Ciervo Blanco Book Club organizes in Madrid a free book discussion in English about the novel ‘The Cone Gatherers’ by Robert Jenkins
In the shadow of a war that rages through Europe, brothers Calum and Neil work to gather pine cones in the grounds of a Scottish estate. When Calum releases two mutilated rabbits from a snare, he comes face to face with Duror, the gamekeeper. In retaliation, in the depths of the wood, Duror lays a trap for the cone-gatherers.Neil prophesises that forces of evil will encroach upon the harmony of their lives. It is a prophesy that comes true when Duror commits an act so brutal it destroys all sense of humanity in the once thriving wood. Powerful and unforgettable, Robin Jenkins’ masterpiece is a haunting story of love and violence, and an investigation of class-conflict, war and envy.
Let me alert everyone to the best-kept secret in modern British literature. If you love the novel; if you are interested in books that are humane and wise, not slick and cynical; then treat yourself this year to some Robin Jenkins — Andrew Marr
Like all great masters, his skill is lightly worn, his sentences singing with what he does not say * * The Times * *
A masterpiece of concision and terrible pathos — Isobel Murray
Few novels in our heritage have the bell-like harmonies of this book . . . it has a strange haunting poetic quality, conjuring from a few props a fable of eternal significance — Iain Crichton Smith
Author of a number of landmark novels including The Cone Gatherers, The Changeling, Happy for the Child, The Thistle and the Grail and Guests of War, Jenkins is recognized as one of Scotland’s greatest writers. The themes of good and evil, of innocence lost, of fraudulence, cruelty and redemption shine through his work. His novels, shot through with ambiguity, are rarely about what they seem. He published his first book, So Gaily Sings the Lark, at the age of thirty-eight, and by the time of his death in 2005, over thirty of his novels were in print.
Book discussion: ‘The Cone Gatherers’ by Robert Jenkins
When: Sunday 15th April 2018 at 6pm (18:00)
Where: J & J Books & Coffee – Calle del Espíritu Santo, 47 – Madrid
Language: English (we’ll debate in English)
Organizers: Adrian Diaz
Contact: +34 668853320
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