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A Highland Gem,
This review is from: The Return of John Macnab (Paperback)
This is a gem of a book. The original Buchan novel 'John McNab' is well worth a read as well both as a good old fashioned boy's adventure story and because it helps to inform and enrich the reading of Grieg's book.
'The Return of John McNab' is much more than an modern re-hash of the original tale. It is a beautifully crafted piece of fiction that spirits the reader off into a contemporary highland adventure.
The sense of place, the flawed and fiesty characters and the sheer quality of grieg's writing make this a book with the page turnability of a thriller but with writing of poetic quality which flows and paints the story vividly.
In essence this is (as is the Buchan novel), a great, ridiculous, adventure story but surprisingly convincing and engaging from the start. Less of a tale just for the boys, the female characters are much more developed and this is a book which has wide appeal. And there is everything here, warmth, hunour, sadness love and action aplenty and all written with a style and flow that readers of Grieg's non-fiction work will find familiar.