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The stubble grain left over by the thresher and harvesters? The berries and the birds? The honey and the fish? Life’s not like that, except in children’s books. ” (76) This is not simply a pastoral voice, but varies the interrogative of the fairytale, caustic and moralizing at times. Despite Crace’s elusive elements, chap 1 27/7/06 8:16 am Exploring Craceland Page 19 19 and his fabulist tendency, he creates a coherent set of recognizable human relations offsetting the ambiguity. Sean Matthews writes in ‘Jim Crace’ (2005): “Crace’s work has consistently evoked imaginary, self-sufficient fictional worlds which are in teasing or troubling parallel relations to the ‘real’ one(s) we inhabit.
The inclinations of the British scene militated against him. ” Here lies a different putative Cracean world, in many ways the obverse of Craceland. One unfinished manuscript adopts a naturalistic, autobiographical mode. ‘The Theory and Practice of Non-Violent Resistance’ attempts a personal reflection upon the community and hippy politics of the 1970s in a north London setting. The narrator is a hippy living in a squat. He has been beaten up by yobs, and his girlfriend, Terry, consoles him by reading Shelley, her favourite poet after Sylvia Plath, both poetic passions very indicative of the tastes of this era.
Both men were en voyage and sleeping in their berths. ” (1) Two fates are balanced. The predicament of Aymer, the anti-heroic protagonist, represents the domain of the past, but historicized largely beyond the grand narrative of public events (apart from the minutiae of the moral dilemmas of the early nineteenth-century slave trade): The Tar was only fifty yards from shore. Two sailors had to land a line by rowboat and secure the ship to capstans on the quay. And then they had to coax the Tar to dock.