Top critical review
Fascinating read, but overly romanticized
on 3 August 2014
The story of this island and its people is truly fascinating, and Tom Steel writes very well. I agree with many other reviewers that some parts go into repetitive detail, and other parts are rather sketchy, but I suppose there was limited information in many areas. The aspect that bothered me most, however, is the romanticized view of the life on St. Kilda - the idea that the islanders lived "independently" until the late 19th century, when their lives were "ruined" by contact with the outside world. The information in this book (and in other books) make clear that the islanders were almost completely dependent on the owner of the island and other "outsiders" for most of the items that contributed to their survival. So the overall viewpoint in this book I find contradictory.