On The Black Hill, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


On the Black Hill is an elegantly written tale of identical twin brothers who grow up on a farm in rural Wales and never leave home.

They till the rough soil and sleep in the same bed, touched only occasionally by the advances of the twentieth century.

In depicting the lives of Benjamin and Lewis and their interactions with their small local community Chatwin comments movingly on the larger questions of human experience.


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I have problems with Bruce Chatwin - his writing just doesn't sing for me at all. There is a pedestrian homogeneity to his prose, as though style is the last thing on his mind. Consequently, books well lauded elsewhere, such as Songlines, What am I Doing Here and this novel, I find a let down. Interesting subjects - dully presented. What is it that I am not getting I wonder?This is a pastoral depiction of farm life in rural Wales near the Herefordshire border and centres on two brothers, whose isolation and interdependency constricts their life intolerably.

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Reading this book is like taking a trip to a farm on the English-Welsh border. There isn't much happening and the everyday things that are normal happenings to us are a big deal at The Vision Farm. Chatwin's writing is very gentle and gives us a feeling of adoration for the two brothers that have such devotion to each other. Without much of a plot, the book is place driven and character driven. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read about rural nature.

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