I loved this novel written by a 78 year old about being 18 when the parish got electricity. The pace of the writing is as slow and meandering as the countryside, but so engagingly written, you’ll want to stay. This is a beautifully eloquent novel, with poetic, evocative prose– sometimes funny, and often highly observant and insightful. Some turns of phrase just stopped me in my tracks.
If you need a rest from galloping page-turners, try reading This is Happiness. Immerse yourself in Faha on the Irish coast, where the rain has stopped, life is simple, and well-drawn characters know how to tell stories.
I listened to this book on audio, which added to my experience of it, for an older man reads it, whose accent and age lent a lot to the general vibe. Listening to this is great for long distance driving. It will transport you to an earlier time in a small place, while imbuing you with an equitable calm. I give this quiet, charming novel 5 stars.