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I’ve read Cove too and am pretty sure I want to read his other books as well. Seriously, no-one can write like him – and nobody can write about Wales and the countryside and the people who live there like he can. It’s not long, it doesn’t have a strong hook, but it’s hard to put down and even harder to forget. The author agreed on the impact of this unconventional device and finished the rest of the book this way, save for one conversation between the protagonist and his mother. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Views Read Edit View history. Choose your FT trial.

Warning for graphic descriptions of animal cruelty. This is nature red in tooth and claw. The novel is pretty short so that to reveal much else would get into spoiler territory. The Big Man we are told is an expert in the procuration of Badgers, and searched out by rich, visiting men for this type of hunt. Search the FT Search. Markets Show more Markets links.

In its marriage of profound lyricism and feeling for place, deep human compassion and unflinching savagery, this brief and beautiful novel is utterly unique. Jones was born near AberaeronCeredigion. This tue is both heartbreaking and enraging. Hardcoverpages.

Cookies on FT Sites We use cookies for a number of reasons, such as keeping FT Sites reliable and secure, personalising content and ads, providing social media features and to analyse how our Sites are used. There were other graphic scenes in Daniel’s sections as well, but these scenes didn’t bother me nearly as much as the Big Man’s, because, I think, they seemed necessary and realistic in a farmer’s way of life for example, when Daniel was trying to save the life of a ewe and its unborn lamb.

Guardian News and Media. I was totally entranced by this book. I hope to acquire more of Jones’ work and I look forward to future books of his. This novel is brutal and at the same time warm, breathless but with a quality of stillness.

The Big Man we are told is an expert in the procuration of Badgers, and searched out by rich, visiting men for this type of hunt.


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Life and death are neatly juxtaposed as the two narratives both echo and contrast each other. I could not recommend it more highly. I did think Daniel’s chapters were effective in describing slight spoiler view spoiler [grief and isolation hide spoiler ].

Bare bones farming in the cold, and you can feel the British wind stripping your face of warmth. It’s not long, it doesn’t ha A powerful book, with a powerful representation cynann farming life This book punches you in the midsection. The big man has a dubious, never-quite-explained criminal history all we know is that he has firearms offences and a long-ago record for assault and is currently involved in prohibited activities: What does it say when the instinctual savagery at our kones must be abandoned in order to evolve?

There is not a whiff of the bucolic pastoral or the romanticized sod here. Really though The Dig is a unique novel which focuses on loss, however in obvious and more ambiguous ways. Jan 18, Kris McCracken rated it it was amazing.

De Burcht is wat je op zijn zachtst kan zeggen, een intrigerend boek. Dec 04, Kirk Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: Haunting hte about farming in Wales. Jones writes of the physiology of grief and the isolation of loss with brilliance, and about the simple rawness of animal e This is a searing short novel, built of cynzn interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer, unfolding in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads.

Jknes 8 February Even in its bloodiest moments this short novel is nonetheless marked by a deep feeling for nature and the countryside, and is infused with a poetry tge bouquets”; “the rush of thrushes” that gives it an almost parable-like quality.

In that passage, Jones used traditional speech marks “to create a sense of a more conventional, staid dialogue. But, cynwn, the narrative just seemed to view spoiler [stop hide spoiler ].

Daniel is a Welsh sheep farmer who has lost his wife; another nameless man is digging for badgers in his woods, baiting them with dogs for the entertainment of other cruel men.


Joes Read Edit View history. A Dig, we learn later, is an illegal badger hunt using terriers that are inserted into the tunnels of a badger hovel where the badger is trapped in its inner den until the hunters, using shovels, dig it out. The result is both strong and stark, like the carcass of an animal flayed of meat: At one point, as we race toward the final scene, Daniel discovers a pregnant sheep dying from her own dead and deformed lamb that cannot be breached naturally.

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While reading this brief novel, a lot of comparisons came into my head. The novel is pretty short so that to reveal much else would get into spoiler territory. I feel magic when I read or listen to them. Whether they are speaking or singing in English or Welsh it is like being transported to a stream and being swept along in the flow jone images. Want to Read saving…. It is all tied together at the end in a very satisfying way. The odd stylistic feature of very little punctuation dug no quotation marks at all give it a dreamlike quality, and really does work in cynn the nature of the two taciturn men, both of whom are struggling with tumultuous inner lives.

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REVIEW: The Dig by Cynan Jones

Get a fresh start. If I were teaching a course in literature, I would include this novel in my syllabus. There is a golden thread of truth about the nature of life running through it, which I believe is important for all books!

Disturbing, but so worth it. It’s about life and death and survival.

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