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Harvest - Jim Crace

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Published: 1st March 2013
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As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. A trio of outsiders – two men and a dangerously magnetic woman – arrives on the woodland borders and puts up a make-shift camp. That same night, the local manor house is set on fire.

Over the course of seven days, Walter Thirsk sees his hamlet unmade: the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, the new arrivals cruelly punished, and his neighbours held captive on suspicion of witchcraft. But something even darker is at the heart of his story, and he will be the only man left to tell it...

Told in Jim Crace's hypnotic prose, Harvest evokes the tragedy of land pillaged and communities scattered, as England's fields are irrevocably enclosed. Timeless yet singular, mythical yet deeply personal, this beautiful novel of one man and his unnamed village speaks for a way of life lost for ever.

About the Author

Jim Crace is the prize-winning author of ten previous books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award). He lives in Birmingham.

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4.0

Evocative and engaging.

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Informative

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers

    Comments about Harvest:

    Very evocative of a time and place, and the breakdown of a community and their way of life.

    Comment on this review

    "Crace's signature measured delivery and deliberate focus create unforgettably poetic passages that quiver with beauty. An electrifying return to form."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review"Rarely does language so plainspoken and elemental tell a story so richly open to interpretation on so many different levels....With economy and grace, the award-winning Crace gives his work a simplicity and symmetry that belie the disturbances beneath the consciousness of its narrator....Crace continues to occupy a singular place in contemporary literature."--"Kirkus Reviews", starred review

    ISBN: 9781447211945
    ISBN-10: 1447211944
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 1st March 2013
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.1  x 2.2
    Weight (kg): 0.37