'Nowadays, I'm doing all the thinking I should have done when I was young, when I could have done things right. But all I got now is memories and regrets...' Smithy is a retired sheep shearer turned vineyard worker in his autumn years. It is hard graft, but Smithy has always worked with his hands. Physically all but destroyed after a lifetime of hard liquor, though sober now, he begins to see the world with new eyes, a meditative, singular figure in the town's bar on rowdy Friday nights. But clarity can be a curse. Finally confronting his past, overwhelmed by long-buried feelings of regret, nostalgia and loss, Smithy steps in to help a young woman in a desperate situation. A cautious friendship develops, but Charlotte's husband is by many suspected of murder, and Smithy begins to be afraid that he will pay a high price for his gallantry. Pierced with beauty, brutality and sadness, The Vintage and the Gleaning has its own authentic music. It is a remarkably accomplished novel, a memorable record of men, women and country.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The Vintage and the Gleaning is the tale of Smith, a retired sheep shearer in rural Australia and Charlotte Clayteon whose husband has been in prison for assault and even though he... Read morePublished 19 months ago by ED Farr
definitely a must read: addictive writing style, a bit hard sometimes to understand for non-English speaker, but worth giving a shotPublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Gobbo Nicola