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Secker & Warburg, 1992 - English fiction - 381 pages
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Starting from a bedrock of folk tale, myth, and oral tradition, Adam Thorpe builds his narrative out of diaries, sermons, drunken pub conversations, letters, and film scripts - each of them evoking the style and substance of its particular era, and all threaded through with recurrent motifs and images. The result is a dense, richly allusive portrait of the village as palimpsest, with its stories written onto place and into time. Highly inventive, darkly erotic, by turns hilarious and deeply moving, Adam Thorpe's novel, a best seller in England, is a brilliant performance which offers the reader a creative role as one more participant in the ongoing drama that is Ulverton.

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Three centuries of a fictional English village told in the voices of 7 residents over the ages. OK, but failed to grab me. Read in Samoa July 2002 Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Multifaceted and many-voiced: a complex debut that's a saga of an English village viewed over more than three centuries, and conveyed as a series of distinct but interrelated episodes involving ... Read full review

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