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Savage Gods As a short review, a very thought provoking book of ideas.I ll be writing a full review in Issue 3 of The Pilgrim magazine, out in September 2019. An ode to overthinking, to minutiae.Author as bastardized construct, proof proof In tandem with oblivion causal ratios, I calculate, quantifying hierarchical tasking rates in the frontal lobe poemChris Roberts, God Once Again Writers are lost people Nobody would write a book if they weren t lost Nobody would write a book if they were not in search of paradise, and nobody would be in search of paradise unless they believed it might exist somewhere, which means out there, which means just beyond my reach Writers can see paradise, but can never touch it.This is a parable of a book, a journey that s gradually told via Ireland, fables, gods, and family I ve not read Paul Kingsnorth before, but he strikes me as a quite Writers are lost people Nobody would write a book if they weren t lost Nobody would write a book if they were not in search of paradise, and nobody would be in search of paradise unless they believed it might exist somewhere, which means out there, which means just beyond my reach Writers can see paradise, but can never touch it.This is a parable of a book, a journey that s gradually told via Ireland, fables, gods, and family I ve not read Paul Kingsnorth before, but he strikes me as a quite elusive man in his mid forties, used to writing, prone to recollect without nostalgia.Perhaps the following lines say most about this book I am a writer Writing has controlled me and now perhaps it has become me Writing has been put, always, before everything else, because if you don t pay obeisance to the god then the god will abandon you.Communicating is an earthed way of trying to be god One scratches at paper or a computer and hopes to have wrought out athan passable line, and also trembles in lieu of anybody to speak with about what you ve produced.There are quite a lot of short sentences in the book, of which many are familiar and some seem like attempts to stay forever, but after a while I thought, wait, they just seem that way it s a matter of the author struggling with his raison d tre, at least as a writer, or something that nags at his soul, a banshee of sorts that he s trying to exorcise with words, perhaps as he, around two thirds into the book, heavily starts using deities.Other times, Kingsnorth s just funny I m a writer, which means that I aim myself at all of those things but fall short at all of them most of the time Writers fall short at everything except creating sentences This is what we really like to do put words in an order which can conjure something real but unseen in the air around us, and around you when you read what we have put down Really, this business of sentences is the only thing we can do and the only thing that motivates us All the rest the stories, the characters, the metaphors, the morals and the messages they come later, with varying degrees of success Everything is built on the sentences We just love sentences, and we can t get proper jobs.I feel that words are savage gods and that in the end, however well you serve them, they will eat you alive.This book strikes me as a whole middle age crisis, other times as a quite existential view of how humans mostly work most things aren t straightforward, and we re quite complex, yet simple beings We re isolated, yet very intertwined.It s a good book to read, short, savoury, and sweet, and I would like to read another autobiography by the author, in circa 30 years Sad to say it, but this is one of those books that really should have been shelved Kingsnorth s previous efforts have been disintegrating and the result is this series of loosely connected, egocentric musings about his ambiguous failures, his father, and his relationship with writing none of which prove to be very interesting, if I m being honest.This is all very saddening and frustrating When Kingsnorth is on, he is punchy and witty, and his drive led to Uncivilisation The Dark Mountain Ma Sad to say it, but this is one of those books that really should have been shelved Kingsnorth s previous efforts have been disintegrating and the result is this series of loosely connected, egocentric musings about his ambiguous failures, his father, and his relationship with writing none of which prove to be very interesting, if I m being honest.This is all very saddening and frustrating When Kingsnorth is on, he is punchy and witty, and his drive led to Uncivilisation The Dark Mountain Manifesto, which is fantastic But in Savage Gods all that emerges is rambling nothingness masquerading as thinking While many writers are cited on writing, on aspiration, and so on, all that these citations do is illustrate the gap between someone like Yeats, William Butler or W S Graham and Kingsnorth whether it be Yeats talent for aggrandizing the spirit of his times and building his talent for nostalgic mythopoeia into a career as a statesman and public intellectual or W S Graham s utter devotion to the penury of success and the life of experience, Kingsnorth is left grasping after either pole but never able to articulate his own measure for satisfaction Or, better, he seems unable to find his feet on the ground, which is ironic given the context of this book.At best, I would call this a process book a text that helps its writer toward better understanding, but is of little use to its readers An enigma of a book, Savage Gods takes a long hard look at the creative process of writing as well as deep, philosophical questions of purpose, place, and belonging Kingsnorth wrestles with his prose and the whole idea of attaching words to lived experiences questioning his choices and impulses at every turn Purposefully meandering, deeply personal, and playfully existential, Savage Gods asks page after page, What the hell is the point of all of this Kingsnorth doesn t provide easy answers An enigma of a book, Savage Gods takes a long hard look at the creative process of writing as well as deep, philosophical questions of purpose, place, and belonging Kingsnorth wrestles with his prose and the whole idea of attaching words to lived experiences questioning his choices and impulses at every turn Purposefully meandering, deeply personal, and playfully existential, Savage Gods asks page after page, What the hell is the point of all of this Kingsnorth doesn t provide easy answers, but he has written an essential companion to anyone who creates or takes pen to paper A unique, bleak and yet uplifting work honest in a way few books ever are Although there were passages in this book that I found really interesting, the overall effort turned out to be a disappointment of first read Maybe it will better next time around What happens when a writer cannot write, when the writer loses their muse This is what Kingsnorth explores, speaking from his own experience While you get the sense that the text was written as the writer experiences the loss of his muse I found this approach too scatter gun at times, even irritating the conversat Although there were passages in this book that I found really interesting, the overall effort turned out to be a disappointment of first read Maybe it will better next time around What happens when a writer cannot write, when the writer loses their muse This is what Kingsnorth explores, speaking from his own experience While you get the sense that the text was written as the writer experiences the loss of his muse I found this approach too scatter gun at times, even irritating the conversations with Loki, for example.I love Kingsnorth at his best, which for me is as a well informed, examiner of the environment and its politics A blistering stream of consciousness hundred pages of poetic thought, reminiscence, fabulation and euology, ostensibly about the author s inability to write anyIf this is what not writing looks like then, please, can we haveof it Not an easy book, from a writer who certainly is not easy on anyone, but which makes it way easier to get his other novels Particularly The Beast Can t wait to read the last installment in that trilogy. The position I had painfully staked out in the world began to fragment I began to fragment I am still fragmenting, I think Sometimes it scares me, sometimes it excites me You have to come apart to be put back together in a different shape You have to be reformed, or you rust up, and all your parts stop moving Sometimes a book finds you at exactly the right moment The moment when you need to know that someone else has felt what you feel That someone shares the same questions and doubts a The position I had painfully staked out in the world began to fragment I began to fragment I am still fragmenting, I think Sometimes it scares me, sometimes it excites me You have to come apart to be put back together in a different shape You have to be reformed, or you rust up, and all your parts stop moving Sometimes a book finds you at exactly the right moment The moment when you need to know that someone else has felt what you feel That someone shares the same questions and doubts and anxieties about life It s funny I ve had this book for a few months, intending to read it before now, but apparently it ended up in my hands exactly when I needed it Savage Gods, a work of nonfiction, tells the story of the author s move with his family to Ireland, where he hopes to find a home, a greater sense of belonging Infused with the twinge of existentialism, Kingsnorth chronicles his battle with the words which are so important, yet elude him his savage gods as he finds himself unable to write after his move At least, not in the same way he has written previously.There is such a raw vulnerability to Kingsnorth s writing, where each chapter reads almost like a separate journal entry There is also an interesting dichotomy of feelings throughout an alternating between feeling lost and knowing deep down what to do, an exploration of how one changes through the phases of their life and struggles through these phases to be content In this way, although Kingsnorth focuses on his writing, the emotions and experiences are in many ways universal Anyone who has traveled a long road in their life, only to realize the end of the road did not hold what they expected, is likely to find value in Kingsnorth s self exploration.For a short book 125 pages , there is so muchthat could be said about this one I find myself struggling to adequately capture the impact the writing had on me, so please reach out if you d like to discuss this oneMany thanks to Two Dollar Radio for the gifted ARC Savage Gods is available today After Moving With His Wife And Two Children To A Smallholding In Ireland, Paul Kingsnorth Expects To Find Contentment It Is The Goal He Has Sought To Nest, To Find Home After Years Of Rootlessness As An Environmental Activist And Author Instead He Finds That His Tools As A Writer Are Failing Him, Calling Into Question His Foundational Beliefs About Language And Setting Him At Odds With Culture ItselfInformed By His Experiences With Indigenous Peoples, The Writings Of DH Lawrence And Annie Dillard, And The Day To Day Travails Of Farming His Own Land, Savage Gods Asks What Does It Mean To Belong What Sacrifices Must Be Made In Order To Truly Inhabit A Life And Can Words Ever Paint The Truth Of The World Or Are They Part Of The Great Lie Which Is Killing It


About the Author: Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth is an English writer and thinker He is a former deputy editor of The Ecologist and a co founder of the Dark Mountain Project He lives in the west of Ireland.He studied modern history at Oxford University, where he was also heavily involved in the road protest movement of the early 1990s.After graduating, Paul spent two months in Indonesia working on conservation projects in Borneo and Java Back in the UK, he worked for a year on the staff of the Independent newspaper Following a three year stint as a campaign writer for an environmental NGO, he was appointed deputy editor of The Ecologist, where he worked for two years under the editorship of Zac Goldsmith.He left the Ecologist in 2001 to write his first book One No, Many Yeses, a political travelogue which explored the growing anti capitalist movement around the world The book was published in 2003 by Simon and Schuster, in six languages across 13 countries.In the early 2000s, having spent time with the tribal people of West Papua, who continue to be brutally colonised by the Indonesian government and military, Paul was instrumental in setting up the Free West Papua Campaign, which he also helped to run for a time.Paul s second book, Real England, was published in 2008 by Portobello An exploration of the changing face of his home country in an age of globalisation, the book was quoted in speeches by the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury, helped inspire the success of the hit West End play Jerusalem and saw its author compared to Cobbett and Orwell bythan one newspaper.In 2009, Paul launched, with Dougald Hine, the Dark Mountain Project a call for a literary movement to respond to the ongoing collapse of the world s ecological and economic certainties What began as a self published pamphlet has become a global network of writers, artists and thinkers Paul is now the Project s director and one of its editors.In 2011, Paul s first collection of poetry, Kidland, was published by Salmon Since the mid 1990s, Paul s poetry has been published in magazines including Envoi, Iota, Poetry Life and nthposition He has been awarded the BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year Award and the Poetry Life Prize, and was narrowly pipped to the post in the Thomas Hardy Society s annual competition.Paul s journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Le Monde, New Statesman, Ecologist, New Internationalist, Big Issue, Adbusters, BBC Wildlife and openDemocracy, for which he has also worked as a commissioning editor He has appeared on various TV and radio programmes, most shamefully This Morning with Richard and Judy He is also the author of Your Countryside, Your Choice , a report on the future of the countryside, published in 2005 by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.


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