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Greenvoe Hardcover – 25 May 1972


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  • Hardcover: 279 pages
  • Publisher: The Hogarth Press Ltd (25 May 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701203692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701203696
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,757,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A poetic, distinguished and totally delightful Orcadian story... full of humour and sensitivity and of the unsentimental poetry of raw experience. --Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Greenvoe is a poetic, distinguished and totally delightful Orcadian story' - Sunday Times

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caledonia558 on 16 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a quite astounding novel, for many different reasons. It immediately evokes a strong sense of place through its descriptiveness and characterisation, and also through the distinctly Orcadian speech patterns of the characters. The story is told from multiple points of view, using different styles and weaving fantasy and reality in a way that makes the book more intriguing and more difficult to put down as the story progresses. The individual characers' stories are interwoven with that of the community itself, making the novel's climax both saddening and compelling. Greenvoe could be read almost as an elegy for lost island communities, but there are also glimmers of hope in the book's ending. I have never come across another book quite like this, and would recommend it to anyone who's interested in Orkney, or just looking for a really unique read.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov 1998
Format: Paperback
Greenvoe is well worth reading for anyone interested in issues of island communities. It weaves ancient Orkney myth and legend, sometimes written in the literary style of the ancient "Orkneyinga Saga",with the dynamics of everyday life in a dwindling, island community. There are portents throughout of impending doom to the island. I especially like the character of Mrs. Elizabeth McKee, mother of the local minister and her struggle with her "demons of memory". I ended the book , moved and saddened by the theme of the disappearance of a local culture. Highly recommended Susan Richardson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Nov 2011
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This was George's first novel, following magical, glimmering collections of poetry and short stories. Happily, despite the occasional awkward tone and structural problem, it manages to capture that unique vision he has of being able to portray the past, breathing over the shoulder of the present. He depicts the small community of Greenvoe trying to unite against the dark forces of the Black Star development, and paints the effects on individual lives, for whom the natural elements of wind, rain and cold had been their adverseries down the generations.

Interestingly, at the time George was writing this, Orkney was convulsed by opposition to proposed radium mining across her 'green glens and sleeping hills', and the parallels are clear for all to see. If you already know George's shorter work this would make the ideal start point to explore his novels; however, if you're unfamiliar with this 'master wordsmith of isolated places', I'd recommend the superb 'Calendar of Love' A Calendar of Love or 'A Time to Keep' A Time to Keep, or 'An Orkney Tapestry' (if available) Orkney Tapestry, which is a magical evocation of the spirit of Orkney, with beautiful line drawings by Sylvia Wishart.
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By john smithies on 26 May 2014
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Obviously very well written but l just couldn't get in to it. That probably says more about me than the book.
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