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ISBN: 0670800317
Author: Richard Adams
Language: English
Publisher: Viking; New Ed edition (September 27, 1984)
Pages: 528
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 288
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RICHARD ADAMS, A BRITISH CIVIL SERVANT in his early fifties, made a startling leap into prominence in 1972 . Shardik, however, was none of those things

RICHARD ADAMS, A BRITISH CIVIL SERVANT in his early fifties, made a startling leap into prominence in 1972 with his first novel, Watership Down, which immediately established itself as a classic of fantasy literature. Shardik, however, was none of those things. The much-awaited new book, when it appeared, was a fierce, brutal novel of the sort that no one today would regard as appropriate for young readers, even though young readers for generations have responded to the ferocity, overt or covert, of such "children's books" as Pinocchio, Ivanhoe, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Through the Looking-Glass.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Richard Adams’s Watership Down was a number one bestseller, a stunning work of the imagination, and an acknowledged modern classic. In Shardik Adams sets a different yet equally compelling tale in a far-off fantasy world. Shardik is a fantasy of tragic character.

Part of Beklan Empire series by Richard Adams. What hold, what power over him did Shardik retain? Was it indeed of his own will or of Shardik's that he had slept beside him in the forest, plunged headlong into the Telthearna deeps and at last wandered from Bekla and his kingdom, through none would ever know what terror and humiliation, to Zeray? He had thought Shardik dead; or if not already dead, then dying far away. But he was not dead, not far away; and news of him had now reached-was it by his will that it had reached?-the man whom God had chosen from the first to be broken to fragments, just as the Tuginda had foretold. His thoughts returned to Shardik, but at last he almost ceased to think at all, drowsing where he sat and hearing, sharper than the noise of the crowd, the plangent drip of water into a butt outside the window. The guard commander returned and with him a burly, black-bearded officer, armed and helmeted, who stared at Kelderek, slapping his scabbard against his leg with nervous impatience.

Lest any should suppose that I set my wits to work to invent the cruelties of Genshed, I say here that all lie within my knowledge and some – would they did not – within my experience

Lest any should suppose that I set my wits to work to invent the cruelties of Genshed, I say here that all lie within my knowledge and some – would they did not – within my experience. Behold, I will send my messenge. ut who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner's fire.

Richard Adams was talented, no one can deny that. Just like in Watership Down, the vivid descriptions and carefully-crafted allusions come in contrast with the intriguing plot and the well-developed characters, building a beautiful pattern and resulting in a compelling narration. Unfortunately, the positives of this book end here.

Richard Adams was born in Bershire, England in 1920. The book went on the receive both the Carnegie medal and the Guardian award for children's fiction in 1972.

Shardik is a fantasy of tragic character, centered on the long-awaited reincarnation of the gigantic bear Shardik and his appearance among the half-barbaric Ortelgan people. Richard Adams was born in Bershire, England in 1920. Watership Down was rejected seven times before finally being accepted by Rex Collings.

Richard George Adams (9 May 1920 – 24 December 2016) was an English novelist and writer of the books Watership Down, Shardik and The Plague Dogs. He studied modern history at university before serving in the British Army during World War II. Afterwards, he completed his studies, and then joined the British Civil Service. In 1974, two years after Watership Down was published, Adams became a full-time author.

But Adams’s regard for the book extends beyond the reinforcement of a hoped-for career change.

I knew then that writing was to become my full-time occupation, and I was able to leave the civil service for good. But Adams’s regard for the book extends beyond the reinforcement of a hoped-for career change

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Comments:

Acrobat
Superb. Superb. A quasi-sequel to Adams' "Maia", but either will stand alone. Richard Adams is more well known for the famous, "Watership Down". But this one may be even better. Or maybe "Maia" is. Masterpieces all. For the serious reader, no disappointments here
Whitecaster
Shardik starts with an epiphany of faith, develops commitment, misuse, and continues with the challenges of a return to the true belief. Then the author runs out of ideas and settles for and everybody is happy. Wasted my time reading it.
Jorius
The book is great but probably not for everyone. Keep in mind that it was written when it was fashionable to really 'get into' things....coming out of the hippie era. So you may feel that he rambles on sometimes about little things. But if you're looking for a epic tale for the sake of reading through it...not in a hurry to find out what happens next...then you'll be fine with that. As far as that goes, I would compare his writing style to Herman Mellvile and other 19th century authors who wrote for the sake of a story rather than selling books.

Now for the warning: do not expect a delicate, light-hearted tale. This book is full of tragedy with some very graphic, realistic cruelty that may leave you scarred. If you're worried about that at all but want to read something by this author, you may want to start with Watership Down. If you're ok with that, mulitplied by 100 on the cruelty scale...then read shardik. I have to say that it was long and sometimes a little boring, but no more than Moby Dick...and like Moby Dick, it left permanent impressions on my mind...some I wish I hadn't read actually. But overall, I'm very glad I read the book and plan to read it again.
IWAS
Let me begin by saying that Richard Adams is my absolute favorite author, so this review may trend on the biased side. My top favorite book is "Watership Down", but this novel may actually be better than that. At the heart of the book is the main character, Kelderek, who while hunting sees a gigantic bear and perceives him to be the embodiment of the power of God manifested, Shardik. Thus begins a long odyssey for Kelderek in which he rises to the heights of power as priest/king of Bekla (the world where the story takes place) and falls to the lowest of lows as he learns exactly what his reign has wrought (mainly child slavery) and in how he begins to feel that he has betrayed his God, Shardik. Many powerful and thrilling moments occur throughout the story, and more so the descriptive writing is absolutely exquisite. Mr. Adams truly builds this world and the reader is without fail able to envision all that is part of this kingdom, from the marshes, deserts, and rivers to the wonderful Kynat bird that is a symbol of luck and prosperity. Not just a great, mythic, epic adventure, "Shardik" approaches the reader with much larger, deeper ideas and concepts as well, primarily religion and humankind's perception of it. Is nature to be perceived as the manifestation of the power and presence of God, or is it simply immune to any perceptions concerning it and is non-responsive to man's thoughts, ideas, or even prayers? Once having discovered the presence and/or manifestation of God, how should one proceed? Does one take that presence and abuse it to exert power over others, or does one simply allow God or it's manifestation to mold and move the enlightened, even shattering and remaking he/her as it sees fit? Is religion simply a path of redemption for the faithful? This is certainly an exciting, extremely well written book with many overarching concepts and ideas to make the reader think long after finishing the book. I can not recommend enough reading it at least once, or as I have, four times!
Swordsong
OK but in my opinion way too philosophical and far too many extended flowery passages. Not as interesting as his prior Watership Downs.
Whitemaster
This is your next book to read. It is darker than Watership but will immerse you just as deeply. This story centers on a massive wounded bear driven out of its home by a forest fire and the tribal people that mistake it for a god.
Clandratha
A wonderful book like his others. Well worth reading over and over.
I read this book years ago in hardcover, and enjoyed it so much when I saw it offered as a Kindle HD version I had to have it. The storyline is believable and well developed, and the characters are so real at times I felt I'd actually met them in person. Well worth buying!

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