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By Jim Crace

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On the morning after harvest, the population of a distant English village awaken having a look ahead to a richly deserved day of leisure and feasting at their landowner's desk. however the sky is marred through two conspicuous columns of smoke, exchanging enjoyable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.

One smoke column is the results of an in a single day hearth that has broken the master's outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded fringe of the village, sent up by means of novices to announce their presence. within the minds of the cautious villagers a trifling twist of fate of occasions seems to be not likely, with violent war of words looming because the unavoidable consequence. in the meantime, one other newcomer has lately been noticed taking cautious notes and making drawings of the land. it truly is his presence greater than the other that might threaten the village's complete approach of life.

In easy and delicate prose, Jim Crace information the unraveling of a pastoral idyll in the wake of financial development. His story is undying and unsettling, framed through a superbly evoked world that may linger on your reminiscence lengthy once you end analyzing.

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