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That not only has he given himself up to apostasy and shame but that his ballads were responsible for turning a murderous felon into the most popular outlaw hero and folk legend of England Robin HoodWritten with his characteristic depth and subtlety his sure understanding of folklore his precise command of detail Adam Thorpe's ninth novel is both a thrilling re examination of myth and a moving reminder of how human innocence and frailty fix and harden into histo. Robin Hood is one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid to now So any book about him will draw me in Hodd does have a uniue way of telling this story The actual author Adam Thorpe writes it as an academic in the 1920 s translating on old medieval manuscript written by a monk telling his own story of meeting Robin Hood as a sort of autobiographyconfession So it s a real author writing as a fake one translating an imaginary document Got it So it s written in the first person in a weird mix of old English and modern and as it s an academic translation has footnotes explaining certain phrases I d say the way this is written is very awkward for me anyway It was hard to read easily where many times I had to re read sentences to get a proper grasp of it the footnotes also broke up the flow of reading making it very kind of stop start It didn t help with my reading experience The idea of the story is good though on how an elderly monk retells how he met Robin Hood when the monk was a teenager minstrel for a priest It say s how Robin Hood was of a heretic and this conflicting hard with the young boy s faith and general attitude at the time Giving Hood this crazy preacher air about him was nice touch with him leading of a robbing cult against the church than a bunch of rebels fighting against the king The story is supposed to be based on the oldest Robin Hood story Robin Hood and the Monk and this account was inspiration for it The main problem I have is that Robin Hood isn t in it enough More is spent of the childhood of the monk talking about as a boy he was taught by a crazy hermit living in cave Robin Hood is barely in a third of the book In a book called Hodd about Robin Hood I want than that especially as this preaching insane heretic does seem a compelling character The narrator of the story was nicknamed Moche Latin for adventure and was a minstrel so Moche the Minstrel became Much the Miller s son which I guess is clever But the whole idea of the book comes across as being a bit too clever the old style of English the use of Latin the footnotes and constantly using different mis spelling of words I get it that there was no dictionary or correct spelling then but still The story end s uickly with no real mention let alone Robin Hood being there The story is much about Moche and his inner conflict between his religious teachings and Hood s heresy of there being no sin So calling it Hodd seems a bit of a cheat as the while the parts with Robin s gang are a bit exciting this is only a small part of the book While a different way of telling a story and some of the footnotes about medieval words and customs were interesting the way it s written and the leaving Robin Hood out for so much yet having some much about the hermit in the cave made it of a slog than an enjoyable readIf you re looking for an exciting book about Robin Hood I d suggest Outlaw by Angus Donald In some ways there a bit similar on Robin Hood s character but Outlaw is just fun of a read while Hodd is of an interesting way of reading Road-map to the Indians Treasure very awkward for me anyway It was hard to read easily where many times I had to re read sentences to get a proper grasp of it the footnotes also broke up the flow of reading making it Green dog trumpet and other stories very kind of stop start It didn t help with my reading experience The idea of the story is good though on how an elderly monk retells how he met Robin Hood when the monk was a teenager minstrel for a priest It say s how Robin Hood was of a heretic and this conflicting hard with the young boy s faith and general attitude at the time Giving Hood this crazy preacher air about him was nice touch with him leading of a robbing cult against the church than a bunch of rebels fighting against the king The story is supposed to be based on the oldest Robin Hood story Robin Hood and the Monk and this account was inspiration for it The main problem I have is that Robin Hood isn t in it enough More is spent of the childhood of the monk talking about as a boy he was taught by a crazy hermit living in cave Robin Hood is barely in a third of the book In a book called Hodd about Robin Hood I want than that especially as this preaching insane heretic does seem a compelling character The narrator of the story was nicknamed Moche Latin for adventure and was a minstrel so Moche the Minstrel became Much the Miller s son which I guess is clever But the whole idea of the book comes across as being a bit too clever the old style of English the use of Latin the footnotes and constantly using different mis spelling of words I get it that there was no dictionary or correct spelling then but still The story end s uickly with no real mention let alone Robin Hood being there The story is much about Moche and his inner conflict between his religious teachings and Hood s heresy of there being no sin So calling it Hodd seems a bit of a cheat as the while the parts with Robin s gang are a bit exciting this is only a small part of the book While a different way of telling a story and some of the footnotes about medieval words and customs were interesting the way it s written and the leaving Robin Hood out for so much yet having some much about the hermit in the cave made it of a slog than an enjoyable readIf you re looking for an exciting book about Robin Hood I d suggest Outlaw by Angus Donald In some ways there a bit similar on Robin Hood s character but Outlaw is just fun of a read while Hodd is of an interesting way of reading

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Who was Robin Hood Romantic legend casts him as outlaw archer and hero of the people living in Sherwood Forest with Friar Tuck Little John and Maid Marian stealing from the rich to give to the poor but there is no historical proof to back this up The early ballads portray a uite different figure impulsive violent vengeful with no concern for the needy no merry band and no Maid Marian Hodd provides a possible answer to this famous uestion in the form of a medieval. The seas are folded over us above our heads the lower sea becoming the upper sea and yet still blue when not girt with sea mist which is grey and melancholy Some men when they look up see birds but I see only a kind of fish sometimes in great shoals These fish are beaked and feathered So begins the true tale of Robyn Hodd recounted by an aged monk of Whitby whose forgotten Latin manuscript is rescued from a ruined church during the Battle of the Somme but subseuently destroyed We are offered an abridged translation by the rescuing officer proofed yet never published complete with copious footnotes It s a strange and promising start for Adam Thorpe s novel but unfortunately Hodd never lives up to initial expectations We follow the monk s life story from childhood in the company of a crazed sea cave hermit boyhood in a monastery and youth in the thrall of the visionary robber Hoddbut the style complete with flashbacks is popular historical heavy on the sualor and ordure and general mediaeval atmosphere whilst the language is an awkward mix of modern and mock Middle English Didst thou enjoy this Nay not much The doubly distanced narrative is made little use of and the footnotes are just footnotes Post modernists lament Hodd does tell a tale I suppose and you could certainly read worse But after the tour de force which is Ulverton I would have expected something a bit ambitious from Adam Thorpe s interpretation of an archetypal English legend Identity violent Cenote vengeful with no concern for the needy no merry band and no Maid Marian Hodd provides a possible answer to this famous uestion in the form of a medieval. The seas are folded over us above our heads the lower sea becoming the upper sea and yet still blue when not girt with sea mist which is grey and melancholy Some men when they look up see birds but I see only a kind of fish sometimes in great shoals These fish are beaked and feathered So begins the true tale of Robyn Hodd recounted by an aged monk of Whitby whose forgotten Latin manuscript is rescued from a ruined church during the Battle of the Somme but subseuently destroyed We are offered an abridged translation by the rescuing officer proofed yet never published complete with copious footnotes It s a strange and promising start for Adam Thorpe s novel but unfortunately Hodd never lives up to initial expectations We follow the monk s life story from childhood in the company of a crazed sea cave hermit boyhood in a monastery and youth in the thrall of the Sottomissione visionary robber Hoddbut the style complete with flashbacks is popular historical heavy on the sualor and ordure and general mediaeval atmosphere whilst the language is an awkward mix of modern and mock Middle English Didst thou enjoy this Nay not much The doubly distanced narrative is made little use of and the footnotes are just footnotes Post modernists lament Hodd does tell a tale I suppose and you could certainly read worse But after the tour de force which is Ulverton I would have expected something a bit ambitious from Adam Thorpe s interpretation of an archetypal English legend

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Document rescued from a ruined church on the Somme and translated from the original Latin The testimony of an anonymous monk it describes his time as a boy in the greenwood with a half crazed bandit called Robert Hodd who following the thirteenth century principles of the 'heresy of the Free Spirit' believes himself above God and beyond sin Hodd and his crimes would have been forgotten without the boy's minstrel skills and it is the old monk's cruel fate to know. I really enjoyed this although I found it difficult to follow in parts due to the footnotesA really fascinating way to tell a story and full of vivid imagery and connections with nature and death So realistic and descriptive of life in the middle ages I felt like I should wash my hands after reading And a surprisingly satisfying end too


10 thoughts on “Hodd Author Adam Thorpe

  1. says:

    As difficult a novel as I've finished in a long time but also a marvel of sustained and disciplined imagination all the impressive as the novel's central conceit that it read as a translated Latin text written in the hand of a monk several centuries before the novel in the form that we know it existed cannot but have been hostile to Thorpe's instincts as an artist Too thorny a read to give it five stars but much too ambitious and visionary

  2. says:

    “The seas are folded over us above our heads the lower sea becoming the upper sea and yet still blue when not girt with sea mist which is grey and melancholy Some men when they look up see birds but I see only a kind of fish sometimes in great shoals These fish are beaked and feathered”So begins the true tale of Robyn Hodd recounted by an aged monk of Whitby whose forgotten Latin manuscript is rescued from a ruined

  3. says:

    This tale presents a postmodern hyperbolical Robin Hood who actually looks realistic enough very different from the mythical hero we are all familiar withThe story is told in 1305 by a 90 year old monk who spent a year in

  4. says:

    When I started this book I was confused for a minute I thought the book was historical fiction a retelling of the Robin Hoo

  5. says:

    I have yet to have a book that I have not finished reading Hodd threatened to be the first The original thought of a book written by a monk who was truly in the presence of Robin Hood was very compelling for me Only to learn that the author set in so many side tracking foot notes and foot notes upon those foot notes that the original narrative feel of the book is lost in what instead feels like a text book one

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed this although I found it difficult to follow in parts due to the footnotesA really fascinating

  7. says:

    Pretty good book in an interesting era with an interesting perspective but some of the descriptive language does go on a bit

  8. says:

    This wasn't an easy read and I didn't always enjoy it but the overall imaginative concept was awesome and that's what I remember it for most of all

  9. says:

    Robin Hood is one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid to now So any book about him will draw me in Hodd does have a uniue way of telling this story The actual author Adam Thorpe writes it as an academic in the 1920’s translating on old medieval manuscript written by a monk telling his own story of meeting Robin Hood as a sort of autobiographyconfession So it’s a real author writing as a fake one translating an imag

  10. says:

    As the rediscovered printer's proof of a translation of a lost copy of an original Thirteenth Century manuscript this novel presents with over 400 scholarly footnotes as well as mediaeval marginalia and Latin apparatus criticus what is claimed to be the earliest historical record of the brutal felon later known as Robin Hood Thorpe's novel is concerned with identity and anonymity than with Robin Hood The anon

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