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Butcher's Broom

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Butcher's Broom is one of Gunn's epic recreations of a key period in Scottish history, the Highland clearances of the nineteenth century. Gunn captures the spirit of Highland culture, the sense of community and tradition, in a manner that speaks to our own time. At the centre of the novel is Dark Mairi who embodies what is most vital and lasting in mankind, whose values en
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 1st 1977 by Souvenir Press
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Alesa
This is a long, poetic and truly heartbreaking book about the Scottish Highland Clearances. There's no doubt about where the author's sympathies lie; the villains are really, really bad, and the good guys are, well, quite human.

I learned a lot by reading this book, both about the Clearances and about how novels have changed since the 1930's, which this was written. It is very long. The descriptive passages are beautiful, but wordy. You feel like you are suffering along with the Scots as things d...more
Áine
A people and their history swept away in four parts and fifty years. Horo, Mhairi Dubh., 5 Jan 2014


This review is from: Butcher's Broom (Modern Scottish classics) (Kindle Edition)
"Ruscus aculeatus (butcher's broom) is a member
of the Liliaceae family. It has tough, green, erect, striated
stems that send out numerous short branches and
very rigid leaves that are actually extensions of the stem
and terminate in a single sharp spine." http://www.thorne.com

Butcher's Broom, as an herb, appears in Gunn...more
John
I found this hard going, but a gripping account of the trials and tribulations of the clearances.
Rowena
A book about the clash between a dying culture and the one that is replacing it.
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Neil Gunn (1891-1973), 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 mean...more
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