And the Land Lay Still
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
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 ...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 ...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 ...more
The novel covered modern Scottish history including early origins of nationalism, beginnings of how devolution came about (including the first failed referendum for Scottish Devolution - 1979), de-industrialisation and privatisation "boom" in the ...more
I loved the language and was impressed by how believable the characters were as set against a background of political change in Scotland during the second half of the 20th Century. The novel is brilliantly written and structured. For the most part, each section of the book follows a time in the life of a different character, ...more