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Summer of the Red Wolf

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  173 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A writer arrives on the Western Isles looking for peace of mind, but his meeting with three strangers completes a magical square that sets off a tale of madness and terror.
Mass Market Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1973 by New English Library (first published 1971)
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Apr 27, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2fiction, 1audio
Not my normal read. The small cast of characters is set in the modern isles of Scotland. It's about a few people interacting, especially two very tough men, both pretty worn by life. It's a relationship story that would never be my first pick for reading - HOWEVER - I really liked it.

The story itself didn't grab me, at first. I'm not into how other guys think or pissing contests between them, but this story went far beyond that. There was a lot of mystery in the characters. We never fully know t
Jun 28, 2008 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It's a story about a man, identified only as Seannachie, who goes to Scotland to visit an old friend. There he meets Red Ruarri MacTyre: a man who lives by old codes, some of them violent. The two men form an unlikely brotherhood, and Seannachie is drawn into Ruarri's life and into rivalry for the exceptional woman they both desire.

To tell more of the story would involve spoilers. Suffice to say, this is a deeply engaging story of people who find themse
Maimoona Rahman
Aug 29, 2012 Maimoona Rahman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer of the Red Wolf is a book that explains ambitious people in a way that makes them look almost murderous: respectful of a rival’s strengths yet wanting to pick a fight with them.

An unnamed writer and war veteran, who’s nicknamed Seannachie, is sick of overanalysing life, politics, and people. He runs into an old friend, Alistair Morrison, in Rome who invites him to his home in the Western Isles. On his way, Seannachie meets an adventurous fisherman, Ruarri, who then turns out to be enmeshe
Suraj B
Dramatically narrated by Stanley McGeagh, Summer Of The Red Wolf by Morris West is the riveting story of one man who struggled to deal with and ultimately overcome the complexities and torments of his everyday life. Traveling to Scotland to fight his own inner demons, he discovers love, honor, and himself along the way. Morris West is an experienced and accomplished novelist whose books have been translated into 27 language. Summer Of The Red Wolf, which brilliantly showcases those feelings of r ...more
Dec 06, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I originally read this in a Reader's Digest condensed form and liked it so much I bought the regular hardback. A good book, lots of adventure and a good character.
Jul 03, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
A writer, accustomed to writing about the troubled spots of the world and living in the hustle and bustle of the cities, decides to take time off in order to recharge his spirit and find a certain peace of mind. He travels to the Western Outer Isles of Scotland, known as the Outer Hebrides, and settles in and around the islands of Lewis and Harris. His arrival to the area and his friendships with two young men, as well as his love for one young woman, Kathleen, provide the spark that ignites a d ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Johnusacitizen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 15, 2015 Arthur Sylvester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the only book I've read three times. A love story. By the third reading, I didn't think quite so much of the book as I did the first two times.
Michelle & Tony
May 10, 2016 Michelle & Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book that I was lucky enough to have picked up at a car boot sale quite cheaply.
it was entertaining, if a bit dated.
Trish Boese
Mar 15, 2016 Trish Boese rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
2* This is a book unlike any I've read. The setting is unique; the lonely isles of Scotland and the sea. The characters are unnerving and hard to understand. Faith isn't part of the story, and the characters lack morals. I did enjoy the story and the poetic way it was written, even if I didn't understand it.
Jun 02, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Novel set in Scotland, a man arrives to stay with a friend and get away from everything, where he meets Ruarri the “red wolf”. Ruarri is a free spirit, adventurous, living on the edge of legality with his various endeavors, and influences those he meets—both in good and bad ways. A doctor is also visiting and both the man and Ruarri are interested in her, setting up a conflict. A lot of Celtic tradition is woven throughout.
Jul 13, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it
Masterfully written story of a writer who travels to the Western Isles looking for inner peace and solitude. He finds quite a bit more than he expected, in the unlikely relationships formed during his travels. This is one of those thought-provoking novels that continues to stir emotions.
Apr 29, 2016 Miro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it is only the translation (Slovak by M. Brandoburova) or the book itself, but it was boring me from the start. After 20 pages I had to skip few pages because I was wondering if it will be less boring later on, but it was the same. I finished at page 40 unsatisfied.
Karen Elizabeth
Aug 26, 2012 Karen Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my first book by this author, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of writing, the complexity of the characters & relationships. the story is masculine & rather brutal, but I'm still glad I persevered. fascinating. will definitely seek out more by this author.
Maggie Scheck geene
This is probably my favorite Morris West book. It has by far my favorite first line of any book I have ever read, and characters that make you want to stay engaged with and will come to love. Their lives intertwine in ways that cause great pain and even greater joy.
Joan Mauch
Apr 08, 2013 Joan Mauch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I've read it so many times, the pages are falling out and one cover is missing. Morris West writes beautifully and despite it's age the book's message remains current.
Wow ! Great story . Almost mystical in treatment , reminding me of Daphne Du Maurier's "Flight Of The Falcon," which is, to me, her best book .
Aug 31, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Unusual story which I read because of its Scottish setting. Actually a very interesting thriller
Sep 14, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lovely style, I just wish the story had gone somewhere else.
Maggie Parker
Dec 20, 2013 Maggie Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Morris Langlo West was an Australian novelist and playwright, best known for his novels The Devil's Advocate (1959), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), and The Clowns of God (1981).
His works often were focused on international politics and the role of the Roman Catholic Church in international affairs. One of his most famous works, The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), envisioned the election and ca
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