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DOC Æ The Winged Histories ↠ Sofia Samatar

DOC Æ The Winged Histories ↠ Sofia Samatar E but to make historySofia Samatar is the author of the Crawford British Fantasy and World Fantasy award winning novel A Stranger in Olondria She also received the John W Campbell Award She has written for the Guardian Strange Horizons Lightspeed and many other publications She lives in California I didn’t always understand this book but it is beautifulThis is a fantasy novel set in an empire during a time of civil war It isn’t a story of battles or magic but of the lives of four women involved in events Tav is a noblewoman who runs off at a young age to join the army and later helps foment rebellion; Tialon is the daughter of an ascetic priest whose zealotry and influence over the king have made enemies than friends; Seren is a singer from a marginalized group of nomads who becomes romantically involved with Tav; and Siski Tav’s sister is a socialite who’s running away from love but will finally have to face her fears I tend to avoid books with multiple narrators as they often run together but here each section has a distinct format and structure and some are in third person while others are in first; so the techniue works wellThe writing and imagery are particularly lovely and the story comes together well You do have to give it some time – the beginning can be confusing perhaps less so if you’ve read A Stranger in Olondria and I often found myself flipping back to re read sections after learning new information The book provides a wonderful mix of otherworldliness – it feels like only a small window on a strange and beautiful place – and real world themes concerning war privilege and the ways people use power over one another I would have liked a bigger climax and definite conclusion but I enjoyed this book and would read another by this author

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EPUB Ø MOBI The Winged Histories ó 9781618731142 é DANPASHLEY µ ➳ The Winged Histories Read ➻ Author Sofia Samatar – Danpashley.co.uk Four women soldier scholar poet and socialite are caught up on different sides of a violent rebellion As war erupts and their families are torn a Her website is sofiasamatarcomPraise for A Stranger in OlondriaA book about the love of books Her sentences are intoxicating and one can easily be lost in their intricacy Samatar's beautifully written book is one that will be treasured by book lovers everywhere Raul M Chapa BookPeople Austin Tex Note I have not read A Stranger in Olondria before The Winged Histories It works perfectly fine as a standaloneThis is one of my favourite novels of all time along with The Gray House and recently  The Ten Thousand Doors of January I first read it in the summer of 2017 and have been thinking it was a shame I never wrote up anything on it ever since A book that means so much to me that deserves words Praise Anything So allow me to write something a littleextra ✨ I have breathed on shadows as one breathes into a soap bubble to give it breadth and life I did it because I had to because human beings cannot live without history and I have no history or tradition that is not located in a pale aggressive body lying in the dirt or hanging from a tree    What is the difference between a genius and a monster? It's so hard to set expectations correctly Anything anything you knew about fantasy and the paths stories take their structure it goes right out the window Forget it As much of literary fantasy it avoids the beaten pathThe simplest way to begin would be to say it is the stories of four women tangled up in a civil war Tavis a soldier and a noblewoman and a rebel Tialon a scholar the daughter of a famous priest Seren a feredha singer and storyteller Siski a socialite Tav's sisterI could attempt to write a plot summary as I do for any other story I could tell about the civil war Religious conflict A desire for independence Whispers of monsters Exceptexcept that's not what the book is about at all not directly It would miss the point by a mileFrom my notes from the first time read I initially thought the pacing was odd but I was still expecting it to go the way most books go A woman runs away from home to join the army and proves her worth to her male colleagues the most familiar of stories And again the except Except the training is glossed over except the war is pointless except she is forced to return home with a broken leg And her PoV section is only the first of the four The rebellion and events leading to the civil war are again mentioned only in passing In interludes Scattered across all four sections I thought I would not like each part of the book being from the PoV of a different character it's a structure that usually bothers me but I ended up liking them all That mark on your face Not a physical scar but a shade of expression a cast The look that said I have killed and will kill again A fierce look I thought then Now I think broken I think lost I already mentioned Tavis the soldier the one who got to make history but her story is only the start Next is Tialon whose history is so tied up in that of her famous father that there is barely anything of herself in it But we are not concerned with the child's memories We are concerned with him with his genius She tells of the other side of history the great men who are cruel in private and what happens to those who end up on the losing side Religious disputes Her own loneliness and isolationSeren's chapter is my favourite It's the shortest and the least linear of the four without any chapter breaks The closest to poetry And I get so lost in the writing I have a hard time describing what is it about Stories I suppose Love and loss and the importance of songsSiski I can't say much about spoilers except that she's remembering the past and hiding a terrible secretThe word that comes to mind when I try to descibe the narrative style is impressionistic Fragmentary Because that's what the book is seuences of impressions of these four women Each narrator changes the style and the structure slightly but there's nothing linear about it Suddenly she will start telling about her past then switch back to present The various threads interweave transitions are blurred blink and you'll lose track and get confused It loops back on itself almost stream of consciousnessReally the plot the civil war what would usually be in front is the least of it Obscured under so many layers that it becomes nearly invisible told largely between the lines and in brief interludes between the four sections It's a reverse story a book turned inside out History told through feelings and memories of women instead of achievments of great men It was there in the desert that my blood returned there that Seren taught me to seize black ants and snap them between my teeth there that my heart came open in two halves and words poured out of it my heart had not been empty after all I talked night after night until I was hoarse There was a curl of whiteness in the dark sky what the feredhai call the track of the goddess Roun the wake of her boat in the sea of the heavens and this is what was coming out of my heart memories pouring out in waves The prose is gorgeous and somehow close to my heart uite possibly the best I've ever read It's pure stained glass It feels indulgent I want to read it out loud It gets stuck in my thoughts and I can't help channeling it a little even now What I like the best is that it achieves the effect it does without ever being archaic or abusing the thesaurus It's all rhetorical figure magic and it's near impossible to pick out uotes that'd do it justice because half the beauty of it is in how a certain turn of phrase may be twisted and re used a few pages later I said the narrative is often all tangled up it's the same with the prose It reminds me of music They murmur They stroke her hands They say I know She wants to say no She wants to say you don't know you don't know us She wants to say my sister and cousin made this war You don't know how we have harnessed you and murdered you and made you refugees She thinks For this the gods cursed you with monsters As the title says it's a book about history who tells it who makes it who is remembered the biases the bystanders the ones caught in its flow legends of monsters that may or may not be true Most of all Samatar reminds us that history is not only a chronological list of dates and achievements of great men that it's far than what it's usually reduced to I love it for that tooOf course The Winged Histories would never be for everyone I think it's even less accessible than The Gray House The distance from plot alone is something many people will find grating no matter how intentional But if you love everything non linear and poetic and experimental as much as I do please give it a try You will not regret it If you want a beautifully written nonfiction version of history told through personal stories of women check out The Unwomanly Face of War Warning no book ever made me cry as muchEnjoyment 55Execution 55Recommended to prose enthusiasts fans of complex literary fantasy those looking for woman centric stories and representation both LGBT and PoC those who like experimental structureNot recommended to those who reuire plot those who like linear stories and hate confusion fans of stories with a lot of magic More reviews on my blog To Other Worlds

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The Winged HistoriesFour women soldier scholar poet and socialite are caught up on different sides of a violent rebellion As war erupts and their families are torn apart they fear they may disappear into the unwritten pages of history Using the sword and the pen the body and the voice they struggle not just to surviv One of my Hugo Award nominees novel 2016 A Stranger in Olondria lured me in to the worlds evoked by Samatar's lush poetic writing style I had heard this was a companion piece to that book so naturally sought it out However this is a very different book and only very tangentially if at all related it stands wholly on its own And I liked it even better The elements that I loved about Samatar's writing are all still here While the form of the story is still not that of a traditional narrative I think that the format used here is successfulIn 'The Winged Histories' through four separate but interlocked stories Samatar explores themes including nationalism religion war and power guilt and responsibility freedom and oppression and how these forces affect those whose lives are touched by them I'm not sure I can fully logically justify the comparison but as a whole the book really reminded me uite a lot of a shorter beautifully written War and PeaceThe first story is that of Tavis a rich girl with dreams of becoming a swordmaiden In pursuit of those dreams she runs away into the hills and as part of a bandit gang is infected with a passionate fervor for liberating the nation of Kestenya On the face of it this is a common plot line for fantasy novels to the point of being a cliche But is Tavis a hero? Are her goals truly noble? Do they even make sense in the context of her background? Is violence the way to make the world a better place? It's a complex multi faceted character sketch which effectively raises all kinds of thoughts regarding the intersection of personal and national identityIn the second part another way of making the world a better place is explored And it may me even worse than the way of the sword We see the rise of a new religion through Tialon the daughter of its main prophet I very much enjoyed and agreed with this section but I have to admit that it is the least nuanced part of the book The author is clearly no fan of organized religion Tialon is uneuivocally oppressed abused and brainwashed by her father and his radical beliefs But her story is still wholly engaging and I very much liked the illustration of how ancient texts can inform our understanding but are undoubtedly always filtered through our own judgement deciding what words are meaningful and which should be disregarded Another way to change the world might be through art and music; the creative force In the third section we meet Seren The songs she has grown up with have come down to her unchanged through millennia The women she knows express their very individual feelings through set forms But perhaps Seren can write her own songs This section as appropriate for one told by a poet is only tenuously 'prose' falling into the 'poetry' side of the spectrum The final section of the book is narrated by Siski a young woman who lives very much within the strictures of society growing up without any major rebellion against the idea of doing what is expected of her And what is expected of her seems to be that she will marry her beloved cousin Dasya in a mutually advantageous union But a terrible secret is revealed and Siski's reaction to that revelation may change everything Rather than changing the world Siski seeks to escape the horrors and pain of the world in a desperate flight into libertinageThe lives of these four very disparate women are intimately connected than one might guess and the ways in which their lives touch really draws the book together as a whole Also the 'feel' of the book begins as very much 'straight' historical fiction but there's a fantasy or horror? element that gradually sneaks in becomes critical to the story and also works extremely well on several levels If this had been a work of historical fiction analyzing the factions and crises of a real place it would undoubtedly be hailed as a monumental novel capturing the complexity and soul of a nation Because it is an imaginary place it won't be But it truly is a masterful work