SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZEA Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the YearOn the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner's table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.One smoke column is the resu...
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage; F First Edition edition (September 20, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
Amazon Rank: 342658
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Totally loved this book. Saw it on a "best books of the year" or some such list, and chanced it.The writing is excellent and gorgeously captured the scenery and atmosphere of a rural England that I like to think is still alive. It certainly was when ...
ernight fire that has damaged the master's outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village's entire way of life.In effortless and tender prose, Jim Crace details the unraveling of a pastoral idyll in the wake of economic progress. His tale is timeless and unsettling, framed by a beautifully evoked world that will linger in your memory long after you finish reading.