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A Scots Quair [Paperback]

Lewis Grassic Gibbon
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2 Oct 2006
Written by one of the all-time greats of Scottish literature, truly revolutionary, 'A Scots Quair' is a trilogy of novels: 'Sunset Song' (1932), 'Cloud Howe' (1933) and 'Grey Granite' (1934). At each book's core is the heroine Chris Guthrie, as she grows from a child into adulthood through the Great War to the development of communism in the 1920s. Grassic Gibbon's writing is unique and riveting, blending Scots and English in an accessible style, and eloquent in its humanity and celebration of nature.

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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190459882X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904598824
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.3 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book may be read with delight the world over. --The New York Times

It would be impossible to overestimate Lewis Grassic Gibbon's importance ... 'A Scots Quair' is a landmark work; it permeates the Scottish literary consciousness and colours all subsequent writing of its kind. --David Kerr Cameron

About the Author

Lewis Grassic Gibbon (James Leslie Mitchell) was one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. Born in Aberdeenshire in 1901, he died at the age of thirty-four. He was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, essays and science fiction, and his writing reflected his wide interest in religion, archaeology, history, politics and science. The Mearns trilogy, 'A Scots Quair', is his most renowned work, and has become a landmark in Scottish literature. Ian Campbell is Professor of Victorian and Scottish Literature at Edinburgh University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, unsentimental, a satisfying read 30 Aug 2009
By Constant Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Sunset Song is elegaic, describing a way of farming life soon to disappear with the outbreak of the first world war. The characters are vivid and real, no whimsy here - life is hard, but hopeful and sometimes happy and the people are tough and worthy of respect. Chris is the main character and she and Long Rob were my favourites, but its an ensemble piece. Thomas Hardy's "In Time of the Breaking of Nations" kept coming to mind because of the contrast between great events and perpetual cycles, although the continuity that Hardy predicts turns out not to be true.

Cloud Howe and Grey Granite continue to follow Chris' life and that of her son Ewan and I found them equally as good. I don't want to give further details of what happens for fear of spoiling the story, but I felt compelled to find out what happened to the characters and read straight on from Sunset Song. Gibbons is a wonderful writer, both in his characterisation and descriptions. I felt as a 1960s Southerner that the author had conveyed to me a real feeling of what it was like to live in the (fictional) Mearns in the early 20th century.

This trilogy is not an "easy" read, but amply repays any initial effort of becoming familiar with the dialect words (there aren't that many and it impressed my Scottish friends that I knew them:-)

I love these books and highly recommend them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Scots Quair 12 Sep 2010
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This book is great. I read Sunset Song as part of a study for Higher English and became comepletely hooked on Grassic Gibbon. His style was certainly unique and his use of specific techniques certainly reflected the exceptional character that Grassic Gibbon appeared to be. A Scots Quair is a historical record of how living life in rural Scotland once was and how life and landscape changed. How the outlook on the farming community dramatically changed over the years and how realisticly Grassic Gibbon has presented his work which he based on his own struggles. A Scottish journey of sadness and joy, of hardship and triumphs, that is living and as long as the written word is there for all to read, the past will remain in the past but at the same time will always have an influence on the present and evenutally the future. Thank you for sharing the journey Lewis Grassic Gibbon. The sad thing is that Lewis Grassic Gibbon died so young but his legacy lives on and will continue to live on for however long is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 31 Mar 2014
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Everyone should read it. Very good account of life in the Mearns and how international political events shaped theveryday life of a small Scottish farming community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not famous…?! 23 Jan 2014
By S. Ward
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One of the greatest set of novels in English (the language), as well as Scottish (the place), literature. Gripping, emotional, and with a heavy dose of political realism, from beginning to end; just utterly wonderful. (Even after reading it several times, it still amazes me that a young man could portray a woman’s feelings and perspective so well, that you begin to question what sex the author really is….)
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