Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr

Book - 2017
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"Dar Oakley -- the first Crow in all of Crow history with a name of his own -- was born two thousand years ago. He tells the story of his impossible lives and deaths to a man who has learned his language in this exquisite novel which unravels like a fireside fable, by award-winning author John Crowley. In Ka we see how young Dar Oakley went down into the human underworld long before Julius Caesar came into the Celtic lands, and there got hold of the immortality meant for humans; how he sailed West to America with the Irish monks searching for the Paradise of the Saints; how again and again he went down into the lands of the dead and returned. All these beings inhabit Ka, the realm of Crows, and dwell also in Ymr, the realm where -- as Dar Oakley learns -- what humans think is so, really is so, even though we could have so much more"--
Publisher: London ;, New York :, Saga Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481495592
Branch Call Number: FIC CROW
Characteristics: 442 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 06, 2018

John Crowley creates the realms of "Ka" -- which so fully describes all-things crow as to very nearly require the label "nonfiction", rather than "novel". In the near (and dying) future, the narrator rescues the (almost) immortal crow, Dar Oakley, and learns how crows came to carry human souls to a human afterlife long ago in an Iron Age period; how over time human ideas about the afterlife changed; and about Dar Oakley's attempts to bring immortality to humans. A friend pointed out that fans of "Watership Down" are likely to enjoy "Ka" -- agree! A novel steeped in myth, science and history -- winner of the 2017 Mythopeoic Award.


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