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The Great Level I Am An Engineer And A Measured Man Of The World I Prefer To Weigh Everything In The Balance, To Calculate And To Plan Yet My Own Heart Is Going Faster Than I Can Now CountIn , Jan Brunt, A Dutchman, Arrives In England To Work On Draining And Developing The Great Level, An Expanse Of Marsh In The Heart Of The Fen Country It Is Here He Meets Eliza, Whose Love Overturns His Ordered Vision And Whose Act Of Resistance Forces Him To See The World Differently Jan Flees To The New World, Where The Spirit Of Avarice Is Raging And His Skills As An Engineer Are Prized Then One Spring Morning A Boy Delivers A Note That Prompts Him To Remember The Fens, And Confront All That Was Lost There The Great Level Is A Dramatic And Elemental Story About Two People Whose Differences Draw Them Together Then Drive Them Apart Jan And Eliza S Journeys, Like The Century They Inhabit, Are Filled With Conflict, Hard Graft And Adventure And See Them Searching For Their Own Piece Of Solid Ground


About the Author: Stella Tillyard

Stella Tillyard is a British novelist and historian She was educated at Oxford and Harvard Universities and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Her bestselling book Aristocrats was made into a miniseries for BBC1 Masterpiece Theatre, and sold to over twenty countries Winner of the Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Longman History Today Prize, and the Fawcett Prize, Tillyard has taught at



10 thoughts on “The Great Level

  1. says:

    Ever since I read the review in The Guardian, I have wanted to read this book the story, set in the mid of the 17th century, of Jan Brunt, a Dutch engineer who comes to East Anglia to drain the marshes , is told in a most beautiful prose Jan is the narrator and describes his undertaking with love, as for him shaping the land is something than ju


  2. says:

    Beautifully written Historical facts mixed with a personal story which I enjoyed very much The main characters are not worked out in depth The author observes them throughout their lives and relates the observations to the reader It s a fairytale style of writing, but well done, I felt I was there.


  3. says:

    Now this should have been a book I enjoyed.It has chapters set in my place of birth Kings Lynn and many others set at the very foundation of the City I visit monthly New York as it transitions from New Amsterdam Golden HillThe Kings Lynn and Ely part is around the draining of the Fens a landscape which has inspired great writing such as Fen by Daisy Johnson, W


  4. says:

    Stella Tillyard s The Great Level is an absolute stunner It s everything that I want in an historical novel a completely immersive reading experience, feeling submerged in a previously unknown historical epoch and previously unknown historical locales After Mike McCormack s Solar Bones, whoever would have thought that another novel about a civil enginee


  5. says:

    Jan Brunt arrives in Norfolk to drain The Fens and increase the amount of arable land, funded by Norfolk s famous son Oliver Cromwell In Norfolk, he meets and starts a relationship with Eliza, who later tells her story and becomes a three dimensional character on a page The story eventually moves to New Amsterdam, where we find Jan a bit of a recluse, still earning his way


  6. says:

    There are two problems with this book one and its pace and two the ending Mostly told from the point of view of the engineer Jan Brunt, the story creeps along at a frustrating pace until the second voice of Eliza is introduced She is brave, intelligent and curious and ultimately she turns a punishment into an opportunity.I can t help but feel that if Eliza s point of view and inde


  7. says:

    Three and a half stars, in the end, I think, for this book which did provide the most evocative visit to this corner of the UK since Graham Swift s Waterland , but still wasn t quite perfect The narrator, repetitive as he is, unable to convince he s living in the time of Pepys as he is, gives us a way in to an extraordinary undertaking, for he s a Dutch engineer and Cromwell has indirect


  8. says:

    A magnificent achievement by the author The book is well researched and historically accurate, but the facts do not take over from the story Set partly in England at the end of the Civil War and the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, and partly in New Amsterdam as it is taken over by the English and renamed New York, the story follows Jan Brunt, a Dutch engineer, who works on the draining of


  9. says:

    I would totally recommend this book The context of fenland Britain alternating with New Amsterdam in the seventeenth century was totally absorbing a kind of Graham Swift s Waterland meets Francis Spufford s Golden Hill You learn so much, while also relishing the author s wise comments on human nature, seamlessly interwoven.My one comment might be on the structure, and the late intervention of the fema


  10. says:

    I loved this book, partly because it s evocative of the fen landscape I know so well, partly because it s so well written and its characters so acutely drawn I d have given it 5 stars if it had managed to retain that consistency right to the end, but I d still highly recommend it.


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