Harvest by Jim Crace
A Novel

80%

8 Critic Reviews

...Mr. Crace's imagery brilliantly suggests the loamy, lyric glories of rustic English language and life.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year

On the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner's table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.

One smoke column is the result of an overnight fire that has damaged the master's outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village's entire way of life.

In effortless and tender prose, Jim Crace details the unraveling of a pastoral idyll in the wake of economic progress. His tale is timeless and unsettling, framed by a beautifully evoked world that will linger in your memory long after you finish reading.
 

About Jim Crace

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JIM CRACE is the author of ten previous novels. Being Dead was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Fiction Prize and won the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Jim Crace has also received the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Birmingham, England.











Author Residence: Birmingham, England











Author Hometown: Hertfordshire, England
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Harvest
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Rob Nixon on Feb 08 2013

In his compassionate curiosity and his instincts for insurgent uncertainty, Crace surely ranks among our greatest novelists of radical upheaval, a perfect fit for our unstable, unforgiving age.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Sophia Martelli on Nov 24 2013

In ruminative prose reminiscent of another, prelapsarian era, Crace sets up a powerful allegory for our times – the bounty of the modern world being subsumed by the data-driven realities of the information age. It takes time to appreciate the chilling resolution: that in our new commercially driven world, it's every man for himself.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Nicholas Clee on Feb 24 2013

This is a novel with plenty of incident but little drama, creating its considerable power, instead, through Walter's mesmerising narrative.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Justine Jordan on Feb 14 2013

Harvest can be read in mythical, even biblical terms, but the physical and emotional displacement of individuals and communities at its heart remains as politically resonant today as it was at the time.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Randy Boyagoda on Feb 08 2013

...Mr. Crace's imagery brilliantly suggests the loamy, lyric glories of rustic English language and life.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Kathleen Hennrikus on Feb 08 2013

In setting this novel with very few specifics as to time or place...the story is unencumbered with historical politics or religious issues.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Kathleen Byrne on Feb 15 2013

If you like your stories with an epic flavour, and don’t mind archetypes for characters, Harvest is for you.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Deborah Dundas on Feb 21 2013

It’s a simple thing to get lost in British author Jim Crace’s stark, evocative prose. Lulling us with the poetic cadence of a story set in a rural landscape sometime in the past, he recreates an ancient Britain that’s surprisingly recognizable.

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