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The Drinking Well
by Neil M. Gunn
Iain Cattanach loves to play the fiddle and wander the hills tending his father's sheep. However, his self-sacrificing 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 and sophisticated but, ultimately, events force him to return to Torglas and to face up to ...more
Published October 1st 2006 by Birlinn Ltd
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I am enjoying this immensely. It is my first Neil Gunn book. Sensuous and delicate in its carrying of major themes, musical in its cadences and lyrics, so many pieces that stand alone. Great attention upon the small and individual calls up the resonances of landscape and history which flood as an undercurrent to set off brightly each individual moment. I am reminded of Wallace Stevens' phrase (in Sunday Morning) 'Death is the mother of beauty'; without exposing plot I would refer to two parts on ...more
Neil Gunn, one of Scotland's most prolific and distinguished novelists, wrote over a period that spanned the Recession, the political crises of the 1920's and 1930's, and the Second World War and its aftermath. Although nearly all his 20 novels are set in the Highlands of Scotland, he is not a regional author in the narrow sense of that description; his novels reflect a search for meaning in ...moreMore about Neil M. Gunn...