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The horseman, Tim Pears

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The horseman
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The horseman
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Tim Pears
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eng
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"Somerset, 1911. The forces of war are building across Europe, but this pocket of England, where the rhythms of lives are dictated by the seasons and the land, remains untouched. Leo, a talented rider and son of the underkeeper to the head groundskeeper, grows up alongside the master's spirited daughter Charlotte"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ Quietly powerful and a masterpiece of subtle metaphor, Pears’ latest novel, first in a new series, takes readers back to 1911, just before the Great War, a time when the landed gentry both controlled and cared for a multitude of workers on huge estates and when children only occasionally moved outside the strictures of tradition and social caste. In Somerset, England, Leo Sercombe pushes those limits. His skill with horses and inquisitive fascination with nature (and Miss Charlotte) make him a curiosity, a boon, and a danger. After failing as a scholar, he hopes to work in the master’s stables, and after proving he can train a colt, his future looks bright. While very little action occurs in this leisurely tale of countryside and farm, a sense of unease creeps into the story as estate life darkens. The novel is told in short vignettes that at first seem disjointed, but the larger picture paints itself in the reader’s mind, bit by bit, until the final scene completes it. Gorgeous, evocative language and characters who feel drawn from the earth itself make this unforgettable gem similar to Molly Gloss’ The Hearts of Horses (2007) and to Wendell Berry’s homespun, reflective Port William novels. -- Baker, Jen (Reviewed 12/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 7, p34)
  • The lives of 12-year-old Leo Sercombe and his family in 1911 rural England revolve around agricultural labor on the estate of Lord Prideaux, and each season brings with it a lengthy list of necessary tasks. Though Leo is a keen observer of the natural world around him, his particular passion is for horses, and he longs for a career working with them. As he approaches manhood Leo takes a more active role in his community while negotiating the expectations of his family and forming a potentially dangerous friendship with the master's daughter. VERDICT The ninth novel by British author Pears (In the Place of Fallen Leaves; Landed) is a slow-paced and extremely detailed episodic look at a rural way of life about to disappear thanks to the relentless march of industrialization. Though this book is the first in a trilogy, the plot seems short on both conflict and suspense until its rather abrupt conclusion. However, readers who enjoy pastoral settings and who share the author's penchant for exploring the minutiae of life in the past may be delighted by this novel. --Mara Bandy (Reviewed 11/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 141, issue 18, p78)
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10551325
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1956-
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Pears, Tim
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6066.E1675
LC item number
H67 2017b
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
West Country trilogy
Series volume
1
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  • Country homes
  • Country life
  • Social classes
  • Somerset (England)
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
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The horseman, Tim Pears
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9781632866936
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 972734453
  • (OCoLC)972734453
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The horseman, Tim Pears
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9781632866936
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 972734453
  • (OCoLC)972734453

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