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Short Day Dying

Hobbs, Peter

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ISBN 10: 057121715X / ISBN 13: 9780571217151
Published by Faber & Faber, London, 2005
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Short Day Dying

Publisher: Faber & Faber, London

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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This is the story of four seasons in the life of Charles Wenmoth, a twenty-seven-year-old apprentice blacksmith and Methodist lay preacher in Cornwall in 1870. Life is at its hardest; poverty is everywhere. Charles crosses and recrosses the raw, beautiful landscape, attending to the sick and helping the poor, preaching in chapels with ever-dwindling congregations. He questions his faith along the way but never quite loses it, balancing it with the pleasure he takes in nature, the light in the skies, the colors of the earth, and in his attachment to a girl to whom he is drawn by the piety and patience she maintains despite her long illness.

Inspired by the language of his great-great-grandfather's diaries and the Bible, influenced by authors as diverse as Hardy, Blake, and Faulkner, Peter Hobbs has created a first novel of breathtaking ambition and stylistic innovation, and of enormous emotional power.

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"How rare it is to come across a new novel as beautifully conceived and finished as this. We are enclosed completely in a world of faith and belief that has been made to feel utterly authentic . . . A wonderful book."--The Observer (London)
This is the story of four seasons in the life of Charles Wenmoth, a young apprentice blacksmith and Methodist lay preacher in Cornwall in 1870. Life is at its hardest, poverty is everywhere. As Charles crosses and recrosses the raw, beautiful landscape, ministering to the sick, helping the poor, and preaching to ever-dwindling congregations, he wrestles with spiritual doubt without ever quite yielding to it. He finds inspiration and comfort in the natural world the light in the skies, the colors of the earth. And in Harriet, a young woman to whom he is drawn by the piety and patience she maintains despite a long illness.
Drawing on his great-great-grandfather s diaries and the King James Bible, influenced by such diverse authors as Blake, Hardy, and Faulkner, Peter Hobbs has created a novel of breathtaking ambition and stylistic innovation, and of enormous emotional power.
The descendant of Methodist lay preachers, Peter Hobbs lives in London. The Short Day Dying is his first novel.

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