Stella Tillyard (Pdf ebook) The Great Level



10 thoughts on “The Great Level

  1. says:

    Ever since I read the review in The Guardian I have wanted to read this book the story set in the mid of the 17th century of

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    That is what I believed that time nibbles away at the future and in that moment puts the present behind its back The past retreats as each present moment joins it on and on Yet that is far too simple Inside us time sways backwards and forwards from now to then here to there and nothing of it is lost or goes away but it all hangs everywhere translucent in the air Some men turn away and walk on saying that the past contai

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    Beautifully written Historical facts mixed with a personal story which I enjoyed very much The main characters are not worked out in depth The author observes them throughout their lives and relates the observations to the reader It's a fairytale style of writing but well done I felt I was there

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    Now this should have been a book I enjoyedIt has chapters set in my place of birth Kings Lynn and many others set at the very foundation of the City I visit monthly New York – as it transitions from New Amsterdam Golden HillThe Kings Lynn and Ely part is around the draining of the Fens – a landscape which has inspired great writing such as Fen by Daisy Johnson Waterland by Graham Swift and Paul Kingsnorth's The Wake

  5. says:

    Stella Tillyard’s The Great Level is an absolute stunner It’s everything that I want in an historical novel a completely immersive reading experience feeling submerged in a previously unknown historical epoch

  6. says:

    Jan Brunt is a Dutchman who moves from the Netherlands to England to work on the drainage of the Fens around Ely Years later he's living in Ne

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    Jan Brunt arrives in Norfolk to drain The Fens and increase the amount of arable land funded by Norfolk's famous son Oliver Cromwell In Norfolk he meets and starts a relationship with Eliza who later tells her story and becomes a three dimensional character on a page The story eventually moves to New Amsterdam where we find Jan a bit of a recluse still earning his way as an engineer I was fascinated by the st

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    There are two problems with this book; one and its pace and two the ending Mostly told from the point of view of the engineer Jan Brun

  9. says:

    Wow she evokes so much life and vivid details of the fens Netherlands as well as the new land America in the early part of the 17th century Wow

  10. says:

    It's surprising that the draining of the English Fens in the mid seventeenth century hasn't inspired novelists It's an event with plenty of material a country still reeling from a brutal civil war and regicide the culture clashes between the locals and the Dutch engineers brought over by the King to get the job done and between old established ways of life and the emerging modern world between religion and science and s

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‘I am an engineer and a measured man of the world I prefer to weigh everything in the balance to calculate and to plan Yet my own heart is going faster than I can now count’ In 1649 Jan Brunt a Dutchman arrives in England to work on draining and developing the Great Level an expanse of marsh in the heart of the fen country. Beautifully written Historical facts mixed with a personal story which I enjoyed very much The main characters are not worked out in depth The author observes them throughout their lives and relates the observations to the reader It s a fairytale style of writing but well done I felt I was there

Summary The Great Level

The Great Level

It is here he meets Eliza whose love overturns his ordered vision and whose act of resistance forces him to see the world differently Jan flees to the New World where the spirit of avarice is raging and his skills as an engineer are prized Then one spring morning a boy delivers a note that prompts him to remember the Fens and. Now this should have been a book I enjoyedIt has chapters set in my place of birth Kings Lynn and many others set at the very foundation of the City I visit monthly New York as it transitions from New Amsterdam Golden HillThe Kings Lynn and Ely part is around the draining of the Fens a landscape which has inspired great writing such as Fen by Daisy Johnson Waterland by Graham Swift and Paul Kingsnorth s The Wake The New York part similar in many ways to the setting of Francis Spufford s exuberant debut novel Further the book is by a respected historian and set in one of the most fascinating periods of English and early Colonial history the revolution and restoration Its main narrator is an engineer just like the wonderful Dublin Literary and Goldsmith winning Solar Bones by Mike McCormackReturning to this book The main character and main first party narrator of the book is a Dutchman Jan Brunt who with his engineering knowledge developed in the dams and polders of Holland accepts a position in 1649 as one of the lead engineers on the project to drain the marshes in the Fens around Ely Each part of the book starts with a section set in Nieuw Amsterdam where a largely solitary and withdrawn Jan still acting as an advisor on water drainage is confronted with a note promising a visit from someone he has not seen for many years which in turn causes him to reflect on the events of the Great LevelThe Great Level parts are full of details of the drainage perhaps the most interesting element is the heavy use of forced labour firstly Irish and later Covenanter prisoners of war of Cromwell Sadly though the actual engineering and drainage elements themselves do not come to life they are neither entertaining or informative and I felt I would have been much better served by a non fictional treatment of the Great Level Another element is the almost pagan nature of the marsh dwellers captured in Eliza a fey almost ghost like woman who visits him and with whom he forms an intense relationship however I found this part rather strained credibilityThe sections in the American colonies are stronger and particularly a whole part which switches to the first party voice of Eliza an Eliza who is a far interesting and compelling character and whose hints of her reappearance bring into life the depths of Jan s character Her transformation from the character of the first part is best described as like the Doolittle of Pygmalion presumably deliberately given her first name but was weakened for me by her somewhat fantasy like presence in the Great Level sectionsSo certainly an interesting book but one which felt short of the Great Level of my expectations the sections set in the UK draining my enthusiasm as efficiently as Jan does the Fens

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Confront all that was lost there The Great Level is a dramatic and elemental story about two people whose differences draw them together then drive them apart Jan and Eliza’s journeys like the century they inhabit are filled with conflict hard graft and adventure – and see them searching for their own piece of solid groun. Jan Brunt arrives in Norfolk to drain The Fens and increase the amount of arable land funded by Norfolk s famous son Oliver Cromwell In Norfolk he meets and starts a relationship with Eliza who later tells her story and becomes a three dimensional character on a page The story eventually moves to New Amsterdam where we find Jan a bit of a recluse still earning his way as an engineer I was fascinated by the story of draining The Fens as Norfolk is just north of Suffolk where I live The engineering and work involved in bending nature to human endeavour has always fascinated me and I wanted to find out about how you stop water from spreading in a low lying piece of land Ideally I would have loved a couple of maps one of Norfolk and one of New Amsterdam showing the difference between the modern day maps we are familiar with Those short comings aside this was a great book