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This is a searing short novel, built of the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer, unfolding in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads. Their two paths converge with tragic inevitability. Jones writes of the physiology of grief and the isolation of loss with brilliance, and about the simple rawness of animal existence with a naturalist's unblinking eye. His is a pared-down prose of resonant simplicity and occasional lushness. His writing about ducks and dogs and cows is axe-sharp. There is not a whiff of the bucolic pastoral or the romanticized sod here. This is a real rural ride. It is short, but crackles with latent compressed energy that makes it swell to fill more space than at first glance it occupies.
Welsh writer Jones's brutal, lyrical, slim novel centers on two men widowed sheep farmer Daniel and an illicit badger baiter known only as the big man" living in present-day rural Wales. Spare in its plotting, the story follows both men as their paths gradually converge. While Daniel navigates the ordeals of lambing season" as the reality of his wife's death (by an accidental horse kick) settles in, the big man attempts to stave off the police while searching for the location of his next dig (badgers are captured from underground tunnels). He eventually lands on a section of Daniel's property. While the action of the story is compelling, the real pleasures lie in Jones's language and meditations on grief. In prose that calls to mind both the severity of Cormac McCarthy and the psychological lucidity of John Updike, Jones explores the intricacies of Daniel's mourning ( He seemed to know the offer of sympathy would be like a gate he'd go crashing through"), as well as the strangeness of time not a thing you live within, but... an element you grow alien to when you become aware of it." The focus on the criminal underbelly of agrarian culture poses a refreshing counterpoint to back-to-the-land idealism.