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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099555441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099555445
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Of all the contemporary novelists who are compared to Dickens, Susan Hill probably has the best claim....Hill has produced another perfectly controlled work of fiction... What is striking about the best of Hill's fiction...is her almost Bachian ability to plumb the depths of emotion and bring the reader back out again" (Amanda Craig Prospect)

"Hill impresses without seeking to astonish, and so is one of those rare writers whose work is brilliant in the single, secondary sense- not glittering, but distinguished- her prose as pleasing and surprising, say, as a perfectly round stone, or home-cooked haute cuisine" (Ian Sansom Guardian)

"Hill's writing here is superb, conveying emotion and pain in the sparest of prose...a comforting keenly moving tale of endurance and the eternal springs of friendship and love" (Philip Womack Literary Review)

"It has a power beyond its pages; a haunting resonance between each stark sentence that stayed with me long after I'd turned the final page.The delicate balance between kindness and bitterness, hope and despair, a dying man and a dying town, are almost unbearably poignant. This is a short book that will live long in the memory" (Rebecca Armstrong Independent on Sunday)

"Concisely captures primal emotions and offers astonishing transformations... Movingly perceptive" (David Grylls Sunday Times)

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Susan Hill proves once again that she is one of our very best storytellers in this transfixing parable of greed, goodness and an extraordinary miracle.

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This latest book by Susan Hill is, in my humble opinion, one of her very best, a miniature masterpiece. This is the story of a working-class couple, Tommy and Eve Carr, who live a quiet, modest life somewhere in the north of the England in the early 1930s, a couple who have to face the tragic death of their young daughter and the incomprehensible consequences of Tommy's own devastating illness. Written in a beautifully economic style, their poignant story veers from joy, to grief, to dread and finally acceptance. It's a tale that can be seen as a parable about how we should use our gifts, or perhaps as a metaphor for the random nature of fortune and misfortune. However you choose to interpret it, it's a hauntingly affecting tale, one of those that lingers on in the mind long after you've finished reading it.
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How wonderful to actually be Susan Hill. In the school of modern women writers she is the Headmistress. For her now, nothing is impossible. `A Kind Man' is a sibling to The Beacon and The Small Hand themselves older sisters to The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story. There is something unique about books of this size, something highly satisfactory.

In this tidy volume, the work of an afternoon's reading, Susan Hill has morphed into Thomas Hardy. A dark parable indeed with a measured pace, spotted with pathos, maintaining a low level of simmering, deep-seated grief, soul wrenching dread, and moral backbone. Short, sharp, simple sentences ; such as "Nothing would be said", of which Susan Hill is the sovereign, carry their dark foreboding, infused with longing yet submissive acceptance of a hard life to be endured.

Set, I think, just after the Great War and before the National Health Service, in an industrial town and at its rural edge; `A Kind Man' we come to understand, is a straight-forward chap called Tommy Carr, who works in one of the factories maintaining the equipment. His wife Eve makes their home in a small terrace of modest cottages in far sight of the smoking chimneys but out of their shadow. She keeps hens and rabbits for the pot while maintaining the garden and good relationships with her neighbours. Tommy and Eve silently mourn their lost daughter in their own separate ways alongside each others sadness.
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Susan Hill is on marvellous form at the moment - alongside her excellent Simon Serailler detective novels and her superb ghost stories (most recently "The Small Hand") she is producing some of the best short novels I have ever read - "The Beacon" last year, and now, this: "The Kind Man". Each of these small masterpieces creates a small world beautifully - and then uses it to challenge our preconceptions.
Tommy, the kind man of the title, is married to Eve and is an exemplary husband - and later father to their small daughter Jeannie. His kindness manifests in those small acts of consideration which create an atmosphere of safety and happiness. He and Eve have created a home of joy and love, which withstands even the tragic early loss of their daughter. When illness then falls on him he withstands it stoically, right up until death's door. And then something strange happens - Tommy is recalled to life by a miracle - a great blessing, one might have thought? But Susan Hill would never opt for an easy route - the apparent blessing brings challenges and difficulties in its wake, and ultimately presents Tommy with an impossible dilemma ...
Gripping, haunting, disturbing and yet soothing - a book to treasure.
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I was so pleased with this! After ploughing through one of her police sagas and finding it woefull I really thought I'd never buy another Susan Hill book, but I made an exception with this, and it was well worth it. A short novel, it's true, but so beautifully written it doesn't matter. The story is simple at first - Tommy is a kind, though quiet man, and lives happily with his wife in an unnamed village sometime before the war. But tragedy strikes when they lose their daughter. This does not shake their relationship, however. What follows is a nicely disguised fable, and I wouldn't want to give anything away. Suffice to say that if you loved Susan Hill's early work and went off when she moved to crime, be assured that this tackles similar issues with greater maturity and conciseness. Wonderful. Comes with two chapters from the rather downbeat Beacon.
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This was my first Susan Hill, (tried on the strong recommendation of a reviewer whose opinions I valued). But it will undoubtedly be my last as well. Throughout the first half of the book I could understand why so many people rated it so highly. Her writing style, plot development, and portrayal of her characters is both graceful and elegant.

But then, after setting the stage with a cast of realistic people that you find yourself beginning to relate to and care about - she suddenly flicks the plot down a nonsensical route that is utterly bizarre and unbelievable. You carry on for a while with this strange development until it seems that the author suddenly awakens to the fact that she doesn't know how to extricate her characters from this strange and improbable cul-de-sac ... so, equally implausibly, she decides to quickly revert back to how things were beforehand.

When I came to the end I just felt like I'd been conned. Authors have to write books to pay the bills, just like the rest of us. For Susan Hill, writing this particular novel must have been her equivalent of waking up on a cold, wet and windy Monday morning in February and knowing you have to get yourself dressed up and out the door in time for work. In the end, she's left us without a single worthwhile idea or thought-provoking viewpoint - she simply teases us with a casual glimpse of her very competent writing style. Perhaps I've got spoiled recently by reading two exceptional novels which had similar sounding themes : Rachel Joyce's "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry", and Gavin Extence's "The Universe Versus Alex Woods". But with these books you walk away feeling , for days afterward, that you've actually learned something helpful regarding this enigma of life that we all share.
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