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Morning Tide [Kindle Edition]

Neil Gunn
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Twelve-year-old Hugh MacBeth lives in a small fishing village near Caithness at the end of the nineteenth century. He is becoming aware of his mother's worries that he and his brother will follow their father to sea, and is becoming to realise that the fishing industry is doomed to decline, a decline that will result in the death of his village. A lyrical and poignant novel Morning Tide describes how a young boy learns to become a man. It is a poetic testimony to the intensity of feeling in physical experience, the touch of the earth and the coldness of the sea, and in the need to be free. Sensitivity and wildness are pitted against the restrictions of family and social life, and it is more than a complete picture of childhood; unfolding into a set of values that speaks powerfully to the present.

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"Affirms Neil Gunn's place as one of the most important Scottish writers of
the Twentieth century." -- 'Times Literary Supplement'

"Gunn has given us a wonderful body of work... the greatest
in Scottish literature since Sir Walter Scott." -- Neil MacDiarmid

"Modern Scottish fiction reaches its highest peak in the novels of
Neil M. Gunn."
-- 'The Scotsman'

Neil MacDiarmid

"Gunn has given us a wonderful body of work... the greatest
in Scottish literature since Sir Walter Scott."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press; New edition edition (3 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285622013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285622012
  • ASIN: B006WB7FD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #503,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scottish Boyhood 16 Sept. 2006
By David
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Since I discovered this delighful novel, Neil Gunn has become one of my favourite authors.
The story is set on the Scottish coast in the early twentieth century, in a small fishing community without cars, radio or telephones.
Young Hugh, the main character, is beautifully portrayed, along with the members of his family and other minor characters, and Neil Gunn writes with both deep warmth and a high degree of literary skill about the struggle for survival against storm, poverty and illness, clearly drawing on his own experience and observation. We see Hugh learning about adult life, with all its mystery, hardship and tragedy, but also moving through his later boyhood with zest and joy. It is a refreshing and moving story.
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Novels of growing up are, by nature of their subject, episodic. `Morning Tide' is no exception. Gunn reprises episodes in the life of a 12 year-old boy in a Caithness fishing community in the 1890s. Each episode involves Hugh's anxieties for a family member - father, mother, elder brother and sisters and himself. Hugh's concerns provide narrative coherence and a subject matter that transcends specific place and historical time.

Gunn's decision to have Hugh on the threshold of adolescence is inspired. Bill, his best friend, is very much the typically self-confident boy, whooping Red-Indian like through the bushes. When Bill sees Hugh's sister with a man, his simple comment is `If Kirsty is not careful, she'll have a bairn'. As yet, Bill is ignorant of the nuances of relationships. With Hugh, on the other hand, Gunn takes the reader through an adolescent's flux of emotions at seeing Kirsty and Charlie, eventually appreciating `the exquisite moment `of the couple's understanding. Gunn convincingly communicates Hugh's shifting feelings whatever the scale of the situation, whether waiting in fear for the village fishing boats to come back on the morning tide or in the school-room when Molly Macrae insistently taps Hugh's spine with her shoe. Hugh takes hold of Molly's toe reciprocating what he believes to be affection on Molly's part. But what if this behaviour is seen by Bill? Or worse, what if this is seen by his arch-enemy? Or worse still, what if it is seen by the school master? Hugh's agony is typically teen-age.

Gunn uses a simple but highly effective strategy to engage the reader. In each episode, the author suggests what is to happen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A touching novel 1 July 2001
By A Customer
This novel is, on the surface, somewhat of an enigma. For much of it, Gunn seems to be rambling or avoiding coming to the point. This has the inevitable effect of making "Morning Tide" a little confusing. However, there is one big compensation for this. What Gunn writes is often frighteningly familiar - the reader can identify with the emotions and actions of the main characters almost instinctively. This, coupled with the author's knowing portrayal of an isolated fishing community, makes this an involving book. I am not a big reader of twentieth century literature. This novel, however, is a pleasent introduction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 10 Jan. 2015
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Not cover that was shown on image so was disappointed- this is a classic book.
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