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Harvest

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By (author) Jim Crace

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 243 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 25mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307278972
  • ISBN 13: 9780307278975
  • Sales rank: 40,111

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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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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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Longlisted for the Man Booker prize! "Jim Crace is the most generous of writers. A fabulist, an open heart, an imagination in full flight. There is something of a harvest in every book: the promise, the violence, the fall, the regain. And "Harvest" is one of his best novels ever. He is, quite simply, one of the great writers of our time." "--"Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of "Let the Great World Spin" "Glorious ... "Harvest" calls to mind J. M. Coetzee's finest and most allegorical novel, "Waiting for the Barbarians" ... Crace writes with a particular, haunting empathy for the displaced ... His plots may be epic, but his sentences carry a sensual charge ... In his compassionate curiosity and his instincts for insurgent uncertainty, Crace surely ranks among our greatest novelists of radical upheaval, a perfect fit for our unstable, unforgiving age." "--The New York Times Book Review ""The most seductive and enthralling of Crace's novels." "--New Statesman" "["Harvest"] is intellectually and morally engaging while also being exciting to read ... Mr. Crace's imagery brilliantly suggests the loamy, lyric glories of rustic English language and life ... [he] devotes his considerable talents to telling an affecting tale of a bound world and its simple people as they head toward a tragic and inexorable breakdown." "--Wall Street Journal " "Surreptitiously thought-provoking ... "Harvest" attains a haunting and almost subversive quality." "--Boston Globe ""Ravishingly rich in evocations of country life ... Crace's prose is so sensual you can't help but believe it describes an actual material place. But this village is like the forests of the Brothers Grimm, a setting meant to be both familiar and strange. If you think Crace is only talking about the shift from the medieval to the modern world, you'd be very, very wrong." "--Salon " "In language beautiful and painstakingly precise, Jim Crace circumscribes the