The Country Child: 08/01/11
The Country Child by Alison Uttley is a roman à clef. It follows the life of a girl named Susan Garland who lives on a remote farm. She has four books which she delights in re-reading and she comes of age over the course of the novel
The book has a similar episodic approach to its chapters as Anne of Green Gables. It's pacing and tone though is slower and more meditative.
While I appreciated the glimpse into a rural life that has pretty much vanished from the developed world, I wanted more. Uttley's A Traveller in Time has a tight plot and fascinating characters. Here the emphasis is on the landscape and on the fleeting aspect of memories. It was nice but not what I was expecting.