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The Resource The wrong child, Barry Gornell

The wrong child, Barry Gornell

Label
The wrong child
Title
The wrong child
Statement of responsibility
Barry Gornell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION (POST C 1945). 22 of the 23 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the 'wrong' child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivors' guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss. As the action moves from past to present and back, we learn what took place and its shocking consequences, both for Dog Evans and the wider community. Gornell's forensic gaze dissects the lives of the bereaved, fractured relationships and existences frozen the day their children died...Deborah Cutter, separated from her husband John, numbs her pain with alcohol and sex. Local postman Nugget holds tight to the hope that the Evans house contains valuable secrets. Parish priest Father Wittin is an embarrassing irrelevance...As grief turns to rage, the villagers' insatiable desire for catharsis, one final blood sacrifice, becomes unstoppable
Summary
22 of the 23 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the 'wrong' child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivors' guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss. As grief turns to rage, the villagers' insatiable desire for catharsis, one final blood sacrifice, becomes unstoppable.
Theme
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10630402
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gornell, Barry
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Abandoned children
  • Small cities
Target audience
adult
Label
The wrong child, Barry Gornell
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058574468
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9781910449806
Lccn
2016417980
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)935984171
Label
The wrong child, Barry Gornell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058574468
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9781910449806
Lccn
2016417980
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)935984171

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