The Woodcutter

The Woodcutter Wolf Hadda s life has been a fairytale From humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter s son he has risen to become a successful entrepreneur happily married to the girl of his dreams A knock on the do

  • Title: The Woodcutter
  • Author: Reginald Hill
  • ISBN: 9780007343874
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wolf Hadda s life has been a fairytale From humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter s son, he has risen to become a successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams A knock on the door one morning ends it all Universally reviled, thrown into prison, abandoned by friends family, Wolf retreats into silence.

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    1. This ripping great genre-smashing yarn is set 300 miles northwest of London in the mountainous Cumbrian region of England. Bordered on the north by Scotland, and on the west by the Irish Sea, the location itself gives a cold, hard, craggy feel to the formative youth of our hero. His return, in later years, to this rugged place for the dénouement makes a pleasing symmetry that reinforces the chill we feel when contemplating the brutality of his life.Our hero is born of a woodcutter, falls in lov [...]

    2. Good twists and turns up to the last page. You think you've got something figured out - but surprise The main character, Wolf, starts his young life with a somewhat black op's type upbringing. Later in life he builds a very lucrative above board dynasty. In a matter of a week he is charged with a heinous crime, almost beaten to death, jailed, divorced by his wife and stripped of every dime he has ever made. After years of being incarcerated he moves back to his childhood home and follows in his [...]

    3. When an early morning police raid meant to uncover evidence of financial fraud also uncovers involvement in child pornography, Sir Wilfred Hadda resists arrest and ends up in a coma for nine months. He awakens to find a rock-solid case against him and divorce proceedings initiated by his wife. Sir Hadda – Wolf to his friends – spends the next seven years in jail while his ex-wife marries his lawyer and denies Wolf any contact with his daughter.Wolf meets regularly with psychiatrist Alva Ozig [...]

    4. Three stars is not my normal grade for a Reginald Hill book. I adore Hill, I revere him, and I learn from him every single time I read him. But I am really puzzled by this book. The characters are so exaggerated it's difficult to like any of them, except maybe McLucky, and this 'revenger's tragedy' of a plot is way over the top.One thing I do love is his descriptions of the Cumbrian countryside, as in: the darkness of a cold December night with scorpion tails of sleet riding on the back of a str [...]

    5. Eίμαι λίγο μπερδεμένη.Όταν ξεκίνησα να διαβάζω τον Ξυλοκόπο ενθουσιάστηκα απο τις πρώτες σελίδες και συνέχισα να διαβάζω με μεγάλη όρεξη αφού είναι ένα βιβλίο που κρατάει το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη αμείωτο σχεδόν μέχρι το τέλος.Αυτό το τέλος όμως με άφησε λίγοανικανοποί [...]

    6. It is hard to give a good review of this book without giving too much away. I will say this is my first book by Reginald Hill and I don't know how I missed him! The Woodcutter is a revenge story but so much more. It's also a psychological thriller that gets us into the mind of an accused man. I love that it was a non-stop guessing game. I felt like I was in one of those labyrinths where you think you know where you are going only to hit a wall. It was mystery after mystery with an end that I nev [...]

    7. 3,5*Όταν πήρα στα χέρια μου αυτό το βιβλίο δεν ξέρω γιατί, αλλά είχα στο μυαλό μου ότι θα διάβαζα κάτι σαν την Φεγγαρόπετρα του Wilkie Collins. Καμία σχέση βέβαια. Μάλλον το σκέφτηκα επειδή στην νέα του έκδοση το ενέταξαν στην κλασική λογοτεχνία. Αργότερα μια φίλη μου είπε ότι η γραφή [...]

    8. In a sense, The Woodcutter is a fairy tale. Not a cute Disney fairy tale, but one of those old Grimm Brothers’ tales, with heartbreak and revenge and bad folks meeting nasty ends. Even while parts of the story have a very modern feel, there are still ties to its more mythic underpinnings. I really enjoyed that part of the story.Wolf Hadda is a successful businessman who describes his life as a fairy tale. His father was a woodcutter, the groundskeeper for a castle, and he grew up in a cabin in [...]

    9. The Woodcutter is the most tedious book I’ve ever read (okay, maybe not, but it’s up there). The perspective shifts from person to person and I had to reread large sections of the book to get a grasp on what was actually happening – is this a flashback, a new development in the plot, or the back of my eyelids? I was also not impressed with the plausibility of certain relationships in the book, not because I cared about the likelihood of these particular people hooking up, but because I cou [...]

    10. I'm a moth to the flame of well-written British suspense thrillers --- I get drawn to them, I flutter excitedly around them, and I lose focus of much else while the flame burns. And eventually, when the flame does go out, I carry a little of the light inside me for a long, long time.Thankfully, there are many such books --- nay, let me call them literary works, and "The Woodcutter" by Reginald Hill falls resoundingly in this category. If I sat down and carefully made a list of the best things ab [...]

    11. If GoodReads would let me, I'd give this three-and-a-half stars.Wilfred 'Wolf' Hadda is a wealthy self-made businessman with a working class rural background and a possibly shady past, married to the daughter of a Cumbrian aristocrat and with a circle of upper-class friends. At the start of the novel, his empire crumbles around him as he's arrested not just for fraud but also for child porn offences. Subsequently, his prison psychologist - young and pretty, naturally - tries to unpick the reason [...]

    12. Reading the last couple of Reg Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe books has left me wondering, has the old boy lost his touch? Hill has such a delicacy of touch in his writing that a slight loss of it doesn't mean that the results aren't a terrific read but as I reel somewhat and pause for breath on finishing The Woodcutter then I can only say that in any case the answer is a resounding NO!This standalone novel is a tour-de-force. In so many ways it's unlike anything else he's attempted. For one thing th [...]

    13. This is the first book I have read written by this author although I have been a consumer of his Dalziel series, couch-potato style. I found the construction of this book unique as he sets introductory scenes over the decades that provide background for what we will learn later about key figures in this story. Our first "lessons" revolve around a recurring theme: "Grim necessity." And it is a grim reality tale I won't spoil. Bare outline - a young boy is exploited by intelligence branch and late [...]

    14. I love Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries, but this one is a stand-alone masterpieece. It is engagining and engrossing and I couldn't put it down. Reminiscent of Count of Monte Christo and Jeffrey Archer's A Prisoner of Birth, but so much more. The characters of Wilf/Wolf and Alva/Elf are well developed (though I had trouble picturing Elf: a Swedish-Nigerian with dark skin and blond hair) There are some lovely, quintesentially British characters: good-natured Lord Leon, who sees past c [...]

    15. I picked up a copy of this book years ago. I was very intrigued by the concept of the plot. I started reading it and had a very hard time getting into the story or the characters. The alternating voices of the past and the present was not always as seamless as I would have liked from the transfer back and forth. So I put the book down with ease and walked away from it. There have been many times throughout the years that I have went to grab the book only to grab a different book to read. Yet, th [...]

    16. Ο σερ Γουίλφρεντ Χάντα έχει τα πάντα ως εκείνο το καλοκαίρι του 2008: μεγάλη περιουσία, σπίτια ανά τον κόσμο, είναι παντρεμένος με την Ιμογένη, το βρετανικό έθνος αναγνώρισε τις υπηρεσίες του στο εμπόριο, έχει μια πανέμορφη κόρη, την Τζίνι. Κι εκείνο το φθινόπωρο, εισβάλλει η α [...]

    17. There is a lot to like about this book. It is well written with a page turning style that made me want to press on through. In the end though, particularly through the last part I was left slightly disappointed. My question is that when 'reworking' a classic tale how closely should the author retain the plot and feel of the original? A rework this most certainly is, the author himself references The Count Of Monte Cristo several times, and the book itself is given a cameo appearance in a prison [...]

    18. This is crime fiction at its best. Reginald Hill took a bold departure from his usual Dalziel/Pascoe stories, and it paid off big time. I lost sleep because I could not stop turning pages.It's the story of a woodcutter - a rugged loner who falls in love with the modern day princess of the castle in a small English town. She sets him three impossible tasks, which he goes off and performs so that she might marry him. Turns out, not such a wise choice.This book is actually so modern that it starts [...]

    19. Up until the last 40 or so pages, this was a 2-star book in my opinion. It's not that the central character, Wolf Hadda, wasn't well-drawn - an exciting, mysterious character with his upsides and faults. I just could not get into the side stories and characters that were intertwined in a case that I feel like I had already heard about on the news. Like I hinted, the ending, I thought, was terrific. Where were all these twists, turns, action sequences and eye-raising moments before? The slogging [...]

    20. Kind of an odd book. It's trying to be a fairy tale of sorts - the protagonist is a woodcutter, in the sense that he goes around with an axe, and his father was a true woodcutter on a noble estate in Cumbria - but also a modern thriller with references to the global financial collapse of 2008. It also finishes in the year 2018 but without flying cars or remote control toasters or anything like that. Characters are drawn from both mythical prototypes as well as 21st century reality (the prison ps [...]

    21. Not badly written, but i got bored of the ridiculously exaggerated characters - whether 'goodies or baddies' and rather silly plot. But it had me hooked nonetheless.

    22. An engaging thriller about a man who makes good in the corporate world, is framed and imprisoned for fraud and pedophilia, and who finally gets out of prison and goes in search of revenge. It is well written with some clever and witty dialogue, and has some parallels to the Dumas classic ‘ The Count of Monte Cristo’. Unfortunately, the plot was much too convoluted, there were too many one dimensional characters, and the revenge just went on far too long.

    23. Well this is the third Reginald Hill book I've read now. the first was good, the second a wee bit disappointing but this was fab!! Brilliant plot, wonderfully exaggerated characters but so real. Written with wit and so easy to read! I'm half in love with Sir Wild myself!!

    24. Enjoyed this interesting book, the concept is a little scary, but the characters were meaningful and I wanted to get to the end to find out how it was going to work out.

    25. Rarely come across a book which I find difficult to put down, but this was certainly one of those times! It's one of those tales that stay in your head long after you've finished reading.A masterpiece!

    26. With Reginald Hill's death January 12th from a brain tumor, we've lost one of the best British crime fiction writers of the last forty years, in my humble opinion. Never conventional, yet fully conversant with the conventions, Hill began his most famous books, the Dalziel and Pascoe series, as fairly straightforward police procedurals featuring an intriguing new duo (rude, whiskey-supping Fat Andy Dee-ell and polite college boy Pete Pascoe), but never stopped experimenting with form and variatio [...]

    27. I got this book from NetGalley as an ARC from the publisher Harper Collins.Sir Wilfred Hadda or Wolf Hadda as he is nicknamed was a woodcutter's son. He was living a fairy tale life. He was handsome, filthy rich, had a gorgeous upper class wife, houses in different countries and a wonderful daughter.After 14 years in this fairy tale, he wakes up one night to the authorities at his door with a search warrent to search his premises for accounts of fraud and child pornography.When he contacts his s [...]

    28. Wilford Hadda began life as the son of a Cumbrian woodcutter on the Ulphingstone estate. Sir Leon Ulphingstone gave him the nickname of Wolf. At one stage in his life, Wolf Hadda held the title Sir Wilford Hadda. Reginald Hill takes the reader through the various stages of the life of Wolf Hadda and Wolf has led a very interesting life. As a boy, he charmed Sir Leon’s daughter and left Cumbrian to earn his fortune. Wolf became a very wealthy man and returned to marry Imogene Ulphingstone. The [...]

    29. This is a stand-alone novel by the author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series. It's a psychological thriller about a mysterious, disfigured but mesmerizing man from Cumbria in England. His name is Wilfred Hadda but everyone knows him as Wolf which is much more fitting. Wolves can be vicious killers, but they are also tender toward members of their pack, i.e. the ones they love.Wolf Hadda is the son of the estate manager at Ulphingstone Castle. His father teaches him to be a woodcutter so that he'll [...]

    30. ‘The Woodcutter’ by Reginald HillRead by Jonathan KeeblePublished by Whole Story Audio Books. ISBN: 978-1-40746-569-2(15 CD’s – 16.75 Hours playing time)Wolf Hadda, rich and successful married to his childhood sweetheart, has everything he wants, but an early morning knock on his front door and that life is over. Arrested and jailed, Wolf, is confused at exactly what has happened. Although he protests his innocence his family and friends desert him. Lashing out at all around him, he even [...]

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