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Praise for Landed

"Lyrical and melancholic . . . Rhapsodic in its rural devotion and deftly empathetic in its portrait of Owen . . . Lovingly crafted." —Kirkus Reviews

“This impressive, skillful novel portrays love and devotion in a unique, haunting way.” —Publishers Weekly

"Like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road without the apocalypse, this story will seize readers’ hearts and have them rooting for the survival of a father and his children on the run. Pears has produced another strong, sympathetic winner." —Library Journal

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Praise for Landed

"Lyrical and melancholic . . . Rhapsodic in its rural devotion and deftly empathetic in its portrait of Owen . . . Lovingly crafted." —Kirkus Reviews

“This impressive, skillful novel portrays love and devotion in a unique, haunting way.” —Publishers Weekly

"Like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road without the apocalypse, this story will seize readers’ hearts and have them rooting for the survival of a father and his children on the run. Pears has produced another strong, sympathetic winner." —Library Journal

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  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (July 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E8ALCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Interestingly, the Library Journal's review excerpted above compares Tim Pears' novel Landed to Cormac McCarthy's The Road "without the apocalypse." I too was reminded of The Road as I read the book, but I'm not sure I agree that there was no apocalypse. I've read several reviews of Landed to see if I correctly interpreted the ending (spoiler alert). None of those reviewers was willing to state with confidence what it all meant. The first half of the novel is in the way of background seemingly, but as it introduces the facts of Owen's early life, courtship and the tragic accident that took the life of his young daughter, it seems also to be planting the seeds that carry the second portion of the book from solid farmland to a dreamlike magical realism. The lambs of God, the badger, the symbolism of birds, an 11 year old boy, the land of Wales, and most prominently a brown mongrel dog are introduced and then deconstructed (I hesitate to use that loaded term) through Act 2 of the life of Owen Ithell.

It took some time to realize that the facts laid out in the first half were purposefully misleading, encouraging the reader to believe that the journey of Owen and his two children in the second half was presented with equal factual reliability. But of course, the investigative reports, medical and third party verifications disappear in the latter half. We are left only with Owen himself on whom to rely. Initially, when Owen has hit rock bottom, been prohibited from seeing his children and on the brink of suicide, it is plausible to believe that he has kidnapped his children and embarked on an epic journey home.
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