Sarah Perry ✓ The Essex Serpent EBOOK

PDF ¶ BOOK The Essex Serpent Ó HORTICULTURETRADER ✓ ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Essex Serpent By Sarah Perry ➲ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk London 1893 Cora Seaborne är fortfarande ung men har just blivit änka och nu förväntar sig omgivningen att hon ska snöra åt korsetten klä sig i svart och dra sKalbefolkningenCoras teori är att det rör sig om en oupptäckt art som hon är fast besluten att hitta och klassificera Hon finner en oväntad vän och intellektuell jämlike i traktens präst William Ransome Tillsammans söker de svaret på gåtan samtidigt som Will och Cora oundvikligen dras till varandr What a surprisingly charming bookNominated for both The Women’s Prize and The Costa Book Award The Essex Serpent is a beautifully written book Set in 1893 Essex England we meet Cora Seaborne recently and happily widowed and William Ransome the town vicor who is dealing with rumors and superstition of a returning mythical Essex Serpent Cora an amateur naturalist develops such an interesting friendship with William Ransome At odds with each other and always with opposing views science vs religion they entertain us with their sharp dialogue Their repertoire is fascinating and at times uite hilariousSarah Penny’s book has everything to offer from a well thought out plot excellent character development and humorous dialogueHighly recommend45 out of 5 stars

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London 1893 Cora Seaborne är fortfarande ung men har just blivit änka och nu förväntar sig omgivningen att hon ska snöra åt korsetten klä sig i svart och dra sig tillbaka med en knähund i famnen Men äktenskapet var inte särskilt lyckligt och rollen som viktoriansk societetsfru passade aldrig den eg ‘Sometimes I think I sold my soul so that I could live as I must Oh I don’t mean without morals or conscience—I only mean with freedom to think the thoughts that come to send them where I want them to go not to let them run along tracks someone else set leading only this way or that’ Frowning she ran her thumb along the serpent’s spine and said ‘I’ve never said this before not to anyone though I’ve meant to but yes I’ve sold my soul though I’m afraid it didn’t fetch too high a price I had a faith the sort I think you might be born with but I’ve seen what it does and I traded it in It’s a sort of blindness or a choice to be mad—to turn your back on everything new and wonderful—not to see that there’s no fewer miracles in the microscope than in the gospels’ ‘You think—you really think—that it is one or the other your faith or your reason?’ The Essex Serpent is a magnificent work that uses the form of the Gothic novel to explore real world and very human concerns It may be set in the late 19th century but it resonates with issues just as compelling as those of the 21st Superstition and faith versus science and fact The nature and limits of friendship the moral limits of medicine Sarah Perry has said “What most interests me about the past is not its otherness but its sameness” One manifestation is a concern with the housing horrors of the poor in 19th century London being sueezed by landlords and their residences being replaced by posh lodgings I wanted to portray a late nineteenth century which was in many respects ‘modern’ rather than a sort of Victoriana theme park of pea soupers and smelling salts By the 1890s you could travel by Tube and walk along an Embankment lit by electric lights you could have a tooth pulled under anaesthesia join a union read the Times buy frozen lamb shipped over from New Zealand and so on I suppose the obverse of saying 'they were rather like us' is to say 'and we are rather like them' and I do fear that we are regressing to a decidedly Victorian state when it comes to housing and a tendency to think of those who live in poverty as in some way deserving it due to a lack of virtue rather than mere ill fortune Cora Seaborne lately and happily relieved of her unloving but controlling husband by virtue of a fatal illness is no one’s idea of a damsel in distress uite the opposite She has a passion for learning and exploration 1893 in the final decade of Victoria’s reign was an exciting time The World Columbian Exhibition opened in Chicago Wall Street suffered another stock crash Women voted for the first time in a national election in New Zealand Cora is eager to be a part of this new age of scientific growth Shedding her London home At Euston Suare and Paddington the Underground stations received their passengers who poured in like so much raw material going down to be milled and processed and turned out of molds and indulging her growing interest in paleobiology Cora along with her on the spectrum son Francis and his nanny Cora’s friend Martha heads to Colchester in Essex “They’re finding fossils on the coastCora will be happy as a schoolboy there up to her knees in mud” Strange News out of Essex a woodwork from the 1669 pamphlet It is while on a random explore in the rain and considering her oneness with nature It struck her that everything under that white sky was made of the same substance—not uite animal but not merely earth; where branches had sheared from their trunks they left bright wounds and she would not have been surprised to see severed stumps of oak and elm pulse as she passed Laughing she imagined herself a part of it and leaning against a trunk in earshot of a chattering thrush held up her arm and wondered if she might see vivid green lichen stippling the skin between her fingers that she first meets Pastor Will Ransome It definitely counts as meet cute when they neither knowing who the other is team up to retrieve an animal that had gotten stuck in the considerable mudThe pastor and the naturalist will form a beautiful bond as they engage in a dialectic of faith reason and respectful consideration and sometimes hostile confrontation The core of faith in tension with science is central Rumors of a serpent have been making rounds a return of a creature last reported in the 17th century Many of the locals indulge in superstition as fear spreads Will is determined to put an end to such notions but the naturalist Cora is hoping it might be a remnant of what had been thought a lost species a plesiosaur perhaps bringing to her scientific approach a considerable store of faith in the possible Perry plays these tensions like Itzhak Perlman on a Stradivarius Sarah Perry from The GuardianThe tension between faith and science is far from the only buzzing string here The connection Cora and Will make leads to battles of both the expected and surprising sorts and while the core of their words is beyond reproach their growing affection for each other excitement at intellectual challenge but also excitement at the very presence of the other makes for than a bit of discomfort While Cora is happily widowed Pastor Will remains smitten with his beautiful both in body and spirit wife Stella a star who would sparkle in any firmament Of course lustrous though she may be Stella is not exactly in the best of health Can Cora and Will’s friendship sustain or will it transform into something else? William Ransome and Cora Seaborne stripped of code and convention even of speech stood with her strong hand in his; children of the earth and lost in wonder As for that beastie the notion for the story was a happy accident It was Sarah Perry’s husband who told her on a car journey through Essex having spotted a sign to the village of Henham about the legend of a serpent Perry felt her scalp tighten the better to grasp the idea and keep it safe inside her head – a feeling she has become used to when she thinks of something she knows will make a great book “Immediately I thought if that beast came back in the Victorian era post Darwin when there was a trend for natural history and people were fossil collecting people would have a very different response from those in the 17th century who had seen this beast” from The Guardian interview The structure of the core conflict came to Perry in a flash between myth and superstition and faith and reason and science and all of those clashing over this one potential beast But how best to orchestrate it?The Gothic form offered a welcome approach There are familiar elements sometimes reimagined The typical spooky castle finds an outlet in a natural setting a spot where civilization tapers off and the natural or supernatural? picks up a marshland abutting the Blackwater River near an estuary the fittingly named World’s End Darkness abounds there as do barely visible things and events that offer rich fodder for active imaginations In the darkness he grows afraid There’s something there he feels it biding its time—implacable monstrous born in water always with an eye cocked in his direction An atmosphere of mystery pervades Just what the hell is going on? An ancient and obscure prophecy portends unpleasantness ahead Well folks thereabouts are persuaded that the promise of the serpent’s return was being fulfilled Omens portents visions So many Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events Yep and some pretty outstanding natural ones as well High even overwrought emotion Fuh shoo uh Science minded free at last widow meets studly passionate intellectually curious cleric And plenty of raised voices beside But the high emotional level also extends to being dazzled by beauty Women in distress Well not the usual sort Stella is particularly unwell but seems less stressed than enthralled by it Cora is a modern woman so no poor weak thing act being performed There is plenty of the vocabulary of the gothic For example chapter one begins One o’clock on a dreary dayThere is also the romantic element in the gothic approach The Will Cora connection has already been mentioned There are a few other connections of this sort that are addressed But the overwhelming connection throughout the book is of friendship even if the lines between where friendship leaves off and another kind of relationship picks up can be a bit murky and even if love is the beating heart of all sorts of friendships What I absolutely didn’t want to do was to write a book about two people who madly fancy each other and at the end of the book they fall in love and they get married That’s so tiresome and life is so much rich and complex and complicated than that I wanted to write about a relationship that is intimate and tender and exciting and even erotic but not a conventional ‘boy meets girl and they’re soulmates and they live happy ever after’ storyPerry aimed to write about as many different kinds of friendship love as I could find Ones which blur the boundaries between romantic love and friendship seeing sexual desire as something cathartic and benevolent even when it’s not connected to any kind of romantic attachment I still maintain that Cora and Will are basically friends but that their friendship is capacious and different and subject to change as human relationships are” from the Wate

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The Essex SerpentEnsinniga och frihetstörstande CoraHon bestämmer sig för att lämna storstaden för landsbygden i Essex tillsammans med sin socialistiskt orienterade väninna Martha och sin mycket speciella son Francis De hamnar i den lilla staden Colchester där rykten om ett mystiskt odjur har skapat masshysteri hos lo We are cleaved together we are cleaved apart everything that draws me to you is everything that drives me away How I loved holding this book in my hands with the gorgeous William Morris cover and the soft uneven deckle edged pages While perusing this lovely volume I revelled in the gothic atmosphere I looked forward to the intimate letters and notes sprinkled throughout the narrative I was intrigued by the mystery of the serpent the palpable fear of those in the damp mossy seaside village of Aldwinter Not to mention the writing oh the writingAnd I loved the characters All of them from the hunched brilliant surgeon Luke Garrett to the enlightened and captivating star fairy Stella Ransome I even felt for the plight of the miserable knife wielding attacker Samuel Hall The humanity of each character shone throughI didn't want to put the book down but now that I have finished it so uickly I am a little remorseful it is over and I am yanked out of this alluring world This world in which the natural and spiritual battle against each other uselessly Where love whether unreuited divisive undefined or wrong remains nonetheless a jewel that cannot be ignored or apologised for In this world women are beautiful and wise or they cast away their beauty and refused to be defined that way or they have important things to do in their lives than chase beauty and its rewards In this world there is a Victorian consumptive a legend of Loch Ness proportions that sends children into terrifying hysterics and a dark and impoverished London in the backdrop But am I really that far from the world Sarah Perry created? It's true that people in this story gaze at sea treasures and wildflowers instead of their smartphones Other than that she created a truly accessible tale with themes and situations that are modern than one might have imagined in this gothic Victorian book that boasts the spectres of Stoker Shelley Collins and DickensFear is the serpent that slithers throughout this book's pages Fear of a monster yes But also all the secret fears that lie in our hearts The serpent mirrors our innate terror of death of what slinks damply hidden in the fog It mimics a phallic shape in matters of passion and its frightening conseuences It's the awful suspicion that one is alone and unseen leaving no prints and with nothing tethering one to the surface of the earth It is fear of our spiritual path or lack of oneThis book does not provide answers just a platform for the human heart cleaved and oh it is such a beautiful thing to behold