On the Black Hill (Picador Books)

by Bruce Chatwin | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0330281240 Global Overview for this book
Registered by kittiwake on 9/12/2005
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by kittiwake on Monday, September 12, 2005
I have a vague idea that I may have read this before, but I can't see myself ever getting round to it again, so it's time to pass it on.

On the Black Hill is an elegantly written tale of identical twin brothers who grow up on a farm in rural Wales and never leave home. They till the rough soil and sleep in the same bed, touched only occasionally by the advances of the 20th century. In depicting the lives of Benjamin and Lewis and their interactions with their small local community Chatwin comments movingly on the larger questions of human experience.

Released 13 yrs ago (10/22/2005 UTC) at Hudson's, 122-124 Colmore Row in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom



To be released at Saturday's meet.

Journal Entry 3 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, October 22, 2005
I was presuaded to pick this up today at the meet up, by someone telling me I'd love it, the first sentence certainly intrigued me.

Journal Entry 4 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 01, 2006
A lovely - if rather sad book, the story of identical twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin on the hill farm on the English Welsh boarder where they live their whole lives. It's a touching story of a traditional welsh commuinity, farming and brotherly devotion - that often feels disabling. Loved it - thanks Isobel for bringing it to Hudsons so I could pick it up.

Journal Entry 5 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, February 11, 2006
Book ring starting soon

List (not final yet)

Arwen-Galadriel -(Canada) (Int.)
Thursday5 US (US)
squeakychu - US (US)
Guinneth - US (US)
Amyms88 - US (US)
moraelyn -US (US)-it's here
arugh48187 -US (US)
PRCS - Canada (US/Can)
Joanthro - US (Int.)
Olifant - Neth (Eur)
Katisha50 - UK (UK)
Sjr1969 - UK (UK)
xanthe-pup -UK (?)
Sadogs - UK -(Uk/Eur)
Tagesmann - UK (UK)

Back to me Heaven-Ali

Have delayed trip to post office will be sending out Feb 17th

Journal Entry 6 by Arwen-Galadriel from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Received in the mail and will read asap. Will journal more once I have finished. So far so good though.

Journal Entry 7 by Arwen-Galadriel from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Monday, March 13, 2006
Finished the book on the weekend and will send off to the next person as soon as I get an address. As for my thoughts...

I really enjoyed this book, even if it was rather sad. I found that I could relate to the need to experience more than what you currently are and the need/desire to get away to experience that big world of ours. I very much enjoyed the part where the brothers got to experience flying for the first time. I am definately glad that I got a chance to read and would definately encourage people to do the same.

Journal Entry 8 by Arwen-Galadriel from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Monday, March 20, 2006
sent book on Saturday to the next participant, happy travels little book!

Journal Entry 9 by Thursday5 from Columbus, Ohio USA on Thursday, March 30, 2006
Book arrived in the mail today-thanks Arwen-Galadriel. I look forward to reading it! I will read it as soon as I can. I'm a fast reader but another bookring book arrived today too so it might be a few weeks.

Journal Entry 10 by Thursday5 from Columbus, Ohio USA on Saturday, April 08, 2006
The author evokes a strong sense of place and paints an image of human lives that in their bleakness becomes epic. This is a book that will linger in the mind. Thank you Heaven-Ali for sharing this book. I will PM squeakychu for her address so I can send this on.

Journal Entry 11 by Thursday5 from Columbus, Ohio USA on Monday, April 10, 2006
Sent off to SqueakyChu today. I enclosed a bookmark featuring the postal stamps from another bookcrossing bookring package. I had to ask for stamps-otherwise they would have given me a white computer generated label for the postage.

Journal Entry 12 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, April 15, 2006
I just got the book in the mail today. Please bear with me as I try to finish the two books I'm reading now and one other bookring before I begin this book. I'll try to move forward as quickly as I can.

I enjoyed reading your post card, Ali. Thanks for sharing this book with all of us.

I got your bookmark, Thursday5. What a great idea! I'll be sure to use it. Thanks so much!

Journal Entry 13 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, May 15, 2006
I didn't even realize that I liked this book until I finished it. At one point, I wanted to give up reading it because it had too many characters who came and went--all with such short and choppy descriptions of each character's life. It wasn't until the very end of the book, when the last few chapters summed up the twins' lives in just the right way, did I realize what a beautiful book this indeed was.

Thanks for sharing it, Heaven-Ali. For sure, this is not a book I'd ever have read had you not recommended it so highly on the Bookring forum.

It's now in the mail to Guinneth in New Hampshire.

Those are periwinkles from my garden on the packing slip!

Journal Entry 14 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Friday, May 19, 2006
Received this today - thanks for sending it on, SqueakyChu! The periwinkles are lovely, and shall make a wonderful bookmark. Thanks for those, too. :)

I am between books as of last night, so I will start in on this right away.

Journal Entry 15 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Just a quick update: I am two thirds (or thereabout) of the way through and hope to finish this and get it sent off to Amyms88 before I leave on vacation this Saturday. If I don't meet that goal, I haven't decided whether I'll bring it with me to finish and mail from San Francisco or wait until I return. Either way, the book will be moving again within 2 weeks.

I'm really enjoying it thus far!

Journal Entry 16 by Guinneth from Manchester, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, May 25, 2006
This was a good book that very much evoked the time and place it was set in. I loved the fact that I felt immersed in rural Welsh life (something I knew nothing about before reading this, although my paternal grandmother's people were from Wales.) What I found sad about the story was not so much the brothers' insulated lives, but rather the passing of an era, expressed by the next generation selling off their mother's heirlooms. It made me think of the decline of all the old farms, and with them a way of life.

Thank you for sharing yet another good book, Heaven-Ali. I'm sure I would not have read this one without Bookcrossing.

Sending this on to Amyms88 tomorrow.
5/26/06: Delivery confirmation# 0305 2710 0000 7240 0261

Journal Entry 17 by AmyMS88 from Wolfe City, Texas USA on Thursday, June 01, 2006
Got this today. Thanks for including me! I'll read it and get it back out as soon as I can!

Journal Entry 18 by AmyMS88 from Wolfe City, Texas USA on Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I thought this story was touching and a little sad. I had a rough time of it at first but did get into it eventually and ended up liking it a lot. I always like stories that span a lifetime so you can see how the person changes and grows over the years.

thanks for letting me join this ring! I've PM'd moraelyn and will send it on as soon as I get the address.

Journal Entry 19 by AmyMS88 from Wolfe City, Texas USA on Friday, September 22, 2006
Sorry for the major delay; there are some things going on in life right now that I've been dealing with. This is going out to Moraelyn tomorrow.

Journal Entry 20 by moraelyn from Rialto, California USA on Saturday, November 04, 2006
Received this earlier this week, looks like it got lost in the mail for awhile, but it is safe! I have a couple other rings ahead of it, but I hope to get to it in short order.

Journal Entry 21 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, July 08, 2007
As I have heard nothing from this book in 8 months I can only assume it has come to a halt. Sorry to anyone expecting to recieve it - and thank you to everyone who has taken part so far and passed the book on.

Journal Entry 22 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The ring continues thanks to soffitta1 who bookmooched a copy and has registered it and sending it to Katisha50 to continue the ring.

On the Black Hill ring

Journal Entry 23 by lostbookisland on Monday, December 15, 2008
This book has washed ashore at the Lost Book Island after not being heard from for many months. This new arrival will be shown to a room and be allowed a bit of rest before being introduced to the many fun things to do here at the island.

All around there are books sipping cool drinks under shady palms while other books participate in a wide variety of beach sports. There is plenty of sand, surf and sun here for all of the lost and wayward books to enjoy.

It is hoped that very soon a new journal entry will come to rescue this book from the island and send it back out into the BookCrossing world so that it may continue on its journey. It is hoped that the new journal entry will tell all the interested parties where this book has been this long time and where it will be traveling to next.

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