The Rings of Saturn

The Rings of Saturn

Book - 1998
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The Rings of Saturn—with its curious archive of photographs—records a walking tour of the eastern coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne’s skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded hills, Joseph Conrad, Rembrandt’s "Anatomy Lesson," the natural history of the herring, the massive bombings of WWII, the dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, and the silk industry in Norwich. W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants (New Directions, 1996) was hailed by Susan Sontag as an "astonishing masterpiece perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read." It was "one of the great books of the last few years," noted Michael Ondaatje, who now acclaims The Rings of Saturn "an even more inventive work than its predecessor, The Emigrants."
"The book is like a dream you want to last forever" (Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review), now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund

Publisher: New York : New Directions, 1998
ISBN: 9780811226158
Characteristics: 296 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hulse, Michael 1955-


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Feb 01, 2018

I came to this author late, but after reading this narrative, I will seek out his other books. Narrative is like dreamlike, but in the material world. The author lures you into a word stream that you love.

Jun 06, 2016

"....A brilliantly allusive study of England's imperial past and the nature of decline and fall, of loss and decay.... It is hard to imagine a stranger or more compelling work." Robert McCrum, The London Observer.

Apr 16, 2016

If one has to rate Sebald's novels, then this one must be the best of his remarkable works of fiction.

Dec 18, 2014

A wondrously wandering narrative...formally uncanny...can be set beside Momaday's "House Made Of Dawn" and Naipaul's "Enigma Of Arrival."


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