[Read] ➬ Ulverton Author Adam Thorpe – Writerscompany.co.uk

Ulverton Stylistically stunning and very clever I cannot believe this didn t getprizes when it came out A kind of Akenfield rural documentary meets Cloud Atlas shifting eras, narrators and connections meets polemic Firstly, it s brilliant pastiche conveying the language, the reimagined dialect and the medium of the different eras For doing this so well even read amid today s glut of historical pastiche , it deserves applause It also brings the pleasure of a good mystery Reading along Stylistically stunning and very clever I cannot believe this didn t getprizes when it came out A kind of Akenfield rural documentary meets Cloud Atlas shifting eras, narrators and connections meets polemic Firstly, it s brilliant pastiche conveying the language, the reimagined dialect and the medium of the different eras For doing this so well even read amid today s glut of historical pastiche , it deserves applause It also brings the pleasure of a good mystery Reading along, you pick up connections You spot a name or a place that was the site of something you d read about a century ago You chance upon the what happened next for events and lives from earlier entries and it all ties up ingeniously There s also a very satisfying supernatural, ghoulish thread running through the novel, especially in earlier,correspondingly superstitious ages In fact, I loved the way the storytelling gets progressivelyrational and ironic mirroring the evolution of knowledge , bringing us a diligent but dim 18th century scientist farmer and his member and an entertainingly ghastly Victorian lady photographer cum anthropologist Some chapters are great comedy set pieces One is borderline incomprehensible but to a purpose It s documentary too, because it s also obviously about the evolution of a place though history, and how it marked significant moments in British history How it passes on names and legends Polemic Well, if not a debunking, I d like to think it s an attempt to stick it to the English rustic fantasy and its forgotten casualties That Ye Olde Cottage It was a freezing hovel and people died of typhoid or starved in it That ancient white horse It was put there by some pompous arse Victorian That s at least how I read the final movement As the new couple say, It s very important to have that country life But as Adam Thorpe suggests, the last country life retreated decades ago and what remains generally can t afford to live there So get off my land now, you mommet At The Heart Of This Novel Lies The Fictional Village Of Ulverton It Is The Fixed Point In A Book That Spans Three Hundred Years Different Voices Tell The Story Of Ulverton One Of Cromwell S Soldiers Staggers Home To Find His Wife Remarried And Promptly Disappears, An Eighteenth Century Farmer Carries On An Affair With A Maid Under His Wife S Nose, A Mother Writes Letters To Her Imprisoned Son, A S Real Estate Company Discover A Soldier S Skeleton, Dated To The Time Of CromwellTold Through Diaries, Sermons, Letters, Drunken Pub Conversations And Film Scripts, This Is A Masterful Novel That Reconstructs The Unrecorded History Of England When this is good it s very good, when it s bad it s unreadable, literally if you re reading it on a kindle as the last chapter is in tiny, tiny print and I couldn t adjust it Also some chapters are written in very heavy dialect and frankly I just skipped those chapters with a feeling that life is too short, what a waste of money, should have borrowed it from the library, oh well, Marion, persevere and all that.you get the drift or rather you don t, mostly, all those leads.and on it goes When this is good it s very good, when it s bad it s unreadable, literally if you re reading it on a kindle as the last chapter is in tiny, tiny print and I couldn t adjust it Also some chapters are written in very heavy dialect and frankly I just skipped those chapters with a feeling that life is too short, what a waste of money, should have borrowed it from the library, oh well, Marion, persevere and all that.you get the drift or rather you don t, mostly, all those leads.and on it goes like this, a parody, a spot of self indulgence, oh come, Mr Thorpe, Adam, really, I mean, really An experiment, perhaps, happens as maybe Loved some of it, very clever, wonderful, but also very put downable So, what s next.despair, despair, despair I love, love, love this book The village of Ulverton is visited across centuries as the reader hears the stories of various of its inhabitants At first these stories seem random, but asis learnedis understood, and they all weave in together to form a whole the history and meaning of the village through its heterogeneous people.There is something of Alan Garner s writing about it, it has a similar obsession with place his is Alderley Edge , and as far as I am concerned that can on I love, love, love this book The village of Ulverton is visited across centuries as the reader hears the stories of various of its inhabitants At first these stories seem random, but asis learnedis understood, and they all weave in together to form a whole the history and meaning of the village through its heterogeneous people.There is something of Alan Garner s writing about it, it has a similar obsession with place his is Alderley Edge , and as far as I am concerned that can only be a good thing I liked the idea of this book a collection of stories all based in the same English village hamlet starting around the 13th century and moving chronologically to around the present day The form of the stories and gender of the narrators varied, which made it interesting and challenging However, I just couldn t get to grips with the stories written in dialect, and have to own up to skipping them Loved the concept of each chapter following on from earlier periods in the life of an English village Some of the chapters are great But others are nearly unreadable Seemsan academic writing exercise than a great novel Life s too short Did not make it past page 160 The story could not hold my attention This only happens to me once every few years, but so many books, so little time.. Ok so the good things about this novel I love the sense of the change of time over the centuries in one small village like the changing of the seasons I love how as you go through the centuries the language in the book changes with each new decade though I found the last part of the book incredibly irritating and just plain batty also I couldn t actually read the last bit because it was script and I was reading it on kindle it felt like a waste as I had no idea what the ending was like becau Ok so the good things about this novel I love the sense of the change of time over the centuries in one small village like the changing of the seasons I love how as you go through the centuries the language in the book changes with each new decade though I found the last part of the book incredibly irritating and just plain batty also I couldn t actually read the last bit because it was script and I was reading it on kindle it felt like a waste as I had no idea what the ending was like because it was too small I also found certain ye olde English extremely trying and just annoying as hell So by the end I just wanted to finish it not caring if I actually read the last few pages So ok but not great 2.5 really Although some of the individual passages were well written, I really didn t enjoy this at all The sections with local dialect were just too challenging to read for very little return to the reader I like the premise of the book, with the same place featuring through time from 17oo s until the present day, but found it focusedon the people rather than the place and it didn t engage me or give me a sense of the place through time It s difficult when the sections are so dispara 2.5 really Although some of the individual passages were well written, I really didn t enjoy this at all The sections with local dialect were just too challenging to read for very little return to the reader I like the premise of the book, with the same place featuring through time from 17oo s until the present day, but found it focusedon the people rather than the place and it didn t engage me or give me a sense of the place through time It s difficult when the sections are so disparate and rather obscure My favourite section was near the end, set at the start of WW1 I thought this was very well written The very last part is impossible to read on the Kindle version but I tried my best All in all an unsatisfying read This is the first book that I remember not finishing.Honestly, I ve not read such self aggrandising, pretentious twattery in my life and I had to do a literary fiction module full of angsty white middle aged authors projecting onto their characters at uni


About the Author: Adam Thorpe

Adam Thorpe is a British poet, novelist, and playwright whose works also include short stories and radio dramas.Adam Thorpe was born in Paris and grew up in India, Cameroon, and England Graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1979, he founded a touring theatre company, then settled in London to teach drama and English literature.His first collection of poetry, Mornings in the Baltic 1988 , was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award His first novel, Ulverton 1992 , an episodic work covering 350 years of English rural history, won great critical acclaim worldwide, including that of novelist John Fowles, who reviewed it in The Guardian, calling it the most interesting first novel I have read these last years The novel was awarded the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for 1992.Adam Thorpe lives in France with his wife and three children Wikipedia


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