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Beautifully presented, but it's a shame Ring got abridged.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Ring of Bright Water Trilogy: Ring of Bright Water, The Rocks Remain, and, Raven Seek Thy Brother (Hardcover)
I'll write just a few words, not a full review. As an admirer of Maxwell's autobiographical works, I'm obviously biased; yet this compilation of the three Camusfeàrna books is a real treat. The whole story is here, with some beautiful photographs that you probably have not seen before, making it a convenient and interesting book even if you already own the individual titles. The foreword by Jimmy Watt is the only example of his writing that I've had the chance to read, and constitutes a small but significant part of the new book's appeal. There's also an afterword by Virginia McKenna, though for a true follow-up to the saga I would suggest Frere's 'Maxwell's Ghost' and Lister-Kaye's 'The White Island' and 'The Seeing Eye', since the adventures set into motion by Maxwell really do continue throughout all three books. The only real criticism I would level at this book is that, while Rocks and Raven were obviously abridged, Ring itself has also received something of a hatchet job in places. A comparison with the original Longmans Green edition reveals the sad truth. While the editor himself laments the necessity of this state of affairs, I would have felt a little better about it had he included a short appendix listing the passages that had been cut. An example of an edit that actually changes the character of Maxwell's account is the part where he points out the irony of the fact that, with his backpack and provisions, he was arriving at Camusfeàrna like one of the hikers he had previously disdained. This has been altered so that now he is simply arriving 'at my new home' - saving so few words that one might almost wonder whether this was the only reason for the change. Nevertheless, the story itself remains intact for the first-time reader, even if that reader might not learn as much about Maxwell's history and opinions in the process. Hence I've awarded it only 4 stars out of 5. In summary, buy this book. If you really want to know what Maxwell had to say, then you'll have more than one of his books anyway; but if you have only one, it might as well be this one.
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2010 22:25:11 GMT
S. Ambrose says:
Thank you! I carried around, and read and re-read a battered old copy of Ring for over 40 years and, as it was time to replace it, buying this trilogy seemed like a great idea. However I would definitely feel cheated to find Ring of Bright Water abridged in even a small way and I have now determined that I must buy all three books separately and complete.
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