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Sarah Hall (1) (1974–)

Autor(a) de The Electric Michelangelo

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Obras por Sarah Hall

The Electric Michelangelo (2004) 856 exemplares
The Carhullan Army (2007) 689 exemplares
The Wolf Border (2015) 375 exemplares
How to Paint a Dead Man (2009) 358 exemplares
Haweswater (2002) 268 exemplares
Burntcoat (2021) 217 exemplares
Madame Zero: 9 Stories (2017) 158 exemplares
Sudden Traveller (2019) 108 exemplares
Sex and Death: Stories (2016) — Editor — 44 exemplares
Mrs Fox (2013) 37 exemplares
The Strangers' Will 4 exemplares

Associated Works

The Last Man (1826) — Introdução, algumas edições1,667 exemplares
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Contribuidor — 298 exemplares
Granta 117: Horror (2011) — Contribuidor — 174 exemplares
Hackenfeller's Ape (1953) — Introdução, algumas edições101 exemplares
Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science (2011) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Reverse Engineering (2022) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares


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Great idea for a story, Mom suggested this one
RaynaPolsky | 34 outras críticas | Apr 23, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book and found it well-written. The characters are alternately sympathetic and detestable. It is a fine addition to the lexicon of feminist dystopias.

If you're just wanting a taste of this kind of dystopia, I would point you to Octavia Butler's "Parable of the Sower" and "Parable of the Talents". If you really want to sink your teeth in the subject, you should probably read this one at some point, because it does provide some unique food for thought on the matter.
Ivia | 47 outras críticas | Feb 29, 2024 |
Brilliant debut novel by a writer who is becoming one of my favourites. Mind you, it is not an easy, fast read. Rather it is slow going, savouring the mesmerizing rhythm of Sarah Hall’s sculpted sentences.

From the opening scene of a man, Samuel, who salvages some hay from his abandoned, almost submerged farm in Cumbria, and sings with many hearts, one knows this novel is gonna be thick with layers of sorrow and love. It also makes one wonder which hearts have accompanied the life of this man and his sheep dog. At the end of the novel there is a count down in tragic deaths, that achieve closure for Jack, Janet and her younger brother. All of them are swallowed by the valley that was sealed with a dam, submerging the village of Mardale. But all three of them belong in that valley, taken in by the earth and water. The story of Haweswater is about longing and belonging.

The story is set in the 1930s, around the establishment of Haweswater reservoir providing water for Manchester and the submergence of Mardale, a small village of tenant sheep farmers. The submergence of the village erases a way of life and prematurely ends a harmonious interaction between a harsh landscape and the people who live off it.

Janet is the hard-working, smart daughter of Samuel and Ella Lightburn, who were thrown together by the Great war, when she was a nurse, and he was brought in wounded. Their other child, Isaac is a bit of an oddball – he loves submerging himself in icy cold water, a fish in the body of a human. Sam grows immensely fond of his daughter, who seems stronger than himself and stands her ground like a man. All is well until Jack Leggett arrives, a city man employed by Manchester City Water, extolling a vision of progress that will erase the tenancies and livelihoods of a traditional village for the sake of the greater good. All has been arranged for with the landlord of the valley by the engineers. A dam is to be built, the land lord has agreed to the compensation, what is left is for the tenant farmers to resign to the works and find tenancies elsewhere. Janet is the only one who wants to fight back. And it is she who arranges for an extension of tenancy with the MCW company, while the dam rises and slowly fills. However, Jack is not so bad as he seems. He comes to stay in the village, has his own sentimental attachment to the place (as a young boy he used to take the train and hike through the hills and mountains of the Lake district, to escape a dreary life at home). He is sincerely committed to the fate of these villagers. And opposites attract. Janet starts an affair with this much older man, not in the open, but nocturnally, meeting for animalistic, raw sex out on the hills. Jack is consumed by his love for her, wants to commit wholeheartedly to it, but Janet does not want it to be known. He abides until the village fair in November (a wrestling contest, games), when he openly walks off with her. Now Janet is in cahoots with her stern, pious mom, and the village at large: how could she? Sleeping with the enemy? And Jack is confronted with a cheeky challenge he set a poacher at a brawl in the pub. He wants a golden eagle. By the time the poacher delivers, Jack has grown in love with the place, and is eaten by remorse for this unnecessary death of an eagle. At night he goes out to deliver the corpse at its high nest, and falls… to his death. Janet is pregnant, and can no longer bear life. She mutilates herself, is cared for by her mom. And ultimately, she cannot love the child. She goes out one night to blow herself and the dam left by Jack to smithereens. Some years later, Isaac has become a diver and is given a job at Haweswater dam, to check on a blockage at a submerged intake. He drowns, peacefully, finally at home. All three deaths signify a longing for the place, a circle completed, a re-unification with the land and elements. These tragic deaths reflect a way of life, an attachment that has become unhinged by the progress of modernity.
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alexbolding | 10 outras críticas | Feb 7, 2024 |



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