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Second Sight Paperback – 15 Oct 1986

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Richard Drew Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (15 Oct. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862671647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862671648
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,843,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gunn was one of Scotland's most distinguished twentieth-century writers. His writing spanned thirty years, ending in the mid-1950s. These two novels show different facets of Gunn's novels in that the first, Second Sight sees the protagonists in typical Highland Scotland, while Wild Geese Overhead is set in Glasgow, a less familiar but no less powerful backdrop for Gunn's fluid and inspiring writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The narrative of `Second Sight' hinges on intriguingly interrelated cultural clashes and involves a suspense that Gunn maintains throughout. The attitudes of the English sporting party at the Highland shooting lodge are at odds with their dependent gillies. One of the party, Geoffrey Smith (a rational chemist who disbelieves in `second sight') is at perpetual loggerheads with Harry, another party member, who does. Who will die, as previsioned by one of the gillies? And who will shoot the fabulous stag nicknamed King Brude? There is a most evocative description of Scotch mist (including what it is like to be lost in it) and a terrific account of deer-stalking. A love story, involving Harry and Helen (another member of the party), seems almost imposed on the main action. Helen, one of those sexless young women so familiar to Gunn readers, does not prove too ruinous to the story (thank goodness), despite the author's attempt to `sex her up' by having her recount her views on sexuality.

Stewart Robertson
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I enjoyed this book which is set in the times when hunting was more acceptable. but second sight was less understood. Written with the same wonderful description of the characters and their surroundings in the highlands which makes you think you can almost smell the heather. another great read by Neill Gunn.
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