One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!
‘A Feast For Crows’ tells the story of Westeros. It is the fourth book in the epic fantasy series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ (or if you just watch the tv series on HBO, you’ll know it as ‘Game of Thrones.’) It is the quintessential genre novel. It has a host of poignant moments, matched with robust dialogue. The pace is steady and although the book is lengthy, every word is juicy and holds your attention. It is not a novel for children or the faint of heart.
The story is essentially about the women of Westeros. Because the novels are set in a land that has very little wish fulfillment in terms of rectifying gender imbalance, it is fated by its own nature to be an unsettling and unfufilling narrative. This novel and the next, ‘A Dance with Dragons’ are set concurrently so we only get to see what’s going on with some of the characters we’ve come to love or hate. Reader favorites Tyrion, Jon Snow & Daenerys have basically dropped off of this book’s radar. Despite the loss of these wonderful creations, this is an excellent and challenging novel.
Feast‘s principal theme can be reflected in the old adage “Uneasy rests the head that wears the crown.” In this novel, power is the most fragile thing one can possess. No one in this story who rules does so from a position of security. There is always an ambitious and treacherous someone smiling to your face and scheming once your back is turned. In the end, a crow will feast upon kings and beggars alike.
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