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That 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 histo 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 I really enjoyed this although I found it difficult to follow in parts due to the footnotesA really fascinating way to tell a story and full of vivid imagery and connections with nature and death So realistic and descriptive of life in the middle ages I felt like I should wash my hands after reading And a surprisingly satisfying end too

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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 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 As difficult a novel as I ve finished in a long time but also a marvel of sustained and disciplined imagination all the impressive as the novel s central conceit that it read as a translated Latin text written in the hand of a monk several centuries before the novel in the form that we know it existed cannot but have been hostile to Thorpe s instincts as an artist Too thorny a read to give it five stars but much too ambitious and visionary to give it anything lower than four whatever its unfriendliness to the reader

  • Hardcover
  • 309
  • Hodd by Adam Thorpe
  • Adam Thorpe
  • English
  • 10 March 2017
  • 9780224079433

About the Author: Adam Thorpe

Adam Thorpe is a British poet novelist and playwright whose works also include short stories and radio dramasAdam Thorpe was born in Paris and grew up in India Cameroon and England Graduating from Magdalen College Oxford in 1979 he founded a touring theatre company then settled in London to teach drama and English literatureHis first collection of poetry Mornings in the Baltic 1988 w



10 thoughts on “Hodd by Adam Thorpe

  1. says:

    As difficult a novel as I've finished in a long time but also a marvel of sustained and disciplined imagination all the impressive as the novel's central conceit that it read as a translated Latin text written in the hand of a monk several centuries before the novel in the form that we know it existed cannot but have been hostile to Thorpe'

  2. says:

    “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

  3. says:

    This tale presents a postmodern hyperbolical Robin Hood who actually looks realistic enough very different from the mythical hero we are all familiar withThe story is told in 1305 by a 90 year old monk who spent a year in his company initially against his will in 1225 during the minority of king Henry IIIHood cal

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    I have yet to have a book that I have not finished reading Hodd threatened to be the first The original thought of

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this although I found it difficult to follow in parts due to the footnotesA really fascinating way to tell a story and full of vivid imagery and connections with nature and death So realistic and descriptive of life in the middle ages I felt like I should wash my hands after reading And a surprisingly s

  7. says:

    Pretty good book in an interesting era with an interesting perspective but some of the descriptive language does go on a bit

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Robin Hood is one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid to now So any book about him will draw me in Hodd does have a uniue way of telling this story The actual author Adam Thorpe writes it as an academic in the 1920’s translating on old medieval manuscript written by a monk telling his own story of meeting Robin Hood as a sort of autobiographyconfession So it’s a real author writing as a fake one

  10. says:

    As the rediscovered printer's proof of a translation of a lost copy of an original Thirteenth Century manuscript this novel presents with over 400 scholarly footnotes as well as mediaeval marginalia and Latin apparatus cr

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