The Resource Elmet, a novel by Fiona Mozley

Elmet, a novel by Fiona Mozley

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Elmet
Title
Elmet
Statement of responsibility
a novel by Fiona Mozley
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Language
eng
Summary
"Cathy and Daniel live in the remote woods of Yorkshire with their gentle brute of a father, a former enforcer who now wants only to be left alone to raise his children. But when a powerful landowner shows up on their doorstep, a chain of violent events is set in motion"--
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Award
Somerset Maugham Award, 2018.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ A young man, dirty, hungry, and determined, is searching for his sister on the moors of Yorkshire, once the ancient kingdom of Elmet, now a land poisoned and impoverished. The page turns; the seasons roll back; and readers learn the story of how Daniel, 14, Cathy, 15, and their father, John, a giant of epic strength, abandoned town life and built a simple home deep in the woods. “Our world was about muscle,” Daniel observes, and about the traditional skills needed to live off the land and off the grid. John hopes to keep his self-reliant children safe in this “strange, sylvan otherworld.” But this man of steadfast integrity and “old-world morality,” this bare-knuckle boxer and enforcer, has enemies, and the land is not theirs. Shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, Mozley’s preternaturally accomplished debut novel is a riveting and disquieting fable of a family reaching back to life’s essentials and embracing nature’s beauty, abundance, and challenges, yet remaining caught in the perpetual twist of human good and evil. In pristinely gorgeous and eviscerating prose, Mozley, who chimes with Hannah Tinti, Lydia Millet, and Daniel Woodrell, sets ablaze a suspenseful family tragedy stoked by social critique, escalated by men’s violence against women, and darkly veined with elements of country noir. -- Seaman, Donna (Reviewed 12/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 8, p86)
  • /* Starred Review */ A not-always-gentle giant and his two children live peacefully in the woods, but the push and pull of old forces will eventually find them, and the results will be explosive. Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, part revenge tragedy with literary connections, Mozley's first novel is a shape-shifting, lyrical, but dark parable of life off the grid in modern Britain. Its narrator is 13-year-old Daniel, the tall, sensitive son of John Smythe, a man mountain who makes his living as a bare-knuckle fighter. Daniel, his lovely, fearless older sister, Cathy, and their father live in a house John built in a copse, on land that once belonged to the children's mother. They are self-sufficient, fed by game they hunt, seated on furniture they built. It's an idyllic if elemental life, lived largely outside society, until landowner Price, who once employed John as a debt collector, arrives to apply some pressure. Soon John is helping lead an insurrection of underpaid farm laborers and oppressed tenants against Price's clique of farmers and power brokers. The deal that will resolve this confrontation requires John to fight a brutal match, but the violence doesn't end there. Mozley's title refers to a Ted Hughes poetry sequence and a West Yorkshire setting with deep historical roots. Her ruined Eden of a landscape is evoked with beauty and empathy: "The soil was alive with ruptured stories that cascaded and rotted then found form once more and pushed up through the undergrowth and back into our lives." Ecological messages, class and gender conflict, and England's long history of struggle—all are mingled with Daniel's sexual awakening and a surreal, or superhuman, or quasi-spiritual, gothic and gory final reckoning. Mozley's instantaneous success—this debut landed straight on the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist—is a response to the stylish intensity of her work, which boldly winds multiple genres into a rich spinning top of a tale. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2017)
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10596688
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Mozley, Fiona
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
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fiction
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  • Father and child
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Families
  • Yorkshire (England)
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Elmet, a novel by Fiona Mozley
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Note
Originally published in 2017 in Great Britain by JM Originals, an imprint of John Murray (Publishers), a Hachette UK Company
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
1889388
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781616208424
Lccn
2017045571
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9781616208424
  • (OCoLC)1004490778
Label
Elmet, a novel by Fiona Mozley
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in 2017 in Great Britain by JM Originals, an imprint of John Murray (Publishers), a Hachette UK Company
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1889388
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781616208424
Lccn
2017045571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781616208424
  • (OCoLC)1004490778

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