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SUMMARY Ä Ka Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr  From award winning author John Crowley comes an exuisite fantasy novel about a man who tells the story of a crow named Dar Oakley and his impossible lives and deaths in the land of Ka A Crow alone is no CrowDar Oakley—the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own—was born two thouFrom award winning author John Crowley comes an exuisite fantasy novel about a man who tells the story of a crow named Dar Oakley and his impossible lives and deaths in the land of Ka A Crow alone is no CrowDar Oakley the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own was born two thousand years ag. Intellectually I know that the world is unfair Somehow though that knowledge doesn't make it easier to accept the fact that John Crowley remains a relatively unknown and uncelebrated author His writing never fails to sustain me engage me move me not the easiest task frankly and most of all please me Little Big is my favorite book no ualifications It brings me joy than anything else I've ever read Now I'll have to figure out where Ka Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr fits in my reading life though I already know that it will loom large Ka is both like and unlike all of Crowley's previous novels The prose is beautiful and assured and I felt from the first chapter that I was walking in a Crowley universe But the scale is much larger than anything he's written before larger even than the four book Aegypt seuence which attempted to rewrite Western intellectual history Ka tells the story of a crow who lives for a very long time starting from the Iron Age or perhaps even earlier and moving through the near future As such the book offers a bird's eye view of human civilization But though the scale is epic the focus is always personal I think that's because Crowley isn't really interested in discussing the spread of human civilization Instead the book is really about two things that bind not only cultures but also individuals Death and Story The novel presents Story as both our primary weapon against the inevitability of Death and also as an interlocutor which allows us to accept Death on its terms But don't be confused the book is not somber at all It's adventurous hallucinatory and very funny at times And most of all it's beautiful Like all of Crowley's works Maybe I'm old fashioned for being satisfied by beauty even for desiring it in the first place Maybe that's why I'm one of the first to review this novel even though it's been out for a few weeks already Based on the lack of attention the book has received it doesn't look like Ka Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr will be the book to change Crowley's career and standing But that lack of attention is the fault of the world an essentially unfair place and not the fault of this masterful novel


H monks searching for the Paradise of the Saints; and how he continuously went down into the land of the dead and returned Through his adventures in Ka the realm of Crows and around the world he found secrets that could change the humans’ entire way of life and now may be the time to finally reveal th. After having been to the Limestone Kingdom and magical Austin in my last two books I thought this was the best choice thematically Well We meet Dark Oakley a crow yes yes I know the bird above is NOT a crow but ravens are prominent on the internet shrugs We meet him back when he didn't have a name We follow him when he is named when he finds a world next to his own Ka We follow him when he travels from one world to the next meeting horses owls boars foxes humans of all ages and Eventually we watch him find his mate and steal the secret of immortality and when he loses it again Dar Oakley dies is reborn without memory of his former lifeknowledge always regains the memory eventually learns from life to life but always dies again eventually Until This is an Odyssey ish uest through a number of realms that combines a number of mythological tropes and themes and characters Coyote is in here too just like in my previous two books The problem The way these tropes and themes and characters were treated weren't anything new Add to that the fact that the way the story is told is long winded and just trickling along at too slow a pace There is no rise and fall there isn't any or much suspense and while the realms change and therefore challenge Dar Oakley and his mate I never felt challenged or surprised or much of anythingI sometimes liked the philosophical examination of the nature of things creatures and evolution of stories as well as the book's point that we all ARE stories As a bookworm the thought that we are nothing without thought and memory Hugin and Munin without stories we tell and stories that are told about us appealed to me There is a saying that people cannot live on bread and water alone because we need stories to tell us HOW to live Sadly this story despite its potential and the research into the social behavior of crows the difference to ravens too didn't have much to say on that subject It reminded me of the ramblings of a guy I'm trapped in a car with on a long ass road trip through the middle of nowhere after I made the mistake of asking for a story because I know he's written a book lol That sounds harsh I know but while I didn't DNF or scream with frustration I was disappointed with how the source material was treated here especially after the interesting foreshadowing we got in the book's prologueThe writing also didn't blow me away After a few people I know have called the prose graceful and lyrical and beautiful I might have expected too much I'm not sure But the prose was nothing special in my opinion So while this wasn't truly bad it was also nothing remarkable sadly So why 3 stars Well because I'm a sucker for corvids and mythology and stories about the nature of stories thought memory stories mythological creatures and us silly little humans smack in the middle of it all

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Ka Dar Oakley in the Ruin of YmrO When a man learns his language Dar finally gets the chance to tell his story He begins his tale as a young man and how he went down to the human underworld and got hold of the immortality meant for humans long before Julius Caesar came into the Celtic lands; how he sailed West to America with the Iris. Stories Coyote said Not to tell you something you don't already know We're made of stories now brother It's why we never die even if we doIn the near future a dying man tells the story of Dar Oakley a Crow who steals and then loses the most precious thing in the world and is doomed to eternal life The deaths and rebirths of Dar begin in Iron Age and medieval Europe then jumps to North America with Native Americans the Civil War and ends with a world in gradual decline I want to understand about the dead how it is they are in than one place at the same time or in no place at all which is perhaps the same thingThe line between worldsLife deathMyth historyDream reality We seemed to go back the same way we came but I've learned just as Dar Oakley learned that here you can never go back the way you came That you never do anywhere You only and always go on810