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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This book is a little miracle of economy and power. You will read it in one go, and will be amazed at how many stories it enfolds, and by how they interlink, and by how vivid and transporting they are. Writers re-imagining myths is a business as old as myths themselves, and a common feature of contemporary publishing. Atwood, Byatt, Lawrence Norfolk, Carole Ann Duffy -...
Published on 25 Nov 2009 by Horatio Clare

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed reviews
A group of us reviewed this book. Opinion was polarized. The majority seemed to feel it was a little gem; a modern retelling of a Welsh myth in which extraordinary things happen - an intertwining of fiction with fact from the most recent century. A few others thought it was a clumsy attempt to fit a rich, ancient, fantastical myth to the present day; a short novel in...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 25 Nov 2009
This review is from: White Ravens (New Stories from the Mabinogion) (Paperback)
This book is a little miracle of economy and power. You will read it in one go, and will be amazed at how many stories it enfolds, and by how they interlink, and by how vivid and transporting they are. Writers re-imagining myths is a business as old as myths themselves, and a common feature of contemporary publishing. Atwood, Byatt, Lawrence Norfolk, Carole Ann Duffy - we could go on. But nothing I have read by these luminaries in this field is as good as White Ravens. From Foot and Mouth to the Blitz to the Mabinogion - Owen Sheers draws a glittering thread of imaginative truth, pulled tight by the unteachable gift of good old fashioned (ancient-fashioned) story telling. And it has something, something very rare and clear, to say about the British Isles, too. Get it, read it, give it! You're in for a treat...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed reviews, 16 May 2010
This review is from: White Ravens (New Stories from the Mabinogion) (Paperback)
A group of us reviewed this book. Opinion was polarized. The majority seemed to feel it was a little gem; a modern retelling of a Welsh myth in which extraordinary things happen - an intertwining of fiction with fact from the most recent century. A few others thought it was a clumsy attempt to fit a rich, ancient, fantastical myth to the present day; a short novel in which lots of characters and scenes are introduced, none of which are adequately expanded upon. P.S. It is a bit gory in a few places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable novella, 28 Aug 2010
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A modernisation of the Mabinogi tale 'Branwen, daughter of Llyr'. It has a strong start, the lamb butchering thread intrigued me immediately. As the story unfolded, however, I did begin to wonder if this novella was a handy outlet for Shears to make use of some of his surplus WWII research following on from his novel Resistance? The later stages of the book, set in Ireland, tried to include many magical aspects of the original tale but was not as convincing or compelling as earlier stages of the story.

The superlative image, the jealousy-fuelled, chillingly-brazen mutilation of Branwen's horse, is lifted straight from the original text. Shears was right not to tamper with this epic image; neither, though, may he take credit for it.

Is mentioning that he wrote this book in New York coffee shops is a little pretentious?
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4.0 out of 5 stars White Ravens, 9 May 2014
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White Ravens is not the kind of book I normally read at all. But I thought it was time to dip into my Welsh heritage. It is beautifully written, with an easy flowing style. The story keeps you turning the pages, well clicking the next page button on my kindle, but you know what I mean. I am very much enjoying the story within the story unfolding of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read, 18 April 2014
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Owen Sheers poetry comes through in his writing. I wish I could write so descriptively. This tale made me read the Second Branch of the Mabinogion, which inspired White Ravens. Everyone at my book club loved it, which is not the case with the other books we have read! A short story, beautifully told.
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4.0 out of 5 stars White Ravens, 30 Nov 2010
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I bought the book to take on holiday at Christmas. Afer reading the first line I was hooked and read it from front to back in one day. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 20 May 2010
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Total perfection in language, construction. Interesting concept of taking ancient stories and extracting universal themes. I look forward to more from this series
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3.0 out of 5 stars highly readable, 4 Nov 2014
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Lovely retelling. Easy and compelling read. The story and the writing is at its best in 1940s setting - beautifully drawn landscapes and scenes in mid war a Welsh hills. Slightly unsatisying ending in the modern day counterpart but just makes me want to read more.
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