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Whose Song Is Sung

Schaefer, Frank

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ISBN 10: 031285756X / ISBN 13: 9780312857561
Editorial: Tor Books, 1996
Usado Condición: Very Good
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Título: Whose Song Is Sung

Editorial: Tor Books

Año de publicación: 1996

Condición del libro:Very Good

Edición: 1st.

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A dramatic revision of the famous epic of Beowulf, the warrior king of Anglo-Saxon myth, and his nemesis Grendel, draws on new historical research to offer an entirely new perspective of this archetypal warrior.

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Visceral retelling of the Beowulf saga through the eyes of a dwarf: fast-paced action mixed with politically incorrect insights into Anglo-Saxon and Roman culture. Schaefer (The Scapeweed Goat, 1989) paints a Hieronymous Bosch-like portrait of the Western world at a fascinating juncture in history: the Roman Empire's final dissolution and the rise of the ``barbarian'' civilization of the Anglo-Saxons. The tale is told by Musculus the Dwarf, an elderly anchorite in a monastery ca. a.d. 695, putting paper to pen (as the book's archaic style would have it) to recount a life in which he appears, Zelig-like, at a number of critical events in history. First, he's Emperor Heraclius' crafty advisor in decadent Rome, a pampered sniffer-out of schemes and intrigues; then, sold into slavery among barbarians at the Emperor's death, he undergoes a series of tests--working as a galley slave, escaping death at the hands of murderous bandits, learning to survive like an animal in vast forests--until fate delivers him to the Geats and Beowulf. As he both witnesses and intervenes (a crucial suggestion about adding a keel to a Viking ship here, stabbing a monster in the back there), we see, smell, and recoil from the cruelty and brutality of the time even as we acquire a taste for blood vengeance and casual sex in the open mead-hall. Casting Beowulf as an Arnold Schwarzenegger obsessed with besting his own fears and childhood humiliations, the author shows how the Anglo-Saxon death-wish culture could seem, for all its vulgarity, like a breath of fresh air after the Roman decline. A bright retelling of a still-vital myth, highly readable if subject to the usual banalities of sword-and-shield dialogue. With this as a text, perhaps Hollywood could coax Arnold back into a loincloth for a last hurrah. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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