stunning!!