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I was given this book by someone who is not at all into anything Fantasy or anything with a touch of Fantasy She didn t like the story at all and decided to give the book away I told her I would be happy to release her of this burden hey, a free book is always nice, and there s 50% chance I ll like it , although originally I never thought of even buying the book That s a classic situation when you have a TBR pile that refuses to decrease in size.But now, about 1.5 years later, I finally managed to read this tale, at least the Dutch version of it And I really liked it The text read like a fairy tale, like some children s book, but that was probably due to the writing style or was it the translation But that was not an issue, at all.It s about a kid, Leemet, who lives with his mother and sister Salme in the woods He leads a normal life, has his few friends, and can talk to the animals snakes, goats, horses, He and his family live off the woods and have no shortage in food, clothing skins , But he also has some nasty neighbours, who don t speak the snakish language of the snakes any There are also bears in the woods, but these bears are after the women and girls Sort of like Winnie The Pooh is after honey, so are the bears after the girls.Then there s the village, outside of the woods There a new civilisation has erupted and religion Christian, as there s mention of God, Jesus, the pope in Rome, castrated monks chanting, dominating the land and people, who live by these new rules They don t live off the woods, but off the land, as they plough the fields and what not Basic food bread and porridge.Of course, it doesn t take long or the two people get in touch with each other, with each having his own point of view on life, gods, etc.I do and don t want to get too much into detail The story is about a part of the history of Estonia, in which the Christian influence little by little clashed with the old ways of living and believing It s about a certain people maintaining their way of living, despite civilisation being modernised and the converted people, those who left the woods to seek new endeavours, become farmers and totally engulfed in this new way of living, of believing They glorify God and everything that happens They twist the facts as they see fit when something good happens, it s because Jesus made it possible If something bad happened, it s the fault of the people in the woods, who are savages in their eyes blinded by religion.Leemet is one of the last of his kind who speaks Snakish, taught by his uncle Leemet was born in the village, but his mother couldn t get used to the new life, so she decided, back then, to move back into the woods Leemet also learns about the Primeval Frog rough translation, I couldn t find it in the English description of the book , who was said to have protected the forest people by killing the iron warriors who are said to speak German But this frog has been dormant for the past decades, which means that it s up to Leemet and others to stand up against the invasion and occupation.So, a lot happens and there s much love, friendship, betrayal, etc involved Friendships are easily broken, as you change sides from forest to village The influence of modernity wipes away all earlier influences and knowledge, as it no longer serves any purpose, at least not under the new circumstances But not all that is ancient is to be disposed of Not all that was in use in the past, is to be dismissed and regarded as obsolete Here, it s very much a black or white story.With these clashes, physically and mentally, comes a lot of bloodshed and torture, as both cultures defend their beliefs and views on life But Leemet is also fighting an internal battle between staying in the forest or moving to the village and adapt to a new life, as the old one is coming to an end anyway As he sees how the villagers have become obedient workers, even under the influence of religion than the faeries, spirits, wild dogs, and of what the druid kept professing which shows there are similarities between both cultures and how, after some time, this affects his family and friends in the forest, he decides to fight for the forest and not succumb to modernity.Leemet is a proud boy, or man, who does suffer a lot, on multiple levels He manages to stand up time and again, until at some point, something s got to give and it no longer is necessary to keep on fighting At some point, he does find this Primeval Frog, the protector of yore, and is content to spend his last days in its presence This story is actually quite sad, but Kivir hk managed to write it in a very accessible and inspirational way, that you root for the forest and its inhabitants Even if that kind of living also had its downsides, of course Perfection does not exist you can learn and improve, where necessary, to a certain extent Kivir hk also shows that the bond, the connection with nature was stronger back then, than it is now, in our industrial civilisation, where we see nature in many cases as a nuisance, a way to make a lot of money, but not as something we need to live a healthy and harmonious life.In short heavily recommended, eye opener, and food for thought, especially in this modern, digital age. This is one of the most unique read bizarre books I ve ever read There s no plot to speak of, although the last third is quite action packed I was never bored, despite the lack of direction in the story, and I always wanted to keep reading But did I enjoy it I m not sure I am glad I read it, though. [Read Kindle] ☱ Mees, kes teadis ussisõnu ☼ A Bestseller In The Author S Native Country Of Estonia, Where The Book Is So Well Known That A Popular Board Game Has Been Created Based On It, The Man Who Spoke Snakish Is The Imaginative And Moving Story Of A Boy Who Is Tasked With Preserving Ancient Traditions In The Face Of ModernitySet In A Fantastical Version Of Medieval Estonia, The Man Who Spoke Snakish Follows A Young Boy, Leemet, Who Lives With His Hunter Gatherer Family In The Forest And Is The Last Speaker Of The Ancient Tongue Of Snakish, A Language That Allows Its Speakers To Command All Animals But The Forest Is Gradually Emptying As And People Leave To Settle In Villages, Where They Break Their Backs Tilling The Land To Grow Wheat For Their Bread Which Leemet Has Been Told Tastes Horrible And Where They Pray To A God Very Different From The Spirits Worshipped In The Forest S Sacred Grove With Lothario Bears Who Wordlessly Seduce Women, A Giant Louse With A Penchant For Swimming, A Legendary Flying Frog, And A Young Charismatic Viper Named Ints, The Man Who Spoke Snakish Is A Totally Inventive Novel For Readers Of David Mitchell, Sj N, And Terry Pratchett There are books which you start reading not knowing what to expect The first pages promise to take you on a delightful journey and you get geared up for the rest of it happily You are having fun but in the middle of it, the story slips away from you You are no longer enjoying it but you hope against hope that the old charm would return But it never does This was such a book.I really wanted to love this book The author showed such creativity in building a beautiful, if ruthless, world This is the world in which humans rule the forest, and are friends with snakes while all other animals are beholden to them basically they could enslave any animal just by hissing a few words of Snakish at them In this world cuddly growly bears love women and women love them in return There is a crazy old sage and a fanatic couple who would do anything to appease the tree spirits There are primates who don t want to move out of their caves Then there are the villagers who have discovered agriculture and Christianity The stage is set Leemet is a young boy who lives in the forest with his mother and sister, Salme He learns Snakish from his uncle and makes friends with a king adder, Ints, who later becomes his best friend Along with them roams P rtel The story meanders around, following the different inhabitants of the forest along their lives The forest dwellers dislike the villagers, who have forgotten their noble roots The villagers appear to believe that those living in the forest are spawns of Satan a strong reference to the invasion of Christianity brought by German invaders to Estonia in the 1200s This part is enchanting and charming But from the moment Leemet sets out to help Hiie, the book goes downhill There is random violence which serves no purpose at all The last third of the book doesn t even have a story any longer I was bored but kept hoping things would pick up again It just got worse and worse The end was expected What was not expected was sexism For an author with such creativity as Kivir hk appears to be, he was unable to make any of the female characters count Unless you are talking about female snakes He could have risen above patriarchal notions and made the world female oriented As such, the women in this book do absolutely nothing and only serve to feed, nag, or have sex as their main functions Except when they are playing damsel in distress Really That went out a couple of centuries ago Kivir hk s late to the party Leemet s mother was the most annoying She cried in every single scene and I just wanted to slap her every time.It was disappointing that even in this lovely, fantastical, made up world, the author had to bring in his prejudices, making males head of families and women subjugated to them It also didn t escape me that despite Leemet s grandfather being a learned man, he did not bother teaching his daughter Snakish beyond a few everyday words but his son was imparted the whole deal And Vootele again chose Leemet and not Salme to teach Snakish Also, men make war and their women must wait for them like good little wives and mothersWomen have to wait when a man s on a crusade Now I truly understood Grandfather s words in a time of war, a woman must waitWomen don t appear to matter for the author I was pretty annoyed with this whole concept and would really like to read this book re written by a female author What did amuse me greatly was the foolishness of the peasants who had turned to Christianity The book made satirical fun of following religion blindly, especially when outsiders tell you what to believe The book does discuss interesting and important themes of social progress, colonisation, and how smart it is to blindly embrace everything modernity brings and discarding everything that is old The villagers progress appears to be a farce, but the primates fare no better, receding back into a past that no longer exists Leemet s quest to save his way of life too proves redundant and unnecessary The good things have been destroyed already, both by encroaching modernity and by the people who want to hold back progress at any cost.A thought provoking and charming book in many ways, but fails to understand that women live in this world too and need to be included. 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 His family has no need for hunting, as they are able to beckon deer to them for slaughter using Snakish This lifestyle has been fading away for generations, as the forest dwellers stop learning Snakish and instead move to the village where they eat bread which is almost a forbidden fruit among forest dwellers , grow their own food, and convert to Christianity There are a lot of fantastical elements woven in a giant frog who could ward off colonizers, bears that seduce women, and louse that has been bred to the size of a goat by the Primates, two forest dwellers who live in the trees, refuse to wear clothing, and have remnants of a tail I loved the first half of this book It explores a lot of themes of what it means to be human, how to adapt to a changing culture while remaining true to yourself, and the role of religion and spirituality in society About halfway though, I thought the book started to fall apart There were strange plot twists, I found Leemet increasingly unlikable, and there was a lot of violence At the time I was reading this, I was also telling stories with my four year old nephew, and somehow the book felt at times like it was being told in part by a four year old The story would be going along, exploring some interesting themes, and then all the sudden it is the four year old s turn and the story veers way off course At first, you laugh, adapt to the new direction the story is taking, and move on The thought out adult version continues, then the four year old jumps in againit becomes harder and harder to get used to the senseless plot twists and sudden lack of meaning Not that I don t appreciate the insertion of some of the imagination and creativity of youth, or understand that these elements create their own type of meaningthe story just somehow started to feel incredibly ridiculous towards the end Apparently this book is really popular in Estonia, and I ve read several reviews stating that this is a clunky translation and a lot has been lost So maybe that is part of my problem with the book I really did appreciate the themes explored at the beginning of the book Leemet struggles because he knows he will be the last man living in the forest and speaking Snakish When he looks at the lifestyle of the village he is frequently disgusted Why should he spend all day working in the fields to grow food and raise domestic animals, when there is plenty of food for taking in the forest Why is a spinning wheel necessary when you can use animal furs for clothing At the same time he realizes that if he doesn t adopt this lifestyle, he will likely live and die alone in the forest The book kind of stops exploring this theme, but I found it interesting When confronted with societal change one finds distasteful, is it best to live a lifestyle you truly believe in alone in the forest, or to adapt to change, start eating bread, and move to the village What is missing for non Estonian readers of this book is knowledge about references to Estonian cultural phenomena While this book can be taken at face value, knowing that it has deeper roots makes it even intriguing However, Googling will only take a person so far, and so this book raises a lot of questions, my favorite being, What will become of you if you don t learn to talk German and serve Jesus While reading this book, I continuously wanted to know what I was missing Where does Estonian mythology end and the author s imagination begin Is there some deeper commentary that I can only guess at And, finally, how do you pronounce Hiie This book is bizarre and frequently funny It is also, due to its imagery, unforgettable Who can forget a pet louse the size of a goat, and a little girl showing the creature the drawing of itself in a cave The mother who roasts goats and deer and piles meat in front of her children to eat The lovesick bear who ogles the village girls Women beating themselves with oak branches in the treetops under the full moon The idea of milking a wolf The book s biggest drawback is the sometimes rough translation In some ways, the awkwardness completely fits in with the overall peculiar nature of this book However, some passages seems to be too literally translated There also seems to be the to use the wrong shade of meaning or less appropriate synonyms for a particular word For example, the subtle differences between scream and yell are lost, and I suspect in at least one place greasy was used instead of a accurate synonym for fat In other passages, redundancies are not edited out Therefore, I did wonder if Frog of the North was a deliberate choice of words or if dragon or other word would have fit better after all, the Frog is not a frog, but a flying snake It should be noted that this is not a kids book What begins as a mild fairy tale gets darker and violent as Leemet battles with himself and the world over the loss of Snakish and the ways of the people of the forest However, this reasonable character keeps the reader grounded in this wackadoodle world he points out the idiocy of working to eat flavorless mush and the fantastical beliefs of the villagers that he connects to those of the forest people, who must behave outlandishly to appease imaginary sprites. The Man Who Spoke Snakish is a book by an Estonian author Andrus Kivirahk and it was translated into English only in 2015 This has been an unexpectedly difficult read for me because this book turned out to be very sad, melancholic and cruel as well.If this book sounds interesting to you, you probably ought to know that bears are lusting after women in this one and women sleep with them because they re fluffy, there are lots of unwarranted cruelty and insanity, mixing obvious sexual attraction with love and side characters with little personality Sorry if it s a rant but I don t feel like I ve learned anything about Salme s or Leemet s mother s personality and Hiie remained a mystery.I did not connect with the main character, Leemet, from the first ten pages I found his voice when he was reflecting on his past scornful which definitely diminished my enjoyment of the story I felt that the whole story was meant to show us the fanaticism and foolishness of people that give up everything they were to follow the crowd and be fashionable.I think I would feel better about the message had this book not made such an effort to show every character from the village as a one dimensional stubborn fool Also, Leemet and those surrounding him are not much better themselves, their thoughts quite primitive and one sided I felt like this story was quite gory and cruel but it missed out on the compassion that is necessary to make it really live Leemet was using the word love a couple of times when describing his relationship with certain characters and I felt like the word was very strongly misused and I did not feel any strong connection on our main character s part to anyone else which definitely made me like him even less I mean, Leemet is pretty much doing whatever he wants without giving anyone around him a second thought and to me, it sucked that I had to read about this guy.While things do happen in the book, I really do want to stress that NOTHING IS HAPPENING There s no action, there s no urgency, there s only life, and often than not it is plain and uneventful Peppered with Leemet s reminiscent attitude it was driving me crazy In the end of the book there was only one character that made me feel something and that was the adder Ints So it figures that with everything that happened in the end of the book, I just thought it was too much I feel that even if I agree with the basic sentiment that Leemet has for the disappearance of his old world of Snakish none of the characters in that decaying world are actually captivating enough for me to care about This book is basically about a dead way of life, its slow decaying and disappearance all because of the foolishness of people and I did not like it I think that the topic could be breached with grace and bring enjoyment to the reader. I can say with absolute confidence that this is the best Estonian fantasy book I ve ever read.This book is about a boy named Leemet living in the Estonian forest, where he and all the other Estonian forest dwellers speak the language of snakes Snakes, being the wisest animals of the forest, are able to control all the other animals except insects, who don t have enough of a brain to understand Snakish So the people of Estonia don t have to hunt they can just command a deer come over here in Snakish, and the deer will come over, lie meekly down, and allow the human to kill it And the people of Estonia are great friends of the forest adders, as well as being friendly with many of the intelligent animals who can actually speak Snakish as well such as bears.But things are changing Christianity has come to Estonia, and and people are moving out of the forest and into villages, getting baptized, and forgetting Snakish After all, why eat venison with minimal effort when you can slave away in the fields all day instead As the German knights and monks are quick to tell them, they are primitive people living in the backwoods, and snakes are servants of Satan.There are two bits of history that really inform this book One is the notion, which has a fair bit of support, that hunter gatherer societies actually enjoyed leisure time and a higher standard of living than early agricultural ones The other is that Estonia was the last area of Europe to be Christianized, sometime in the 13th century hence the Teutonic Knights and the Northern Crusade.This is not a cheerful book Leemet s world is ending, and his world is a magical one that will be lost forever when the last human forgets Snakish His people are in constant conflict with the knights and the monks come to civilize and Christianize, and increasingly with their own people as the Estonians who moved to the village become devout and believe firmly that Leemet and those like him are evil It should be noted that this book compresses a good deal of history into a few years It works well enough This is a fairy story in many ways, with the snakes being analogous to fairies It s different, it s inventive, it s often surprisingly funny I particularly liked one Estonian monk who kept talking about how all the young people like Jesus like he was a pop singer , and it s deeply, deeply sad.Strongly recommended. This is one of only two paper books I bought in 2015 I d been looking forward to it for months it sounded almost perfect East European folkloric fantasy Not just East European, Baltic, which interests me even because that s partly Nordic as well And Estonian Diego Marani s The Last of the Vostyachs illustrated pretty well why some of us boring old Indo Europeans find the idea of Finno Ugric languages and their localities fascinating And the book s about pagans trying to survive the Livonian Crusades Baltic native paganism is so tantalisingly close by in history compared to that of most of Europe, and obscure compared to Norse I ve always wanted to know about it, but there s still very little material in English What I d really love would be translation of the Baltic equivalent of Ronald Hutton if they are lucky enough to have one But a whole novel about ityes please Quite a lot of expectations to put upon one adult fairytale I wanted a book that was all about creating the atmosphere of its time, with detail that felt right even if it occasionally took artistic licence I wanted the Baltic Pagan The Wake or Laurus or even Miruna But whilst this doesn t shy away from the unpleasantness of life in the past, it s an obvious allegory, with a lot of modern ideas attributed to our narrator Leemet, who, for all that I m sympathetic to him, would have to be described as an archetypal noble savage Categories are the easiest way to explain what the book is up to Leemeht his relatives Good Pagans Preservers of old ways which actually work and make sense Especially Snakish, which allows communication with animals Often horrified by cruelty to animals, e.g by people who kill them slowly rather than quickly Snakish is concomitant with the anthropological idea that all magic was originally hunting magic These people are in tune with nature as Westerners like to conceptualise tribal communities, but that doesn t mean there isn t some dominion over the animals that the modern vegetarian or vegan might be uncomfortable, albeit this takes place in what appears to be a harmonious way Have a fair bit in common with New Age idealisations of Native Americans, except these old Estonians are calmly sure that there are no gods or sprites, never suffer from superstitious apophenia, and are aware of evolution Estonia is one of the least religious European countries no surprise that a modern representation of their origins is irreligious too Some of the forest dwellers don t react well to the arable farmers foods this might be accurate but also sounds like principles of Palaeo Diet which I only know about vaguely Oh, and analysis or no, I like them if I didn t have a streak of that idealisation myself, I would never have read this lgas others Bad Pagans, who typify what Christians say about pagans lgas is yr typical bloodthirsty sacrifice obsessed cartoon bad druid The belief this lot have in sprites, fairies, forest spirits etc is considered to be a debased modern form of paganism by Leemeht s family the bad pagans are frequently anxious about desecration and try to foment same in others to get them to participate in rituals Primates a couple who are the last survivors of another hominid species, hairy almost all over, with tail stumps, who live in a cave in a patch of forest containing living fossil plants Because there s always something older, something that came before They know an older form of Snakish which can be used with some invertebrates, not just mammals like Leemet s Snakish, and their cave contains paintings done by hundreds of generations of ancestors, including images of extinct animals I d have liked it if Kivir hk had ever alluded to an Ice Age wondered at times if he d forgotten it happened They retreat further into their evolutionary past as the forest population grows smaller but remain Leemet s allies Villagers gullible people who are sheep like about Christianity and revere foreign knights and customs almost as much as Jesus, and beat themselves up for being unworthy Have forgotten almost everything about their former lives in the forest as if they d been zapped by the Men in Black the moment they built a house in the clearing But still believe in forest sprites and feel a need to propitiate them although they consider them allied to the devil With my fragments of information having heard that Estonian Christianity was less Christian than that of many European countries, and that the devil is of a figure of fun than fear, I am not sure what to make of this Is that description of a laid back Christianity actually about the nineteenth than the thirteenth century And was that when people started using traditional, pagan personal names again and weren t forced to use Biblical ones Leemet draws parallels between what the villagers say about God, and lgas form of paganism, and the way both religions manipulate people Like modern archaeological studies of hunter gatherers and early farmers, he understands that the villagers are shorter because of poorer diet, also mentioning that their shoulders are broader from ploughing, and that it would be disadvantageous during harvesting to be tall Villagers have to work much harder, and for worse food than the forest people, and lack Leemet s sense and insight about this Village boys strength is frequently praised by their peers, c.f the tradition of strongman and strength sports in Estonia Magdaleena hipster analogue who thinks some of the old culture is cool, but only when it fits her pre existing ideas, and who through her enthusiasm for what she considers important from the new culture, and her endeavours to be a well connected trend setter, ends up even gullible than the villagers view spoiler Although she s the most eligible girl in the village, both she and her brown nosing father consider her being used for sex by a knight to be almost like becoming the mother of Jesus hide spoiler Andr s Kivirahk, an Estonian writer, wrote an enchanting jewel of a story The only thing that might have made it better Would to have included illustrations The Man Who Spoke Snakish , definitely has an adult fairy tale feeling to it Dark light Funny Sadeternal love of nature and purpose Leemet, the main protagonist, is a simple boy Who was born in the villagebut can t remember it His mother moved he and his older sister back to the forest after his dad died Lots of drama around the fathers death I won t give the details away , but Lemet s mother wanted nothing to do with the modern living of the village the place where the majority of forest people have conjugated to Leemet was less than a year old when he moved to the forest Uncle Vootele brother of Leemet s mother , was still living in the forest When their family returned He took them inhelped build them a hut, gave them wolves so that they had a supply of fresh milk anytime they wanted Vootele also taught Leemet s the Snakish language The adders and bears were brothers to the forest people They were respectful friends We watch Leemet grow We meet his friends We follow where his curiosity leads himIncluding when he goes back to investigate life in the village We watch Leemet become confident with forest living In time after painful tongue practice , he masters the Snakish Language and sounds too We can see though, that a part of Leemet is interested in the mysterious world of the village life He wants to taste bread for example..which is only eaten in modern village life The reader will be curious also between The value of village and forest living for a young child to grow up grow old keep reading, I m not giving any clues away lol, However, Leemet s mother continues to do the best job she can to re focus Leemet back to where the live THEY are FOREST PEOPLE So she might entice him with delicious owl s egg s.., knowing they were his favorite As Leemet We watch him trust his own thinking Leemet wants to find out all he can about the mystical, giant frog of the north and sets out on a journey You ll meet the mysterious character Meemeand Leemet s close friend Paetel Here is a fun conversation a taster Between Leemet and Meeme This conversation is when Leemet is still very young and impressionable Leemet But there s a key I asked So they say , answered Meeme, in his former drunken tone again But there s no sense in looking for it The key will come into the right person s hand s when the time is right How do you know that I asked That s what my blind grandmother told me, replied Meeme, starting to laugh and cough again She also said that you can walk along a rainbow to the moon, and that if you can eat a handful of earth, you can change into a cuckoo My blind half wit of a grandmother told me all sorts of things Go and figure out whether they re true or not Anyway, I haven t eaten soil, because I don t want to become a cuckoo As humans We grow Things decay..,and if we are lucky We grow quite content and peacefully It s not much different for the Forrest Snakish speaking people either.I highly recommend this hissing heartwarming un ordinary book Thank you Grove Atlantic Netgalley and Andrus Kivirahk for the opportunity to read this story