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Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift
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Aug 29, 2012

it was amazing

This was a sad, intensely moving book of loss. Loss of lives, both cattle and human, loss of an era, loss of a certain way of life, in this case farming. Also the uselessness of loss whether through war or through foot and mouth disease. We follow the central character of Jack as he weaves too and fro with his thoughts, trying to come to terms with the fact that he is the only one left of the Luxton family.

Swift slows down the tempo, pares down his language and virtually removes direct speech from his book, in order to achieve the pace of farming life and its protagonist Jack.

A book that will not be forgotten.

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