The Gift of Stones, Jim Crace (1988)

Small agreeable fable set in a village near the sea in the era when the stone age was giving way to the iron age. The villagers are flint knappers, hardworking and good at what they do, and so prosperous. The narrator has lost an arm and so can’t contribute. He becomes a storyteller and adventurer instead. Ruminations about the relationship of the imagination to the material world ensue.

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