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Book Title: The Far Cry|
The author of the book: Emma Smith
ISBN 13: 9781903155233
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Reader ratings: 4.8
Edition: Persephone Books
Date of issue: 2002
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Teresa Digby lives a fairly ordinary English life; she is fourteen, going to boarding school and living with her aunt, because her father and mother are separated. When her father discovers that her mother is about to return from America to visit Teresa, he impetuously decides to escape by taking Teresa all the way to India, to the tea plantation where her half-sister Ruth lives with her husband, Edwin. Teresa has always felt out of place in England; she feels oddly at home in India, yet there are still conflicts which must be resolved, between Teresa and her father, Teresa and Ruth, Ruth and Edwin.
This is an unusual book and not easy to write up. The characters are vivid and often not very likable, yet Smith shows their thoughts and emotions with such perspicuity that I found them engaging even when I didn't like them.
I thought the book's greatest strength was in its intensely sensual portrayal of its environment, from the first sentence ("The birds came and picked holes in the sleeping ears of Teresa Digby.") through the noisy, colorful shipboard journey and on into noisy, colorful India, which so entrances Teresa. Really, it was especially the aural quality of the writing that I found fascinating: Teresa wakened by bird noises, the children shrieking on the ship, the "inhumanly hopeless" scream of a peacock. The Far Cry is a perfect title, thinking about it.
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EMMA SMITH was born in Cornwall in 1923 and was privately educated. In 1939 she took her first job in the Records Department of the War Office before volunteering for work on the canals; this gave her the material for Maidens' Trip (1948), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. She spent the winter of 1946-7 with a documentary film unit in India and then lived in Paris and wrote The Far Cry (1949), awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the best novel of the year in English. In 1951 Emma Smith married and had two children. After her husband's death in 1957 she went to live in rural Wales; she then published very successful children's books, short stories (one of which was runner-up in the 1951 Observer short story competition that launched the winner, Muriel Spark, on her career) and, in 1978, her novel The Opportunity of a Lifetime. Since 1980 she has lived in Putney in south-west London.
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