Fresh and distinctive writing from an exciting new voice in fiction, Elmet is an unforgettable novel about family, as well as a beautiful meditation on landscape.
Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands.
The writing is beautiful. I found myself rereading many passages because I wanted to see or feel what is described again. The writing is lyrical with amazingly visual descriptions of this rural area in the woods in the north of England. There's such a sense of place and I always hesitate to call a book atmospheric not wanting to overuse the term, but it is the best description I can come up. Yet, if I didn't know I was reading a novel taking place in northern England, I would have tho ...more
This was the most unexpectedly welcome inclusion on the shortlist. Very disappointed to lose Reservoir 13, Home Fire and Solar Bones
Mozley is studying medieval h ...more
In the book's epigraph from Ted Hughes, we learn that Elmet was "the last ind ...more
This debut novel, shortlisted for the coveted Booker Prize, is an absorbing, intense novel of suspense, which draws from the mini-trend of highlighting the lives of those living ‘off grid’, hand to mouth, shunning the traditional life embraced by most people.
Cathy and Daniel live with their father, a prize fighter, in the rural woods of Yorkshire. Cathy is practical, smart, and insightful, while Daniel is a sensitive child who enjoys d ...more
With Elmet, Fiona Mozley has written a literary masterpiece. At first, the reader learns that Elmet is a sanctuary, a strip of land viewed as a safe haven and with Celtic history. This is where Daniel, his Daddy, and his sister, Cathy, land. The father, flanked by his two children, and living in a small copse, builds the home with his own hands. Living off the land, they are choosing life on their own terms ...more
"Spring that came with a rush of color, a blanket of light, u filling insects and absent, missed prodiga ...more
”We arrived in summer when the landscape was in full bloom and the days were long and hot and the light was soft. I roamed shirtless and sweated cleanly and enjoyed the hug of the thick air. In those months I picked up freckles on my bony shoulders and the sun set slowly and the evenings were pewter before they were black, before the mornings seeped through again. Rabbits gamboled in the fields and when we were lucky, when the wind was still and a veil settled on the hills, we saw a h ...more
This is the most Ron Rash-y book ever NOT written by Ron Rash."Elm ...more
Before diving into this review, I must first remove my feathered cap and present a deep, old fashioned nose-to-toe bow out of respect for Fiona Mozley, who has written a truly gorgeous novel. If this is her first book, I'm genuinely excited to see what else she has in that magnificent mind.
Mozley's story takes place in Yorkshire country, in England's beautiful north. Fourteen year old Daniel and his older sister Cathy have moved to Elmet, a piece of land that used to bel ...more
The dark horse in this year’s Man Booker Prize race is a brilliant, twisted fable about the clash of the land-owning and serf classes in contemporary England. I’d love to see it win, though George Saunders seems like a shoo-in. You’d hardly believe it’s a debut novel, or that it’s by a 29-year-old PhD candidate in medieval history. The epigraph from Ted Hughes defines “Elmet” as an ancient Celtic kingdom encompassing what is now West Yorkshire. The word sti ...more
Mozley can write some beautiful prose, some of the descriptions were resplendent.
The other parts of the novel though, such as the characterisations and the plot, weren't so well done.
The novel is narrated by the teenager Daniel, who lives with his older sister, Cathy, and their giant father, John Smythe. They are outsiders, mostly hunters and gatherers, building their own home on a plot somewhere in Yorkshire.
I ne ...more
What did I just read?
A Man-Booker short-listed nominee that did not live up to the teeth gritting that often ensues when I take one on.
At times I was sure this was set in the American South even though from the outset it is made clear the setting is Yorkshire with its history of legend and medieval history. It morphed into different territories— fairy tale, coming of age, good vs evil. One reviewer described it as “shape-shifting” and I like that.
There’s vernacular— “doendt” for doesn’t an ...more
The story is set in rural Yorkshire. Daniel Oliver is our narrator, a teenager who lives in a field ...more
It’s only mid-April and I’m already terrifyingly behind on reviews so I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet:
1. I read this because Vivian told me to and I don’t believe she has ever told me to read something before in the history of our friendship.
2. It was a Man Booker Prize shortlister, so it’s a teensie bit smarty farty and the author knows how to words good.
3. You really have to like reading about a place because a bigly chunk of ...more
"Elmet" is narrated by a teenage boy named Daniel, who lives with his father John and his sister Cathy in a house they built with their own hands. Although the narrated time is not specified, the story does obviously take place in our modern days, in the realm of what used ...more
A family of father, daughter, and son builds their own dwelling on land passed on by a long-dead wife and mother. A wea ...more
Bold and filled with images that are burnt into my psyche. Fierce, outside the box and filled with people who won't live in them. Others, not part of the system and no desire to be part of it. Only wanting to live honestly, in peace. But, there's always people who are waiting to take advantage, to play the game, manipulate it for gain.
This is no happy story. There is nothing but grit and determination and the price.
"We all grow into our coffins, Danny. And I saw mysel...more
Audiobook narrated by Gareth Bennett Ryan 7h 37min
Although it took me a little while to acclimatize to the first person narrative, Elmet is definitely one of those literary entries that sneaks up on a person. The novel when placed on the ManBooker shortlist in 2017 was viewed by some to be the "wild card" entry. Eventually, George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo would walk away with the title, but this little debut novel certainly deserves attention for its dark pr ...more
The only other page I marked is a few chapters later, when the narrator is reflecting on the whale analogy after ...more
Mozley has a heightened style of prose, a bit Wuthering Heights with its insertions of dialect and mythic landscape, a bit Ted Hughes (witness the title) as his most epic and self-conscious. The whole thing builds to an orgy of violence that we've been waiting for from the star ...more
Elmet (in terms of theme m ...more
A modern gothic, rural melodrama. At it’s heart, Elmet is the gritty story of a complex family dynamic, and a good vs. evil battle that has us rooting for the questionably deplorable underdog. A solid 4 stars to start with, but with a few days to mull over this story, this has crept up to a well deserved 5 stars from me.
At the head of our tight knit familial trio, we have ‘Daddy’. A violent and damaged man who is driven by a primal love and need to care fo ...more
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