The Dig by Cynan Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The contrast between tenderness and brutality accentuates both in this fine novella.
The prose is poetic and grounded. Descriptions of the mundane glisten into the holy by being precisely and elegantly understated. Any flourishes gain further power against such a no nonsense background. Elements that could be pretentious in other hands, such as dropping quotation marks and not naming a main character, work perfectly.
There is a great sense of the sheer unrelenting hardness of farm work and the brutality of grief. As an insight into certain kinds of male psyche, The Dig is heart-breaking and terrifying.
One of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
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