[[ Reading ]] ➾ The Great Level Author Stella Tillyard – Sunkgirls.info

[[ Reading ]] ➾ The Great Level  Author Stella Tillyard – Sunkgirls.info I Am An Engineer And A Measured Man Of The World I Prefer To Weigh Everything In The Balance, To Calculate And To Plan Yet My Own Heart Is Going Faster Than I Can Now CountIn 1649, Jan Brunt, A Dutchman, Arrives In England To Work On Draining And Developing The Great Level, An Expanse Of Marsh In The Heart Of The Fen Country It Is Here He Meets Eliza, Whose Love Overturns His Ordered Vision And Whose Act Of Resistance Forces Him To See The World Differently Jan Flees To The New World, Where The Spirit Of Avarice Is Raging And His Skills As An Engineer Are Prized Then One Spring Morning A Boy Delivers A Note That Prompts Him To Remember The Fens, And Confront All That Was Lost There The Great Level Is A Dramatic And Elemental Story About Two People Whose Differences Draw Them Together Then Drive Them Apart Jan And Eliza S Journeys, Like The Century They Inhabit, Are Filled With Conflict, Hard Graft And Adventure And See Them Searching For Their Own Piece Of Solid Ground.

10 thoughts on “The Great Level

  1. Beata Beata says:

    Ever since I read the review in The Guardian, I have wanted to read this book the story, set in the mid of the 17th century, of Jan Brunt, a Dutch engineer who comes to East Anglia to drain the marshes , is told in a most beautiful prose Jan is the narrator and describes his undertaking with love, as for him shaping the land is something than just making it available for agricultural purposes although fields which are ploughed and give fr

  2. Ingrid Ingrid says:

    Beautifully written Historical facts mixed with a personal story which I enjoyed very much The main characters are not worked out in depth The author observes them throughout their lives and relates the observations to the reader It s a fairytale style of writing, but well done, I felt I was there.

  3. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    Now this should have been a book I enjoyed.It has chapters set in my place of birth Kings Lynn and many others set at the very foundation of the City I visit monthly New York as it transitions from New Amsterdam Golden HillThe Kings Lynn and Ely part is around the draining of the Fens a landscape which has inspired great writing such as Fen by Daisy Johnson, Waterland by Graham Swift and Paul Kingsnorth s The Wake The New York part similar in many ways

  4. Dan Dan says:

    Stella Tillyard s The Great Level is an absolute stunner It s everything that I want in an historical novel a completely immersive reading experience, feeling submerged in a previously unknown historical epoch and previously unknown historical locales After Mike McCormack s Solar Bones, whoever would have thought that another novel about a civil engineer could be so fully absorbing, especially one located in seventeenth century England and Manhat

  5. Charlotte Aitken Charlotte Aitken says:

    There are two problems with this book one and its pace and two the ending Mostly told from the point of view of the engineer Jan Brunt, the story creeps along at a frustrating pace until the second voice of Eliza is introduced She is brave, intelligent and curious and ultimately she turns a punishment into an opportunity.I can t help but feel that if Eliza s point of view and indeed her story was introduced a little earlier that this story would have been rounded an

  6. Theediscerning Theediscerning says:

    Three and a half stars, in the end, I think, for this book which did provide the most evocative visit to this corner of the UK since Graham Swift s Waterland , but still wasn t quite perfect The narrator, repetitive as he is, unable to convince he s living in the time of Pepys as he is, gives us a way in to an extraordinary undertaking, for he s a Dutch engineer and Cromwell has indirectly employed him to drain the Fens, the Levels of the title between Ely and the North Sea

  7. Brenda Stones Brenda Stones says:

    I would totally recommend this book The context of fenland Britain alternating with New Amsterdam in the seventeenth century was totally absorbing a kind of Graham Swift s Waterland meets Francis Spufford s Golden Hill You learn so much, while also relishing the author s wise comments on human nature, seamlessly interwoven.My one comment might be on the structure, and the late intervention of the female protagonist s point of view I think I might ...

  8. Martin Blake Martin Blake says:

    I loved this book, partly because it s evocative of the fen landscape I know so well, partly because it s so well written and its characters so acutely drawn I d have given it 5 stars if it had managed to retain that consistency right to the end, but I d still highly recommend it.

  9. Amie Amie says:

    The history part is interesting than the story telling.

  10. Taff Jones Taff Jones says:

    Great Level Great Locations Great Atmosphere Great Restraint Great Read

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