Saturday, 17 March 2012

The Ardship of Cambry

In Riddley Walker  (Russell Hoban’s masterpiece which defies description but certainly deserves to be read) language has been degraded, along with the rest of civilisation, in the aftermath of an atomic catastrophe.  

It’s a bit like reading A Clockwork Orange, in that you have to learn the argot as you go - only more so.  A particularly felicitous turn of phrase is the Ardship of Cambry.

Whoever takes on the job that Rowan Williams is leaving will discover the prophetic truth of that title, I fear.

(NB Archdruid Eileen’s prophecy is also worth a read: H/t Stuart at Echurch Blog

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