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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and funny - a classic
This is one of my favourite books ever written.
It was made into a black and white film many years ago and is based on the true story of a cargo ship full of whisky running aground off the coast of a Scottish island during the war, when whisky was impossible to get hold of. You can guess the rest! The Scottish characters are excellently observed and you can almost...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Droll Tale
I'm not a great fan of maps, footnotes etc in novels but a map of the islands would have helped in Whisky Galore. Maybe there was one in the first editions. A dramatis personae could be a help too!

I like the droll humour of the Todday folk and their healthy disrespect for authority. Nice to see the faiths rubbing along together.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and funny - a classic, 26 Sep 2005
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This review is from: Whisky Galore (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
This is one of my favourite books ever written.
It was made into a black and white film many years ago and is based on the true story of a cargo ship full of whisky running aground off the coast of a Scottish island during the war, when whisky was impossible to get hold of. You can guess the rest! The Scottish characters are excellently observed and you can almost smell the heather as the escapades of the islanders are brought to life on the page. Whimsical, warm and funny, this is a real feel-good book that can be read again and again. A true classic.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotlands water of life with WW2 romance equals real humour, 1 Mar 2001
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This is a an interplay between the hard dry times of two Scottish Islands when they run out of the "water of life", the glory of finding an unlimited source of it and the hardships facing a WW2 romance.The friendly humour brings me back time and time again -I've a copy printed in 1951 and it's just as a good read now as then. One of the most "five star" books ever written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books ever, 26 April 2010
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This has to be one of the funniest books ever. The characters are so well drawn and believable, from the stern Mrs Campbell who doesn't want her son George to marry, the wily Joseph Macroon and the endearing Englishwoman Mrs Odd, not to mention the pompous Captain Waggett. And when the whisky ship runs aground on the rocks and is plundered by the local population, a kind of fever takes over the two islands - and beyond - from which even the military and government officials are not immune. Great stuff.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy knock around and love for the water of life, 6 Feb 2003
The wrecking of a ship carrying hundreds of bottles of whisky on a remote Scottish island is the main plot idea for WG. This event, however, never overshadows the human element of the story that is Mackenzieļ¿½s gift for bringing people to life in a humorous and realistic way. The whisky in this novel has much the same effect of the chocolate in Harrisļ¿½s Chocolat for bringing a community together but is far more a successful and believable attempt.
WG charts war time bleakness, social relations and a love for whisky. It is Mackenzieļ¿½s concentration on peopleļ¿½s relationship with whisky that makes this novel truly unique. Mackenzieļ¿½s wit lightens proceedings and keeps you turning pages. Despite this, though, I could never find myself really connecting to the characters portrayed in WG- perhaps this would be more a book for the middle-aged and older reader who would have more sympathy for the individuals that populate the novel. Having said that WG is a sparky, sometimes rowdy, knock about of a novel that still has time to have its say on issues of deprivation and social interaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars See the film, read the book., 14 Feb 2006
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This book from which the famous film was taken, is well worth a read in it's own right. It is different from the film in a number of ways, there are two islands not one and unlike the film there are Catholics as well as Calvinists on the island. Also the girl courted by George Campbell (played by Gordon Jackson in the film) is not the sister of the girl courted by the English soldier.
If you enjoyed film, which I believe is a masterpiece, then read the book for a more complex and detailed, but just as funny, version of the same story.
There are also a number of lesser known books in MacKenzie's Highlands series, such as Rockets Galore, The Rival Monster and the Monarch of the Glenn, which has nothing to do with the TV series except that it is set in the Highlands and has the same title. Most are out of print but all are worth the efford to find and read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whisky Galore audio CD., 22 May 2014
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Really enjoyable listening to this timeless story again, simply never tire of it, wonderfully funny and it simply never dates.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHISKY GALORE, 3 Mar 2014
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A very good read.Very amusing and also very well written.No hesitation in recmmending this book to everyone old or young.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compton Mackenzie's Whisky Galore, 27 Mar 2013
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A light hearted story based on the Hebridean shipwreck of the SS Politician and the characters involved with its subsequent looting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 21 Jan 2013
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I read this first and now I wish I had read Polly first, it makes sense for the customs urgency
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 31 Aug 2012
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It is really nice to come to a book written this century but not in this modern era and find yourself smiling at the humour. Whisky Galore is a lovely little book, which enjoys highlighting developing relationships and how innovative people can be (especially when times are desparate). A must read and a classic.
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