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On the morning after harvest, the population of a distant English village wake up awaiting a well-merited day of leisure and feasting at their landowner's desk. however the sky is marred through conspicuous columns of smoke, changing pleasing 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 newbies to announce their presence. within the minds of the cautious villagers a trifling twist of fate of occasions seems to be not going, with violent war of words looming because the unavoidable final 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 may threaten the village's complete manner of life.

In easy and soft prose, Jim Crace info the unraveling of a pastoral idyll within the wake of financial development. His story is undying and unsettling, framed by way of a fantastically evoked international that would linger on your reminiscence lengthy when you end reading.

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