Monday, 25 January 2010
Gone to earth (Webb) 17
I picked up Precious Bane in the Borders closing down sale, and although I have yet to read it, when I spotted a copy of Mary Webb's Gone to earth in the library this week I thought I would give that a go (I think the principle being that if I have read a library copy then I might be less likely to buy it when I see it!).
This is a rural story, telling the tale of Hazel, an 18 year old living with her father in remote Shropshire. We learn about Hazel's rather weird existence, for example, adopting an orphaned fox cub, and her father's desire for her to be married to the first-comer. Hazel does not really believe that this will happen, and is surprised when Edward pursues her. They marry, but the relationship is more like one of brother/sister. The local squire Jack Reddin arrives on the scene and awakens her sexuality.
I reasonably enjoyed it, although it wasn't one of my favourite VMCs by any means, and I shall certainly be interested to read Precious Bane in due course now
This was one of the quite early VMCs, and has been published 4 times with 4 different covers (all above)