Warrior Scarlet

Warrior Scarlet

Book - 1958
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In Bronze Age Britain, Drem must overcome the disability of a crippled arm in order to pass his tribe's test of manhood and become a warrior.
Publisher: London : Oxford University Press, c1958.
Characteristics: 207 pages :,illustrations

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Liber_vermis
Jan 31, 2012

Drem enters training with other youth to become a warrior in his late Bronze Age tribe in southeastern England. With a withered right arm, his chance of success looks poor. With the help of another disabled hunter and the assistance of his wolf-dog, Drem faces, and several times fails, to meet the challenge of coming-of-age. A memorable story told with vivid local colour, grim realism, action, and great empathy. Why hasn't this book been made into an animated movie, at least, for the big screen?

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Drem had successfully killed a wolf to earn the right to wear the Warrior Scarlet kilt as a Young Warrior in his Clan. After the initiation ceremony, Drem finds himself:

"... like someone waking from a sleep that has been uneasy and full of crowding dreams, he opened his eyes and knew by the angle of the sword of sunlight striking through the smoke hole in the crown of the roof, that it was evening; knew also that he was lying on piled fern, under deerskin rugs in his own sleeping stall ... he was sharply and shiningly aware of the delicate, fork-tongued flicker of the fire on the hearth, and the golden dust dancing in the beam of sunlight, and the little rhythmic sounds that meant somebody weaving ...". [p. 207-8]

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