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Description - The Nessman, The by Alasdair Campbell

"The Nessman" is a biographical novel that traces the story of Colin, a young Hebridean boy, from childhood and adolescence on the isle of Lewis to his life as a student on the mainland. The main theme of the book is death death of a father, of an identity, of a sense of self and of a language. Despite the seriousness of the subject matter, Alasdair Campbell's novel is often hilariously funny, brilliantly observed and written with an astonishing ear for dialogue and eye for character. Colin's self-knowledge as he spirals towards destruction is unsparing and unsentimental and results in an extraordinary and moving portrayal of both an individual and a culture. This is the first novel in English on the people of Ness and it is one of the first novels in which a Gaelic writer has, with utter confidence, made English his own language too."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841580906
ISBN-10: 1841580902
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alasdair Campbell

Alasdair Campbell has written widely in Gaelic, both prose and drama. He spent his childhood in Ness at the north of Lewis and was educated at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway and Aberdeen University. He currently lives in Harris.

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