SUMMARY Ulverton 109


SUMMARY Ulverton 109 ☆ ➹ [Download] ➵ Ulverton By Adam Thorpe ➼ – At the heart of this novel lies the fictional village of Ulverton It is the fixed point in a book that spans three hundred years Different voices tell the story of Ulverton one of Cromwell's soldiers At the heart of this novel lies the fictional villaAt the heart of this novel lies the fictional village of Ulverton It is the fixed point in a book that spans three hundred years Different voices tell the story of Ulverton one of Cromwell's soldiers staggers ho. A Novel of Short StoriesAdam Thorpe’s first novel Ulverton comprises twelve chapters Each of these chapters is a short story set in the fictional English town of Ulverton Ordered chronologically these stories span the last three and a half centuries of English history It is the common factors of geographical location and shared historical events that bind the short stories written in a variety of styles and expressed through a cross section of society’s viewpoints into a novel We are first introduced to Ulverton through the viewpoint of a local farmer He narrates the conseuences of a neighbouring farmer’s unexpected return from fighting for Cromwell in the English Civil War This chapter is written in the first person It sets up a local legend Anne Cobbold the witch that other characters in subseuent chapters refer to This and other events establish a continuity of history throughout the bookNext we have the Vicar’s story set thirty nine years later On the walk home to Ulverton from a funeral in a neighbouring village the narrator and his party are overtaken by a snowstorm The vicar narrates from the pulpit his version of the events that have been the subject of gossip in the communityIt is early in the eighteenth century when we return to a farmer’s point of view in chapter three Our narrator is concerned with improvements in husbandry and the continuation of his family name and he records his endeavours upon these topics in journal form The fourth and fifth stories are written in epistolary form A series of letters from a literate lady in confinement contrasts with the letters of erratic spelling written by the tailor for a favour from a peasant mother to her wayward sonEarly in the nineteenth century looking back on his days as an apprentice carpenter our narrator for the sixth tale relates in the first person the story of a practical joke upon his pious boss This incident took place at the time of the previous chapter and is alluded to in one of the letters thereThe industrial revolution provides the historical backdrop for the next era of Ulverton’s history The courtroom depositions of members of the community show the troubles of the time as Luddites try to halt the march of progress these are interspersed with sections from the solicitor’s letters to his fiancéChapter eight is presented as the written notes to accompany a series of photographic plates The pictures not included are being shown as a slide show and the photographer’s commentary covers images of Ulverton and an archaeological expedition to EgyptThe ninth chapter is Thorpe’s personal favourite story in the novel because it empowers a normally marginalized section of society and makes the reader work to understand it Thorpe said “I don't see much point in writing a novel unless the reader works” Written in thick dialect as a peasant’s stream of consciousness the language is difficult and a second reading may be necessary to capture the full gist of his storyAs the world is beginning the Great War in 1914 we see Ulverton from the viewpoint of a retired colonial servant recently returned from India after the death of his wife The first draft of this story appeared in New Writing I as a self contained short story The narrator is remembering the atmosphere of the period from a safe distance in 1928The diary and some other papers of a famous cartoonist’s secretary bring the reader to Ulverton at the time of ueen Elizabeth II’s coronation The cartoonist is planning to bury some artefacts and his own writing for posterity on the same day as the new monarch is crowned The final chapter of this novel of short stories is set in 1988 and is written in another new form It is the script of a documentary about a property developer’s plans for Ulverton His encounters with the Ulverton Preservation Society bring him into contact with one Adam Thorpe giving the author a cameo role in his own novel Ulverton won Adam Thorpe the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize when it was published in 1992 An extract from the novel was used by The Council for the Protection of Rural England in their publicity material promoting conservationism It is a novel concerned primarily with location the town of Ulverton itself is the novels main character Using a variety of literary techniues Thorpe has created a fictional place that encapsulates the broad sweep of modern history across the English countryside creating a novel form of novel in the process This book is an interesting read and provides inspiration for short story writers looking to move up in length to writing novels

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Me to find his wife remarried and promptly disappears an eighteenth century farmer carries on an affair with a maid under his wife's nose a mother writes letters to her imprisoned son a s real estate company dis. I liked the idea of this book a collection of stories all based in the same English villagehamlet starting around the 13th century and moving chronologically to around the present day The form of the stories and gender of the narrators varied which made it interesting and challenging However I just couldn't get to grips with the stories written in dialect and have to own up to skipping them

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UlvertonCover a soldier's skeleton dated to the time of CromwellTold through diaries sermons letters drunken pub conversations and film scripts this is a masterful novel that reconstructs the unrecorded history of Engla. 25 really Although some of the individual passages were well written I really didn't enjoy this at all The sections with local dialect were just too challenging to read for very little return to the reader I like the premise of the book with the same place featuring through time from 17oo's until the present day but found it focused on the people rather than the place and it didn't engage me or give me a sense of the place through time It's difficult when the sections are so disparate and rather obscure My favourite section was near the end set at the start of WW1 I thought this was very well written The very last part is impossible to read on the Kindle version but I tried my best All in all an unsatisfying read