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5.0 out of 5 stars Life on the edge of the world, 18 Sep 2006
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This review is from: St. Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World (Paperback)
This is an amazing book, one of the best I have read, painting a picture of the fascinating island community off the west coast of Scotland, until it was finally depopulated in 1930. The harsh lifestyle of the St Kildans, climbing precipitous cliffs hunting seabirds, proving their marital worth by extremely hazardous acts of climbing, and the government of a small community are all eloquently told. The story has themes of real tragedy; the pernicious effect the arrival of the strictest Scottish Presbyterianism had on St Kildans; the impact of tourism via steamship cruise landings and the shattering decisions in the 1920s that human occupation of St Kilda was no longer socially or economically viable. Charles Maclean also includes some stunning photos of island geography and life. This book gives real insight into the community and makes you want to visit the island
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth 10 stars, 29 Mar 2007
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Dr. D. Fraser (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: St. Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World (Paperback)
I've read this book over and over, and nevel tire of it.

This book elequently tells us the story of this amazing island. The everyday life, the harshest existance, the terrible infant death rates, the effect of the austere presbyterian "wee frees" are all covered in enthralling detail. Sadly the island eventually succummed to outside influences, and in the later days the once proud islanders beame dependent on the charity of outsiders. In that, they were a micrososm of native communities around the world.

If you like this book then I can heartily recommend "The edge of the world" - a film (available on video) which was filmed on the Shetland island of Foula in the 1930's and told (loosely) the story of the St Kilda evacuation.
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St. Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World by Charles MacLean (Paperback - 15 April 2001)
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