By Iain Pears
Henry Lytten - a secret agent became educational and author - sits at his table in Oxford in 1962, dreaming of different worlds. He embarks at the tale of Jay, an eleven-year-old boy who has grown up in the include of his family members in a rural, peaceable international - a type of Arcadia. but if a supernatural imaginative and prescient explanations Jay to question the principles of his international, he's introduced on a life-changing journey.
Lytten additionally imagines a unique society, hugely regulated and ruled by means of expertise, that is attempting to grasp the technological know-how of time travel.
Meanwhile - within the actual global - one in every of Lytten's former intelligence colleagues tracks him down for one final assignment...
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They had extended nine cords from the yoke to the foot of the tree. Thus, it had become a living lyre, full all at once with the ample life of the wind, the mute life of the trunks swollen with resin, and the blood-gorged life of man. The shepherd touched the cords to adjust them. You could hear the sounds falling far below, in the middle of the brush, and the leaves muttered, as though under large raindrops from a storm. Finally, the shepherd stood with his back against the huge curved trunk, he spread his hands wide to span the strings, and he waited for the wind.
Then he said, “This is the day, or rather, the night, this is the night. ” Césaire looked at the pale woman, the red-haired girl and the children, then me. ” he said. “Him? ” I believed we were leaving for a gathering of the shepherds. The haste with which everything had been decided, the slow advice of the white woman, “Take your coat, take along the blanket, let him have grandfather’s coat,” left me a little nervous in the end. Then the shepherd looked at the county map on the other side of the calendar and I saw his finger trace far into the white of the back country.
His mouth opened into his beard and the words came out from between teeth all healthy and ice white despite his age. “In the rock of Volx, there are tawny eagles. If you lie down in the grass, they come. They turn into the wind, there overhead, and then they dive straight down. The eagle’s shadow wakes you. If you’re asleep, it passes cool over your eyelids, and you wake up. There it is. You wake up, even if you’re sleeping well. “Once, I had a dog. He was mean as the wind. He didn’t know what he did anymore than the wind does.