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Into The Heart Of The Country Hardcover – Mar 14 2011

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st Edition edition (March 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554686342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554686346
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #371,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Into the Heart of the Country succeeds in being both visionary and bracingly real -- hallucinatory yet dramatically vivid -- populated both by ghosts and by a richly, desperately human cast.Her achievement here is beyond doubt and cause for acclaim.?
- Steven Heighton, author of Afterlands and Every Lost Country ()

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"Pauline Holdstock writes beautifully but without ever sacrificing reality's sharp corners and cruel truths; Into the Heart of the Country succeeds in being both visionary and bracingly real--hallucinatory yet dramatically vivid--populated both by ghosts and by a richly, desperately human cast. Her achievement here is beyond doubt and cause for acclaim." -- Steven Heighton, author of Afterlands and Every Lost Country

"Pauline Holdstock's story of Samuel Hearne and his native wife, Molly Norton, moves hauntingly through the north's shimmering purity towards 'worlds coming apart.' Bittersweet and harsh, lyrical and savage, Into the Heart of the Country places us in a landscape where - between 'shining light' and 'heavy dark' - people dream of wholeness. A beautifully written, powerful novel about dissolution and belonging, sorrow and hope." -- Beth Powning, author of The Hatbox Letters and The Sea Captain's Wife

"Read this on a wild country night when the past is as close as your front door. Pauline Holdstock has written a haunting tale about the white men and aboriginal women who founded northern Canada." -- Susan Swan, author of The Wives of Bath and What Casanova Told Me

"Pauline Holdstock's Into the Heart of the Country is beautifully written. In Samuel Hearne and Molly Norton, Holdstock has found a moving story." -- Paulette Jiles, author of The Colour of Lightning and Stormy Weather

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By All the little wonders on April 14 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had read one of Holdstock's previous novel (Beyond Measure) that impressed me (though I found the gore in that book occasionally tough to take). Into the Heart of the Country seems like a completely different kind of novel. Holdstock's attention to detail and accuracy remains, though the treatment of the content seems much more in tune with the feel of the setting--a sparsely populated and unforgiving New World. The story itself is part tragedy of human hubris, the fallacy that man can conquer nature, and part love/conflict story between members of two grossly different civilizations. Holdstock's treatment of the historical figures is delicate, withholding judgement on actions that seemed (to me) appalling. Further, I think her portrayal of Individual thoughts, motivations, and language seems genuine. Often in Historical Fiction authors project their own language conventions or beliefs onto characters whose language style and thoughts would have been shaped by vastly different circumstances hundreds of years ago. However, Holdstock seems to deftly capture dialogue and internal thoughts in a way that seems genuine and does not demand much effort to suspend disbelief. While reading, my only serious complaint was about the ending, which (without spoiling it) I felt could have been treated more compassionately (though this may be an indication of my own emotional involvement with the story ;). A fantastic read for those who enjoy accurate and gripping historical fiction!
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