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Notes from the Cevennes

Half a Lifetime in Provincial France

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Notes from the Cevennes by Adam Thorpe
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Adam Thorpe's home for the past 25 years has been an old house in the Cevennes, a wild range of mountains in southern France. Prior to this, in an ancient millhouse in the oxbow of a Cevenol river, he wrote the novel that would become the Booker Prize-nominated Ulverton, now a Vintage Classic. In more recent writing Thorpe has explored the Cevennes, drawing on the legends, history and above all the people of this part of France for his inspiration. In his charming journal, Notes from the Cevennes, Thorpe takes up these themes, writing about his surroundings, the village and his house at the heart of it, as well as the contrasts of city life in nearby Nimes. In particular he is interested in how the past leaves impressions - marks - on our landscape and on us. What do we find in the grass, earth and stone beneath our feet and in the objects around us? How do they tie us to our forebears? What traces have been left behind and what marks do we leave now? He finds a fossil imprinted in the single worked stone of his house's front doorstep, explores the attic once used as a silk factory and contemplates the stamp of a chance paw in a fragment of Roman roof-tile. Elsewhere, he ponders mutilated fleur-de-lys (French royalist symbols) in his study door and unwittingly uses the tomb-rail of two sisters buried in the garden as a gazebo. Then there are the personal fragments that make up a life and a family history: memories dredged up by `dusty toys, dried-up poster paints, a painted clay lump in the bottom of a box.' Part celebration of both rustic and urban France, part memoir, Thorpe's humorous and precise prose shows a wonderful stylist at work, recalling classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.

Author Biography

Adam Thorpe is a bestselling novelist, non-fiction writer and poet. His recent book On Silbury Hill (2014) was Radio 4's Book of the Week and received wide praise. He has published many novels, including Ulverton (1992), now a Vintage Classic, and numerous collections of poetry. Adam was born in France, brought up in India, Cameroon and England and now lives in southern France, between the Cevennes and Nimes.
Release date NZ
May 16th, 2019
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Pages
256
Illustrations
Integrated black and white illustrations
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Bloomsbury Continuum
Dimensions
165x220x25
ISBN-13
9781472966315
Product ID
28330620

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