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New Regions for the Reader
on 27 August 2012
(Catherine Cookson, The Cinder Path)
Farmers' life in Northumberland was complete terra incognita for me - and it developed to be very interesting. The fate of two or three families in the decades before and during World War I - with one of the most moving battle-descriptions I ever read - contains half a dozen extremely different characters, who all engage our sympathy though they react of course very differently to the events. The central hero does not seem to be born to manage a farm, but rather to become a professor of literature, - but after coming out of the horrors of the war almost unwounded (having lost quite a number of friends) he decides to go back home and continue what his fore-fathers began. Of course he meets some girls, marries the wrong one, but at last finds what changes his fate to more hopeful prospects.
C.Cookson can write very thrilling dialogues, the background of the farms in Northumberland is well illustrated and the tension between some of the characters keeps the reader's interest up to the end.