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Highland River by Neil Gunn
Book DescriptionHaving reviewed his life, including fighting in World War I, a mature Scottish man reaches the source of the river he had grown up near in the Highlands. He realizes that the magic he had experienced there as a child was in fact always present in his erstwhile nihilistic life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780862413583
(198mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Canongate Classics
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Neil Gunn
Drinking Well, Paperback (October 2006)
Iain Cattanach loves to wander the hills tending his father's sheep. However, his mother has other plans for him. A position in an Edinburgh legal firm is secured for Iain and he is forced to leave the countryside he loves. The city is alluring but events force him to return to Torglas and to face up to his family and companion, Mary Cameron.
Butchers Broom, Paperback (July 2006)
Tapping into the essence of Gaelic experience, this is the story of a community threatened with eviction, in order to make way for sheep. It is a recreation of the Highland Clearances of the nineteenth century, when great changes swept through the country and its people.
Green Isle of the Great Deep, Paperback (April 2006)
Continues the adventures of the two protagonists from the "Young Art and Old Hector". The unlikely friends, representing the extremes of age and youth, have been transported from the Highlands of our world to an alternative Highland universe, the Green Isle. This novel is both a Scottish parable and a warning of the dangers of power and its abuse.
Off in a Boat, Paperback (May 1998)» View all books by Neil Gunn
Gunn's classic account of his 1930s voyage in the Hebrides. It seeks to capture the romance and exhilaration of a trip in a small boat, and Gunn's observation of sea and landscape is interwoven with understanding of Norse and Celtic culture.
US Kirkus Review » This will be a next to impossible book to sell through conventional channels. It can scarcely be called fiction as there isn't the remotest suggestion of a plot. The subjective record of a young Scot's reactions to life, first as a child, his deeply felt tie to the river, the woods, and during his childhood his two or three captures of salmon or rabbit - this constitutes what little action there is. He is successful at school, becomes a research scientist, a physicist. From that point the book is a succession of discourses on science per se, on into the realm of metaphysics,the various links between art and science and God and nature, seen through the eyes of this sensitive and oh so mystic highlander. There may be some who might be interested in the spiritual aspects of the book, but 90 pages of pure dialogue with the intangible under the guise of fiction is pretty hard to stomach. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Neil Gunn
Neil Gunn (1891-1973) was recognized as one of the leaders of the Scottish Renaissance. His books with their timeless themes of alienation and conformity, of loss and acceptance, have found a new audience in the present generation.
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