- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571251870
- ISBN-13: 978-0571251872
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wilding Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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'McCann has in buckets whatever mysterious quality keeps a reader wide-eyed well after he'd planned to turn out the light.' --Lionel Shriver
'A powerfully imagined, beautifully written and viscerally atmospheric story of superstition and family division.' --Sunday Times
'Intensely enjoyable.' --Guardian
The Wilding by Maria McCann is the passionate, thrilling and hugely satisfying quest for the dark truth at the heart of a seventeenth-century English family.See all Product Description
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Sadly, I finished the book with no more knowledge of the era than I had before, and that wasn't much. Such a shame really because the story had so much potential. Still a decent, easy read, though. Something for the beach, perhaps.
but if you've read As Meat loves Salt, and were as blown away as I was, this book is not a patch on that first one. Jonathan is so tame, the 'mystery' takes so long to unfold (and you can see what's coming), his family is so loving,etc etc. - I missed the ambiguity, the ethical morass, the power, and the unforseen/potentially fatal that she displays so well in AMLS. there, the ground shifts under your feet, and you are kept constantly off-balance, in your emotions and perceptions.
I was never really holding my breath for Jonathan - dear oh dear, another bad dream .....
The setting is wonderful. Rural England in 1672. The period, just a few decades after the Civil War, with the effects still being felt and the country still unsettled, comes wonderfully to life.As does the real countryside. Rustic, beautiful, but also tough and grubby. You really do feel that you can see, hear, feel, touch, taste ...
And the plot held great promise.Jonathan Dymond works as a cider-maker, travelling from orchard to orchard to make a living. A rather gauche young man. He was steady narrator and I believed in what I saw through his eyes and felt though his heart. Jonathan is a much loved only child. His family is secure, settled and respected in their community. And they are happy.
Matthew and Barbara Dymond are good people. A little ordinary maybe, but that works to good effect as the story develops. Their equilibrium is disturbed when Jonathan's Uncle Robin is taken ill and dies. And then Jonathan finds the remains of a letter from Robin to his father. A letter suggesting that Robin wanted to try to put right wrongs of the past, and that he needed help to do it. Jonathan is unsettled - and maybe just a little bit curious. And so, with the excuse of helping his widowed aunt with her apple harvest, he tries to find out more.
It does not take him long to uncover the truth that has been hidden away in the family, but as more and more secrets are uncovered, his family's security and happiness is threatened.
The hidden truth concerns Jonathan's Aunt Harriet and her estranged sister Joan. And maybe Joan's daughter Tamar. All intriguing characters, and I am sorry that Jonathan's narration didn't allow me to see more of their hearts and minds.
But it's all beautifully written.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this novel because it was about much more than a cider presser in 1600s England. It is about how our fate can be determined by our upbringing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BookRecycler
I read it over a two day period as I needed to know what happened, it throws you for a loop. The family tension is exceptionally well written.Published 10 months ago by Mkko
Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Very good portral of the main characters journey through the book .Published 11 months ago by Clare Boyd-Wallis
This is a very simple story that lacks detail for both the period and the characters. On top of that, the story is really boring and slow.Published 15 months ago by A2016