The man who spoke snakish is the story of leemet a boy in medieval estonia who is confronted with colonization and a changing world leemet grows up in the forest where he learns to speak snakish a language that enables him to talk to animals in the forest. The man who spoke snakish is a great novel one of those important books that speaks to your soul in its own language and which marks a milestone on your personal reading history and in the development of your opinions . Praise for the man who spoke snakish one of entertainment weeklys top picks in new paperbacks this fantastical bildungsroman has the feel of a classic its a yarn in every sense of the word a bit tin drum a little where the wild things are and with a cast of talking snakes bears lice and primates more than a little watership down . The man who spoke snakish is an allegory about fading eras and vanishing worlds and laced with a good dose of black humor to boot jrgen rooste estonian cultural critic fable like timeless . At its heart though the man who spoke snakish is the story of leemet a young man coming of age as the last of his kind the novel follows him growing up making friends with an adder named ints learning about his heritage from his uncle coming to terms with a deranged but powerful local sage who demands livestock sacrifices of his family
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