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But sentences like 'Bird, animal and fish made a chasing arrow-head ...
on 14 February 2016
This is a hard book to star. I do find it pedestrian, a slog at times though it certainly has its moments. One of those is Tarka playing with the moon (p 19). But sentences like 'Bird, animal and fish made a chasing arrow-head whose tip was the glinting pollack; conger the flexible shaft, otter and shag the barbs.' (p 69) make very little sense to me.. Much finer is 'When the sun, like an immense dandelion, looked over the light-smitten height of
Cosdon Beacon,'... (p 98).
I do feel with Williamson who had to rewrite the book no less than 17 times and understandably after four years of rewriting was pretty tired of it! Strange is the fact that the writer who supposedly knew the area as the back of his hand, seems to have confused the headwaters of the Torridge with those of the Okement (a tributary). The latter certainly rises near the Taw, the Torridge miles away!
I do not feel much sympathy for otters though I find it highly unlikely that a bitch and her two cubs would slay twelve rabbits (p 48)! But down-right hatred I feel for so-called sportsmen (what a silly word!). Murderers would be more fitting.