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Harvest   By: (1851-1920)

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Harvest by Humphry Ward is an emotional and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into the complexities of love, societal norms, and personal growth. Set in a rural English village during the late 19th century, the story is centered around the lives of Liddy and Richard, two individuals from different social classes who find themselves drawn to each other amidst a backdrop of harvest celebrations, political tensions, and changing societal dynamics.

One of the most striking aspects of Harvest is Ward's vivid and detailed descriptions of the English countryside. The author beautifully captures the essence and beauty of rural life, painting a picture that transports the reader to another time and place. Her attention to detail is impeccable, creating a rich and immersive setting that serves as a backdrop for the unfolding drama.

The characters in Harvest are equally captivating. Liddy, a young serving girl with dreams of a better life, is portrayed as a strong and determined woman who challenges the expectations placed upon her by society. Richard, on the other hand, is a man torn between his duty and his desire for love and happiness. Ward expertly portrays their internal struggles and the intense emotions they experience as they navigate their way through a society bound by rigid class structures.

While the story explores themes of love, social class, and personal growth, it also delves into the political landscape of the time. Ward explores the conflicts and tensions between the lower and upper classes, shedding light on the injustices that prevailed during that era. By intertwining both personal and political narratives, the author presents a well-rounded and multi-dimensional story that resonates deeply with readers.

Harvest is a beautifully written novel that raises important questions about love, social class, and personal agency. Ward's impeccable prose and attention to detail bring the story to life, making it difficult to put down. The emotional depth of the characters and the exploration of societal norms make this a novel that will stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. Whether you're a fan of historical fiction or simply enjoy a well-crafted story, Harvest is a compelling and captivating read.

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Two old labourers came out of the lane leading to Great End Farm. Both carried bags slung on sticks over their shoulders. One, the eldest and tallest, was a handsome fellow, with regular features and a delicately humorous mouth. His stoop and his slouching gait, the gray locks also, which straggled from under his broad hat, showed him an old man probably very near his old age pension. But he carried still with him a look of youth, and he had been a splendid creature in his time. The other was short of stature and of neck, bent besides by field work. A broadly built, clumsy man, with something gnome like about him, and the cheerful look of one whose country nerves had never known the touch of worry or long sickness. The name of the taller man was Peter Halsey, and Joseph Batts was his companion.

It was a fine July evening, with a cold north wind blowing from the plain which lay stretched to their right. Under the unclouded sun, which by its own "sun time" had only reached half past four in the afternoon, though the clock in the village church had already struck half past five, the air was dry and parching, and the fields all round, the road itself, and the dusty hedges showed signs of long drought... Continue reading book >>

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