The Wilding Jonathan Dymond a year old cider maker in post Civil War England has enjoyed a quiet harmonious existence until a letter arrives from his uncle with a request to speak with his father When his f

  • Title: The Wilding
  • Author: Maria McCann
  • ISBN: 9780571251780
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jonathan Dymond, a 26 year old cider maker in post Civil War England, has enjoyed a quiet, harmonious existence until a letter arrives from his uncle with a request to speak with his father When his father returns from the visit the next day, all he can say is that Jonathan s uncle has died Then Jonathan finds a fragment of the letter, with talk of inheritance and vengeaJonathan Dymond, a 26 year old cider maker in post Civil War England, has enjoyed a quiet, harmonious existence until a letter arrives from his uncle with a request to speak with his father When his father returns from the visit the next day, all he can say is that Jonathan s uncle has died Then Jonathan finds a fragment of the letter, with talk of inheritance and vengeance

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      Maria McCann is an English novelist She was born in Liverpool in 1956 and worked as a lecturer in English at Strode College, Street, Somerset since 1985, until starting work with Arden.Her first novel, As Meat Loves Salt, was released in 2001 The story focuses on the relationship of two men, Jacob Cullen and Christopher Ferris, and is set during the English Civil War They desert their posts in Cromwell s New Model Army to establish a farming commune in the countryside The novel was well received by readers and critics and has recently been championed by Orange Prize winner Lionel Shriver, but failed to attract what one could call widespread attention.McCann also contributed a short story titled Minimal to the anthology New Writing 12 published by the British Council in 2005.Her second novel, The Wilding, was published in February 2010 Set in England in the 1670s, it is the story of a young cider presser, Jonathan Dymond, his dark family secrets, and the young beggar woman he tries to help.Source



    2 thoughts on “The Wilding

    1. I purchased this because I have seen it around rather a lot lately, and one of my favourite bloggers (Jane at Beyond Eden Rock) gave it a four-star rating. For me, The Wilding was rather a slow starter. After reading many of the reviews of McCann's As Meat Like Salt, I was expecting that her prose would blow me away, but I was left a little disappointed by it. There was nothing wrong with her writing, per se, but it just didn't tick many boxes for me. Oddly, there was no real sense of history fo [...]

    2. The cover and description make this book look like a frothy, summery historical fiction read, but it's really quite dark and sad, and there're twists and family secrets galore, and the faintest shades of old English superstitions and witchcraft, and it all kind of felt like a Gothic novel to me, just 1672-style. So obviously I loved it. I think if you liked The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton this book would probably be right up your alley. The writing's much less flashy, but I liked it more.There [...]

    3. A well-researched, neatly constructed, beautifully written book that takes potentially Catherine Cookson material and turns it into an examination of truth, social constriction and responsibility. I've given it four stars on that basis. So why, after As Meat Loves Salt, was I disappointed? Perhaps because the novel felt almost too well-made and in control of itself, whereas the previous novel seemed to be struggling to contain what it was saying, and not saying. I'm haunted by scenes in that boo [...]

    4. An odd one this.The setting is wonderful. Rural England in 1672.The period, just a few decades after the Civil War, with the effects still being felt and the country still unsettled, comes wonderfully to life.As does the real countryside. Rustic, beautiful, but also tough and grubby. You really do feel that you can see, hear, feel, touch, tasteAnd the plot held great promise.Jonathan Dymond works as a cider-maker, travelling from orchard to orchard to make a living.A rather gauche young man. He [...]

    5. The Wilding is one of those novels that grabs your attention while reading it but which, in my case, doesn't leave track.England, 1672 after the Civil War. Jonathan discovers part of a letter addressed to his father from his recently deceased uncle. Secrets covered for years start coming to surface when he decides to visit her widowed aunt and learn more about his uncle and his family's past.Attracted irrationally towards one of the maids, Tamar, Joanathan has to face some truths he might not be [...]

    6. "As Meat Loves Salt" was not only a great novel, it happened to push all my personal buttons - 17th-century setting, totally unreliable narrator, my favourite brand of eroticism - so I approached this one with some trepidation that it might disappoint what were necessarily high hopes. It didn't.Jonathan Dymond, the narrator-protagonist, couldn't be more different from her last narrator: he is almost too honest for his own good. His parents Matthew and Barbara are even more so, an unusually succe [...]

    7. This is a beautifully written book set in 1672, about Jon Dymond who at first glance lives in an idyllic pastoral community. He is passionate about cider making and one day visits his recently widowed rich aunt in a neighbouring village, in order to press her apples for free with his portable cider press. There he meets mysterious Tamar and soon learns a terrible secret that crushes his worldview. I particularly loved Jon’s perspective, and far from finding all the rich historical detail of ev [...]

    8. Jonathan Dymond, the twenty-six-year-old protagonist of the novel, is a cider maker who makes his living by travelling from place to place turning people's apple harvests into cider (the alcoholic kind). His uncle Robin has recently died and Jon soon finds himself visiting his proud and stern Aunt Harriet, who lives in the large house she shared with her husband. She presides over a house in which she employs more servants than is truly necessary. One of these is an enigmatic young woman named T [...]

    9. Jonathan Dymond is a young gentleman with no cares, who makes a living by taking his unique portable cider-press round the countryside, and pressing cider apples. When a note comes to his father from his dying uncle, things change. His father arrives to late to hear his Uncle's last wishes, and is willing to let it be forgotten. But Jonathan finds a scrap of the note that hints of dark secrets, and is plagued by nightmares of his Uncle. So our protagonist finds himself driven to investigate the [...]

    10. The Wilding is set in England in 1672, just after the end of the Civil War. Our narrator is Jonathan Dymond, a young man who works as a cider-maker. Jonathan lives with his loving parents and leads a quiet, happy life, travelling around the neighbouring villages with his mobile cider-press. But when Jonathan's father receives a mysterious letter from his dying brother, Jonathan grows suspicious and decides to visit his uncle's widow to investigate. At his Aunt Harriet's house he meets Tamar, one [...]

    11. What a lovely easy read and very well written.The Wilding is written in the first person by a young man called Johnathan who resides in 17th century England and earns his living as a cider presser, travelling around hiring his services with his unique portable cider press lovingly made and given to him by his father.When his fathers brother Robin dies Johnathan senses there is a mystery surrounding the circumstances of his death which is father is unwilling to discuss, so decides to visit his wi [...]

    12. I just don't really have very much to say about this book. It was alright. Certainly not the worst thing I've read this year, but I can't think of anything particularly positive to say about it either. Perhaps I've read too much historical fiction in which terrible torments are visited upon the characters, but nothing Jonathan went through seemed particularly dramatic or exciting, at least not until the final quarter of the book. His fretting about the possibility of Tamar being his cousin was p [...]

    13. This book started a little slow, though maybe I only felt that way because my life was very busy and it was hard to find the time to really get into a new book. After the first 50 pages or so though I was completely hooked! Interesting characters and an intriguing plot that left me guessing to the bitter end. Wonderfully crafted and some beautiful expressions this really is a masterpiece of literature.

    14. Although beautifully written, this was, in my opinion, a slow-moving, depressing story. The characters were very well depicted and interesting but I thought Jonathan fretted too much and too often about his possible wrong-doings. I liked the ending very much though.

    15. Almost good. I don't think I read the same book as the readers who made all the glowing comments on the cover. It had some good turns of phrase and period detail. The premise was interesting but the plot lumbered along like an old cart on a muddy rutted road. Not bad but definitely not gripping.

    16. 2.5 stars I enjoyed the writing, but I was largely unsympathetic to the narrator, and found some of the characters quite flat. Think I would have liked the story a lot more narrated by Tamar, who was a more complex and interesting character.

    17. Loved it for the most part, but struggled a bit with some of the more obscure religious references and parallels.A gold star to anyone who didn't have to look up what murc is!

    18. Historical fiction is not my first choice of genre and at first I admit that it took me while to adapt to the language style in The Wilding, but once into the story, the style became easier and more flowing and overall, just added to the sense of time and place in what is a very cleverly written novel.Jonathan Dymond is the only child of fairly well-off parents, living quite comfortably and earning extra money as a cider presser - he is known locally as Cider Rat and is very proud to be the owne [...]

    19. Rating: 8/10The Wilding is a rather odd book. Set in England in the 17th century, a few years after the Civil War, the story begins by introducing us to Jonathan Dymond, a young cider maker. Right at the beginning of the novel, Jonathan and his family find out that Jonathan's uncle Robin is not well, so his father hastens to his bedside. But, because of the fact that he chooses to go on foot, by the time he reaches the nearby village (where Robin and his wife live), it is already too late. Soon [...]

    20. It sometimes surprises me what I remember about a book, a few days or weeks or maybe months after I've read it. In the best-case-scenario I obviously remember basically everything. In the worst-case-scenario, I remember virtually nothing. And then there's three different possibilities for all the books in between. I might remember the characters. Not here though, Jonathan is interesting and he fits well with his time, but I wouldn't want to spend too much time with him either. The rest of the ca [...]

    21. I'm still haunted by As Meat Loves Salt so when I found out that Maria McCann had written another book, I had to get my hands on it. Jon Dymond is a young cider-maker who has led a life of ease and prosperity. The only child of loving parents, he has wanted for nothing. Like the cider he presses, his life has been a stream of clear and golden sweetness and he has little inkling of the darker side of the world. All of this changes when a letter from his dying uncle summons his father to his bedsi [...]

    22. It is 17th Century England, after the nightmare of the Civil War life starts returning to normality for its people. After living a quiet life with his parents, Matthew and Barbara, Jonathan Dymond’s world is about to become a little less stable. After the news of his Uncle Robin’s death Jonathan finds remains of a destroyed letter written by Robin hoping to put right the wrongs of his past before his death. Intrigued at what secrets could exist in his family’s past Jonathan sets out to his [...]

    23. A well-researched, neatly constructed, beautifully written book set in rural England, during the dark days after the civil war in 1672. It’s about a young cider maker, Jonathon Dymond and his quest to find the truth about his family after he discovers the partial remains of a letter his dying uncle had sent his father. Intrigued by the mention of "reparation" and "a vicious wench", he decides to investigate and sets off to see his hostile widowed Aunt Harriet under the guise of pressing her ap [...]

    24. Not as strong as her debut novel, As Meat Loves Salt, but that first book stands head and shoulders above most I've read in my life, so that should not be taken too seriously. This novel, too, stuck with me, especially some of the details about the social rules in place (for women in particular) at this time in history, and the serious consequences for appearing to be in breach of those rules.Maria McCann is a truly gifted writer and scrupulous researcher. I have to admit I'm a real fan of histo [...]

    25. Well add me to the list of people who thought this was disappointing next to As Meat Loves Salt, but who nonetheless count it as a fine read. Meticulous plotting and painstaking characterization. And McCann writes so beautifully. Even if this book weren't rich and dark and twisted and utterly believable all the way to the end, it would be worth reading. "The world is full of these goassamer threads tying the present to the past; once perceived, they breed and multiply in the mind."No matter whe [...]

    26. Fans of apple cider will know that some of the best comes from Somerset in England’s West Country, which is where this riveting novel is set.And if “cider” and “riveting” don’t usually go hand in hand it is testament to Maria McCann’s significant skill that she has made it so and set her intriguing story in the 17th Century to boot.Jonathan Dymond is 26 years old, a good son to doting parents, and a bit of a geek when it comes to turning apples into cider. His idea of fun is loadin [...]

    27. Although I enjoyed this book I had got it into my head that it was going to be some kind of haunting/ghost story and it wasn’t. It was a story about a family and how the secrets that they can have will cause problems and issues in the future. Some serious topics from murder to incest were covered in the story, and the end few chapters held a couple of surprises in which I wasn’t expecting. Some aspects could have been covered in more depth and I would like to have heard more about witch hunt [...]

    28. Told with a meticulous eye for historical detail The Wilding is the story of a young man and his quest to find the truth about his family. Set in rural England in 1672 and in the dark days after the civil war, we are introduced to a family alive with treachery and secrets. Reminiscent of a darker time when malevolence and chicanery could influence a family for generations, Jonathan Dymond uses his cider making enterprise to ingratiate himself with an aunt who has the answer to some of their fami [...]

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