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In the Wake of the Bagger by Jack Harte
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it was amazing

An absolutely beautiful book ... so good it's hard to believe it's a first novel, although Jack Harte published three collections of short stories before he wrote this and the excellent training shows. IN THE WAKE OF THE BAGGER is evocative, poignant, compelling and beautifully written. This is the story of the Dowd family, uprooted from their home in Killeenduff, Co Sligo in Ireland to resettle as economic migrants in the Midlands, where the industrial development of the bogs provides jobs and opportunities. Harte masterfully weaves two time periods, one in the 1950s, the other in the present day. His depiction of the land, the culture and the changes brought on by industrialization is haunting and poetic. There isn't a drop of sentimentality here, but much deep emotion. I am haunted by his portray of the men and the great, horrifying, "bagger" -- the machine that eats through the bog lands, hauling up the turf. A better symbol for conflict and change I can't imagine. Recommended.

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Reading Progress

May 20, 2015 – Started Reading
May 20, 2015 – Shelved
May 22, 2015 – Finished Reading

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