Set in the early 19th century, this novel tells of the effects on a small kelping village when two ships caught in violent storms are forced to discharge their very different cargoes onto their beaches.
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‘Our foremost cartographer of fictional topographies’ Will Self, Independent on Sunday Books of the Year
‘Masterly . . . imbued with the tang and power of the sea’ Independent
‘Fresh, vibrant, and unpredictable to the end’ Herald
‘One of the brightest lights in contemporary fiction’ New York Times
November 1836, and Aylmer Smith is making the voyage from his London home to coastal Wherrytown to deliver bad news. Once there he becomes embroiled with the American crew of the Belle, torn from their ship by a fierce storm and left stranded to wreak havoc in the village. A Dickensian cast of characters and Jim Crace’s characteristically poetic prose make for an extraordinary novel: a historical yet timeless exploration of clashing cultures, communication and technology, which sees Crace at his illuminating and expansive best.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140276106