Harvest by Jim Crace

By Jim Crace

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On the morning after harvest, the population of a distant English village wake up anticipating a well-deserved day of leisure and feasting at their landowner's desk. however the sky is marred by way of conspicuous columns of smoke, changing pleasant 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 one column rises from the wooded fringe of the village, despatched up by way of beginners to announce their presence. within the minds of the cautious villagers a trifling accident of occasions seems to be not likely, with violent disagreement looming because the unavoidable end result. 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 would threaten the village's whole manner of life.

In easy and smooth prose, Jim Crace information the unraveling of a pastoral idyll within the wake of financial growth. His story is undying and unsettling, framed by way of a fantastically evoked international that may linger on your reminiscence lengthy once you end reading.

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