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Somerset,The forces of war are building across Europe, but this pocket of England, where the rhythms of lives are dictated by the seasons and the land, remains untouched Albert Sercombe is a farmer on Lord Prideaux s estate and his eldest son, Sid, is underkeeper to the head gamekeeper His son, Leo, a talented rider, grows up alongside the master s spirited daughter, Charlotte a girl who shoots and rides, much to the surprise of the locals In beautiful, pastoral writing, The Horseman tells the story of a family, a community, and the landscape they come from The Horseman is a return to the world invoked in Pears first award winning, extravagantly praised novel, In the Place of Fallen Leaves It is the first book of a trilogy that will follow Leo away from the estate and into the First World War and beyond Exquisitely, tenderly written, this is immersive, transporting historical fiction at its finest 5 stars Seldom, seldom do you come across a book that holds such simple and colored language to a specific place, time, station, age In my youth mid century there were a plethora of these kinds of work books Ones in which the tasks of a physical life were told with the specific skill and also pure, clear precision of a technical direction And also in the nuance of manners that cores a complex and ever widening circle of actions interactions to an entire eyes and worldview context There 5 stars Seldom, seldom do you come across a book that holds such simple and colored language to a specific place, time, station, age In my youth mid century there were a plethora of these kinds of work books Ones in which the tasks of a physical life were told with the specific skill and also pure, clear precision of a technical direction And also in the nuance of manners that cores a complex and ever widening circle of actions interactions to an entire eyes and worldview context There were many books that did that then Simple books about real men and women who worked When work was often something done everyday but also had 100 s of different intricate or powerful movements Learned and often not instinctual movements But few of those earlier 20th century books also contained such sublime and superb prose Short sentences And emotion not explained but displayed And context not interpreted or judged in scales of morality but in context that is viewed And experienced Here it is within a 12 year old Leo s eyes Excellent Can t wait for the next one in the trilogy It s coming.This is not for those who like modern action and pretentious character bouts of lies, competitions, etc This is from a time of class divisions accepted and proclaimed And of identity through work and little else for those majority of the folks I have not read one this good in this category for a couple of decades And the ones I do remember were all in the present USA geographic area This one is English and yet quite similar in some regards The pig sticking day, for instance Generational love expressed for survival No enabling Family unit as a ever tasking team Purposes clearly demanded and encapsulated by the material needs Always.Tim Pears can write I m in awe Set in 1911 1912 on the lands of Lord Prideaux in Somerset, Tim Pears s The Horseman follows the daily rounds of Leopold Sercombe, son of Albert, the estate s respected carter For most of the book, the author does not refer to Leo by name he is simply the boy , an almost archetypical figure of pastoral life, keenly observant of the ways of nature and intuitive in his communication with non human creatures A reluctant twelve year old schoolboy, whose hands feel the teacher s switchoften Set in 1911 1912 on the lands of Lord Prideaux in Somerset, Tim Pears s The Horseman follows the daily rounds of Leopold Sercombe, son of Albert, the estate s respected carter For most of the book, the author does not refer to Leo by name he is simply the boy , an almost archetypical figure of pastoral life, keenly observant of the ways of nature and intuitive in his communication with non human creatures A reluctant twelve year old schoolboy, whose hands feel the teacher s switchoften than any other student, Leo is neither disobedient, nor simple his interests just lie elsewhere Peers taunt him for his oddness, for preferring the company of animals, especially horses, over humans On the days that he does attend school, he daydreams, his attention absorbed by the swallows nest building activities on the other side of the window glass or the sound of an owl scrabbling in the chimney Afternoons, he inevitably drifts back to his father s farm, one of six on the estate When we first meet Leo, he stands on the sidelines, observing his father, uncle, brothers and cousin as they go about their work in the fields Increasingly, though, he joins in on the labour His father, an exacting man, known to whip Leo s older cousin, Herbert, for ploughing a less than straight furrow, is surprisingly patient and forbearing with Leo, never berating the boy for his truancy He recognizes and cultivates his son s abilities and encourages his uncanny way with horses Spongelike Leo absorbs his father s techniques with the animals No need for questions he learns by osmosis Albert would like to see Leo gain a place on the estate s stud farm or in the master s stables His training of the boy causes resentment in others, however It intensifies the rancour between Albert and his brother, Enoch, the under carter on the estate, and it angers his nephew, Herbert, who believes he is the rightful recipient of the training.Pears s book is arranged in unnumbered chapters named for the months of the year There may be as many as five chapters in a row about the busiest month all called August and as few as one chapter each for the months of late fall and winter, when there s less to be done on the farm Beginning in January, 1911 and continuing into June, 1912, each chapter presents a seasonal activity on the farm or wider estate In January, 1911, Lord Prideaux s partridge and pheasant shoot, in which Leo serves as a cartridge boy, is the focus Subsequent chapters take the reader through manure spreading, turnip sowing, Mrs Sercombe s spring cleaning, the birth of a foal, the giddy spring turning out of the horses to pasture, and so on Leo sees cart wheels being fashioned and horses being shod He leads horses to and from the mowing, rakes the mown barley fields, and begins to break and train horses One day while on an errand, he meets the head groom of the estate s stables Herb Shattock takes a shine to Leo and sometimes has him assist with the master s horses.Throughout the novel, Pears s writing is unvarnished but fine North Devon dialect is used, and biblical allusions are frequent Considerable attention is paid to the workings of such new farm machines as mowers and binders It is not uncommon for the author to linger over the intricate workings of cogs and rollers Implements used by the smith, games keeper, and carter are precisely named The Horseman sets the reader down in the now vanished world of rural England ofthan a hundred years ago, where the rhythm and pace of working life were slower and dictated by the changing seasons, and where the harshness and physicality of existence weredirectly experienced, too Pears is especially strong at showing the complexity of the relationships between humans and domesticated animals Unlike most of us, rural people then had daily contact with, even deep attachments to, the animals they would eventually eat Leo has difficulty with this It is a mystery , his mother says, that cared for animals should come to such an end, but the Lord decreed it Still, she adds, Leo is right to ponder this strange and puzzling thing In a similar vein, Leo s father confesses he had to make a case to the gaffer boss about not being responsible for selling those horses he had watched being born and had personally worked with.In its attention to the cycle of the seasons and with its rustic characters not to mention a distressing scene involving a pig that rivals the one in Jude the Obscure , The Horseman recalls the works of Hardy, but it lacks the intricate plotting of the great Victorian novelist The narrative becomes most lively in the scenes where the master s motherless, headstrong daughter, Charlotte, appears Like Leo, Lottie was born in the last year of the last century Spirited, emotional, and an expert horsewoman herself, she is one of the few humans to actually pique his interest Though only a young girl with a small gun, she performs admirably in the shoot described at the beginning of the book A little later, she dresses in boy s clothes and watches Leo from atop a fence as he trains a colt Lottie and Leo s attraction to each other is natural, sympathetic, and uncomplicated by talk The first two thirds of Pears s book move at a very slow pace with nothing much of consequence happening, but that all changes very suddenly as the novel draws to a close In the final chapters, quiet, and until this point guileless Leo unwittingly provokes unanticipated, dramatic upheaval in the Sercombe family No doubt the fall out from this event the change it brings to Leo s and his family s fortunes is to be explored in the next installment of a planned trilogy.Some years ago I was captivated by Pears s debut,In the Place of Fallen Leaves I later attempted his In a Land of Plenty, but it didn t engage me A few months ago, though, my hopes were renewed when I learned that with The Horseman Pears would be returning to the pastoral setting of his first novel As it turns out, this new book still couldn t quite take me back to the place of his first one I was occasionally frustrated by the slow pace, the lengthy and sometimes tedious descriptions of farm work and equipment However, once I recognized that the book was going to demand an adjustment in reading pace andmental effort than I m used to applying to fiction, I came to appreciate the book It grew on me, and I find myself looking forward to discovering Leo s fate in Pears s next book.I d recommend The Horseman to patient readers with an interest in rural life and England s agricultural past Rating 3.5 rounded down to 3.Many thanks to the publisher, Bloomsbury USA, and NetGalley for providing me with a digital text for review It took me a while to get into this book The writing is hard to explain Once you get to know the characters and the setting of the book it is quite beautiful It is 1911 in England, Leo is the son of Albert Sercombe, a farmer of Lord Prideaux s estate The descriptions of everyday life and how everybody works together on the estate is gorgeous without being wordy There are no spare words and that is what drew me in It almost has a dreamy quality Almost This is the first book in a trilogy It took me a while to get into this book The writing is hard to explain Once you get to know the characters and the setting of the book it is quite beautiful It is 1911 in England, Leo is the son of Albert Sercombe, a farmer of Lord Prideaux s estate The descriptions of everyday life and how everybody works together on the estate is gorgeous without being wordy There are no spare words and that is what drew me in It almost has a dreamy quality Almost This is the first book in a trilogy Can t wait for the next one What a quiet, yet powerful book It evokes such a powerful feeling of time and place The author does not make it easy for the reader I have limited experience with farm animals, but Pears had me reaching for the dictionary frequently It was totally worth it though The turn of the century English Manor came alive as did Leo Thanks to Jeanette and Diane for your great reviews I wouldn t have chosen this on my own So happy that I can jump into the second book right away Currently in the early part of the book which is beautifully and meticulously written but a little slow The horse sections are well and accurately written but and this is only because I ve had horses all my life there is a sense of studied information When Leo is left at the farrier blacksmith with a lame mare so that her foot can be checked out her father takes the other two horses that accompanied this mare back to the farm There s no mention of horses being separated and how they react Currently in the early part of the book which is beautifully and meticulously written but a little slow The horse sections are well and accurately written but and this is only because I ve had horses all my life there is a sense of studied information When Leo is left at the farrier blacksmith with a lame mare so that her foot can be checked out her father takes the other two horses that accompanied this mare back to the farm There s no mention of horses being separated and how they react doesn t ring true for me However, it is evocative and there is a story on its way though it hasn t quite turned up yet.Well, a couple of weeks later I m still on page 95 When I m reading this book it s fine, itor less holds my interest if I don t attempt to read for longer than about twenty minutes But once I put the thing down I just forget about ever picking it up again Beautifully written but oh so very slow and full of really absolutely nothing happening at all Not even characterisation In fact the characters are almost non existent Boy or is it Leo is just a human body moving about the countryside Deeply disappointing Will it get better I may forget to find out.It does improve The writing is really beautiful but quite risky overall to start the novel so slowly I realise it is presenting a time when things really did move at that pace but tough on the reader Things get moving about half way through the novel and then I started to sink in and enjoy A beautifully written novel, reminiscent of Hardy I don t want to say too much about it as I wouldn t want to spoil it for anyone but I loved it Yes, it s slow in places but that s where it s beauty lies The ending is wonderfully written and I m keen to read the next one in the trilogy. This writing blew me away and I am so thankful that I spotted this on the shelf at the library It s one of those books that moves along with short chapters that are seemingly about nothingthan small everyday occurrences in the like of Leo, 12 who lives among the people who work the land and the animals on the farms of a giant estate in England, 1911 where all life is tied to the seasons and the weather Definitely a show vs a tell book and I swear at times I could smell feel the air a This writing blew me away and I am so thankful that I spotted this on the shelf at the library It s one of those books that moves along with short chapters that are seemingly about nothingthan small everyday occurrences in the like of Leo, 12 who lives among the people who work the land and the animals on the farms of a giant estate in England, 1911 where all life is tied to the seasons and the weather Definitely a show vs a tell book and I swear at times I could smell feel the air and that I was right there in the fields with these people The book goes on at this pace until almost the very end when you get blindsided.hard I actually wanted to yell no It s the first book of a trilogy and I might perhaps die while waiting for the next one.One note totally necessary for the book but a little difficult at first is the detailed language about horses, farm equipment, etc Just get past itit s worth it And also, pretty graphic description of a pig slaughter, but againit s what life was and wouldn t have been authentic without it I loved this book, but then I really like quiet contemplative reads The characters in this novel live close to the land and revere and value the animals that work and provide for them There is very little exciting action here until the very end, where things escalate quickly Fortunately, I have the second volume of this trilogy laying right here on my table, ready to begin Warning to any readers who need strong plot and plenty of action This is not your book and you may be bored Tim Pears I loved this book, but then I really like quiet contemplative reads The characters in this novel live close to the land and revere and value the animals that work and provide for them There is very little exciting action here until the very end, where things escalate quickly Fortunately, I have the second volume of this trilogy laying right here on my table, ready to begin Warning to any readers who need strong plot and plenty of action This is not your book and you may be bored Tim Pears writes beautifully about the seasonal nature of farm work on an English croft in 1911 It s like a time machine putting you in that time and place.Another plus for me I have a new favorite author This guy can write Tim Pears s short novel tells of 15 months in the life of 12 year old Leopold Sercombe, growing up in West Country the Somerset Devon border in 1911 His family live on a farming estate serving the Master Lord Prideaux in his manor house doing a variety of jobs around the estate Leo, skinny, pale and quiet, dreams of a life working on the stud horse farm He struggles to keep attention in school, his mind wandering to the nature around him, and his passion for horses One day he meets the M Tim Pears s short novel tells of 15 months in the life of 12 year old Leopold Sercombe, growing up in West Country the Somerset Devon border in 1911 His family live on a farming estate serving the Master Lord Prideaux in his manor house doing a variety of jobs around the estate Leo, skinny, pale and quiet, dreams of a life working on the stud horse farm He struggles to keep attention in school, his mind wandering to the nature around him, and his passion for horses One day he meets the Master s daughter Charlotte, the same age as him, and without realising it, his life has changed The real strength of the writing is in the descriptions of the countryside Pears manages to create clear images in the reader s mind of Leo s life The passages involving the dispatch of the family pig, The Pharoah, and Leo riding the wild horse at the estate s summer fair It is a wonderful coming of age story, and the first book or a trilogy It is as good as two other tremendous books about similarly aged boys and horses,Per Peterson s Out Stealing HorsesandWilly Vlautin s Lean On Pete