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The Bird King: A Novel de G. Willow Wilson
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The Bird King: A Novel (edició 2020)

de G. Willow Wilson (Autor)

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From award-winning author G. Willow Wilson,The Bird King is an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition. G. Willow Wilson's debut novelAlif the Unseen was an NPR andWashington Post Best Book of the Year, and it established her as a vital American Muslim literary voice. Now she deliversThe Bird King, a stunning new novel that tells the story of Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Hassan has a secret--he can draw maps of places he's never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan's gift as sorcery and a threat toChristian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls? As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety,The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.… (més)
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Títol:The Bird King: A Novel
Autors:G. Willow Wilson (Autor)
Informació:Grove Press (2020), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Etiquetes:2021

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The Bird King de G. Willow Wilson

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    The Lions of al-Rassan de Guy Gavriel Kay (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: Fantasy retellings of the last days of Muslim Spain.
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    When the Moon Was Ours de Anna-Marie McLemore (g33kgrrl)
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I was really excited to see that G. Willow Wilson has a new book coming out in 2019. And The Bird King delivered! The story follows the favorite concubine of the last sultan of Granada and her best friend, the royal cartographer with a magical gift with maps. When the Inquisition comes calling, the two run away to find the island of the Bird King.

There is a lot going on in this book, and I read most of it in one giant gulp. The language is gorgeous, and the world building fantastic. Wilson spends a lot of time building the world of the sultan's court, and it's lushness and opulence -- only to rip it away as the two friends go on the run and are forced to contend with hunger and hardship.

This was an incredibly compelling read. Things got a bit weird and rushed towards the end of the book, and I honestly wish that Wilson had slowed the pace down a bit there. But overall, a really good read.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 6, 2020 |
I think I would have enjoyed this novel at a much younger age. The story is set in the late 1400s, as the Spanish Inquisition was taking control of the last remaining Muslim enclaves in Grenada. A beloved concubine and a map maker, with a mysterious ability to draw accurate maps of places he had never been, flee for their lives. Decent story, nice use of language although a bit simplistic. Oh well. ( )
  hemlokgang | Nov 26, 2020 |
Kind of magical realism set within historical fiction. Enjoyable read, although I thought it had a few stumbles at the plot level—but the writing is quite lovely, and some of the characters/relationships are great. I would have loved to see more of the main magical conceit—a cartographer who can modify reality by making maps, which reminded me elliptically of Hutchinson's Europe books—and the novel might have clicked faster for me if I'd been familiar with the myths and poems it's playing with. Still, definitely enjoyed—and did not expect to run into one of my favorite characters from Alif the Unseen. Also just lovely for introducing me more to a fascinating aspect of European history, the centuries-long Islamic rule in Iberia. The more I reflect on it, and after hearing Wilson talk a bit at Wiscon about this, just kind of wild how much that's been erased from popular Euro-centric historical memory. ( )
1 vota jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
Love this book, the story, the characters (especially Vikram). Sucked me in. I marked SO MANY instances of great writing. Highly recommend. ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
Set in 1491 Grenada, most of this novel reads like a devoted historical novel where the Muslim world is mixed with the Christian at a time when the Spanish Inquisition is running strong and the last Emirate is about to fall.

Fatima, the last concubine, and her friend Hassan, a mapmaker with the ability to open up doors to the Other, transforms this novel from a strict historical to an outright fantasy. But it happens slowly. The historicity of the world is rich and lush and it introduces the world of the Jinn and magic in pure magical realism style, later becoming an outright adventure to find the Bird King.

The old world has died. The only course now is survival. Perhaps happiness. But mostly, it's just finding a place to survive, and if it is with the help of the Jinn and all the creatures under Allah, so be it. Allah made all.

I liked the message at the end of the book.

I also happened to like G. Willow Wilson's Alif the Unseen a lot more. But that being said, there's a lot to love right here. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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Truthfully, there are such wonderfully sad and beautiful layers to this book that it is difficult to do the title justice. If you wish for a brilliant read filled with subtle and fantastical elements, be sure to read The Bird King. It might just be your new favorite read.
 
While The Bird King will easily satisfy most readers with its fabulous adventures and intriguing characters – I wouldn’t mind meeting Vikram again sometime – it’s also a deeply thoughtful novel about how the world is what our perspectives make it.
afegit per g33kgrrl | editaLocus Magazine, Gary K. Wolfe (May 23, 2019)
 
Whether or not they can succeed in building a fragile form of paradise together, Wilson leaves no doubt that there are few things—in this world or the next—more worth fighting for.
afegit per g33kgrrl | editaSlate.com, Laura Miller (Mar 22, 2019)
 
The Bird King is ostensibly the story of a journey, of the limits to escape — but it is also a journey into story, and faith, and refuge, the family we choose and the friends we find. It's deeply beautiful and wondrously sad [...]
 

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G. Willow Wilsonautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Daly, TomEndpaper map artistautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
studiohelen.co.ukDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Though you have struggled, wandered, traveled far, 
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From award-winning author G. Willow Wilson,The Bird King is an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition. G. Willow Wilson's debut novelAlif the Unseen was an NPR andWashington Post Best Book of the Year, and it established her as a vital American Muslim literary voice. Now she deliversThe Bird King, a stunning new novel that tells the story of Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Hassan has a secret--he can draw maps of places he's never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan's gift as sorcery and a threat toChristian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls? As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety,The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.

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