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The Life and Death of St Kilda by Tom Steel
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Mar 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: scotland, history-fact-fiction

This book was an interesting little history about the way of life on the island, and how it all came to an end when the population simply wasn’t big enough to support itself. I suppose this is because the outside world was too much of a temptation to the younger islanders, so it was inevitable. At least that the outside world would have this effect, especially as they were relying on it as well to support them, send over goods etc. I suppose the only way they could have gone on was through immigration, and being more open to outsiders.
It sounded like a tough life, where community was the word, not the individual. I can’t say I could have lived that life. Religion also got oppressive and killed off any singing or dancing, which was taking away some of the fun of the island.
It would be an interesting place to visit one day.
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