Alice Oswald recorded conversations with people who live and work on the River Dart in Devon. Using these records and voices as a sort of poetic census, she creates a narrative of the river, tracking its life from source to sea. The voices are wonderfully varied and idiomatic - they include a poacher, a ferryman, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and canoeists - and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices - drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal notes which act as markers along the way.
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Review: DartUser Review - Kathy - Goodreads
Oswald has a unique command of language, and creates these beautiful interchangeable voices which the Dart absorbs. Like the river itself, this is a piece based on movement and sound, and is a wonderful example of detachment from writing. Love everything about this. Love, love, love. Read full review
Review: DartUser Review - Dominique - Goodreads
Supposed to be reading this for uni but it's so pointless it's like dragging myself back over a bed of nails so screw it. Read full review