The Western Wind

The Western Wind

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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An extraordinary new novel by Samantha Harvey—whose books have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), and the Guardian First Book Award—The Western Wind is a riveting story of faith, guilt, and the freedom of confession. It's 1491. In the small village of Oakham, its wealthiest and most industrious resident, Tom Newman, is swept away by the river during the early hours of Shrove Saturday. Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? Narrated from the perspective of local priest John Reve—patient shepherd to his wayward flock—a shadowy portrait of the community comes to light through its residents' tortured revelations. As some of their darkest secrets are revealed, the intrigue of the unexplained death ripples through the congregation. But will Reve, a man with secrets of his own, discover what happened to Newman? And what will happen if he can't? Written with timeless eloquence, steeped in the spiritual traditions of the Middle Ages, and brimming with propulsive suspense, The Western Wind finds Samantha Harvey at the pinnacle of her outstanding novelistic power.
Publisher: 2018.
ISBN: 9780802146533
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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CAnder14
Feb 25, 2019

I'd seen Jerry Carter's face among the many, blank as a stone, and I hadn't known until then that, far from the absence of feeling, blankness could be the overwhelment of feeling.

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CAnder14
Feb 25, 2019

"Sometimes we have to sit with our sorrow, not run from it."

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CAnder14
Feb 25, 2019

Time had dealt its curse--since all things are a matter of time.

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CAnder14
Feb 24, 2019

Love in the face of death is a torment.

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CAnder14
Feb 24, 2019

"Why did God give us one another?" I said. "Why did he make us love and need one another? Why do animals huddle together in the field, when the field is big enough for them yo stand alone?". " Life is lonely enough, Father, that's why."

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CAnder14
Feb 20, 2019

I've laid the most terrible of burdens at God's feet because I can't see him; why else would one so great keep himself invisible?

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CAnder14
Feb 19, 2019

My heart beat, and beat again, and I thought: one day it will beat and not beat again.

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CAnder14
Feb 19, 2019

Who is it that invariably takes life? Death of course. Death itself is the murderer, and birth its accomplice. Men die because they're born to die. By drowning, by disease, by mishap, by all God's assassins. What was either of us going to do to change that?

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CAnder14
Feb 19, 2019

"You should only be afraid of all that is not God"

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uncommonreader
Jun 26, 2019

This medieval mystery is an interesting and somewhat demanding read narrated, somewhat unreliably by the village priest. It is told backwards in time with chapters a mirror image.

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Kdenomy
Apr 29, 2019

Fascinating! The tension mounts as time’s arrow moves backward...making the reader rethink what has gone before even as it follows. Weird. On top of which the steady accumulation of historical insight and facts adds empathy and depth. Highly recommended.

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lemov
Apr 05, 2019

This novel is fascinating read that requires a reader tolerant of a plot that is unusually laid out and has a somewhat open (but understandable) resolution. The writing is remarkable, the setting is one that is rarely encountered, and the psychological portraits are subtle and intriguing. Approach this work with a willingness to encounter the unusual and you will be well-rewarded.

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schaufler
Jan 29, 2019

Very disappointing read. No real ending. I felt, I wasted my time.

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cylewis
Jan 13, 2019

I would like this book in paper format.

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tom290mac
Dec 08, 2018

I requested that this book be ordered. I wanted a book not an e-book. Why would it be ordered as an e-book ?

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