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Having 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 Details

ISBN: 9780862413583
ISBN-10: 0862413583
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Canongate Classics
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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