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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