Addlands : A Novel
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Yayıncı Granta Books ( 06 / 2016 ) ISBN 9781783781645 | Ciltli | İngilizce | 304 Sayfa | Türler Roman Öykü
Addlands (i.e., headlands): the border of plough land which is ploughed last of all. W. H. Howse, Radnorshire. Addlands is the story of two generations of the Hamer family working the Funnon Farm. From the ancient blue silence in the hills to the encroaching roar of modernity, Addlands tells of human and animal, flora and fauna, and it speaks of the land and lets the land speak for itself. There is Idris, stubborn, strong, a man of the plough and the prayer-sheet, haunted by the war. Then comes Oliver, a near mythic giant bestriding the landscape, a fighter, a man of the hills as hard as the prehistoric stone. Then there is Etty, Oliver's mother, the centre of this close constellation, watching new technologies and old ways converge on the farm and on the life of her son. Addlands is instantly a classic of rural British fiction. It is as vast and complex as a symphony but as pure and moving as a solo voice in an empty church. Addlands is a map of the efforts and customs that bind a community together, but also threaten to drive it apart. It shows hidden power lines of superstition, tradition and belief, strung above a humming cross-stitch of family secrets and woven into the cables, wires, tracks and roads of an agricultural community. As much a book about birdsong as it is about closing time brawls, Addlands' beauty is in the clear truth of its language and the sheer humane depth of its inquiries. It is a miraculous book which unfurls at the speed of life and bathes its reader in a rare golden light.