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Straight Road

eBook (PDF), 107 Pages
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The story is set in June 1870, on a farm outside Glasgow. A road is being built which will demolish the farm and create an estate of suburban villas. Duncan Carr, an aging widower, is the tenant farmer, Agnes his housemaid and Tam the only remaining farm worker. In the last few weeks before the road reaches them the strains inherent in their isolated existence start to surface as Tam tries to gain some control over his future When this goes wrong, Agnes sees a way to save the situation, but only if she can steel herself to break the usual conventions controlling female behavior. Their story overlaps with that of the workers laying the road, where a potential relationship between Neil and Ashling – an Irish immigrant employed to break stones – comes to nothing when she chooses self-abnegation in response to the horrors of life in the slums of Glasgow. Along the way, the reader gets an insight into how life was lived at the time – the reality of which doesn’t... More > always fit our clichéd images< Less
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  • By Tara Tenner
    Apr 25, 2010
    Have you ever walked along a road in the suburbs of any British city and noticed those tell-tale signs of a pre-industrial age - the fragment of dry stone wall, the remaining gatepost to an erstwhile field, the public footpath that cuts across a manicured garden? Have you ever wondered what life was like there before the stone built villas and the cobbled streets? Parkin imagines just such world on the brim of industrialisation and evokes it with the skill of Zola under the influence of Dickens. His narrative is terse, sometimes intentionally bleak but he always paints a vivid picture of those whose lives were blighted by the creeping urbanisation that consumed rural communities. He excels at recreating the lives of the common man and woman. In fact it is his insight into the psyche of the working class woman in particular that seems most remarkable. The way in which he describes how Ashling anticipates a love strangled by poverty and Agnes intuitively realises the power of her... More > sexuality is both sensitive and compelling. It is worth a read alone for the way in which the story turns on Agnes' trap.< Less
  • By tara tanir
    Feb 14, 2009
    "Straight Road" Have you ever walked along a road in the suburbs of any British city and noticed those tell-tale signs of a pre-industrial age - the fragment of dry stone wall, the remaining gatepost to an erstwhile field, the public footpath that cuts across a manicured garden? Have you ever wondered what life was like there before the stone built villas and the cobbled streets? Parkin imagines just such world on the brim of industrialisation and evokes it with the skill of Zola under the influence of Dickens. His narrative is terse, sometimes intentionally bleak but he always paints a vivid picture of those whose lives were blighted by the creeping urbanisation that consumed rural communities. He excels at recreating the lives of the common man and woman. In fact it is his insight into the psyche of the working class woman in particular that seems most remarkable. The way in which he describes how Ashling anticipates a love strangled by poverty and Agnes intuitively... More > realises the power of her sexuality is both sensitive and compelling. It is worth a read alone for the way in which the story turns on Agnes' trap.< Less
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Product Details

Published
September 29, 2011
Language
English
Pages
107
File Format
PDF
File Size
498.9 KB
Product ID
17449306

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