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The Three Perils of Man (Canongate Classics S)

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The Three Perils of Man is regarded as Hogg's most ambitious work of fiction. The book's extraordinary combination of the fantastic, the funny, the serious, and the historically realistic must be unique in literature. The adventures of its characters, told with the author's characteristically bold simplicity, are many, mad, and breathtakingly fast. Ranging from Galloway to ...more
Paperback, 556 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Canongate UK
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Issicratea
Oct 04, 2013 Issicratea rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 1800-1900
This is a curious book and not a particularly easy one to read. I have to confess that I actually gave up on it at one point, after struggling through a passage of particularly dense and impenetrable (to me) Scottish dialect, and I only picked it up again when I found myself on a trip without anything else very inspiring to read.

I’m glad I persisted with it after that, though. It’s an interesting work from a literary-historical point of view—so much so that I’m half-resolved to read Ian Duncan’
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Bryn Hammond
Jun 23, 2013 Bryn Hammond rated it really liked it
A strange animal, and perhaps only for those who want to explore the lesser-known lanes of 19thC Fantastic fiction. If it’s Gothic it’s a very Scottish sort; the Devil in person tramps about these pages, and Michael Scot, the famous wizard, tests himself against Roger Bacon, polymath (who also features in The Brazen Head, which is as peculiar a book).

He’s a cheeky writer who cobbles a story together from disparate elements and laughs at himself for his rambling plot. Any complaints you have are
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Grace Harwood
Jul 04, 2015 Grace Harwood rated it really liked it
I love this tale of "the three perils of man" which are ( as the title says: War, Women and Witchcraft); although it seems to me that the poor women are the ones who are in peril of man here rather than the other way around. The story concerns two high born women and the challenges they throw down to the men who would court them. Lady Jane Howard (the English princess) wants her suitor to hold a castle for her until Christmas and Princess Margaret wants her suitor to regain the Castle before Chr ...more
Nicholas L
Feb 10, 2016 Nicholas L rated it liked it
I think the consensus (of the characters) firmly states, that out of the three perils with which this book is amply supplied in detailed narration, Woman is the most troublesome and ensnaring. Fun read, nothing life-changing. Classic historical romance, extolling the lost art of chivalry! And the Devil, always a favorite character of mine, sadly makes a less than impressive appearance.
Lisa Shafer
This is an incredible tale of fantasy, magic, humor, and witchcraft. Hoggs was years and years ahead of his time, and this is an oft-overlooked classic.
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I have read peril one and two and loved them, still to read peril three. Love James Hogg though
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James Hogg was a Scottish poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in Scots and English. As a young man he worked as a shepherd and farmhand, and was largely self-educated through reading. He was a friend of many of the great writers of his day, including Sir Walter Scott, of whom he later wrote an unauthorized biography. He became widely known as the "Ettrick Shepherd", a nickname under which some o ...more
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