Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. Together the boy and his new companion leave town and travel up the coast toward the holy island of Lindisfarne. His home had been bombed, leaving him an orphan, and so he went to the beach to find a place to sleep, not wishing to be in an orphanage.

He likes his towns and villages grand or at least graceful, but barring very rare instances, his sense of wonder is reserved for the world of nature - and those fleeting instances when a scene of beauty is caught like an intense illumination, when a momentary arrangement of the world seen form a particular angle is captured with perfect clarity, vivid and unforgettable.We still have those cars with old people in them, parked at the very edge of the sea, and the people in them, even on mild days, just looking at the sea, sometimes on camping chairs but still within touching distance of their ugly, smelly metal box. Amongst many more prizes and accolades, he won the Carnegie for the second time in 1980, with The Scarecrows. The mood by the end is decidedly upbeat - and then Westall decides to bring it all crashing down with a heartbreakingly uncomprimising ending.

He saw it as a society with tribal instincts, tribal warfare, tribal kinships, and a sense of isolation that inspired suspicion and generosity toward strangers. Only his stomach clamped down tight for action, as his hands found his clothes laid ready in the dark. but none of the English papers printed a story saying, 'Tim Flannagan took a light head and is far from well at the moment.As for the English, I could spot his hidden affection for them, but he drowns it in his biting observations. He starts in Margate after an eventful train trip down there and clockwise he goes taking in Cornwall, Wales, Liverpool, Northern Ireland (troubles are still going), Scotland and many places in-between and beyond. But Jack (his son) always said that anyone of ill-will could soon smash a door or a window open, and he'd be in a rage by the time he'd got inside. The British seemed to me to be people forever standing on a crumbling coast and scanning the horizon.

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