#book #review - down the rabbit hole of an apocalyptic england with the wake author @paulkingsnorth

the wake book review by paul kingsnorth - terence latimer los angeles entreprenuer and digital marketer

 

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? 

TL