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by Richard Adams

Download Shardik [ First Avon Printing, Feb. 1976 ] (the pulse-pounding epic novel of a man, a civilization, and the power of God in the great bear, Shardik...) ePub
  • ISBN 038043752X
  • ISBN13 978-0380437528
  • Language English
  • Author Richard Adams
  • Publisher Avon; First Edition edition (1976)
  • Formats lit docx lrf doc
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Contemporary
  • Size ePub 1890 kb
  • Size Fb2 1386 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 772

Richard Adams's follow-up to his bestseller "Watership Down." A pulse-pounding epic fantasy novel of a man, a primitive civilization and the power of a God in the form of a great bear named Shardik. A fascinatingly entertaining tale of how man decides what is God and what God stands for, in this powerful novel Adams never really lets the reader know whether Shardik is God or actually only a huge bear but what becomes clear is man's intentions, the good & evil done in the name of God.

1976 ] (the pulse-pounding epic novel of a man, a civilization, and the power of God in the great bear, Shardik. The city of Bekla is a place that I can picture so vividly, a kind of hybrid of ancient Babylon and the Roman empire.

1976 ] (the pulse-pounding epic novel of a man, a civilization, and the power of God in the great bear, Shardik. And like many pre-modern cultures, (and come to think of it, present day people as well) the nobility enjoy throwing lavish, hedonistic parties, which again, are very well described- the food, the decorations, what the women wear, etc.

When, therefore, Adams's second novel, Shardik, was announced for publication two years after Watership . Richard Adams leaves that for the reader to determine, and so will I: for it is in the nature of any great fantasy novel to raise as many questions as it answers.

When, therefore, Adams's second novel, Shardik, was announced for publication two years after Watership Down, it was reasonable to expect that it would turn out to be the mixture as before: another book conceived primarily, or at least originally, for children, although it could and would be read with pleasure by adults; most likely a return to the hills and meadows o. And this, make no mistake, is a great fantasy novel.

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. The title character is a gigantic bear who is the god of the primitive Ortelgan people. The hunter Kelderek becomes Shardik's greatest disciple and, eventually, ruler when the bear finally does make its return. On the surface, the book works as a fantasy adventure; on a deeper level, it explores our relationship with the divine.

Richard George Adams, British Writer. Served with British Army, 1940-1946. Shardik, By Richard Adams. shardik is on the same epic scale as watership down, and. Fellow Royal Society Literature, Royal Society Arts; member Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (former president). Shardik is on the same epic scale as watership down, and is the same fiercely compulsive reading. There are many more similarities, which owe nothing to lack of inventiveness. IT Too is the story of a quest, of fearsome journeys ending happily.

And although Richard Adams’s debut novel, Watership Down . But Adams’s regard for the book extends beyond the reinforcement of a hoped-for career.

And although Richard Adams’s debut novel, Watership Down, is his most celebrated, it was Shardik, his second, that convinced him to quit the office. 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.

Shardik book But I am surprised that Shardik hasn’t had the staying power of Adams’ first novel.

Kelderek the hunter, who loves and trusts the great bear, is swept on by destiny to become first devotee and then prophet, then victorious soldier, then ruler of an empire and priest-king of Lord Shardik only to discover ever-deeper layers of meaning implicit in his passionate belief in the bear's divinity. But I am surprised that Shardik hasn’t had the staying power of Adams’ first novel. Sep 20, 2017 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it.

The Power of One is a novel by Australian author Bryce Courtenay, first published in 1989. Set in South Africa during the 1930s and 1940s, it tells the story of an English boy who, through the course of the story, acquires the nickname of Peekay. In the movie version, the protagonist's given name is Peter Phillip Kenneth Keith, but not in the book. The author identifies "Peekay" as a reference to his earlier nickname "Pisskop": Afrikaans for "Pisshead.

Richard Adams used to make up stories about little bunnies for his daughters during long car rides in the English country. The book has a curious flavor, like a Greek tragedy or a Shakespearean epic only with bunnies. One of the best books I have ever read

Richard Adams used to make up stories about little bunnies for his daughters during long car rides in the English country. One day, infuriated at a lousy children’s book he bought, he considered: I can do better than that. The result is one of England’s most beloved young reader’s novels. One of the best books I have ever read. The ambience makes the reader really imagine how life is a few centimeters from the ground and think about how frail life is. And also about the number of stories that are hidden everywhere.

Avon, 1 февр Richard Adams was born in Bershire, England in 1920.

When a young huntsman comes on a huge white bear in the forest, his tribe wonders whether it can be Shardik, the legendary bear whose spirit the tribe worships, awaiting the day when he will return and lead them back to their former glory. The young hunter embarks on a long odyssey which will bring him both power and abject slavery before his ultimate salvation. Результаты поиска по книге. Отзывы - Написать отзыв. Richard Adams was born in Bershire, England in 1920. He studied history at Bradfield and Worcester College, Oxford before serving in World War II.

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Vosho
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
Landarn
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.
Riavay
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.
Frlas
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!
Arakus
OK but in my opinion way too philosophical and far too many extended flowery passages. Not as interesting as his prior Watership Downs.
Mave
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.
Sti
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!