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Fascinating insight into life on St Kilda,
This review is from: Island of Wings (Paperback)
A fictionalised story based on real diaries and information charting the few years that Neil MacKenzie and his new wife travel to Hirta (St Kilda), as a newly married couple to convert the natives and leave some years later a wiser and broken family. Very reminiscent of The Poisonwood Bible, although set 100 years earlier, it charts the religious beliefs which turns to zealous and almost dictatorial fervour to tame and convert the natives by whatever means and that's the only way to do it. In doing so, in both stories the lives of those around them suffer and this is depicted as the wifes suffer the demands made of them by their husbands and try to keep the family unit together. No wonder everyone eventually left St Kilda in the 1930s, following years of near starvation, exodus to new lands to seek a better life, battles with the elements and the 8 day sickness that killed nearly all new born children, making the population a dying breed.