“He felt as if he had been compressed, like a limb squeezed with a tourniquet, for all those years of school…Now, at last, he coould expand to fill whatever space was proper to him. Out here, with his own thoughts his only company, he could become nothing more or less than the person he was. Himself. It was as unexplored a land as this one” (The Lieutenant, Kate Grenville, 78). Grenville’s book is a story about an astronomer who relocates to colonial New South Wales. As with The Secret River, raw landscape is an important feature of the novel.

 

Lake District Photography: Helvellyn Plateau

Sunday December 2, 2012