Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Gripping his head by a handful of hair

Eric Ormsby reviews Simon Armitage's translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at the New York Sun ("the skullbusting blade was so stropped and buffed/it could shear a man's scalp and shave him to boot")

This reminds me that for some reason I forgot to mention how much I liked Catherine Fisher's Corbenic when I read it recently. It came with great recommendations, and totally lived up to them--a fresh Arthurian modern-day updating, amazing how those stories are amenable to such things... (Rather like Susan Cooper in the writing, but with a strong flavor of one of my favorite books by Diana Wynne Jones, Fire and Hemlock.)

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