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A Sense of Place
on 16 February 2011
This is a quite astounding novel, for many different reasons. It immediately evokes a strong sense of place through its descriptiveness and characterisation, and also through the distinctly Orcadian speech patterns of the characters. The story is told from multiple points of view, using different styles and weaving fantasy and reality in a way that makes the book more intriguing and more difficult to put down as the story progresses. The individual characers' stories are interwoven with that of the community itself, making the novel's climax both saddening and compelling. Greenvoe could be read almost as an elegy for lost island communities, but there are also glimmers of hope in the book's ending. I have never come across another book quite like this, and would recommend it to anyone who's interested in Orkney, or just looking for a really unique read.