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10 thoughts on “Gathering the Water

  1. says:

    Gathering the Water explores a remote Northern valley in the weeks before it is flooded forever It reads like an allegory; a water board employee dips into the enclosed lives of the inhabitants having neither the power to help them nor the ability to influence his shadowy employers His meticulous reports are ignored; he is told to abridge them and he duly fabricates them and immerses himself in the brooding landscape The image of a rising t

  2. says:

    The cover drew me in first The colour is at the perfect point between blue and grey and the drawing is lovely Who is the man

  3. says:

    This is a somewhat puzzling book The prose is exuisite and the picture Edric paints of the bleak Pennine landscape is perfect; he has an eye

  4. says:

    A different book now to the one I read seven or eight years ago With a right wing government in the UK a story about the

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    The journey of Charles Weightman is a journey of loss It is the loss of his enthusiasm the loss of his purpose the loss of his sense of self It is a novel about the journey that we must all take in life and how we start that life full of dreams and ambitions hope and joy and it is only through the gentle passage of time we come to understand the true nature and reality of things This is not to say that life is harsh or

  6. says:

    This is a novel about a man who is sent to the site of a new dam in Lancashire in the 1830s He is the agent for the owners and his brief includes overseeing the clearances of the existing dwellings and the logistics preparing the dam for use This is a classic Robert Edric scenario; taking an unglamorous subject and constructing a very readable tale In the course of his work he is resented by many of the locals whos homes have been affected

  7. says:

    This is a sad and dark novel that lingers in the mind long after finishing it The grief in it is sometimes overwhelming but it is a realistic historical novel I would read by Robert Edric after finishing this

  8. says:

    Beautiful cover This was a uality read but I felt the lack of plot to sustain me after a while Not much happens but it happens in beautiful prose

  9. says:

    Given to me to read for my book group the blurb on the back of this and the Caspar David Friedrich inspiredcopied illustration on the cover gave me some hopeAlas no it wasn't to my tastes This is a tale from the mid Nineteenth Century of an engineer overseeing the flooding of a valley in 'The North' and the resi

  10. says:

    At times a bit too spare in its storytelling this historical novel embeds itself pretty deeply in the Bronte esue bleak 19

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READ ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ì Robert Edric

The man made deluge cannot be avoided; not by the locals desperate to save their homes nor by the reluctant agent of their destruction Weightman himselfIn a masterful new novel Edric captures powerful human emotions with grace and precision The hauntingly resonant backdrop to this story of David and Goliath marks Edric's dramatic return to historical literary fictio. Given to me to read for my book group the blurb on the back of this and the Caspar David Friedrich inspiredcopied illustration on the cover gave me some hopeAlas no it wasn t to my tastes This is a tale from the mid Nineteenth Century of an engineer overseeing the flooding of a valley in The North and the resistance of the locals to all this No in truth I m not wholly sure what the point of it all was I found it relentlessly grim the ending particularly so with a writing style veering somehow between young adult simplicity and unnecessary descriptiveness But all it was describing was wet grey cold scenery yeah we get it and uninteresting characters Admittedly there were only two characters of any depth everyone else was a simpleton stereotype

CHARACTERS Gathering the Water

Gathering the Water

It is 1847 northern England and Charles Weightman has been given the unenviable task of overseeing the flooding of the Forge Valley and evicting its lingering inhabitants Weightman is heartily resented by these locals and he himself is increasingly unconvinced both of the wisdom of his appointment and of the integrity and motives of the company men who posted him th. Gathering the Water explores a remote Northern valley in the weeks before it is flooded forever It reads like an allegory a water board employee dips into the enclosed lives of the inhabitants having neither the power to help them nor the ability to influence his shadowy employers His meticulous reports are ignored he is told to abridge them and he duly fabricates them and immerses himself in the brooding landscape The image of a rising tide an unstoppable flood insinuates itself throughout the novel Some stories of the landscape which have been buried underground are revealed as the water level rises We sense Mr Weightman s increasing sympathy with the villagers and the dialogue reveals the gulf that separates him from the inhabitants The novel works both as a portrait of Victorian northern life and as a model for the pointlessness of many modern day Kafkaesue jobs Corruption madness hypocrisy and ignorance emerge leading to its tragic conclusion It s a rare and special novel it most resembles novel Waterland by Graham Swift as a portrait of a landscape and its inbred people It s a novel that can t be easily summarised images linger on after you ve read it longlisted for the Man Booker prize thoroughly recommended

READ ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ì Robert Edric

Ere He finds some solace however in his enigmatic neighbour Mary Latimer Caring for her mad sister Mary is also an outsider and a companionship develops between the two of them which offers them both some comfort and support in their mutual isolationAs winter closes steadily in and as the waters begin to rise in the Forge Valley it becomes increasingly evident that. The journey of Charles Weightman is a journey of loss It is the loss of his enthusiasm the loss of his purpose the loss of his sense of self It is a novel about the journey that we must all take in life and how we start that life full of dreams and ambitions hope and joy and it is only through the gentle passage of time we come to understand the true nature and reality of things This is not to say that life is harsh or unfair but simply that life is Critics say that the book meanders along and this is true and right because it is a book that follows the vagaries of life itself None of us follow a straight path but rather our lives are made up of a series of vignettes that somehow coalesce into what we become This then is the journey of Charles Weightman He comes to complete the construction of the dam and by the end we come to see the destruction of a man The book is beautifully written the prose is wonderful the setting is both magnificent and diabolical It is a book that you must read with the little expectation of revelatory moments or spellbinding action instead you must read it with the knowledge you will be taking a journey into the world of another a journey that will lead you through suffering and loss disappointment and misery But read it you must because at its core it is your story