The Rings of Saturn describes W. G. Sebald’s walking tours in 1992 in Suffolk, one of Britain’s least populated and most stunning landmarks. But this is not an ordinary walk. Instead of beautiful landscapes and natural wonders of all kinds, you will see fragmented stories from history.
You will read about science, art, literature, history, the destructive power of nature and many other things in the book, which offers almost the opposite of what you expect from a travel book. With Sebald’s exquisite style, you will suddenly find yourself jumping from time to time and from topic to topic, and after a while, you will let yourself go with the flow.
With Sebald, you will travel to his brain and sometimes his heart, and you will discover many subjects and emotions within him. Undoubtedly, it is not the perfect book for everyone, but it will be admired by those looking for a different experience. After reading the book, you can watch its documentary. I can say Patience (After Sebald) is as interesting a documentary as the book. As you can see, this book is unlike anything you’ve read before and offers a different reading experience. Enjoy!
The Rings of Saturn
The Rings of Saturn begins as the record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia. From Lowestoft to Bungay, Sebald’s own story becomes the conductor of evocations of people and cultures past and present: of Chateaubriand, Thomas Browne, Swinburne and Conrad, of fishing fleets, skulls and so silkworms. The result is an intricately patterned and so haunting book on the transience of all things human.
Winfried Georg Sebald, known as W. G. Sebald or Max Sebald, was a German writer and so academic. At the time of his death at the age of 57, so he was being cited by literary critics as one of the greatest living authors.
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