Sacred Country

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 1, 1995 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Over the last decade Rose Tremain has shown herself to be one of England's most gifted and exhilarating young writers. The Swimming Pool Season was hailed by The Washington Post as a "seductive book... [Rose Tremain] has a marvelous wit, a generous - not cynical - humor. Her voice is rich, lush, elegant." The Sunday Times (London) says, "The Swimming Pool Season exhibits every literary talent Rose Tremain is very good, she can do anything she likes now." The Independent called Restoration a "most beautiful and original novel" and The New York Times proclaimed it "nothing less than superb." With her new book, Sacred Country, already a popular and critical success in her native land, Rose Tremain has written a novel of extraordinary feeling, humor, and vision that should win for her the larger American readership she so richly deserves. "On February 15th, 1952, at two o'clock in the afternoon, the nation fell silent for two minutes in honour of the dead King. It was the day of his burial." So we begin, in a snowy Suffolk field where the Ward family stands close together, offering their prayers for King George VI's passage to heaven. It is at this moment that Mary Ward, age six, realizes with perfect clarity and conviction that she is a boy, not a girl, and that it is her destiny to be a man. Over the next three decades we watch - amused, saddened, profoundly moved by Mary (who will become Martin) - as she pursues this elusive identity, first in rural England, then in the London of the sixties and, finally, in America. And if Sacred Country is the story of Mary/Martin, it is also the story of those around her, men and women whose only hope of salvation also lies in some recognition of thatself-within-the-self: the soul. They include her mother, Estelle, who will periodically check into the local asylum... Mary's brother, who has his own particular vision... and a neighbor's son, who, enchanted by the music of Jimmie Rodgers and other country singers, will make a
 

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User Review  - bodachliath - LibraryThing

A poignant tale following a group of characters as they attempt to break free of the constraints and expectations of an English rural backwater, by turns poignant, funny and beautifully observed. The central story of Mary/Martin, a boy growing up in a girl's body, is particularly moving. Read full review

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User Review  - maryreinert - LibraryThing

Normally books about people trying to "find themselves" do not appeal to me. I'm a reader of historical fiction - thus I discovered Rose Tremain through Music & Silence (Excellent) and Restoration ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE 1952
3
CHAPTER TWO 1954
20
CHAPTER THREE 1955
33
CHAPTER FOUR 1957
46
CHAPTER FIVE 1958
69
CHAPTER SIX 1961
93
CHAPTER SEVEN 1962
107
CHAPTER EIGHT 1963
121
CHAPTER TWELVE 1968
194
CHAPTER THIRTEEN 1970
209
CHAPTER FOURTEEN 1971
224
CHAPTER FIFTEEN 1972
238
CHAPTER SIXTEEN 1973
263
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN 1974
286
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN 1975
298
CHAPTER NINETEEN 1976
305

CHAPTER NINE 1964
135
CHAPTER TEN 1966
155
CHAPTER ELEVEN 1967
174
CHAPTER TWENTY 1980
315
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About the author (1995)

Rose Tremain is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Restoration, which received the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award in 1989, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was made into an Academy Award(R)-winning film in 1995. Sacred Country won both the James Tait Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger in France. Ms. Tremain lives in London and Norwich, England.

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