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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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Headstrong lad meets girls on hard times who are hated by wicked aunt. It's all there. What is missing is more of the history of the times and it isn't the sort of historical fiction that took much research, if any - but I still recommend this to you.
On the other hand, I've read three books in a row that are a mystery they got past acquisitions or got an agent to sell them - and it must be said, I was simply relieved to find a good solid book, well-crafted.
Not five stars because it is the first person again and if a writer can't engage with that - well, who can; and so many of us are fed up with it.
Worth every penny....
Then later upon much reflection: Stupid silly little man. What did I know?
I was a little unsure of reading a novel written with a male voice by a female author but the character of Jon is gentle, thoughtful and totally believable.The characters and costumes are so real you can almost touch them and attention to detail perfect.
However, I have only rated it 4 stars because I felt the tale lost impact as secrets were unleashed- for example the incident of Jon almost being drowned in one of his own cider barrels was more amusing than terrifying.
Overall though I suppose my disappointment, without giving too much away, was that the tale does not have the ending I hoped for. I felt myself waiting for some final revelation about the parentage of both Jon and Tamar that would mean an acceptable future for them together- and it was not to be.
The book is very well written and the characters well defined although I found it hard to truly connect with any of them. The climax of the story seemed to arrive very quickly and I was wondering what would happen in the other half of the book but I am pleased to say that the author managed to keep things going until the very end.
The characters of Jonathan and his father were well portrayed and the first person narrative helped Jon's character along; however, I felt the others weren't so well developed but that added an air of mystery to them.
The cider metaphor juxtapositioned with the plot worked beautifully and I thought it was very clever.
I did realy love this book and couldn't put it down and I will certainly be buying her last novel; McCann is a great writer, in my opinion.