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A Time to Keep and Other Stories Hardcover – 1 Jan 1987
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[He] finds more diversity of subject and mood in these islands than most writers would see in a city street ... He is a precise, poetic and dazzling writer. (Guardian)
"A brilliant writer ... he combines great imagination, ... with a firm rooting in reality and a deep understanding of humanity." Kate Grimond. (Spectator) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The second collection of stories published by George Mackay Brown, this volume includes 12 stories arising from both ancient and modern life on the island of Orkney. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The Orkney setting adds its own magic, as anyone familiar with these haunting isles will know, as the past breathes on the shoulder of the present, just as a standing stone's elemental presence looms over the new shiny red tractor. There is also an elemental sparseness here, captured in the language, which reflects the stark isolation of the setting: crofts far from neighbours, isolated shelters from the harshness of the wind, weather and pulling power of the sea. The characters, from Celia onwards, are drawn with a compassionate hand, so we identify and suffer with them, and their inner isolation, and struggle for meaning, security and love. Poetic tales, captured by a master craftsman. If you enjoy this, look for A Calendar of Love (Flamingo Modern Classic) or investigate his poetry or novels.