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  1. says:

    Ever since I read the review in The Guardian I have wanted to read this book the story set in the mid of the 17th century of Jan Brunt a Dutch engineer who comes to East Anglia to drain the marshes is told in a most beautiful prose Jan is the narrator and describes his undertaking with love as for him shaping the land is something than just making it available for agricultural purposes although fields which are ploughed and give fruit ar

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    That is what I believed that time nibbles away at the future and in that moment puts the present behind its back The past retreats as each present moment joins it on and on Yet that is far too simple Inside us time sways backwards and forwards from now to then here to there and nothing of it is lost or goes away but it all hangs everywhere

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    Beautifully written Historical facts mixed with a personal story which I enjoyed very much The main characters are not worked out in depth The author observes them throughout their lives and relates the observations to the reader It's a fairytale style of writing but well done I felt I was there

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    Now this should have been a book I enjoyedIt has chapters set in my place of birth Kings Lynn and many others set at the very foundation of the City I visit monthly New York – as it transitions from New Amsterdam Golden HillThe Kings Lynn and Ely part is around the draining of the Fens – a landscape which has inspired great writing such as Fen by Daisy Johnson Waterland by Graham Swift and Paul Kingsnorth's The Wake The New York part s

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    Stella Tillyard’s The Great Level is an absolute stunner It’s everything that I want in an historical novel a complet

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    Jan Brunt is a Dutchman who moves from the Netherlands to England to work on the drainage of the Fens around Ely Years later he's living in N

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    Jan Brunt arrives in Norfolk to drain The Fens and increase the amount of arable land funded by Norfolk's famous son Oliver Cromwell In Norfolk he meets and starts a relationship with Eliza who later tells her story and becomes a three dimensional character on a page The story eventually moves to New Amsterdam where we find Jan a bit of a recluse still earning his way as an engineer I was fascinated by the st

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    There are two problems with this book; one and its pace and two the ending Mostly told from the point of view of the engineer Jan Brunt the story creeps along at a frustrating pace until the second voice of Eliza is introduced She i

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    Wow she evokes so much life and vivid details of the fens Netherlands as well as the new land America in the early part of the 17th century Wow what a novel haunting and breathtaking and just rich in detail I wanted to savour every page This is one book I wanted to finish and yet did not want it to end I might be tempted to buy it

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Confront all that was lost there The Great Level is a dramatic and elemental story about two people whose differences draw them together then drive them apart Jan and Eliza’s journeys like the century they inhabit are filled with conflict hard graft and adventure – and see them searching for their own piece of solid groun Jan Brunt arrives in Norfolk to drain The Fens and increase the amount of arable land funded by Norfolk s famous son Oliver Cromwell In Norfolk he meets and starts a relationship with Eliza who later tells her story and becomes a three dimensional character on a page The story eventually moves to New Amsterdam where we find Jan a bit of a recluse still earning his way as an engineer I was fascinated by the story of draining The Fens as Norfolk is just north of Suffolk where I live The engineering and work involved in bending nature to human endeavour has always fascinated me and I wanted to find out about how you stop water from spreading in a low lying piece of land Ideally I would have loved a couple of maps one of Norfolk and one of New Amsterdam showing the difference between the modern day maps we are familiar with Those short comings aside this was a great book Seducida (Esclava victoriana, is a dramatic and elemental story about two people whose differences draw them together then drive them apart Jan and Eliza’s journeys like the century they Essential Juices and Smoothies inhabit are filled with conflict hard graft and adventure – and see them searching for their own piece of solid groun Jan Brunt arrives Buttermilk Graffiti in Norfolk to drain The Fens and Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink increase the amount of arable land funded by Norfolk s famous son Oliver Cromwell In Norfolk he meets and starts a relationship with Eliza who later tells her story and becomes a three dimensional character on a page The story eventually moves to New Amsterdam where we find Jan a bit of a recluse still earning his way as an engineer I was fascinated by the story of draining The Fens as Norfolk Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras is just north of Suffolk where I live The engineering and work Ni Un Jefe Más. Quiero tener mi negocio y ser mi propio jefe. Secretos para independizarse: Cómo un Emprendedor Exitoso. Cómo crear una empresa exitosa. Cómo emprender e iniciar un negocio rentable involved No Limits (No existen Límites cuando se cree en uno mismo) in bending nature to human endeavour has always fascinated me and I wanted to find out about how you stop water from spreading Captain Wentworths Persuasion in a low lying piece of land Ideally I would have loved a couple of maps one of Norfolk and one of New Amsterdam showing the difference between the modern day maps we are familiar with Those short comings aside this was a great book

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‘I am an engineer and a measured man of the world I prefer to weigh everything in the balance to calculate and to plan Yet my own heart is going faster than I can now count’ In 1649 Jan Brunt a Dutchman arrives in England to work on draining and developing the Great Level an expanse of marsh in the heart of the fen country Ever since I read the review in The Guardian I have wanted to read this book the story set in the mid of the 17th century of Jan Brunt a Dutch engineer who comes to East Anglia to drain the marshes is told in a most beautiful prose Jan is the narrator and describes his undertaking with love as for him shaping the land is something than just making it available for agricultural purposes although fields which are ploughed and give fruit are part of his vision His engineering efforts are not centred on money although he is hired by a group of entrepreneurs who see profit in these drained land Jan combines his skills and artistry And the Fens enchant him so does the local woman whom he meets and begins to love Jan finds his place on earth in New Amsterdam which becomes New York and where he leads modest solitary life I liked Eliza who though she begins as a slave on tobacco fields is intelligent and makes her way in the New World This is a marvellous marvellous historical novel I literally was unable to put this novel down and it ll stay with me for a long time what else could a reader ask for The Academy in the balance to calculate and to plan Yet my own heart Full Dark, No Stars is going faster than I can now count’ In 1649 Jan Brunt a Dutchman arrives If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, in England to work on draining and developing the Great Level an expanse of marsh 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in the heart of the fen country Ever since I read the review La ética de la crueldad in The Guardian I have wanted to read this book the story set 3052 in the mid of the 17th century of Jan Brunt a Dutch engineer who comes to East Anglia to drain the marshes Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories is told Mercator in a most beautiful prose Jan Pasos perdidos en Granada is the narrator and describes his undertaking with love as for him shaping the land Suffering and no suffering is something than just making Can We Live 150 Years? it available for agricultural purposes although fields which are ploughed and give fruit are part of his vision His engineering efforts are not centred on money although he The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is hired by a group of entrepreneurs who see profit Robs Shiny Dumptruck in these drained land Jan combines his skills and artistry And the Fens enchant him so does the local woman whom he meets and begins to love Jan finds his place on earth Roller Girl is Mama Glow intelligent and makes her way Fire in the Sky in the New World This olga spessivtzeva is a marvellous marvellous historical novel I literally was unable to put this novel down and ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! it ll stay with me for a long time what else could a reader ask for

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It is here he meets Eliza whose love overturns his ordered vision and whose act of resistance forces him to see the world differently Jan flees to the New World where the spirit of avarice is raging and his skills as an engineer are prized Then one spring morning a boy delivers a note that prompts him to remember the Fens and Jan Brunt is a Dutchman who moves from the Netherlands to England to work on the drainage of the Fens around Ely Years later he s living in New Amsterdam and thinking back to his time in England in the 164os50s when the country was still in tumultuous times following the civil war I found this a little wordy at times and the story often moved slowly but it was beautifully written and an interesting story My only uibble is that the text was rather small and it felt a bit of a strain to read it