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In the Shape of a Boar door Lawrence Norfolk
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In the Shape of a Boar (editie 2002)

door Lawrence Norfolk

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In the Shape of a Boar links pre-history with the darkest events of the twentieth century and the personal history of one man in an intricate, compulsively readable tale. In pre-Homeric times, the Greek heroes ¿ and one heroine ¿ united one last time to hunt down the ferocious Boar of Kalydon, sent by Artemis to ravage the land. Within the ancient sources lies a darker tale ¿ one of treachery among the hunters and a destructive love affair Three and a half millennia later, the hunt for the Boar of Kalydon is re-enacted, and once again re-told. In the final months of the Second World War, Greek partisans pursue their quarry ¿ an SS officer ¿ in the same mountains the ancient Boar of Kalydon once roamed. Witness to the hunt is Sol Memel, a young Rumanian-Jewish poet fleeing for his life. Sol has lost his family and abandoned his lover, Ruth. Sol¿s role in the SS officer¿s eventual capture and killing inspires him to rewrite the ancient myth as a poem. Die Keilerjagd is acclaimed throughout post-war Europe and Sol is hailed as the voice of a generation. But Die Keilerjagd contains its own secret. When Ruth reappears twenty-five years later and proposes a film based on the writing of the poem, Sol finds himself cast as the quarry in this new telling of the tale. Under the camera¿s unforgiving lens, the ghosts of Sol¿s wartime past materialise ¿ behind them stand the ghosts of ancient Greece, the long-dead heroes who hold the truth behind the story of the original hunt.… (meer)
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Titel:In the Shape of a Boar
Auteurs:Lawrence Norfolk
Info:Grove Press (2002), Paperback, 336 pages
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I think this a book that defies explanation. In some ways the way the story unfolds is ambiguous and I think the reader has to work hard to understand all the layers and strands that Norfolk brings to his tale. The first part is reasonably straightforward a rewriting of an ancient Greek myth - the hunt for the Boar of Kalydon. Though even here things are not quite what they seem and his heavy use of footnotes of primary sources made heavy reading at time and as the story progresses the footnotes expand to provide more information. The second part consists of the memories of Solomon Memel, mainly dealing with his wartime experiences and his later success as a poet. The time is the 1970's and an old friend is creating a film of his most famous poem - a blending of the ancient Greek myth and his own time in Greece.

This is a story of ambiguity; the fallibility of memory and the need for mythology ... and the creation and hunting of the "beast". Norfolk does not make life easy for the reader but, in my opinion, this was well worth the time and is definitely thought provoking. ( )
2 stem calm | Apr 30, 2012 |
Unlike all his other books, this one sucks. ( )
  DanCook | Dec 15, 2007 |
An exploration of the myth of the Caledonian boar; an interesting effort, but comes up short. ( )
  LegalMove | Oct 12, 2007 |
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In the Shape of a Boar links pre-history with the darkest events of the twentieth century and the personal history of one man in an intricate, compulsively readable tale. In pre-Homeric times, the Greek heroes ¿ and one heroine ¿ united one last time to hunt down the ferocious Boar of Kalydon, sent by Artemis to ravage the land. Within the ancient sources lies a darker tale ¿ one of treachery among the hunters and a destructive love affair Three and a half millennia later, the hunt for the Boar of Kalydon is re-enacted, and once again re-told. In the final months of the Second World War, Greek partisans pursue their quarry ¿ an SS officer ¿ in the same mountains the ancient Boar of Kalydon once roamed. Witness to the hunt is Sol Memel, a young Rumanian-Jewish poet fleeing for his life. Sol has lost his family and abandoned his lover, Ruth. Sol¿s role in the SS officer¿s eventual capture and killing inspires him to rewrite the ancient myth as a poem. Die Keilerjagd is acclaimed throughout post-war Europe and Sol is hailed as the voice of a generation. But Die Keilerjagd contains its own secret. When Ruth reappears twenty-five years later and proposes a film based on the writing of the poem, Sol finds himself cast as the quarry in this new telling of the tale. Under the camera¿s unforgiving lens, the ghosts of Sol¿s wartime past materialise ¿ behind them stand the ghosts of ancient Greece, the long-dead heroes who hold the truth behind the story of the original hunt.

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