And the Land Lay Still
And the Land Lay Still is nothing less than the story of a nation. James Robertson's breathtaking novel is a portrait of modern Scotland as seen through the eyes of natives and immigrants, journalists and politicians, drop-outs and spooks, all trying to make their way through a country in the throes of ...more
When I resumed, I hit the narrative and found a solid flow which I read and read and read. A sleepless night allowed me to make progress and find how some of the characters developed and were brought to
This is a generational novel, primarily set in Scotland, spanning 60 years. It has a large cast of characters, whose individual stories all weave together. I personally love these types of narratives, but they can get confusing, remembering who is who, but Robertson doesn't let you get lost. I felt so safe with him. I knew that if I read on and trusted ...more
The Land Lay Still is a sweeping history of post war Scotland that educates, excites and agitates; the peaks and troughs of the independence movement as seen through the eyes of photographers, journalists, spies, the young, the old, the innocent and the criminal.
This is a book of personal stories that fit into a ...more
That said, And the Land Lay Still is quite an achievement. In a sense, the central character of the story is Scotland its ...more
I did enjoy being reminded of ...more
This is a political book, and an historical one; it is a funny book, with laugh out loud humour, and a t ...more
This is an epic and very ambitious novel charting the latter half of the twentieth century in Scotland. Told through a historical political narrative, this novel features a horde of characters directly and indirectly interacting with one another through a web of storylines.
I suspect if I’d managed to read a copy when I’d originally added it to my wish list, I would have sung its praises to high heaven. As it was, there were times I genuinely struggled to continue with the book, particularly ...more
The book follows a series of main characters wh ...more