Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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He observes the men made rules, beat drums, swore oaths, invented handshakes, and passwords, and crept into the dark and killed people. Seeping up through the bricks and burning in little blue points of flame, all in the cracks between the bricks.

That, I think, is a sign of great writing: because I don't yet know or understand this character, I don't know the people or things he's lost, but I've obviously sympathized/empathized with him so *instantly* that I can feel emotional about it all.The beginning on the south and west of England is slow at times, but the section on Northern Ireland was amazing, and Scotland and east England continue. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. It seemed very similar to Westall's "Blitzcat" because both have protagonists who go traveling around England meeting various strangers along the way.

While he was traveling during the 80s, I can definitely say that some of the places he described either aren't that way now, or weren't given a fair shake. The British seemed to me to be people forever standing on a crumbling coast and scanning the horizon.

Vielleicht lag es aber auch daran, dass Paul Theroux teilweise sehr ins Detail gegangen ist, das aber an unpassenden Stellen getan und somit auf mich oft kleinlich gewirkt hat. The Falklands war, The Troubles, birth of Prince William, capture of The Yorkshire Ripper, railway strikes etc.

They always teased Mam about that; she must think burglars were bloody brave, burgling in the middle of air raids. This is a bleak and flawed landscape, filled with people we fear, people we pity, people we would likely avoid. The result is a candid, funny, perceptive, and opinionated travelogue of his journey and his findings.The sun warmed his hands as they lay on the sand, and his knees under his trousers, and in a very tiny world, it was nice, nice, nice. However, far too much of "The Kingdom by the Sea" was filled with boring and highly repetitive material.

This might have still been readable if there was humor involved (thinking here of Bill Bryson's delightful "Notes from a Small Island"), but there wasn't. He doesn't try to lead the reader with absolutes, but plays the events and themes with ambiguities, particularly the ending - the supposed 'happy' ending unable to be just that after everything Harry's experienced. And as he encounters new characters, and forges relationships with them, their time together is temporary. The sun still shone, though it was setting, and the shadows of the cliff were creeping out towards him.But I can tell this author a few things about endings, especially since I didn’t like his own ending to this story. He just wants to observe and speak with people on the journey to get a sense of the places he visits. English people of a certain class often said things like this, taking a satisfaction in the certainty of death, because dying was a way of avoiding the indignity of what they imagined to be a grim future. People who know, even very perfunctorily, the locations Theroux is visiting will enjoy The Kingdom by the Sea much more: half of the pleasure of reading it is stomping your feet and shouting bloody idiot, it's not like that AT ALL at the book.

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