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A seven-foot-tall man washes up naked on the Scottish coast with no memory of his past and no clue to his identity except the words “Gog” and “Magog” tattooed on his knuckles. Knowing only that he must somehow get to London, he sets off on foot on a four hundred mile journey across Britain. As we accompany him on his surreal quest and share his strange adventures – by turn ...more
Published June 1st 1990 by Trafalgar Square Publishing
(first published January 1st 1967)
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I see the ratings are mixed on this book, but I have to say that I read it as a teenager when it first came out and enjoyed it tremendously. The concept of an amnesiac Englishman, with only a tattoo on his hand that says "Gog" (referencing the ancient myth of Gog and Magog) trying to discover his identity by walking through England and uncovering the essence of the country appealed to me and still does. Perhaps it is 'dated' - I'll gave to reread it and decide - but it is in my top 50 books list ...more
Man washes ashore on a Scottish coast just after VE Day. He has no memory but feels compelled to travel across the length of England to London. His reality alternates between contemporary Britain and ancient Albion. On his journey he gains clues as to his identity as well as the identity of Britain itself. Been a while since I read this, thought it was ok, but rather long.
i read this book ages ago and its kind of like if some of those american post modern 70s guys had been from england instead. cool parts i remembered were, all the stuff about giants with like metal teeth and other things fighting in ancient england, parts where magog takes over the power grid, part where gog meets a really horny satyr guy, etc
Andrew Sinclair was born in Oxford in 1935 and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. After earning a Ph.D. in American History from Cambridge, he pursued an academic career in the United States and England. His first two novels, written while he was still at Cambridge, were both published in 1959: The Breaking of Bumbo (based on his own experience in the Coldstream Guards, and later ...more
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