- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: WritersServices (May 12, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190462300X
- ISBN-13: 978-1904623007
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,319,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We must shed the hairshirt of lethargy and free ourselves, through experience and education, from a lazy obedience to a government that may or may not have our best interests, as a people, at heart. His is not necessarily a call to revolution, but a call to awareness. We must not allow ourselves to be told the "truth," but must discover it through our own efforts and research.
At the heart of Venator's novel is the controversy over the traditional English fox hunt, an event that is a frequently forgotten, yet integral part of the British identity. Through our efforts to elevate ourselves above the natural world, the author contends, we have naively forgotten our place in it. The lavish descriptions of the Enlish countryside found in "Wither This Land" reflect the author's genuine love for his native land and for the people who still fight to freely occupy it.
Venator is an articulate and intelligent author. His novel is thoughtful, of uncommon substance, and I eagerly await a new work by this underappreciated and relatively unknown new writer.
I couldn't put the book down! I spent many nights last week curled up with a cup of tea, a hot water bottle, and listening to some of the music selections featured in the book. Truly an enjoyable time!
It is my hope that all individuals who value their way of life will read this work, and heed Venator's call to action, becoming involved in preserving a way of life that has become threatened.
Someone finally put into words what I was thinking during my entire stay in the countryside. Thank you William Venator! I look foward to your next work.
sane pursuits of fox-hunting and the like over the supposedly unhealthy, life-denying pursuits of - well, of anybody who does not agree with Venator`s point of view.
All the `baddies` here are loutish, unclean, cynical types; whereas all the `goodies` (the hunting fraternity, basically) are healthy, sensible and optimistic. Venator never develops character, save for his vacillating, fairly likable hero, who goes from a reluctant espousal of the anti-hunting lobby`s ideas to (surprise!) seeing the error of his ways in the welcoming arms of an upper-class `gal`, who makes love to him in the woods (how Lawrentian - if only!), all the while engaging him in endless pseudo-philosophical talk about how healthy and life-affirming her lifestyle is.
The trouble - one of many - of this `novel` is that Venator manipulates his puppet-characters so that his views are put (endlessly) into the mouths of his `goodies`, while the opposing ideas are given short shrift in the mouths of his `baddies`.
This approach does not a novel make.
And his dialogue! One example: when was the last time you used, or heard anyone use, the expression `when I awoke`? `Awoke`? `Woke up`, for heaven`s sake! The text is littered with such pompous anachronisms.
There are a few interesting ideas here, and some food for thought. But it`s all so one-sided that one is left open-mouthed at the author`s audacity in calling this a novel.
That my fellow-reviewers (so far) can have awarded this absurd effort five stars is, to put it charitably, a touch misguided. Have they never read a real novel? This sure ain`t one.