Elmet : SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
by Fiona Mozley
Editor: John Murray General Publishing Division
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Selected FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE IN 2017 A calm explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable “Economist skillfully built rural gothic fable”.Elmet is a wonderful success story ” TLS’ Pastoral idyllic, politically exposed, comfortable family saga and horror storytelling, it reads like a traditional children’s story that turns into a gangster movie: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godfather of Sunday TimesDaniel is headed northwardHe’s looking for someone.The simplicity of his life with Daddy, and Cathy, who turned the threat and fearThey lived outside the house Dad built for them in the woods with his bare hands.They lived and huntedCathy was more like their father: fierce and full of trembling anger.Daniel was more like their mother: sweet and gentle.Sometimes their father has disappeared, and he’s going to come back with a rage in his eyes.But when he was home, he was at peace.He told them that the little vine stock in Elmet was all they had to do.But that wasn’t true.The men, greedy and attentive, began to turn around like vulturesAll this time, the terrible violence in Daddy has grown upBrutal and magnificent in equal measure, Elmet is a fascinating portrait of a family living on the margins of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the worrisome that people are capable of when they are pushed to their limits.
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