In order to pull the reader into Buccmaster's "angland," Kingsnorth invented a new language: "shadow tongue, a mix of Old and modern English vocabulary and syntax."
In my earlier post, I described how when I first began the novel, I struggled with the broken English - frustrated with my inability to capture the full voice of the characters. What happened, though, is when I kept with it, I was able to locate my inner "William Wallace" and began hearing the phonetics and personalities of the characters Buccmaster came across and interacted with.
Combined with the point-of-view narrative of the story, The Wake forces the user to BECOME Buccmaster, empathetic with a man who loses everything on his path of self-awareness and vengeance.
Supporting characters offer a stark contrast to the point of view narrative of The Wake - Buccmaster's underlying character flaws: obsession, anger, and control - more often than not end with pain and suffering for those who Choose differently.
A character study set against the literal destruction of a man's world, The Wake reminds readers to ask themselves: faced with extraordinarily negative circumstances, what would YOU do? Would you find a way to persevere, stay true to yourself, and make the world better around you, or slowly (albeit justifiably) acquiesce to anger, sadness and fear when you've lost everything and everyone?