An Innocent in Scotland: More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters
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An Innocent in Scotland: More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters

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In 1995, David W. McFadden published An Innocent in Ireland: Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters, a quirky and affectionate account of his travels around Ireland. In undertaking the trip, he chose as his guide H. V. Morton, the prolific travel writer of the 1920s and 1930s, whose In Search of Ireland (part of Morton’s famous In Search of... series) had been familiar to...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 17th 1999 by McClelland & Stewart
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The book consistently held my interest through the final chapter - recommended.
I was totally unfamiliar with this Canadian poet/travel writer, whose travel books are in the tradition of Paul Theroux. This is pleasant armchair travel. McFadden took a month to follow the same path that H.V. Morton, another writer I'd never heard of, took around Scotland in the 1920s. Witten in 1999 it contains no practical information for other travelers. Rather, it mostly s reflects on people McFadden met in pubs or while trying to find remnants of kin who did not emigrate to Canada when hi...more
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David McFadden's travels in Scotland are beautifully detailed in "An Innocent in Scotland". Even more colorful than his descriptions of the Scottish country side are the characters her meets along the way. These are the type of people one can't create; there are fisherman,tour guides, seasoned and rookie tourists, farmers, xenophobic and welcoming locals -- the list goes on. Wonderfully done, Mr. McFadden!
I found this book charming. The most interesting to me, were the accounts of the author's encounters with other travellers. He presented them in a very humorous fashion, yet refrained from making judgements on them, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions, only hinting with his manner of writing what he really thought.
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David William McFadden is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, and travel writer. The author of 35 books of poetry, fiction and travel writing, McFadden started publishing poetry in 1958 and has been previously shortlisted for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize, as well as for three Governor General's Awards. He won the 2...more
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