My first read for 2016 is The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth, a challenging read to kick off the year with -- but one I've been curious about and have had blogger friends squee over.
It's a particularly interesting read for me at the moment, as aspects of our hero's feelings echo some of the sentiment shared by those engaged in the Oregon paramilitary standoff. (This is one of the many reasons I'm so passionate about historical fiction; I'm wrestling with complicated issues on politics, government, and self rule when I honestly might have otherwise resorted to glib shoulder shrugs.)
In addition to the current events-y connection, the language in this book has been very thought-provoking, as the author has invented a language meant to evoke Old English. So, some excerpts and teasers so you all can share in the linguistical snakiness!
First Chapter First Paragraph, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea:
the night was clere thought i slept i seen it. thought i slept i seen the calm hierde naht only the still. when i gan down to sleep all was clere in the land and my dreams was full of stillness by dreams did not cepe me stillBananas, right??? After three days, I'm only 20 pages in, but it is getting easier.
Teaser Tuesday, hosted by A Daily Rhythm
our fathers was freer than us our fathers fathers stalcced the wilde fenns now the fenns is bean tamed efry thing gets smaller. for efry cilde born there is sum new law a man sceolde be free and alone on his land the world sceolde not cum in until he ascs it. freodom sceolde there be in angland again lic there was in the eald daegs in the first daegs of the anglisc (p4)
It was this passage that actually gave me pause and made me think of the standoff in Oregon; the situation evokes complicated feelings in me, and I'm grateful (if not a little discomfited) this novel is making me wrestle a little more with the issue.
What are you reading this week? Share your Teasers with me!