!!> Download ➽ The Worm Ouroboros ➸ Author E.R. Eddison – Varanus.us

The Worm OuroborosThe Worm Ouroboros Weaves Strands From Norse Saga, Greek Myth, And Elizabethan Drama Together With Magical Adventure To Produce One Of The Most Eccentric Masterpieces Of English Literature Anticipating J R R Tolkien By A Few Decades, E R Eddison Imagined An Other World Full Of Wonders And A Huge Cast Of Warriors, Witches, And Monsters He Also Invented One Of The Truly Distinctive Styles In English Prose Its Language Is Densely Ornamented And Deliberately Archaic, But Also Precise, Vigorous, And Flexible Enough To Convey Wistful Tenderness One Minute And Violent Action The Next In The Decades Since Its First Publication In 1922, The Worm Ouroboros Has Become A Touchstone For Lovers Of Fantasy Literature, Influencing Several Generations Of Writers And Treasured By Readers Who Fall Under Its Spell.

!!> Download ➽ The Worm Ouroboros ➸ Author E.R. Eddison – Varanus.us
  • Paperback
  • 458 pages
  • The Worm Ouroboros
  • E.R. Eddison
  • English
  • 09 July 2017
  • 9781606201756

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  1. says:

    This is an odd book It begins with a frame story the author abandons after a score of pages, and features a host of characters whose names sound like the imaginary friends of a clever six year old Fax Fay Faz, Goldry Bluszco, Lord Brandoch Daha, etc and a meandering narrative often slowed by page upon page of magnificent but hardly essential description Its style is an Elizabethan pastiche of leisurely and often difficult sentences crammed with hard words and crowded with allusive phrases bordering on direct quotation mostly from Shakespeare , not to mention whole songs lifted word for word from the works of 17th century poets Yet it is partially the oddness of the book particularly the eccentric and unique prose style that gives it power These characters do not live in a world that sounds like ours, and they do not speak as we speak, and thi...

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    The Worm Ouroboros It goes around and around and around and back around again This is the story of the Lords of Demonland, their arch foes the Lords of Witchland, various others Lords of Goblinland and Impland and Pixyland et al , and their endless conflicts and political maneuverings and deeds of derring do and black hearted villainy and mystical quests into the heights of dark mountains and women so awesomely beautiful that it means instant infatuation and fearsome magic that swoops down on both victim conjurer alike and battles at castle gates and battles at sea and battles, battles, battles Don t think of Demons and Witches as, well, demons and witches those are just words used to describe the superhuman residents of the planet Mercury The entire book is over the top, larger than life delirious fantasy pitched to operatic heights, filled with ornate description, stylized dialogue, far flung dream journeys and dreams of ever glory The Worm Ouroboros is an intricately designed relic and a work of strange, byzantine splendor This Mortal Coil as a grand and never ending odyssey of Constant Adventure I have read nothing like it.If I were to look at the plot alone, this would be a 3 star book The narrative is an enjoyably breathless series of scenes full of cliffhangers and courtly intrigue Fun But also deeply problematic in a couple ways The first problem this book appears to glorify war in the most naive way imaginable an endless boys adventure where fi...

  3. says:

    DNF at 55%.The author uses archaic words as if they are going out of style oops, they did go out of style This is probably the first book ever where I liked the overly wordy descriptions of everything over dialogs for the simple reason that unlike dialogs the descriptions sometimes contain words still in use in modern English I strongly suspect it was an oversight I complain about dialog, but please do not start me on poetry and songs While dialogs use words which were considered archaic even before Shakespeare was born, the poetry consists exclusively of words from the dawn of English language.Stop right here You can forget everything I just said about using archaic words in dialogs and songs I give my humble apologies to the author it was not fair Somewhere close to the middle of the book I stumbled upon the first letter written which shook my strong conviction to continue reading A little later there was another letter which solved the problem of whether to continue reading for me It was a report written by a general to his king about 3 pages long The reason I apologized in the beginning of the paragraph I have seen nothing while reading dialogs and poetry these letters are the high point of archaic word use How bad was it I already mentioned the length of the report there was only one familiar word I found in there and To be fair, it was used several times At this point I realized enough...

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    Though now largely forgotten, Eddison s early works of Fantasy inspired both Tolkien and C.S Lewis, who never surpassed him in imagination, verbal beauty, or philosophy In terms of morality, both later authors painted their worlds in broad strokes of black and white, excepting a traitor here or a redemption there Like in the nationalistic epic Song of Roland , evil and good are tangible effects, borne in the blood.Though similar on the surface, Eddison s is much subtle Though he depicts grand heroism and grand treachery, both are acts motivated by social codes and by need Neither goes unquestioned, so that even when honesty is lauded and treachery is condemned, there is a certain self awareness and irony in play.In Fantasy, as in the Epic before it, there is an inherent conflict between the hyperbole of the high action and the need for sympathetic characters A character without flaws cannot be sympathetic, for such a character has no humanity A flawless hero in a world of simple morality can only be a farce, expressed either as satire or propaganda.Eddison s characters and philosophies are too complex for propaganda, which is unsurprising since he takes his cues from Shakespeare Like The Bard, Eddison does give us some overblown cliches, and occasionally lets them ride, but the setting and the supporting cast balance them by opposition...

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    So strong in properties of ill is this serpent which the ancient Enemy that dwelleth in darkness hath placed upon this earth, to be a bane unto the children of men, but an instrument of might in the hand of enchanters and sorcerers A messenger arrives at Krothering Castle with a demand to the gathered lords of Demonland from the king of Witchland They are to come to his court at Carc and swear him fealty as his loyal subjects, or he will enforce his demands by force of arms Thus begins a grand tale of war that inspired several gargantuan fantasy epics.E R Eddison has now been largely forgotten by the world of fantasy writing, but he remains back there in the shadows as another of the founding fathers of the modern genre He inspired Tolkien and Lewis and even attended meetings of the Inklings and a whole bunch of others And while this book unfortunately is horribly dated, even for a lover of the archaic like myself, there are plenty of examples of sentences and plot points where Eddison remains an important source of inspiration.Part of The Worm Ouroboros is a...

  6. says:

    The Worm Ouroboros is incredibly dense and it s written in faux Jacobean English It took me three tries to get through this book, so take that for what it s worth The great thing about it is that it s written from a different perspective than Narnia or Lord of the Rings in that both of those stories are explicitly or implicitly Christian E.R Eddison took a very different approach, a pagan one pagan in the sense of the old Vikings or similar and it gives the story a very different flavor It has great battles, great descriptions, and the prose itself is just a challenge and a joy The book is definitely one of my favorites and one of the novels that had a great deal to do with the author I became I recommend The Worm Ouroboros if you re looking for somethi...

  7. says:

    Another love it or hate it book Mannered in its language, weird in so many ways, and chock full of larger than life characters acting in ways that most people just don t get If you have a problem with something written in an archaic style, then you probably won t get much out of it, but if you like that kind of thing I think the book repays reading and is definitely worth it First off a caveat it took me two reads of the book to appreciate it and a third to decide that I thought it was genius The Worm is definitely unlike almost anything else out there and is a throw back to much older works The first sign, as mentioned above, is the prose itself Eddison uses a faux Jacobean that is certainly foreign to most people s preference for Hemingway esque transparent prose Don t worry overmuch about this though, for Eddison knew what he was doing and he is one of, if not the, only writers post Renaissance who actually can get away with this style He knows what he s doing, as opposed to the myriad other fantasy authors who try to add realism to their stories by sprinkling it with thee s...

  8. says:

    The fantasy genre has become unfortunately muddled in recent history For every Tolkien work you have a Shannara novel, for every Narnia you end up with an Eragon Now I m not an elitist type of reader I don t disqualify a novel from being entertaining simply because it may be poorly written or a clone of other better fantasy novels However, that said, the staying power of a fantasy novel diminished when that novel is punctured through with unimaginative clich or a derivative story.The point of writing that brief above paragraph is to point out my point The point being that I am making the point about fantasy novels and confusion In fact I think my point is being made about confusion even further A lot of fantasy is written like this to its detriment, giving fantasy a poor reputation as merely escapist entertainment for the geeks, nerds and fanboys fangirls.It is works like The Worm Ouroboros which reveal that fantasy has merit as a work of art and as true literature This is fantasy written in the sweeping style of the epic, a highly beautiful and poetic style that serves to convey truths and interesting narratives at the same time The result is that The Worm Ouroboros cannot be equalled by many current fantasy novels in its grandeur Perhaps older tales like the Iliad, ...

  9. says:

    I m sure people have been recommending him this book all day But having read it, I m afraid there are few useful details concerning technique.

  10. says:

    On this re read of Eddison s fantasy classic I listened to the audio version produced by Librivox Now normally Librivox recordings, given that they are free, can be pretty hit or miss This, I am happy to say, is a case where they stumbled upon an excellent reader Jason Mills tackles Eddison s delicious, albeit often difficult and certainly archaic, prose with panache and style For me his accent didn t hurt either and leant the reading a somewhat exotic flair for those of us across the pond at least The reading was smooth and very well paced, with emphasis and inflection exactly where I would expect it and just the right mood injected into each scene very well done If you ve had trouble overcoming Eddison s prose due to its idiosyncrasy on the page then perhaps listening to this version might be your best gateway into the Worm.Ah the Wormhow to describe it I would liken it to an opera scored by Wagner with a libretto written by Shakespeare based on a story cribbed from Homer I ll admit that statement is in some ways blatant hyperbole, but I think it still aptly express the ambience of the book I ve written a previous review on the Worm so I won t go into too much of an overview of the story itself and will instead record my impressions of things that struck me from this re read One thing to note in general though this is without...

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