A first novel of love, obsession and the destruction of a community, told with grace and artistry. It is 1936 in a remote dale in the old county of Westmorland. For centuries the rural community has remained the same - the Lightburn family have been immersed in the harsh hill-farming tradition. Then a man from the city of Manchester arrives, ...
A first novel of love, obsession and the destruction of a community, told with grace and artistry. It is 1936 in a remote dale in the old county of Westmorland. For centuries the rural community has remained the same - the Lightburn family have been immersed in the harsh hill-farming tradition. Then a man from the city of Manchester arrives, spokesman for a vast industrial project which will devastate both the landscape and the local community. Mardale will be flooded to create a new reservoir. In the coming year this corner of Lakeland will be evacuated and transformed. When Jack Liggett, the Waterworks' representative, begins a troubled affair with Janet Lightburn, things take a further turn for the worse. A woman of force and resolve, her natural orthodoxy deeply influences him. Finally, in tragic circumstances, a remarkable, desperate act on Janet's part attempts to restore the valley to its former state. Told in luminous prose with an intuitive sense for period and place, Haweswater remembers a rural England that has been disappearing for decades, and introduces a young storyteller of great imaginative and emotional power.
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Haweswater is that rare accomplishment of most first novels, a masterpiece. Sara Hall's detail of sights, smells, sounds of a rural England nonexistent today is a gift most readers seldom experience. Hall cleverly weaves the lives of Janet Lightburn, a young farm woman and Jack Liggett, an agent of industry and progress, into an tapestry of vibrant emotions on the passion spectrum from hate to love. The reader is caught in the time-old dilemma of cultural tradition versus progress as Janet's beloved valley and quaint farm village are threatened by the construction of a dam that will provide safe water for many. This story, written in exquisite prose and set during the uncertain era between WW I and WW II, is a most entertaining and enjoyable read.
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