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The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks
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A potentially interesting read was marred by the author's voice. The premise of the novel was intriguing, a look into a rural and traditional way of farming. However, Rebanks' arrogance, relish in ignorance and elitism intrudes into every aspect of his writing. He clearly thinks that we should all wonder at the genius of his farming in the Lake District, but only from afar as he clearly feels a sense of entitled ownership to the land to the exclusion of all others. This is further compounded by his insistence that only he and 'his community' can commune with and understand the land; that somehow the beauty and connection with the countryside should and can only be appreciated by him and his kin.
The book was also bogged down in Rebanks' telling us how much of an unappreciated genius he is and so the concept of the novel of the yearly cycle of farming through the seasons was condensed into a few interesting pages, suffocated by the 'personal' and mostly xenophobic, narrow minded ranting of the author.

Extremely disappointing read, badly written and poorly edited.
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Reading Progress

August 29, 2016 – Started Reading
August 29, 2016 – Shelved
August 29, 2016 –
page 76
25.85%
September 1, 2016 – Finished Reading

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