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On The Black Hill, Bruce Chatwin

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:03 pm    Post subject: On The Black Hill, Bruce Chatwin  Reply with quote

Never heard of the book or the author until I picked this up a couple of weeks ago. It was in a bundle left by MrsD's sister who sadly passed away last year. I'd been contemplating a list of things to read but thought knackers to lists just get something and read it. So glad I did as this book has proved to be a real gem that has kind of taken over my thought processes a little this last week.

Set in and amongst the Welsh-English border it takes the rural agricultural existence of its characters, their entwined  lives and layers them across much of the last century reflecting the earth and seasons around them. Events come and go with sadness, pathos, warmth, resigned comedy and a massive dose of stoicism, for that is the country way. Some petty some huge but all draw you into the seething normality of life in the farms. Not a drama or thriller or in any way sentimental yet filled me with more emotion and empathy than any cheesy Hollywood effort.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds great LD. Good review! I've seen his books in shops but never picked them up. Just googled him, looks like quite the 'windswept and interesting' type.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:24 pm    Post subject: Re: On The Black Hill, Bruce Chatwin Reply with quote

Late Doors wrote:
Set in and amongst the Welsh-English border it takes the rural agricultural existence of its characters, their entwined  lives and layers them across much of the last century reflecting the earth and seasons around them. Events come and go with sadness, pathos, warmth, resigned comedy and a massive dose of stoicism, for that is the country way. Some petty some huge but all draw you into the seething normality of life in the farms. Not a drama or thriller or in any way sentimental yet filled me with more emotion and empathy than any cheesy Hollywood effort.


Sounds akin to one of my favourites, "Cider with Rosie". How does it compare?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good Comparison. Similarities in setting culture and tempo but Cider with Rosie focuses on a coming of age youthful angle with maybe more emphasis on nostalgia. On Black Hill is bleaker and starker and takes a wider age span rather than a focus on the post war (first) period which I think Cider does but yep the two do bare comparison
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have some parts of On Patagonia been discredited? I'm sure I read that somewhere.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunno, never even heard of him before i read this book. Had a quick look on G and couldnt find anything to suggest it has. I still have flashbacks to Black Hill. Thats the sighn of a great read for me, when you find yourself thinking back to it months after
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Patagonia, sorry. Looked into it a bit, it seems some of the people in Argentina were critical of the way he'd reported some events. It is a great book, a travel memoir rather than a novel, which I believe Black Hill to be.

In fact, I'm going to go pick a copy up on the way to work. Not sure where mine is.

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