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God's Own Country Hardcover – 2008

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670917346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670917341
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've never read anything quite like this book. Despite the vernacular the author uses for the protagonist's voice, it is entirely understandable. The reader is inside the protagonist's head, and it is a very discomfiting place to be. Somehow, this odd character becomes both sympathetic and scary; it's a subtle protrayal. I found myself thinking about it long after I finished it.
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Sam Marsdyke is an outcast in his moorland village since an alleged assault on a girl while at school. He lives a solitary life, helping his violent father on the farm and training his sheepdog pup. Meanwhile the rural community is being 'invaded' by yuppie types; one such family buys up a neighbouring property and Sam strikes up a friendship with their daughter...
Narrated by Sam, the dialect put me in mind of the language used by the youths in 'Clockwork Orange': 'they were rooted to their seats, shuffling about in dafflement'; 'he glegged at his charver but he didn't know what to do neither'; 'some feckless trunklement no one would ever buy'.

I was absolutely riveted from page 1, when in a hilarious episode Sam, out on his wanderings, encounters some despised ramblers. And although described as showing 'unredeemable delinquency', I found it impossible to dislike Sam, whose affection for his dog and intelligence were in stark contrast to the immature and self-obsessed neighbour's daughter...
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