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This review is from: At the Loch of the Green Corrie (Hardcover)
I read this book because of MacCaig: others might read it because they love fishing, or the West Highlands, or the fiction of Andrew Grieg. The book delighted me, and I am sure it would delight all those others too.
MacCaig's love of Assynt was something he shared with his admiring acolyte Greig, and a casual conversation about the best fishing loch led Greig to make a pilgrimage after the death of MacCaig to the Loch of the Green Corrie with two friends. It was a pilgrimage into his own inner life, too, though, and this is the real subject of the book. However, along the way we explore Scotland's troubled history; Greig's personal community of friends and lovers; MacCaig's brotherhood of poets; geology and creationism; the dichotomy of whisky; and finally, a glorious pen portrait of Norman's soul mate AK McLeod.
There are passages of lyrical beauty here, and Greig has achieved something quite remarkable in his blending of the imagery of MacCaig with his own lucid style. Every gleam of light, flicker of water and wisp of wind in Assynt resonates with MacCaig's poetry and Greig pays homage to the poet and the land.
However, as Greig's expedition is also one of self-reflection, this book challenged me to make the same journey and something shifted inside me as I read it. I will carry this book in my heart and mind for a long time.