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The Dig by John Preston

John Preston ð 0 read free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð John Preston The Dig by John Preston review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ed treasure As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety it becomes clear though that this is no ordinary find and soon the discovery leads to all kinds of jealousies and tensionsJohn Preston's recreation of the Su. Not So Dark AgesSerious fiction these days is often so complex and allusive that it is a real pleasure to read a novel that tells a story absolutely straight with plenty of human interest yet without slighting the considerable intellectual value of the subject The Dig is an account of the 1939 excavations at Sutton Hoo Suffolk on the east coast of England The intricacy of the artifacts from the largest of these a ship burial datable to the late sixth century completely altered the prevailing view of the so called Dark Ages as a period devoid of cultureI knew about the excavation before reading the book and have seen the artifacts in the British Museum I found though that my memory had been affected by reading Angus Wilson s Anglo Saxon Attitudes which starts with a scandal at a parallel excavation obviously based on Sutton Hoo But author John Preston has no need of nefarious plots to make his story exciting the book reads like a thriller as it is First there is the sheer interest of the painstaking work involved looking less for solid objects than minute changes in color or texture of the soil Then there is the excitement of the first finds And then as the news gets out the struggle for control between the local people who first began the work and the sometimes overbearing national authorities All taking place under the threat of impending war on the very coastline that for two millennia has been a landing ground for continental invadersPreston s genius is to make you forget it is a true story and give you the surprise of pure fiction Yet if you look up Sutton Hoo on Wikipedia you will see that everything of significance in the novel is true Preston does not make up names or alter facts At the same time he shows exactly why fiction can be effective than non fiction in telling such a story because he puts you there seeing through the eyes of people who are as involved with their emotions as with their hands Preston has the good fortune of being able to rely on narrators who are closely involved in the dig but are in some sense amateurs There is Edith Pretty the owner of Sutton Hoo House whose interest in the other world stems from her grief at her husband s death There is Basil Brown a self taught archaeologist recommended by the local museum as someone who knows about Suffolk soil than anyone else alive And there is Peggy Piggott a graduate student married to her professor and brought along during their rather strange honeymoon because she is light enough not to disturb the fragile site For all three of these but especially Peggy Preston invents an enigmatic emotional life that enriches their stories without ever contradicting the facts But he also has the sense to leave loose ends poignantly untied so that the made up stories do not overwhelm the real one It is a uietly amazing featThis is a simple unpretentious book yet it is as satisfying to read as many a longer tome with grander goals It may not make my Great Books of the Year but it is certainly one of the ones I have enjoyed the most

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John Preston ð 0 read free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð John Preston The Dig by John Preston review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Tton Hoo dig the greatest Anglo Saxon discovery ever in Britain brilliantly and comically dramatizes three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders professionals thwarted amateurs and love and rivaly flourished in eual measu. A fairly pleasant short fictional account of the summer of 1939 when the Sutton Hoo ship burial was discovered It contains as much fact as fiction slightly dull in places but interesting nevertheless as its fairly local to me There were bits of the story that didn t seem to go anywhere so not sure why they were included It has inspired me to read my factual books about Sutton Hoo again though

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John Preston ð 0 read free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð John Preston The Dig by John Preston review ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook In the long hot summer of 1939 Britain is preparing for war But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind Mrs Pretty the widowed farmer has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buri. I actually picked up a tattered paperback copy of The Dig several years ago after seeing it referenced online in a discussion about books that do a good job of portraying an archaeological dig It wasn t until I was offered an ARC of the new edition however that I finally made time for John Preston and his literary treasure huntTo be honest if I didn t feel obligated to give it a review I likely would have discarded this to the DNF pile There was some interesting history behind it and an impressive amount of detail in some of the excavations but the narrative itself was painfully dry and the characters tediously English I mean there is some very cool stuff going on here and some really exciting things being revealed from the mysterious mounds but there is absolutely no emotion to the book Everyone in it takes such pains to be prim and proper and Preston himself seems compelled to similarly reign in his enthusiasmI m sure there are literary merits that I m glossing over and I m sure cultural aficionados could pick apart the words and the sentences to reveal a whole other layer but as adventures go as archaeological discoveries go The Dig was just a wholly underwhelming read Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins Disclaimer I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review


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    John Preston ð 0 read free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð John Preston (Pdf Read) The Dig by John Preston This beautifully composed short novel by John Preston may be most notable for its simplicity and understatement In restraine

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    (Pdf Read) The Dig by John Preston John Preston ð 0 read summary The Dig by John Preston I found this to be a very disappointing fictional treatment of an exciting archaeological event the discovery of the Anglo Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk UK in 1939 The book has received good reviews on

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    summary The Dig by John Preston John Preston ð 0 read free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð John Preston I actually picked up a tattered paperback copy of The Dig several years ago after seeing it referenced online in a discussion about books that do a good job of portraying an archaeological dig It wasn't until I was offered an ARC of t

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    summary The Dig by John Preston free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð John Preston John Preston ð 0 read Not So Dark AgesSerious fiction these days is often so complex and allusive that it is a real pleasure to read a novel that tells a story absolu

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    (Pdf Read) The Dig by John Preston It is 1939 in East Anglia and Britain is on edge knowing that war is imminent But at Sutton Hoo another type of excitement is taking place An ancient Anglo Saxon burial ground is in the process of being uncovered on the gro

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    (Pdf Read) The Dig by John Preston This got rave reviews when it was published a couple of years ago from readers as diverse as Ian McEwan engrossing exuisitely original Robert Harris enthrallingoriginal and Nigella Lawson who was so absorbed she skipped lunchI don't really understand all the hype It was a pleasant enough short read; Preston writes beautifully but at the end I did wonder what the point was The novel is so understated as to be almost inaudible; all that is

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    (Pdf Read) The Dig by John Preston In 1939 Edith Perry contacted the Ipswich Museum about some mounds she wanted excavated on her property in East Anglia The museum recommended a

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    John Preston ð 0 read free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð John Preston summary The Dig by John Preston A fairly pleasant short fictional account of the summer of 1939 when the Sutton Hoo ship burial was discovered It contains as much fact as fiction slightly dull in places but interesting nevertheless as its fairly local to me There were bits of the story that didn't seem to go anywhere so not sure why they were included It has in

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    (Pdf Read) The Dig by John Preston This interesting little novel is set in 1939 and centres on the excavation of the Anglo Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk I picked it up because of the Suffolk connection and rapidly became engrossed The archaeological disco

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    (Pdf Read) The Dig by John Preston John Preston ð 0 read free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð John Preston I loved this novel for how it makes archaeology lyrical poetic and personal I think it's Peggy Piggott who says something like here we are attempting to unearth another civilization when ours is on the brink of collapse the Sutton Hoo dig takes place in 1939 This and other connections between the Anglo Saxon shi

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  • Paperback
  • 233
  • The Dig by John Preston
  • John Preston
  • English
  • 19 November 2020
  • 9780141016382