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A very special book, not only for children.
on 27 September 1999
Ring of bright water is Gavin Maxwell at his best. It is unfair to classify this book in the children category, it is a book for all ages, for it left a great impression on many adults when it was first published, making the real Camusfearna a place of pilgrimage at the time. The book hasn't aged and it still has the same effect on all who read it:it makes you fall in love with the protagonists and envy G. Maxwell's life in Camusferarna.It is a book about a different lifestyle, Gavin Maxwell truly "dropped out" when he found the magical bay of Sandaig. I visited the area after having read the book more than 10 years ago, and haven't failed since, to return to the Hebrides every year. I am sure children will enjoy this book, but it is from adults I have heard the most complimentary reviews. Maxwell's descriptions of the hebridean landscapes are very evocative and atmospheric. The otters come alive as intelligent and hilarious creatures. Ring of Bright water is a great read, and it'll make you want to drop out as well. Maxwell wasn't a very prolific writer, but his books all have a special quality and reflect his complex life and personality. I have enjoyed all his books very much, but Ring of Bright Water is the most special of them all...