The Western Wind

The Western Wind th century Oakham in Somerset a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday an explanation has to be found accide

  • Title: The Western Wind
  • Author: Samantha Harvey
  • ISBN: 9781787330597
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 15th century Oakham, in Somerset a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found accident, suicide or murder The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas15th century Oakham, in Somerset a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found accident, suicide or murder The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village And what will happen if he can t Moving back in time towards the moment of Thomas Newman s death, the story is related by Reve an extraordinary creation, a patient shepherd to his wayward flock, and a man with secrets of his own to keep Through his eyes, and his indelible voice, Harvey creates a medieval world entirely tangible in its immediacy.

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    About “Samantha Harvey”

    1. Samantha Harvey

      Samantha Harvey has completed postgraduate courses in philosophy and in Creative Writing In addition to writing, she has traveled extensively and taught in Japan and has lived in Ireland and New Zealand She recently co founded an environmental charity and lives in Bath, England.Her first novel, The Wilderness, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009, longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize and won the 2009 Betty Trask Prize.

    677 thoughts on “The Western Wind”

    1. A quiet, serious story set in 1491, the year Henry VIII was born, of conscience, guilt, desire, and the struggles between religion and superstition, the body and flesh. Harvey sets her tale in the run-up to Lent, and tells it through the voice of a village priest and confessor, privy to the secrets of his congregation but keeping his own to the last. With the machinations of church men and the shade of the nearby monastery foreshadowing events we know will come in the next 40 or so years, this i [...]


    2. There is a lot to appreciate here but similarly, there is much that left me feeling a bit frustrated. It tells the story of a death by drowning in a small village in 16th century England and the investigation that follows. The story is told over four days and the narrative goes in reverse, which is both interesting and irritating at the same time. I like the character of John Reve, the parish priest who narrates the action, and yet he makes choices and decisions that only seem relevant in terms [...]


    3. A fabulous mystery and historical novel. Set during the chaotic days before Lent, a disappearance in a small English village is investigated by the priest and his regional superior. Layers upon layers unfold as the days peel back and villagers show up for confession.Harvey's lyrical writing about the natural world is married to a strong reverse chronology and the pace of a murder mystery to excellent effect. The Western Wind is beautifully written and attention holding, a thriller about mortalit [...]


    4. Easter is drawing close in the rural village of Oakham in the fifteenth-century. The settlement is isolated by the river and attempts to increase prosperity by connecting it to the outside world have faltered after plans to build a bridge fall through. And in the aftermath of the collapse Thomas Newman, the wealthiest man in the village, is swept away and drowned. But how did Newman end in the river? The local Dean is suspicious and determined to put someone to the flame for murder while John Re [...]



    5. Wonderful. New to Samantha Harvey, but enjoyed the writing immensely. Evocative, emotional and haunting - highly recommended.


    6. I read this just after Elizabeth Goudge's novel Towers in the Mist, which provided an interesting exercise in comparison: The Western Wind is set a hundred and fifty years before Towers in the Mist, and the boisterous wonder of the Renaissance has not yet settled on England. Nor are we in such an exalted locale as Oxford. Instead, Harvey puts us down in Oakham, a small and isolated village in Somerset (travellers who get lost in the area tend to end up in Wales). Oakham is dying: it has a river, [...]


    7. I think this is an outstanding achievement - it's a medieval whodunit told backwards over four days. And what's more, it's told through the confessional. John Reeves, the village priest, hears all kinds of fevered confessions over this stretch of time while the little community of Oakham is desperately looking for a culprit who can be tried for the murder of Tom Newman, who drowned in the river. What really happened? And do some know more than they let on? This is an atmospheric, thought-provoki [...]


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