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Snowy Tower

Parzival and the Wet, Black Branch of Language
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
White Cloud Press
 | 
March, 2014
ISBN:
9781935952923
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$26.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In Snowy Tower, Martin Shaw offers a telling of the Grail epic Parzival. Claiming it as a great Trickster story of medieval Europe, he reveals new implications of its depths: What is it saying to us about our lives in the early twenty-first century? In Snowy Tower, British wildness guide and mythic teacher Martin Shaw continues his trilogy of works on the relationship between myth, wilderness, and a culture of wildness. The first book was A Branch from the Lightning Tree.

In this second book, he gives a nuanced and richly resonant telling of the Grail epic and trickster story ‘Parzival.’ Shaw offers a deft and erudite commentary, with topics ranging from climate change and the soul to the discipline of erotic consciousness, from the hallucination of empire to a re-visioning of the dark speech of the ancient bards.

Ingrained in the very syntax of Snowy Tower is an invocation of what Shaw calls “wild mythologies”— stories that are more than just human allegory, that seem to brush the winged thinking of owl, stream, and open moor. This daring work offers a connection to "the genius of the margins;" that the big questions of today will not be solved by big answers, but by the myriad of associations that both myth and wilderness offer.

The story is clear that to find the Grail is to be aligned to these powers—the tusky hag of the forest, the magnificent otherness of the magpie brother—and to have walked a crooked mile to the very gate of heaven. That all are in high service to the Grail—that celestial consciousness—is absolutely delicious.

"An outrageous piece of magic, this horde of galloping insights sprung from the meeting of one of Europe's most alchemical story traditions with the pirate brilliance of Martin Shaw." —David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous

Publisher’s Description: 

In Snowy Tower, Martin Shaw offers a telling of the Grail epic Parzival. Claiming it as a great Trickster story of medieval Europe, he reveals new implications of its depths: What is it saying to us about our lives in the early twenty-first century? In Snowy Tower,  Martin Shaw continues his trilogy of works on the relationship between myth, wilderness, and a culture of wildness. In this second book, he gives a telling of the Grail epic 'Parzival.' Claiming it as a great trickster story of medieval Europe, he offers a deft and erudite commentary, with topics ranging from climate change and the soul to the discipline of erotic consciousness, from the hallucination of empire to a revisioning of the dark speech of the ancient bards. Ingrained in the very syntax of Snowy Tower is an invocation of what Shaw calls "wild mythologies"— stories that are more than just human allegory, that seem to brush the winged thinking of owl, stream, and open moor. This daring work offers a connection to the genius of the margins; that the big questions of today will not be solved by big answers, but by the myriad of associations that both myth and wilderness offer.

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