By Sarah Hall
It really is 1936 in a distant dale within the outdated, northern county of Westmorland. for hundreds of years the agricultural group has remained a similar and the Lightburn relatives were immersed within the harsh hill-farming culture - unchanged through the appearance of modernity. Then a guy from the town of Manchester arrives, spokesman for an unlimited commercial undertaking with a purpose to devastate either the panorama and the area people. Mardale might be flooded to create a brand new reservoir, offering water to the Midland towns. within the coming 12 months this nook of Lakeland can be evacuated and transformed.
Jack Liggett, the Waterworks' consultant, additional compounds the issues confronted through the village as he starts off a stricken affair with Janet Lightburn. a girl of strength and self-discipline, her average orthodoxy deeply impacts him. ultimately, in tragic conditions, a awesome, determined act on Janet's half makes an attempt to revive the valley to its former state.
Told in luminous prose with an intuitive feel for interval and position, Haweswater recalls a rural England that has been disappearing for many years. it's a novel approximately love, obsession and the destruction of a neighborhood, informed with grace and artistry by means of a tender storyteller of serious ingenious and emotional energy.
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You must lend me these, Basil,’ he cried. ‘I want to learn them. ’ ‘Oh, I am tired of sitting, and I don’t want a life-sized portrait of myself,’ answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner. When he caught sight of Lord Henry, a faint blush coloured his cheeks for a moment, and he started up. ’ ‘This is Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian, an old Oxford friend of mine. ’ ‘You have not spoiled my pleasure in meeting you, Mr. Gray,’ said Lord Henry, stepping forward and extending his hand.
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Basil, this is extraordinary! ’ Hallward got up from the seat, and walked up and down the garden. After some time he came back. ‘Harry,’ he said, ‘Dorian Gray is to me simply a motive in art. You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. He is a suggestion, as I have said, of a new manner. I ﬁnd him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. ’ asked Lord Henry. ‘Because, without intending it, I have put into it some expression of all this curious artistic idolatry,* of which, of course, I have never cared to speak to him.
Haweswater by Sarah Hall