Beast

Beast

Book - 2016
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Beast plunges you into the world of Edward Buckmaster, a man alone on a west-country moor. What he has left behind we don't yet know; what he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements and with something he begins to see in the margins of his vision: some creature that is tracking him, the pursuit of which will become an obsession. This is a vivid exploration of isolation, courage and the search for truth.
Publisher: London :, Faber & Faber,, 2016.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 168 pages ;,23 cm.

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katccl Oct 25, 2016

Another linguistically rich and atmospheric novel by Paul Kingsnorth, set in the ancient British landscape of a west country moor.

Katherine's pick: Another linguistically rich and atmospheric novel by Paul Kingsnorth, set in the ancient British landscape of a west country moor.


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SCL_Justin Oct 25, 2017

Paul Kingsnorth's Beast is about a man who goes out on the moor to be alone. A storm hits and he becomes more alone than he anticipated. Though there's some fixing of broken ribs and fashioning a splint, the challenges in this story are far more internal. Time passes strangely in a mostly uninhabited world. Uninhabited except for the beast, which proves elusive.

This is the kind of novel that pulled me along, not by plot but by language. And then it kept me thinking with vaguely delirious yet important digressions.

It doesn't use made-up language like Kingsnorth's previous novel, The Wake and generally feels like a haunted house story, or maybe The Prisoner with a less well-hinged protagonist.

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