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5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual journey through life; and a quest for meaning., 11 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Island of Wings (Paperback)
This is a wonderfully evocative book, based around the true tenure of the minister of the Church sent to the islands of St Kilda, Neil MacKenzie and his wife, in 1830. From then, until the book ends in 1844, we read of the lives of not only MacKenzie and his spiritual quest, but his wife and her own quest, and we catch glimpses of the lives of those who have for centuries endured life in the harsh environment of St Kilda. Stuck on small islands at the mercy of the elements, those who survived life in the St Kilda islands had a unique outlook on life, the universe, and their place within it. This is captured beautifully in this story; life was harsh, but made sense to the islanders. The cycle of life and death was real and known to them; their own struggles to bear and raise children to ensure the surirval of their way of life on the islands echo the struggles of the islands themselves, and the wildlife living on them.

I love books about times, people and places who are so far removed from our own lives and times; and this book captures a time and place that is totally alien to us now, so far distant in both its own reality and its own time. A time, unfortunately, that was doomed to eventually end for those who had for centuries survived on the harsh world on the edge of the Atlantic.

A wonderful story, beautifully written; highly recommended.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2014 08:09:43 GMT
If you enjoyed this you might like to read The Island hosue by Posie Graeme-Evans. I have just read it and was swept away with Norse Gods and Vikings for a while! Set on the mystical Scottish Island of Findnar, it a story from the present and the past, well worth a look. Wendy.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2014 19:05:50 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Oh brilliant, that sounds like a great read. Many thanks, Wendy I shall look that out to read.
Can I offer in return for you a suggestion, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - set in 1829 in Iceland, when a young woman is sentenced to death for murder, and is sent to live with a local family until the time when the sentence can be carried out. Utterly haunting and beautifully sad.
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