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If You've an Interest in Matters Heilan'
on 19 June 2011
Prior to reading this, I had never heard of Norman Maclean - it was an Amazon recommendation based on prior purchases of Scottish and Gaelic-related items, followed up on a whim. Maclean turns out to be Highland comedian and intermittent clinical alcoholic, but also a kind of Celtic Renaissance Man - writer of novels in Gaelic, pipe tunes, etc. The main lesson learned is that there is no situation anywhere in the world, no matter the certainty of impending death it involves - and Maclean encounters a few, due to the combination of his principal pastimes - from which one cannot escape by the judicious deployment of the Great Highland Bagpipe. Also provides a first-hand account of life as a Gaelic-speaker in the post-war years, and the Glasgow of that time. So recommended, if you are interested in that kind of thing.