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Wistful, windswept and interesting,
This review is from: The Ring of Bright Water Trilogy: Ring of Bright Water, The Rocks Remain, Raven Seek Thy Brother (Paperback)
If I had a tenth of the penmanship that Maxwell posessed I would be one happy bunny. I read all of Maxwell's books many years ago but still clearly remember large tracts from then, I re-read them recently and still remain spellbound at the quality of his writing and descriptions. The elegant turns of phrase made me think he could possibly have made a very good speech writer and I find it hard believe that he found writing a necessary chore.
My family live in the Outer Hebrides and my love of Scotland is total but Maxwell conveys so much more than just the beauty of the land, he has poured the spirit and soul of it into the pages. It makes you want to go there and stay there.
His life was tragic and his personal life was questionable that is certain but nothing can take away the sheer brilliance of his writing. A man who did not seek recognition and was open minded enough to discount nothing, even curses and supernatural occurances are treated head on. His love of nature and wildlife is apparant but never whimsical - he never attempts any twee humanising of his animals - he simply observes animal behaviour and writes about it.
If I were ever on a desert island it would be a Scottish one with all of Gavin Maxwell's books. Was he ever interviewed over the years on camera? If so do any of these recordings still exist?