Harvest: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 12, 2013 - Fiction - 224 pages
34 Reviews
SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year

On the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner's table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.

One smoke column is the result of an overnight fire that has damaged the master's outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village's entire way of life.

In effortless and tender prose, Jim Crace details the unraveling of a pastoral idyll in the wake of economic progress. His tale is timeless and unsettling, framed by a beautifully evoked world that will linger in your memory long after you finish reading.
 

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User Review  - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing

Harvest by Jim Crace - very good This was shortlisted for the Man Booker 2013, so when I saw the BX Bookring, I just had to sign up for it. The story is set in an unnamed English village at an ... Read full review

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User Review  - MarkPSadler - LibraryThing

The immediate challenge in a Crace novel is to ascertain if he is writing apocalyptical a la Cormac McCarthy or indeed in his own The Pesthouse, or is this offering a period piece. I chose to label ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

JIM CRACE is the author of ten previous novels. Being Dead was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Fiction Prize and won the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Jim Crace has also received the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Birmingham, England.

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