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Off in a Boat Kindle Edition

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Exhilarating.... Gunn's joy is infectious.--Euan Cameron "The Independant "

The most important Scottish novelist of the 20th century.--Trevor Royale, editor of "The MacMillan Companion to Scottish Literature"

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"Off in a Boat" is the record of a journey of exploration in 1937, through the Inner Hebrides, in a small boat which was bought especially for the voyage...... some passages in the book deal with the practicalities of reading charts and manoeuvring the boat. Others evoke the past with literary allusions to travellers in these waters, such as Boswell and Johnson and with an exploration of the strands of Celtic and Norse civilisations that have left their mark on these islands. The writing in this book skilfully blends myth with reality, past with present and powerful observations with gentle humour.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1321 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0941533980
  • Publisher: New Amsterdam Books (21 April 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FF9Q212
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Neil Gunn had an enchanting writing style which I find impossible to describe accurately: seemingly wide-eyed and innocent, but actually discerning and well informed. His books tend to be beautifully crafted, and Off in a Boat is no exception. It's a travel book, but also a history book. It's about the sea, and Scotland, and Scots mythology. It's a delightful picture of a marriage. And since it describes life on the Inner Hebridean Islands almost 70 years ago, before these islands (e.g. Skye, Mull, Iona) were on standard tourist routes, the book has become a historical document. It's one I know I shall have to read again and again.
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I was transported to the west coast of Scotland that I knew as a young man, the humour , the scenery all came flooding back especially the " bulls hole" and loch etive , I could see the pink granite of the south of mull and the rhododendrons of achnacloche
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Descriptive lyrical writing, rich with the bygone tangle o'the isles. If you love sailing and the people and places of the Hebrides then a first class read.
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By Flure on 20 Feb. 2015
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Great description of sailing Scotland's west coast and meeting its peoples. Makes me want to follow in his wake! Recommended
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