Gut-wrenching. Utterly gut-wrenching.
Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a book set on a vineyard, or in a rural setting, –OR– a story where the MC searches for/gets a new job. –OR– A book with a lantern on the cover, or books set before the age of electricity. –OR– A story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar).
Many thanks to Jennifer's Books. if it had not been for her post, I would have missed that a book set before the age of electricity is on the list for this square.
I'll nominate The Buried Giant for this one. It's set in post-Roman Britain, just after King Arthur.
There is no electricity. And no coconuts either...
"But Ivor," Beatrice said, "who'd wish to challenge such a beast? By all accounts Querig's a dragon of great fierceness, and hidden in difficult terrain."
"You're right, Mistress Beatrice, it's a daunting task. It happens there's an aged knight left from Arthur's days, charged by that great king many years ago to slay Querig. You may come across him should you take the mountain road. He's not easily missed, dressed in rusted chainmail and mounted on a weary steed, always eager to proclaim his sacred mission, though I'd guess the old fool has never given that she-dragon a single moment of anxiety. We'll reach a great age waiting for the day he fulfils his duty."
Other books will have to take a backseat right now. This is magical stuff so far, and I cannot help but read it as part social commentary on living in muddled times and part exploration of Axl's and Beatrix' relationship.