Sunset Song Paperback – 30 Mar 2006
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"This book may be read with delight the world over." (New York Times)
"Beautifully written novel about a rural Scottish community facing the acute changes wrought by the First World War. While describing a way of life in decline, it also presents a vision of hope for the future via its strong female lead character." (Independant on Sunday)
"It is gritty and passionate and one of Scotland's great 20th-century novels" (Jim Naughtie Daily Express)
A film tie-in edition of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic novel --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The close relationships and way of life within a community such as this, means that even very trivial events or actions carried out by an individual all carry great importance to others. Gossip and rumour necessarily play a significant role in the novel.
The unique writing style of the novel does initially make it very hard to read. Sentences are long, and are often not restricted to a single subject or idea, but once the reader learns to engage with the narrator and understands the style, it is like being told a story by a trusted friend.
By the end of the novel, the reader can closely identify with each of the characters, and as their individual fates are decided, it is impossible not to feel a high degree of sympathy for each of them. I personally found it a very moving read - but must admit that had I not had to study this book as part of my degree, I may well have put it down early on and not picked it back up - that would truly have been a great shame. Stick with it, and you will be glad you did!
Chris the heroine, gives up her dreams of becomming a teacher, and any fancy notions to work her family farm.
The brutality and drive of her father, and his incredible influence over the whole family unit, is uncompromising.
Gibbon, brings the whole community of Blawarie, to the book, their prejudices and ways of dealing with issues.
The depiction of how WW1 affects the community is brilliant in its understatement and utter devastation, not only of people but of a whole way of life and it's effect on the environment.
Sunset song reads like a song, a ballad of a way of life, that WW1 helped destroy.
Considering this is written by a man, this book is incredibly realistic at conveying Chris's feelings and thoughts as she faces adulthood, sex and generally growing up. A must for any teenage girl to read, and wonderful for those of us slightly older too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived in time for my A300 OU course - good price too compared to what OU quotedPublished 3 months ago by Janey
Read the book years ago and I am hoping I shall enjoy it as much now. Can't wait to see the film.Published 4 months ago by Janet Webster
I enjoyed reading this book although it was a little heavy. Others from the bookclub tried it and could not get on with it.Published 18 months ago by Jan
One of the best books I've ever read. Beautifully written. The first in a trilogy, and I look forward to reading the other two.Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Sylvia Warhurst