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Winter Tales by George Mackay Brown
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May 08, 2012

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George Mackay Brown's short stories are, as you would expect, suffused with poetry. Island girls pass with 'faces bright as daffodils'; water drips from women coming in from the cowshed. It's worth reading this collection in order to simply enjoy the exquisite writing and the beautifully rendered landscapes. As stories, the pieces are less successful. Many are straight borrowings from the bible, transplanted directly to Orkney; many also repeat others in the same collection (a calendar of events culminating in a stable birth recurs). I found myself wishing the storytelling were as inventive as the writing itself. Still, it's a nice gentle read, and more beautiful than many.
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Moira McPartlin Thanks for this, I will definitely add this to my list.

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