Savage Gods

Savage Gods Review

After moving with his wife and two children to a smallholding in Ireland, Paul Kingsnorth expects to find contentment. It is the goal he has sought — to nest, to find home — after years of rootlessness as an environmental activist and author. Instead he finds that his tools as a writer are failing him, calling into question his foundational beliefs about language and setting him at odds with culture itself.

Informed by his experiences with indigenous peoples, the writings of D.H. Lawrence and Annie Dillard, and the day-to-day travails of farming his own land, Savage Gods asks: what does it mean to belong? What sacrifices must be made in order to truly inhabit a life? And can words ever paint the truth of the world — or are they part of the great lie which is killing it?

Title:Savage Gods
Edition Language:English

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  • Paul

    Kingsnorth thought having access to his own patch of land would settle his very being, give him a sense of belonging, somewhere where he could be rooted for the first time. An opportunity came to acqu...

  • Beth M.

    “The position I had painfully staked out in the world began to fragment. I began to fragment. I am still fragmenting, I think. Sometimes it scares me, sometimes it excites me. You have to come apart...

  • Niklas Pivic

    Writers are lost people. Nobody would write a book if they weren’t lost. Nobody would write a book if they were not in search of paradise, and nobody would be in search of paradise unless they belie...

  • Leif

    Sad to say it, but this is one of those books that really should have been shelved. Kingsnorth's previous efforts have been disintegrating and the result is this series of loosely connected, egocentri...

  • Chris Roberts

    An ode to overthinking, to minutiae.Author as bastardized construct, proof-proof: In tandem with oblivion causal ratios, I calculate, quantifying hierarchical tasking rates in the frontal lobe. #poemC...

  • Kamalendu Nath

    These are contemplative monologues and introspections on the inspiration to life, in general, to the writing process, in particular. Most sections resonated with me and others I just let pass. Overall...

  • Mike Toms

    Although there were passages in this book that I found really interesting, the overall effort turned out to be a disappointment of first read. Maybe it will better next time around. What happens when ...

  • Caleb Masters

    An enigma of a book, Savage Gods takes a long hard look at the creative process of writing as well as deep, philosophical questions of purpose, place, and belonging. Kingsnorth wrestles with his prose...

  • Edward Rathke

    Loved parts of this but also kind of rolled my eyes at other parts. This is very much a book for writers so I doubt I'd recommend it for anyone else. This makes the book both insufferable and insightf...

  • Lynn McMillan

    Brave and honestIf you have ever wondered about the dark night of the soul, Paul Kingsnorth allows us to see how it is for a writer when words no longer serve. An important book for its honest and bra...