Altered Land

by Jules Hardy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0743429044 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingNu-Kneeswing of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on 6/17/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingNu-Kneeswing from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, June 17, 2017
This is one of several books I brought home from the fundraising shelves within Grewelthorpe Village Hall last night while enjoying an evening of English Country Dancing. It looks like an interesting addition to my depleting piles of books To Be Read, although it's not an author I'm familiar with.

Amazon Editorial Review: "'I missed the turning over Battersea Bridge. I didn't know it would make a difference ...that the manner of living seconds and minutes mattered' Joan is a single mother - beautiful, talented and desired. John is her adored son, her 'Merboy'. Growing up in the West Country, his life is lived outdoors, playing in the creek by their cottage in Devon, swimming, hunting for shells, collecting bits of old boats. On his thirteenth birthday, Joan treats him to a trip to London to buy his first pair of Levi's jeans. Unused to city driving, she takes a wrong turn. The repercussions of that moment's hesitation are devastating...Their story recounts the life-altering effects of that one moment. It is a story about a mother's heartbreaking love for her son and the different ways people survive damage. With sensitivity and compassion, Jules Hardy's lyrical prose explores the strengths and flaws of this unique relationship between a mother and her son, and vividly describes the altered worlds in which they must live. It is a wonderfully assured debut from an extraordinary new British talent."

Journal Entry 2 by wingNu-Kneeswing at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 25, 2018
Narrated alternately by a mother and son, Joan and John, in the present, 1999-2000, when she's 65 and he's 40, married for 20 years to Sonja, and the past, mostly the 1970s.
The major event that drastically changed both their lives occurred on John's 13th birthday.
A powerful tale with a haunting quality that I think will stick in my mind and haunt me for quite a while . . . .
That it's largely set in Bristol and other places I know well is a bonus!
Recommended!

Journal Entry 3 by wingNu-Kneeswing at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 08, 2018

Released 10 mos ago (2/8/2018 UTC) at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 4 by Blower at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 17, 2018
From my friend and neighbour Nu-Knees.

I received this a little over a week ago just as I was looking at my pile of To be Read books. This looked interesting so I started and finished in about a week. It must be a first in my Bookcrossing history!
The story is narrated by John and his mother Joan -

"John is thirteen, in London to buy his first pair of Levis with his adoring and beautiful mother when an IRA bomb takes away his hearing and her good looks. How they both grow and survive despite their horrendous injuries is told in doubled time, the present, and a series of flash-backs and journal entries, in what is essentially a story of physical and psychological damage that lasts well beyond the placing of a block of semtex in a car park". (from an Amazon reviewer)

I liked her use of language. There were a few times that I wanted it to move more quickly but still a very expressive book.

Journal Entry 5 by Blower at Scriven WI in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 12, 2018

Released 9 mos ago (3/12/2018 UTC) at Scriven WI in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom

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