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Islands of Silence: A Novel

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the summer of 1914 Alec Marquand has just graduated from college and has been hired by the lord of a remote country estate in the Scottish Highlands to survey the ancient Iron Age brochs that lie on his property. Once there Alec comes upon a small island which is called Eileen Tosdach--the Island of Silence. Just as Alec makes his amazing find, he is shipped off to war, ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Picador (first published January 3rd 2003)
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Hugh
This was a book I found in a sale many years ago, but became one of my favourite novels - a moving and powerfully written book contrasting the experiences of an ex-soldier numbed by war memories and a semi-wild girl found on a remote Scottish island, and the different silent worlds they inhabit.
Jeanne
Nov 08, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin Booth is a gifted story teller, or I guess I should say was. I am always saddened when I discover a new author, only to find out he has died. The "silence" is expressed on several levels...very complex, lots to think about.
Darcy
Feb 07, 2015 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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thoroughly surprised me how much I enjoyed where this book took me.
Howard
Feb 16, 2014 Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fave-reads
What a surprise and a fantastic book. I had trouble getting started; but I wasn't prepared for the style, after about 60 pages I figure it out and was taken away! One of my favorites and the best read since Shadow of the Wind. After I finished I was thinking of the girl and really thought I may have seen a ghost or her spirit in my room. "She is yours" gives me goose bumps still.
Lizie
Jul 05, 2013 Lizie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing story, well written. The book opens with the main character in a catatonic state living in an asylum where he quietly observes life around him. Each alternate chapter reveals a bit more of his life story and why he has ended up in this state.
Nancy
Sep 04, 2009 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Interesting story - weird main character. He was extremely frustrating, but what a life story. A little confusing, war scenes are horrible.
Rose Neild
Aug 13, 2012 Rose Neild rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing novel, so beautifully written. lots of emotions. read it if you liked atonement.
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Martin Booth was a prolific British novelist and poet. He also worked as a teacher and screenwriter, and was the founder of the Sceptre Press.
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