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That really does look good, my to read list is getting way too long.

Dark Puss

Jennifer you certainly should read this at some point but although I agree with almost every word Cornflower has written I have never wanted to read any other of Chatwin's books. This particular work was recommended to me by a Chatwin fan as the one to start with.


This sounds intriguing - I've not come across Chatwin before.


Wonderful book. I absolutely believed in these people. I have also read BC's In Patagonia -- a very different kind of book but also enthralling.


It sounds like a really substantial read. Is Bruce Chatwin quite well known then? Never heard of him before (not that that means anything).

Dark Puss

Dear Jodie, yes I think Bruce Chatwin could be described as "well known". Perhaps it depends on your age whether you would agree with that. I was most aware of him and his works in the 1980's. Perhaps that is because the book that "made his reputation" In Patagonia was published in 1977, he had some high profile friends and lovers and he died of HIV in 1989.

Thomas at My Porch

I think On the Black Hill is a deep and substantive book, but it is so easy to read. The subject matter and themes make it sound like it might be heavy, but I don't think it is at all. I had never heard of Chatwin until a trusted friend put this book in my hands last Christmas.


Cornflower, that description sounds a bit like Plainsong, by Kent Haruf, a lovely, quiet book set in the American Midwest. Anyone read both?

Susie Vereker

Yes, I reread this every few years and gain more each time. The atmosphere is still vivid in my mind (not always the case these days)

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