[ARC] Hild by Nicola Griffith

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Gwladus so soft and pliant, Hild hard and clear.
“I’m not pretty.”
“You don’t need to be pretty. You’re like lightning. Like a tide. Like a blizzard.”
“Something to run from.”
“Something to get caught up in. Something to remember for the rest of your life.”

Hild of Whitby

Questo per me è il dialogo che riassume quanto di Hild doveva trasparire dal romanzo, in cui però l’autrice ha perso l’occasione di valorizzare una figura enigmatica e dalle grandi potenzialità narrative come è Hild.

 

Hilda di Whitby è un personaggio storico realmente esistito e di cui si conosce ben poco prima del 647d.C., successivamente a questa data Hilda è nota per aver fondato l’abbazia di Whitby. Le sue nobili origini (era nipote di Edwin di Northumbria, sovrano britannico convertito al cattolicesimo) e questo vuoto temporale in cui non si hanno notizie certe sulle sue attività la rendono un personaggio letterario interessante, purtroppo il romanzo si dedica troppo alla componente storica e meno a quella di finzione.

 

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[ARC] Hild by Nicola Griffith

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Gwladus so soft and pliant, Hild hard and clear.
“I’m not pretty.”
“You don’t need to be pretty. You’re like lightning. Like a tide. Like a blizzard.”
“Something to run from.”
“Something to get caught up in. Something to remember for the rest of your life.”

Hild of Whitby

This for me is the dialogue that summarize what should have emerged about Hild from the novel, unfortunately the author missed the chance to value an enigmatic historical figure with great literary potentiality like Hild.

 

Hilda of Whitby is a historical character, few is known about her before the 647a.C., after that date Hilda is known to have founded the Whitby Abbey. The fact that she was noble born (her uncle was Edwin of Northumbria, a britain king who converted to Catholicism) and this temporal slice when nothing is known about her make Hild an interesting literary character, unfortunately the novel is too much about the historical component than to the fictional one.

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