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As Meat Loves Salt (Harvest Original)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"This is an outstanding debut novel, a fresh and unusual achievement . . . As the title implies, it has all the dirt, stink, rasp and flavour of the time." - The Daily Telegraph (London)

Torn in two by a vicious Civil War, Seventeenth Century England was the scene of extraordinary violence. Among the soldiers travelling across the country from one deadly battle to another is Jacob Cullen, a former servant who dreams of baptizing himself with the blood of battle into a new life after the war. Only his brewing erotic obsession with a fellow fighter threatens his plans.

A dark, erotic tale of passion and obsession, AS MEAT LOVES SALT is a gripping portrait of England beset by war, and the harrowing tale of a man on the edge of madness. Hailed as a masterpiece, this is an extraordinary first novel by a most original new voice in fiction.

"Creeps up on the reader from behind, gathering an emotional momentum and intensity . . . it imaginatively re-creates the mentality of a society racked by war and intoxicated by radical new ideas of freedom and change. "--Times Literary Supplement (London)

"An inventive and vigorous debut novel set in 17th century England at a time of revolution ... urgent and energetic, full of voluptuous descriptions of food, paintings and lifestyles, as well as the war scenes. [Maria McCann's] language is bold and alive, and the reader is drawn into the story right from the start."-- Independent on Sunday (London)

Maria McCann was born in Liverpool in 1956. Since 1985 she has been a lecturer in English at a Somerset college. As Meat Loves Salt is her first book.

A Harvest Original

Review:

"Absorbing and historically meticulous...a fat, juicy masterpiece." The Economist

Review:

"McCann, a marvelous storyteller, does not disappoint. Forbidden sensuality is searingly described by chiaroscuro candlelight. Rich in secrets and surprises, this novel has its own fierce poetry." The Independent (London)

Review:

"A story tense with anguish, intimacy and shame...it imaginatively re-creates the mentality of a society racked by war and intoxicated by radical new ideas of freedom and chance....This is an intriguing and disturbing first novel which lingers in the mind." The Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"This harrowing novel of passion, insanity, and insurrection is not for the faint of heart, but its startling honesty will appeal to readers with an appetite for realistic historical fiction." Booklist

Review:

"The scope of the narrative, the unusual conceit and the resonant writing combine to make this a powerful, unusual debut." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Published in the United Kingdom two years ago to critical acclaim, McCann's brilliant debut is an eloquent narrative that is historically rich and enthralling. American readers, especially those who enjoyed Sarah Waters's Tipping the Velvet, will rejoice." Library Journal

Synopsis:

In the seventeenth century, the English Revolution is under way. The nation, seething with religious and political discontent, has erupted into violence and terror. Jacob Cullen and his fellow soldiers dream of rebuilding their lives when the fighting is over. But the shattering events of war will overtake them.

A darkly erotic tale of passion and obsession, As Meat Loves Salt is a gripping portrait of England beset by war. It is also a moving portrait of a man on the brink of madness. Hailed as a masterpiece, this is a first novel by a most original new voice in fiction.

A Harvest Original

Copyright (c) 2003. Published in the U.S. by Harcourt, Inc.

Synopsis:

In the seventeenth century, the English Revolution is under way. The nation, seething with religious and political discontent, has erupted into violence and terror. Jacob Cullen and his fellow soldiers dream of rebuilding their lives when the fighting is over. But the shattering events of war will overtake them.

A darkly erotic tale of passion and obsession, As Meat Loves Salt is a gripping portrait of England beset by war. It is also a moving portrait of a man on the brink of madness. Hailed as a masterpiece, this is a first novel by a most original new voice in fiction.

A Harvest Original

About the Author

Maria McCann was born in Liverpool in 1956, and educated there and at the University of Durham. Since 1985 she has been a lecturer in English at Somerset College. As Meat Loves Salt is her first book.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part One

1 Scum Rises

2 Beating

3 Battles

4 Espousal

5 Over the Edge

Part Two

6 Prince Rupert

7 Bad Angel

8 Mistress Lilly

9 God's Work

10 Golgotha

11 The Man of Bones

Part Three

12 At Liberty

13 Eve of Nativity

14 An Incubus

15 Broken Men

16 Hope

17 Brothers and Sisters

18 The Uses of a Map

19 Possession

20 As Meat Loves Salt

21 Discoveries

22 What's Past Repair

23 Coney-Catching

Part Four

24 Of Snares

25 Things Broken

26 Things Called By Their Right Names

27 Things Not To Be Compelled

28 The Stuff of Jest

29 Well-Loved Games

30 Unsealing

31 Treasures

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156012263
Author:
McCann, Maria
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
McCann, Maria
Location:
San Diego
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War
Subject:
Great Britain - History - Charles I, 1625-
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Original
Series Volume:
107-290
Publication Date:
20030107
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
584
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.31 in

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Product details 584 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156012263 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Absorbing and historically meticulous...a fat, juicy masterpiece."
"Review" by , "McCann, a marvelous storyteller, does not disappoint. Forbidden sensuality is searingly described by chiaroscuro candlelight. Rich in secrets and surprises, this novel has its own fierce poetry."
"Review" by , "A story tense with anguish, intimacy and shame...it imaginatively re-creates the mentality of a society racked by war and intoxicated by radical new ideas of freedom and chance....This is an intriguing and disturbing first novel which lingers in the mind."
"Review" by , "This harrowing novel of passion, insanity, and insurrection is not for the faint of heart, but its startling honesty will appeal to readers with an appetite for realistic historical fiction."
"Review" by , "The scope of the narrative, the unusual conceit and the resonant writing combine to make this a powerful, unusual debut."
"Review" by , "Published in the United Kingdom two years ago to critical acclaim, McCann's brilliant debut is an eloquent narrative that is historically rich and enthralling. American readers, especially those who enjoyed Sarah Waters's Tipping the Velvet, will rejoice."
"Synopsis" by ,
In the seventeenth century, the English Revolution is under way. The nation, seething with religious and political discontent, has erupted into violence and terror. Jacob Cullen and his fellow soldiers dream of rebuilding their lives when the fighting is over. But the shattering events of war will overtake them.

A darkly erotic tale of passion and obsession, As Meat Loves Salt is a gripping portrait of England beset by war. It is also a moving portrait of a man on the brink of madness. Hailed as a masterpiece, this is a first novel by a most original new voice in fiction.

A Harvest Original

Copyright (c) 2003. Published in the U.S. by Harcourt, Inc.

"Synopsis" by ,
In the seventeenth century, the English Revolution is under way. The nation, seething with religious and political discontent, has erupted into violence and terror. Jacob Cullen and his fellow soldiers dream of rebuilding their lives when the fighting is over. But the shattering events of war will overtake them.

A darkly erotic tale of passion and obsession, As Meat Loves Salt is a gripping portrait of England beset by war. It is also a moving portrait of a man on the brink of madness. Hailed as a masterpiece, this is a first novel by a most original new voice in fiction.

A Harvest Original

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