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Start your review of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon Write a review Shelves: travel , history , religion , serbia , montenegro , croatia , bosnia , yugoslavia , albania , favourites Writing a five-star review full of superlatives is always difficult: for people who havent read it yet, theres no way any book can live up to the kind of praise that someone who loves it wants to give out. And so I really need to marshal my thoughts here, because I genuinely believe that Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is one of the three or four greatest books published in the twentieth century, and I want to make sure I present my case as well as I can. This is going to be a long review, because I want to quote her in detail. But then there are other great works whose imperfections seem to be an intrinsic part of what makes them great, and Black Lamb is of that kind.

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Start your review of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon Write a review Shelves: travel , history , religion , serbia , montenegro , croatia , bosnia , yugoslavia , albania , favourites Writing a five-star review full of superlatives is always difficult: for people who havent read it yet, theres no way any book can live up to the kind of praise that someone who loves it wants to give out.

And so I really need to marshal my thoughts here, because I genuinely believe that Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is one of the three or four greatest books published in the twentieth century, and I want to make sure I present my case as well as I can.

This is going to be a long review, because I want to quote her in detail. But then there are other great works whose imperfections seem to be an intrinsic part of what makes them great, and Black Lamb is of that kind. I can understand how it was written, but the sheer depth of thinking involved staggers me. This is at best beside the point. On the sentence-by-sentence level, her writing is exceptional in its clarity and its striking imagery, by turns witty and beautiful.

I melt over her description of the Islamic call to prayer: It is a cry that holds an ultimate sadness, like the hooting of owls and the barking of foxes in night-time. The muezzins are making that plain statement of their cosmogony, and the owls and foxes are obeying the simplest need for expression; yet their cries, which they intended to mean so little, prove more conclusively than any argument that life is an occasion which justifies the hugest expenditure of pity.

What is most striking for a modern reader is how blindingly direct Rebecca is. There is none of that here: she decides what she thinks about an issue, and says it in the most forceful way she can. Some people have taken this to mean that she has a black-and-white view of the world, but to my mind that is a disastrous misreading. She is a visceral writer. His entire house was full of books: they went from floor to ceiling in every room of the house, including the kitchen and the stairwells.

A man after my own heart. What did you say? I knew her, you know…. I kept it open on my desk as I read, and used the Canongate version for scribbling in. Ultimately what makes Black Lamb so astonishing for me is that Rebecca West uses the gifts I outlined above to probe the depths of the human condition in a very clear-sighted way. To end this review I want to look at these arguments a bit more closely — if you want to discover them for yourself, you could consider what follows to be spoilers.

As West travels, Europe is on the edge of war: as she publishes, the killing is well underway. What makes humans behave like this? But not here. West thinks long and hard about it and she is characteristically blunt in her conclusions. We are continually told to range ourselves with the crucified and the crucifiers, with innocence and guilt, with kind love and cruel hate. She goes further than this, though.

She always goes further. When, in Macedonia, West witnesses a lamb being sacrificed in real life, she grasps that this internal chaos mentioned above has very dark consequences for human society and conflict; indeed, for civilised nations this is a paradox that can make us want to be defeated, even when — especially when — fighting for a good cause. Therefore it happened again and again that when we fought well for a reasonable cause and were in sight of victory, we were filled with a sense that we were not acting in accordance with divine protocol, and turned away and sought defeat, thus betraying those who had trusted us to win them kindliness and peace.

The implications of this extraordinary passage, when it comes to war, are fully explored. That non-resistance paralyses the aggressor is a lie: otherwise the Jews of Germany would all be very well today. Some causes are worth fighting for, even though doing so feels abhorrent.

In the global conflict erupting around her, Rebecca West could see emerging the same impulses and psychological currents that she had been studying and thinking about for years, ebbing and flowing throughout history and crystallised in the story of Yugoslavia: because human beings are a species that have evolved just enough intelligence to know that what we do is terrible, but not enough to go beyond it; and that leaves us unable to fight for our better nature with conviction.

To my mind, Black Lamb is simply unique — a thing of joy and beauty, a peerless example of applied brilliance, a dazzling masterpiece.

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Zushakar The contemplation of Yugoslavia suggests other, and catastrophic, aspects of Empire. The first intended title was Gone with the Balkansand it was only towards the end of her work on the text that West decided to title it Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. Rebecca West Fifty years after it first appeared, the text got a new life and its influence and resonance were even more powerful than decades back at the time of its original publication. Search WorldCat Find ccrno in libraries near you.

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Start your review of Crno jagnje i sivi soko Write a review Shelves: travel , history , religion , serbia , montenegro , croatia , bosnia , yugoslavia , albania , favourites Writing a five-star review full of superlatives is always difficult: for people who havent read it yet, theres no way any book can live up to the kind of praise that someone who loves it wants to give out. And so I really need to marshal my thoughts here, because I genuinely believe that Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is one of the three or four greatest books published in the twentieth century, and I want to make sure I present my case as well as I can. This is going to be a long review, because I want to quote her in detail. But then there are other great works whose imperfections seem to be an intrinsic part of what makes them great, and Black Lamb is of that kind. I can understand how it was written, but the sheer depth of thinking involved staggers me. This is at best beside the point. On the sentence-by-sentence level, her writing is exceptional in its clarity and its striking imagery, by turns witty and beautiful.

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