By Ben Okri

It is a tale for every age, set in a time and position most sensible recognized to fanatics of fairytales and myths. it's a smooth fantasy, a manner of figuring out who we're now and the way our look for id impacts our perceptions and activities, shot via with the mild magic of Ben Okri's inventive prose. 'Astonishing the Gods is correctly labored and designated, and fulfils Calvino's prescription for lightness - being like a fowl instead of a feather' New Statesman & Society

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Then followed cleaning, grooming, saddling, the roll-call, and muster. The staff officer in command of the camp bawled stentoriously ; the military commissary bustled around; the sergeants training the young cossacks shouted their orders. ' They fired at targets. The younger cossacks eagerly vied with one another in the sabre exercises, the old hands dodged the fatigues. About a week before the break-up of the camp Ivan Tomilin's wife came to visit him. She brought him some home-made crack­ nel, an assortment of dainties and a sheaf of village news.

Stepan stood on the threshold, gaunt and estranged. 'Well. . ' he said. Aksinia, all her full, buxom body reeling, went to meet him. 'Beat me,' she said slowly, and stood sideways to him. 'Well, Aksinia. . ' .

After seeing Stepan off to camp she decided to see Gregor as little as possible. After the fishing expedition her decision was still further strengthened. Chapter 4 SOME two days before Trinity the distribution of the village meadowland took place. Pantaleimon attended the allotment. He came back at dinner-time, threw off his bootS with a groan, and noisily $cratching his weary legs, announced : 'Our portion lies close to the Red Cliff. Not over-good grass as grass goes. The upper part runs up to the forest, it's just scrub in places.

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