In the Orchard, the Swallows

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In the Orchard, the Swallows

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A book of great beauty, and steel. Peter Hobbs gets under the skin of Pakistans power structures, its favourite love stories, and the breathtaking quality of its Northern landscape - and he does so in prose that is astonishingly taut and evocative. -Kamila Shamsie This is a beautiful and tragic story that so delicately charts, with profound and devastating effects, the parallels that exist between love and power. It is rooted in the present yet has the timeless quality of a myth like a jewel, it contains more light than seems possible. Hisham Matar In the foothills of a mountain range in northern Pakistan is a beautiful orchard. Swallows wheel and dive silently over the branches, and the scent of jasmine threads through the air. Pomegranates hang heavy, their skins darkening to a deep crimson. Neglected now, the trees are beginning to grow wild, their fruit left to spoil on the branches. Many miles away, a frail young man is flung out of prison gates. Looking up, scanning the horizon for swallows in flight, he stumbles and collapses in the roadside dust. His ravaged body tells the story of fifteen years of brutality. Just one image has held and sustained him through the dark times - the thought of the young girl who had left him dumbstruck with wonder all those years ago, whose eyes were lit up with life. A tale of tenderness in the face of great and corrupt power, In The Orchard, The Swallows is a heartbreaking novel written in prose of exquisite stillness and beauty.

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A book of great beauty, and steel. Peter Hobbs gets under the skin of Pakistans power structures, its favourite love stories, and the breathtaking quality of its Northern landscape - and he does so in prose that is astonishingly taut and evocative. -Kamila Shamsie This is a beautiful and tragic story that so delicately charts, with profound and devastating effects, the parallels that exist between love and power. It is rooted in the present yet has the timeless quality of a myth like a jewel, it contains more light than seems possible. Hisham Matar In the foothills of a mountain range in northern Pakistan is a beautiful orchard. Swallows wheel and dive silently over the branches, and the scent of jasmine threads through the air. Pomegranates hang heavy, their skins darkening to a deep crimson. Neglected now, the trees are beginning to grow wild, their fruit left to spoil on the branches. Many miles away, a frail young man is flung out of prison gates. Looking up, scanning the horizon for swallows in flight, he stumbles and collapses in the roadside dust. His ravaged body tells the story of fifteen years of brutality. Just one image has held and sustained him through the dark times - the thought of the young girl who had left him dumbstruck with wonder all those years ago, whose eyes were lit up with life. A tale of tenderness in the face of great and corrupt power, In The Orchard, The Swallows is a heartbreaking novel written in prose of exquisite stillness and beauty.
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Title In the Orchard, the Swallows Height 208 mm
Peter Hobbs Width 130 mm
ISBN-13 9780571279272 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0571279279 Spine Width 15 mm
Publisher Faber And Faber Ltd Pages 160
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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