I wasn't sure what to expect from Stephen Lawhead's "Hood". It's my first book of his, and at first, I was put off by his wordy, ornate writing style, his tendency to get fixated on describing certain scenes or states of mind in great depth. As the story has progressed, the rhythm and pace has began to feel like home, amidst the primitive, rural Welsh people the story is set. As a retelling of Robin Hood, I was expecting (and often finding) a Eurocentric world view, complete with crippling gender roles, colonizing mindsets, and the romanticizing of violence. As the story is unfolding, however, I'm finding it's earthy, primal spirituality a surprising catalyst to some of the other themes, and find myself wondering if Lawhead will be able to rise above glorifying violence and power by turning the story in a subversive way. He's already introduced a powerful women who provides deep counterbalance to gender roles in the story. We'll see where this story goes.
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