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Hild: A Novel af Nicola Griffith
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Hild: A Novel (original 2013; udgave 2013)

af Nicola Griffith

Serier: Light of the World (1)

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'You are a prophet and seer with the brightest mind in an age. Your blood is that of the man who should have been king ...That's what the king and his lords see. And they will kill you, one day' Britain in the seventh century - and the world is changing. Small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. Edwin, King of Northumbria, plots his rise to overking of all the Angles. Ruthless and unforgiving, he is prepared to use every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Into this brutal, vibrant court steps Hild - Edwin's youngest niece. With her glittering mind and powerful curiosity, Hild has a unique way of reading the world. By studying nature, observing human behavior and matching cause with effect, she has developed the ability to make startlingly accurate predictions. It is a gift that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her. It is also a valuable weapon. Hild is indispensable to Edwin - unless she should ever lead him astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can see the future and lead men like a warrior. In this vivid, utterly compelling novel, Nicola Griffith has brought the Early Middle Ages to life in an extraordinary act of alchemy. Drawn from the story of St Hilda of Whitby - one of the most fascinating and pivotal figures of the age - Hild transports the reader into a mesmerising, unforgettable world.… (mere)
Medlem:flourgirl49
Titel:Hild: A Novel
Forfattere:Nicola Griffith
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2013), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 560 pages
Samlinger:Skal læses
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Hild af Nicola Griffith (2013)

  1. 20
    The Corn King and the Spring Queen af Naomi Mitchison (debbiereads)
  2. 10
    Credo af Melvyn Bragg (gennyt)
    gennyt: Another historical novel covering the religious and political upheavals of 7th century Northumbria.
  3. 21
    Det glemte land af Marion Zimmer Bradley (kiwiflowa)
  4. 11
    Wolf Hall : roman af Hilary Mantel (wandering_star)
  5. 00
    Against a Darkening Sky af Lauren B. Davis (thesmellofbooks)
  6. 00
    Røde Orm af Frans G. Bengtsson (wandering_star)
  7. 00
    Absolution by Murder af Peter Tremayne (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These historical novels feature Hilda of Whitby, who strongly affected the course of British Christianity. Hild focuses biographically on her youth, while Absolution by Murder is a mystery set in the context of the crucial meeting at Whitby that Hilda influenced.… (mere)
  8. 00
    Oswald: Return of the King af Edoardo Albert (gypsysmom)
    gypsysmom: Both these books take place in Northumbria around the same time period.
  9. 00
    Revolutionary af Alex Myers (GreenVelvet)
    GreenVelvet: Both brilliant historical fiction novels with strong female characters who chafe against the gender roles of their eras
  10. 03
    Jordens søjler af Ken Follet (kiwiflowa)
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Viser 1-5 af 86 (næste | vis alle)
What an unremittingly wonderful book. I think maybe four times I thought, oh, I don’t know if that’s the best word she could’ve chosen. Otherwise I was swept away by both the writing and the story, by the strongly defined characters… I suppose a good review would tell you a lot more about it than that, but I’m not going to. I just say, wade in. The water is very fine. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Aug 20, 2021 |
I loved reading her pitch for this book on the Whatever blog: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/11/14/the-big-idea-nicola-griffith/
The description of having history reach out and grab you, vividly imagining what it was like in a long ago time is wonderful. The best bits of this book reflect that excitement. I was disappointed in the plot arc and where it ended. What about St. Hilda and the synod? I found the language difficult but enjoyed the mix of unfamiliar words. Reading was sometimes a slog but not a terrible slog. It makes me want to read more about this time period. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
interesting, but pretty monotone ( )
  levan.matthew | Jul 17, 2021 |
So Hild was excellent, but let's not kid ourselves; it's not historical fiction so much as it's fantasy, without magic. That's no knock on Hild. Rather, that's exactly what I was looking for.

I finished this last night, and have been thinking about it all day. I have to say that if I didn't enjoy my Development of Modern English class like I do, I might not have appreciated this book as much. Griffith has done her research, and the use of Old English throughout (Anglisc, as she calls it), though sparing, is effective.

What stands out for me is just how real everything seems. Granted, Hild is a real character from history, but we know virtually nothing of the years covered in this book. Still, the middle seventh century seems so plausible. So much of what is wrong with modern fantasy is language, and since Griffith can't do what Tolkien did, she simply uses as her fantasy language one that actually existed. Anyway, my point is this: we understand the world through language, and often that means we understand the world through metaphor. The use of metaphor is wonderful in Hild, precisely because there's never any anachronistic reference intended for a modern mind. Everything happens within the understanding of the characters of the story, and that means referencing a post-Roman (redcrests), pre-Norman Invasion England. Not really England, either, but Northumbria. It's a small detail, but one you notice. Speaking of anachronisms, there was one-- a certain song about ears, that I have a hard time believing is contemporaneous to the time period.

My thoughts are all over the place. One of these days i'm going to actually think these reviews through, but I will end with this: this is a fantasy novel written with a skeptic's world view, and it works so well. The only supernatural elements are not supernatural at all, just positioned to look so by various characters. Those who believe these "signs" when they are presented aren't the subject of ridicule, however-- Hild as "seer" merely recognizes that this is how her people understand the world, and so she talks to them in the appropriate language. In a way, she's quite Holmesian, minus the exposition for the reader's (Watson's) sake. Griffith leaves that to us, and it's one of the many reasons Hild is so wonderful. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
Really quite good, although a jarring, overly abrupt ending that contradicted a lot of my impressions of a basically consanguineous relationship between Hild and her half-brother and left me a little viscerally uncomfortable, I thought. I'll read the next one, which Griffith is working on, per the afterword. ( )
  qBaz | May 28, 2021 |
Viser 1-5 af 86 (næste | vis alle)
Hild is a pulse-pounding page-turner. It is a rich and inspired work of fiction. It is a book that fills both the urge to be taken away and the urge to be brought closer, to be called, as the jackdaws call, both outward and home.
 
Hild is a book as loving as it is fierce, brilliant and accomplished. To read it felt like a privilege and a gift.
tilføjet af karenb | RedigerNPR, Amal el-Mohtar (Nov 4, 2013)
 
In short, Griffith triumphs with this intelligent, beautifully written, and meticulously researched novel.
tilføjet af DorsVenabili | RedigerBooklist, Kerri Price (pay site) (Oct 1, 2013)
 
Griffith goes boldly into the territory, lingering over landscape, wallowing in language, indulging the senses, mixing historical fact with feminist fiction in a sweeping panorama of peasants working, women weaving, children at play, and soldiers in battle: the Dark Ages transformed into a fantasy world of skirt and sword.
tilføjet af DorsVenabili | RedigerPublishers Weekly (Jun 24, 2013)
 

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'You are a prophet and seer with the brightest mind in an age. Your blood is that of the man who should have been king ...That's what the king and his lords see. And they will kill you, one day' Britain in the seventh century - and the world is changing. Small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. Edwin, King of Northumbria, plots his rise to overking of all the Angles. Ruthless and unforgiving, he is prepared to use every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Into this brutal, vibrant court steps Hild - Edwin's youngest niece. With her glittering mind and powerful curiosity, Hild has a unique way of reading the world. By studying nature, observing human behavior and matching cause with effect, she has developed the ability to make startlingly accurate predictions. It is a gift that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her. It is also a valuable weapon. Hild is indispensable to Edwin - unless she should ever lead him astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can see the future and lead men like a warrior. In this vivid, utterly compelling novel, Nicola Griffith has brought the Early Middle Ages to life in an extraordinary act of alchemy. Drawn from the story of St Hilda of Whitby - one of the most fascinating and pivotal figures of the age - Hild transports the reader into a mesmerising, unforgettable world.

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