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This intrinsic depiction of a gamekeeper living in South-England is one of the most distinguished works of Richard Jefferies. His touch is unmistakable when it comes to describing the values and little known details of English rural life, and it is present in abundance in this intriguing book, still catching the eye of the readership well over a century later.
The action is set in the second half of nineteenth century England, and it revolves around the life of a British gamekeeper, whose house, work, beliefs and belongings are carefully presented by the narrator in present tense.
Jefferies' approach in outlining the various details of the gamekeeper's life, as well as his interaction with the people around him - particularly poachers - has been considered one of the most genuine when it comes to describing life in the Victorian countryside. Since most of those who lived in Britain at the time were residing in urban areas, the book was obviously targeted towards them, making for an interesting read in terms of what Jeffries believed he should convey to them.
Those reading can also enjoy dissecting the charmingly paranoid vision of the 19th century Victorian individual, as the book accurately shows how this innocent but harsh era has given rise to so much mistrust among the people living in that age.
The Gamekeeper at Home bears the colorful, yet dramatic imprint of the Victorian lifestyle without making it look unappealing. Quite the opposite, this true classic is one of the best works of a writer who was thoroughly distinguished in his time, and still makes for a captivating read today.
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