Byatt peels back the cover of the book that the girl reads and takes us deep inside it as she delights in reimagining the twilight of the gods and the destruction of the world. ... Like Wagner before her, [she] dares to dream how the world might end ... this rewriting of the Ragnarok is a story for our time of overpopulation and anthropomorphic climate change, and of all time. --Financial Times
Surely among the most beautiful and incisive [pages] Byatt has ever written. --Independent
Byatt's retelling of Ragnarok is permeated with the loving familiarity of long acquaintance. Her language is lapidary. The terrible archness that can infest the narratives of sophisticated writers who attempt to master myth is resoundingly absent ... It is pleasant to imagine some lonely, bookish child discovering it and becoming entranced. --Evening Standard
A brilliant, highly intelligent, fiercely personal rendition of the Scandinavian mythology...a gorgeous enrichment and interpretation. --Ursula K. Le Guin, Literary Review
Byatt's writing, impassioned and liberated from the strictures of the novel, has never been so beautiful. --Telegraph
Byatt's prose is majestic, the lush descriptive passages - jewelled one minute, gory the next - a pleasure to get lost in. --Sunday Telegraph
Byatt paints beautiful and fantastic word-pictures, glittering verbal special effects. --Scotsman
Colour and sensation flood Byatt's writing . . . One of the most brilliant minds and speakers of our generation. --Independent
Byatt's prose, compact and lyrical, treats [the gods] with dignity...Ragnarok is a clever, lucid, lovely book. --Guardian
Thanks to a rare fusion of imagination and intellect, sensual poetry and cerebral prose, youthful joy and elderly wisdom [,Byatt has made]...an entire world, compressed but energetically alive in all its details. When we have artists like this, who needs gods? --Observer
Energy and power drip from Byatt's writing ... There are too many glittering sentences to quote here in full.
About the Author
A S Byatt's novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer's Tale the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman and, most recently, the Booker-shortlisted The Children's Book. Her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, Elementals and Little Black Book of Stories. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.