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St. Ronan's Well by Walter Scott
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Jul 22, 2012

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bookshelves: classic-novels, historical-fiction

The writing was rich as always and I can think of no novelist writing in English (?) for whom I more frequently need to resort to a dictionary. I thought the yarn was over spun however and the entire novel was very much written for a leisurely age and a leisurely generation, which could and would take the time-consuming meanderings and convoluted descriptions in its stride. At the time it was written the novel described scenes from a very recent past whereas today it comes down to us as much a historical novel as any other which Scott wrote. If someone wished to read only one Scott novel, this would not be it, but for anyone who enjoys Scott's style (certainly not everyone's taste!) this novel is well up to scratch. The last third of the book is quite gloomy and pessimistic, although the general gloom is somewhat obscured by the writer's antiquated and florid style of writing and the high falutin manner which diverts from the earnestness of events.

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