Hodd Author Adam Thorpe Book ☆ 309 pages ô Adam thorpe

Book Hodd Author Adam Thorpe

Hodd Author Adam Thorpe Book ☆ 309 pages ô Adam thorpe ô Who was Robin Hood? Romantic legend casts him as outlaw archer and hero of the people living in Sherwood Forest with Friar Tuck Little John and Maid Marian stealing from the rich to give to the poor but there is no historical proof to back this up The earlyThat not only has he given himself up to apostasy and shame but that his ballads were responsible for turning a murderous felon into the most popular outlaw hero and folk legend of England Robin HoodWritten with his characteristic depth and subtlety his sure understanding of folklore his precise command of detail Adam Thorpe's ninth novel is both a thrilling re examination of myth and a moving reminder of how human innocence and frailty fix and harden into history This wasn't an easy read and I didn't always enjoy it but the overall imaginative concept was awesome and that's what I remember it for most of all

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Document rescued from a ruined church on the Somme and translated from the original Latin The testimony of an anonymous monk it describes his time as a boy in the greenwood with a half crazed bandit called Robert Hodd who following the thirteenth century principles of the 'heresy of the Free Spirit' believes himself above God and beyond sin Hodd and his crimes would have been forgotten without the boy's minstrel skills and it is the old monk's cruel fate to know When I started this book I was confused for a minute I thought the book was historical fiction a retelling of the Robin Hood myth If so who then was this Francis Belloes and how come there where tons of footnotes? Of course this is the central conceit of the novel it is a translation by the aforementioned Francis Belloes of a far older manuscript This manuscript is the autobiography of the monk mentioned in the blurb So it is historical fiction just done in a very clever wayBefore getting to the meat of the novel I want to focus on the framework for a bit This framework consists of the translator's preface and the footnotes I really thought these were well done They made this book not just a historical novel of medieval times but of World War I too And the further the novel progresses the WWI intrudes into it through comments inserted into the footnotes by Belloes The footnotes were the main reason I was confused at first I looked some of them up and they all came out as existing titles some of them even available from the library where I work The amount of work that must have gone into researching not just Robin Hood and the medieval life but into pre Interbellum publications on Robin Hood related texts and also WWI soldiers is mind bogglingThe story of  Hodd isn't so much about Robin Hood as much as it is about how the legend of Robin Hood was born The novel's narrator a monk whose real name we never learn was a minstrel before taking the cloth and through circumstance ends up part of Hodd's gang The novel is divided in four parts much as our monk's life was influenced by four masters Only three masters are explicitly named the hermit Brother Thomas and Hodd but one could name the Church as his final master under whose guidance he spent most of his days Interspersed into the story of the monk's time as Muche in Hodd's band are his recollections of his previous masters There are also some theological contemplations though never to excess as 'Belloes' has excised the largest part of these The recollections provide an explanation of why he fell in with Hodd They show how the monk felt himself superseded as first in his masters' affections by new boys and feared abandonment Hodd first makes him his first disciple and this lure proves too much for MucheWhile religion figures greatly in the story it never becomes preachy The religious outlook of the main character isn't just due to his vocation as a monk; in the Middle Ages religion was the linchpin of most people's existence The book also shows the long overlap between Christianity and paganism in medieval times and the way people were still searching for what Christianity was exactly resulting in various heresies some of which are referenced in the book's footnotesAt the end of the book the monk has come full circle and we've seen the birth of the Robin Hood saga as we know it I truly enjoyed this book While not a fast read despite its slim 305 pages it's an engrossing one It's a fascinating look at how history can become legend and at the Middle Ages in all their rough bleak glory

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Hodd Author Adam ThorWho was Robin Hood? Romantic legend casts him as outlaw archer and hero of the people living in Sherwood Forest with Friar Tuck Little John and Maid Marian stealing from the rich to give to the poor but there is no historical proof to back this up The early ballads portray a uite different figure impulsive violent vengeful with no concern for the needy no merry band and no Maid Marian Hodd provides a possible answer to this famous uestion in the form of a medieval “The seas are folded over us above our heads the lower sea becoming the upper sea and yet still blue when not girt with sea mist which is grey and melancholy Some men when they look up see birds but I see only a kind of fish sometimes in great shoals These fish are beaked and feathered”So begins the true tale of Robyn Hodd recounted by an aged monk of Whitby whose forgotten Latin manuscript is rescued from a ruined church during the Battle of the Somme but subseuently destroyed We are offered an abridged translation by the rescuing officer proofed yet never published complete with copious footnotes It’s a strange and promising start for Adam Thorpe’s novel but unfortunately Hodd never lives up to initial expectations We follow the monk’s life story from childhood in the company of a crazed sea cave hermit boyhood in a monastery and youth in the thrall of the visionary robber Hoddbut the style complete with flashbacks is popular historical heavy on the sualor and ordure and general mediaeval atmosphere whilst the language is an awkward mix of modern and mock Middle English Didst thou enjoy this? Nay not much The doubly distanced narrative is made little use of and the footnotes are just footnotes Post modernists lament Hodd does tell a tale I suppose and you could certainly read worse But after the tour de force which is Ulverton I would have expected something a bit ambitious from Adam Thorpe’s interpretation of an archetypal English legend